Overview of the MA in Economics program
The first year of the program serves as an introduction to the core areas of standard economics and provides a firm foundation for further studies. The second year offers advanced and specialized field courses that students choose according to their research interests.
- Year I: Microeconomic Theory; Macroeconomic Theory; Econometrics; Antitrust and Industrial Policy Analysis, International Macroeconomics, Growth and Development
- Year II: Behavioral Economics, Economics of Networks, Economics of Education, Industrial Organization, Financial Economics, Econometrics, Macroeconomics, Labor Economics.
Which program is right for me: MA in Economics or MA in Economic Policy in Global Markets?
If you are considering continuing to a PhD or want to become a professional researcher or work in a technically more demanding job that involves data analysis, modeling, programming, I would suggest the MA in Economics program. It is a more rigorous and technical program, at the same time it is also more mathematically challenging, so in essence it is a “deeper” program.
If your goal is to find a job in government (ministries, central banks), international organizations, or in the private sector (banks, consulting firms, etc.), then the MA in Economic Policy may be the right choice for you. It is lighter on methodology, rigor and depth, but at the same time it is more flexible and provides access to a wider variety of courses, and so in essence it is a “broader” program.
If you cannot decide, feel free to apply to both, we can help clarify your questions in the interviews and in case you are admitted to both programs, you can decide based on the offers you get. Please note however, that you need to make a final decision on which program you choose at the time you enroll the latest, transfers between the programs later are typically not allowed.
Before the beginning of the Fall term of the first year (during the mandatory pre-session), students may take waiver examinations in each of the core sequences (of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics). The waiver exams cover the material from the entire core sequence. Students who pass all three waiver examinations can directly enter the second year and have to take 24 credits, of which two courses have to be taken from Advanced Microeconomics1, Advanced Macroeconomics1, and Intermediate Econometrics. Students who pass some but not all three waiver examinations get credits (but not grades) for the courses in the relevant sequence.
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