Master in International Economics
The Master in International Economics provides students with a critical understanding of current debates in economics. The programme has a strongly international approach and aims to integrate an understanding of theoretical controversies, historical developments and contemporary policy disputes. It also includes an interdisciplinary component reflecting the importance that social and political institutions play in shaping economic developments.
|Faculty||Faculty of Business and Economics|
|Degree||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|Start||Winter semester (1 October)|
|Duration||3 semesters (4 semesters for students required to complete a placement)|
|Accreditation||Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA)|
The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) awards successful students on this programme the internationally recognised Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. The International Economics programme provides the skills needed to pursue internationally oriented careers with government and non-government organisations as well as with international businesses and international business organisations. The degree is accredited by the international academic ratings agency FIBAA, and is recognised as qualifying graduates to apply for posts in the senior German civil service - in line with the joint guidelines agreed by the Standing Conference of the Interior Ministers of the Länder (Innenministerkonferenz) and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Kultusministerkonferenz).
The first semester is built around mandatory courses in, for example, international economics, macroeconomics and development economics. In the second semester students choose from a range of electives. In addition, they all participate in a project seminar focusing in detail on selected contemporary policy issues. The third semester is reserved for researching and preparing the thesis. Teaching is entirely in English, giving students an opportunity to sustainably improve their comprehension and speaking skills in an English context. This approach also reflects the standard requirements for applicants hoping to work in international companies. Classes are conducted in a combined lecture/seminar format where students are expected to play an active part.
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Placement||Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree with only 180 credit points (generally corresponding to a 3 year bachelor’s degree) will be required to complete a work experience placement in the third semester worth 30 credit points. Students with a bachelor’s degree worth 210 credit points who have already done supervised work experience on their undergraduate programme may, if they so wish, also take a placement in the third semester.|
|International Cooperation||The BSEL has close contacts to|
Applicants must fulfil the following requirements:
- Bachelor’s or equivalent degree
- At least 210 credit points (applicants with 180 European credit points will be required to obtain the additional 30 credit points by completing a placement in the third semester, i.e., the programme will then last four semesters)
- Excellent English skills equivalent at least to B2 on the CERF (Common European Reference Framework)
- Evidence specifically of having completed undergraduate courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International Economics
- Letter of motivation in English
- Curriculum Vitae in English
If there are more applicants than places, the programme follows a NC (numerus clausus) procedure.
|Summer Semester||Winter Semester|
|Applicants with a degree from a German university||-||15.04.–15.06.|
|Applicants with a degree from a university abroad||-||15.04.–30.05.|
Fees and grants
|Matriculation fee||Approximately 270 € per semester (incl. local transport semester ticket)|
|Grants||Students may be able to apply for BAföG (German citizens) or DAAD (non-EU citizens)|