MSc Economics: Social Economics

Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics

Program Description
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MSc Economics: Social Economics

Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics

MSc Economics / Social Economics

Is training and formal learning reflected in workers’ wages? Does more health information lead to better health? What are the effects of segregated neighbourhoods? Through the Social Economics track, you will ask questions relating to the cultural and market forces that drive behaviours. You will then analyse these questions both theoretically and empirically in order to generate solutions. The track will provide you with a ‘toolkit’ through which you will be able to carry out empirical analysis. This will consist of three essential elements: economic theory, econometric tools, and ‘policy in practice’.

Your thesis, optional internship and research can also be used to tackle real-life issues.



Corporate connections

The department has links to government organisations, the Dutch Bureau of Statistics, the EU, and consulting and lobbying firms in Brussels. It also has connections to large organisations such as ABP, the Dutch pension fund, and it is possible to organise an internship in the summer following your studies. And last but not least, it has links with ROA and UNU-Merit research institutes. All of these resources may be valuable to you both in writing your thesis and in finding a job after you graduate.

Social Economics is a 1-year, full-time programme taught entirely in English. Graduates will a master's degree in International Economic Studies with a specialisation in Social Economics.

Internships

Would you like to gain professional experience while still studying? The School considers doing an internship during your studies a highly valuable experience, and helps you gain this advantage by offering the possibility of an extracurricular internship.

This means that the internship is an addition to your master’s programme and therefore it cannot be used to replace any part of your programme. To qualify, the internship should last at least 8 weeks full-time (12 ECTS) but never more than 20 weeks full-time (30 ECTS). Furthermore, the internship may only take place after you have completed at least two courses in your master’s programme. Since it is an extracurricular part of the programme an administrative fee of € 250 will be charged.

To assist students in finding an internship that matches their interests, SBE maintains an extensive database with internship opportunities that are perfectly suited to the various fields of study offered at SBE. In addition, the SBE Internship Office is on hand for guidance and counseling.

Exchange

The opportunity to gain experience abroad gives you a great advantage in today’s job market, and will broaden not only your career but also your personal horizon. A master’s exchange is in addition to your regular study programme, which means that you take an extra semester at one of the School’s top partner institutions. A master's exchange will only be possible on condition that you have a 100% study progress; students who will be doing their exchange in a third, extended, semester will take priority over students who will run into more study delay.

The administration fee for going abroad in your SBE master’s programme is €500. This fee will be charged as soon as you have confirmed your allocated study place abroad.

For a master’s exchange semester within the Erasmus programme, that is to say within the EU, grants are available but will be assigned according to priority. Master’s students going abroad outside of the European Union (EU) will not be eligible for any grants.

Career prospects

Social economists are ideally suited to roles as policy makers and researchers. Your ability to provide good advice on social issues will make you a valuable employee in a government institution, international organisation, consultancy or policy research department in business.

Graduates have found positions in:

  • consultancy firms
  • international organisations
  • government organisations, such as health and education departments
  • research institutes

Admission

For general bachelor’s graduates


If you are not aSBEcontinuing master’s student, you should complete a registration request for the selective master's programme via Studielink.

You will then receive a confirmation of your request as well as login details for MyUM. In the My UM portal you should complete the application form and upload all documents relating to the admission requirements (see admission requirements table below). If further information is needed to assess or complete your application, additional documents may be requested. After the receipt of a complete application has been acknowledged, your file will be assessed. Within approximately two weeks you will hear whether you have been admitted to the programme.

Admission Requirements

  • Registration request: a registration request for the master's programme in Studielink.
  • Application form: a completed application form in My UM
  • Bachelor’s degree: a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, together with a certified transcript of exam subjects and grades
  • Grade Point Average: we encourage you to provide your GPA using the 0-10 Dutch grading system. If your transcript uses a different grading system, you may use this Nuffic document to convert the GPA into the 0-10 scale
  • Motivation letter: a letter describing your motivation for applying to the MSc International Economic Studies programme at SBE
  • CV (optional): a curriculum vitae (CV) in English
  • GMAT / GRE: an official GMAT or GRE score (valid for two years). An official score lower than 500 results in automatic rejection.
  • TOEFL / IELTS (not applicable for native English speakers and/or EU/EEA students): a minimum TOEFL score of at least 575 (paper-based test), 233 (computer based test) or 90-91 (internet-based test), a minimum IELTS score of at least 6.5 or a pass for the Cambridge Proficiency test (valid for two years)
  • Passport: a scanned copy of your passport (must be valid at the programme start date)
  • Portrait picture: a scanned portrait picture

Application deadlines

  • September intake: 1 July (for students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland) and 1 May (for students from other countries)
  • February intake: 1 December (for students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland)and 1 October (for students from other countries)

For SBE bachelor’s graduates


(Only theBSc Economics and Business Economicsgives direct access tothe MSc International Economic Studies)

If you qualify for one of the continuing master’s programmes, you should complete a graduation request for the bachelor’s programme and submit it online. You should then complete a re-registration request for the bachelor’s programme and a registration request for the continuing master’s programme via Studielink. You will then receive a confirmation of your request. After that you will need to fill out an application form via My UM. If further information is needed to assess or complete your application, additional documents may be requested. After the receipt of a complete application has been acknowledged, your file will be assessed. Within approximately two weeks you will hear whether you have been admitted to the programme.

Admission requirements

  • Graduation request: a graduation request for the bachelor’s programme
  • Re-registration request: a re-registration request for the bachelor’s programme
  • Registration request: a registration request for the continuing master's programme
  • Bachelor’s degree: a bachelor's degree from SBE that gives direct access to the MSc International Economic Studies programme
  • Passport: a scanned copy of your passport (must be valid at the programme start date)
  • Portrait picture: a scanned portrait picture


Application deadlines

  • September start: 1 July (for students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland) and 1 May (for students from other countries)
  • February start: 1 December (for students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland)and 1 October (for students from other countries)
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated May 2, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
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1 year
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12,000 EUR
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