Master in Development Economics

University of Göttingen

Program Description

Master in Development Economics

University of Göttingen

Master in Development Economics (M.A.)

What do we “develop” in our MA in Development Economics? If “software” is the answer you were looking for, the app obviously led you to the wrong page. But if you want to know what economic and policy instruments can spur growth of a whole country, how to assess the impact of a policy measure, or most efficiently help developing countries reach adequate living standards or whether help helps at all. If you’d like to do your own research in this field one day or work with governments and aid agencies advising them on current development issues– this might be just the right study for you!

The English-language Master of Arts in Development Economics is jointly offered by the Department of Economics (Faculty of Economic Sciences) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences). It builds on the successful Master of Arts in International Economics and the Master of Arts in Agribusiness; these programmes already had a strong specialization in development issues. This research-oriented Master's programme now offers a comprehensive four semester programme dedicated solely to the study of development economics issues. It leads to an internationally recognized and accredited Master’s degree in Development Economics and offers research-oriented teaching that covers theoretical as well as empirical issues in economic development. Its wide course offerings, one semester stay abroad, master thesis and specialization in agricultural economics or economics will enable students to analyze current issues in development economics and prepare them for careers in research or policy.

Structure of the Master's Programme

The Master's programme in Development Economics is four semesters in length during which 120 ECTS are required. It is divided into the course phase and the Master's thesis. There are five modules (30 credits) of compulsory modules. Students can then specialize in agricultural economics or economics, each requiring a further 12 credits (two modules) of compulsory courses in the field of specialization. Then students can choose another five modules in development or agricultural economics. Three modules can then be chosen freely also among other subjects and the Master's thesis completes the programme.

Students have to study abroad for one semester. This semester has to be spent at a partner university of the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Göttingen. International students are exempt from this requirement.

Students may apply for the following programmes:

  • Exchange programme with the Stellenbosch University, South Africa, funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • Exchange programme with universities in Latin and South America (for example Argentina, Brazil and Mexico)
  • Exchange programmes with universities in Mississippi (USA), Adelaide (Australia) Fudan (China) and Bogor (Indonesia)
  • European Exchange Programmes Sokrates/Erasmus
  • Exchange programme with universities in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg)

Possible areas of professional occupation

The degree in Development Economics will offer excellent career perspectives in a wide range of fields. Building on a track record of successful placement of students of our existing master's programmes, the opportunities for this programme include employment in:

  • Governments and aid agencies working on development issues,
  • international organizations such as the World Bank, organizations of the UN system (e.g. ILO, FAO, UNIDO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO, etc.), the OECD, EU, or regional development banks,
  • Policy research institutions such as those of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research as well as national and international development policy think tanks,
  • International business in multinational companies,
  • Further education at the Ph.D. level in Göttingen or abroad.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 15, 2016
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Oct. 2016
4 semesters
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Start date Oct. 2016
Germany Göttingen, Lower Saxony
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