Master in Development Economics

University of Göttingen

Program Description

Master in Development Economics

University of Göttingen

Development Economics (M.A.)

What do we “develop” in our Master's programme 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!

Study programme: Development Economics (M.A.) Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.) with an optional Double Degree Programme duration: 4 Semesters Beginning of programme: Winter and summer semester Admission: limited admission (application to the university) Admission requirements: Admission procedure Application: Application procedure Application deadline: April 1st to May 15th (for the winter semester) and October 1st to November 15th (for the summer semester) Language requirements: Good skills in English proven by e.g. TOEFL, IELTS (the programme is taught completely in English)

General information

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 specialisation 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's thesis and specialisation in agricultural economics or economics will enable students to analyse current issues in development economics and prepare them for careers in research or policy.

Programme structure 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 four modules (24 credits) of compulsory modules. Students can then specialise in agricultural economics or economics, each requiring a further 12 credits (two modules) of compulsory courses in the field of specialisation. Then students can choose another 36 credits (six modules) in development or agricultural economics from a wide variety of course offerings, of which one course (6 credits) has to be a seminar. Three modules (18 credits) 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 can be spent at a partner university of the Faculty of Economic Sciences of Göttingen University. International students are exempt from this requirement.

Students may apply for the following partner university 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 (Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, El Salvador)
  • Exchange programme with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies
  • Exchange programme with universities in Asia and Australia (for example China - funded by the DAAD, India, Indonesia, and South Korea)

Double Degree Programme

The Faculty of Economic Sciences is offering a double degree programme with the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (South Africa). In four semesters, specially qualified students can simultaneously earn the degree "M.A. in Development Economics" from the University of Göttingen and the "Master of Commerce in Economics" from the University of Stellenbosch.

Occupational fields

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, organisations 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 September 9, 2016
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Oct. 2016
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Nov. 15, 2016
Winter semester: April 1 to May 15 of the same calendar year. Summer semester: October 1 to November 15 of the previous calendar year.
Start date Oct. 2016
Germany Göttingen, Lower Saxony
Application deadline Nov. 15, 2016
Winter semester: April 1 to May 15 of the same calendar year. Summer semester: October 1 to November 15 of the previous calendar year.
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