Master's Programme in Economics

University of St.Gallen (HSG), School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs

Program Description
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Master's Programme in Economics

University of St.Gallen (HSG), School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs

The studies focus on the theoretical and empirical analysis of economic relationships, and convey the knowledge required for analysing economic problems and evaluating economic policy strategies. The curriculum offers a great deal of leeway to shape your studies in line with your own interests and goals. A solid knowledge of fundamentals and attracting specialisations provide the basis for a wide range of professional fields and a successful start to your career.


Education in economics largely follows international standards. Thus, the compulsory subjects focus on core issues of economics (Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Mathematics) and allow you to select a large part of the core subjects according to your own interests and skills. By choosing courses from other Master’s programmes you can create your own optional specialisations, for example in:

• International Economy

• Government and the Economy

• Work, Population and Health

• Finance and Capital Markets

• Enterprises and Markets

During your studies, you will also have to write a Master’s thesis and attend courses in Contextual Studies.

Languages of instruction

The MEcon is taught both in English and in German. The core courses are offered in English jointly with the MiQE/F (Master’s Programme in Quantitative Economics and Finance). This guarantees consistent mutual openness of electives.

Fast-track Ph.D.

If you attain the necessary grade average and fulfil the requirements, the programme will provide you with access to the Ph.D. Programme in Economics and Finance (PEF). You will already be able to earn credits for the PEF during the Master’s programme and thus complete your doctoral studies in fast-track mode.

Internships with selected partners

The MEcon has agreements with a network of selected partners which regularly offer internship places with economic relevance. We encourage you to gather practical experience and establish contacts for your later career start already during your studies. On application, practice credits will be awarded for qualified internships.

International exchange programmes

Double degrees and other programmes

• The MEcon offers exclusively to its students the possibility of participating in attractive double degree programmes with SSE Stockholm, Sweden and CBS Copenhagen, Denmark.

• Other double degree programmes are offered by the HSG with ESADE Barcelona, Spain; HEC Paris, France; RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy.

• CEMS Master’s in International Management

• Exchange programmes with 190 partner universities worldwide

Career perspectives

A MEcon degree equips you with the fundamental knowledge and expertise required to understand and analyse economic processes. Application-oriented empirical and theoretical tools support your capacity for strategic decision-making. This will enable you to pursue a career with a wide range of possibilities. Not only banks, insurance companies, public services, administrations and private enterprises are interested in our graduates, but reputable business consultancies also regularly employ well educated economists.

Admission to the MEcon programme:

More information:

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 19, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 18, 2017
18 months
Full time
3,326 CHF
Mar. 31, 2017
Start date Sept. 18, 2017
Switzerland St.Gallen
Application deadline Mar. 31, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 18 months
Price 3,326 CHF
Fee for Swiss students: CHF 1426