MSc Economics (MSE)


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Program Description

MSc Economics (MSE)

Master the world of economics and economic data.

Acquire the tools for understanding the micro- and macroeconomic consequences of human motives, incentives, policy, and institutions. Learn how to collect and analyze economic, social and financial data, while developing a comprehensive understanding of global economic issues for strategic decision making.

The MSE equips you with a strong core of economic theory and data-analytic skills, and our 3 tracks offer you the flexibility to adapt the program to your needs and interests. The MSE is accessible without prior training in economics.


Apr (for Aug intake)


  • Full-time 1 Year
  • Part-time 2 Years


  • GMAT / GRE


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The MSc in Economics, with tracks in Applied Economics, Econometrics, and Quantitative Economics, is a program offering an in-depth study of economics and economic data analysis. It features a strong yet flexible core program that includes an entry path for students without prior training in economics, a track core that sharpens your focus, and a wide range of electives in your chosen track. It also gives you the flexibility to take modules outside your track or program so you can create a fulfilling program suited to your needs.

The MSc in Economics is available for part-time or full-time study. The Applied Economics track is primarily for part-time study over two years, although this track can be studied full-time over a year if desired. Classes for the Applied Economics are held in the evenings or on Saturday morning. The Econometrics and Quantitative Economics tracks are primarily for full-time study over one year, although it is also available for part-time study by students who are able to attend weekday daytime classes. Please note that part-time study is available only to Singapore-based students (citizens, permanent residents, and those holding valid employment passes).

We seek students with a keen sense of purpose and curiosity about economics. While the program offers those with economics undergraduate degrees an opportunity for in-depth study in economics, the program is also suitable for those without prior economics training. Previous training in economics is not required.

An Applied Economics track student could be a working professional who makes or will be making critical and strategic decisions in his/her company or public sector agency, who could benefit tremendously from a good understanding of the market and the economy. An Econometrics track student could be someone who wishes to learn more about data analysis with a special focus on economic, financial and social data. A Quantitative Economics track student might be someone with a strong technical background who wishes to prepare themselves for Ph.D. level study in economics.


Comprehensive understanding of global economic issues for strategic decision making in the public sector and corporate world. With an emphasis on applications, the AET will give you the content knowledge and familiarity with economics frameworks and methods needed for analyzing the events and complex issues we constantly confront.


Mastering econometric tools for collecting and analyzing economic social and financial data, informed by well-founded insights from economic theory and practice. Focusing on modern and rigorous data analysis methods, this track covers regression analysis, time-series and forecasting methods, panel-data models, visualization techniques for big data and more.


Firm theoretical grounding for frontline economic research. This track provides training that is comparable to the first year program of top Ph.D. programs around the world. You will develop the technical skills necessary for accessing the most up-to-date economics research or for further studies in economics. It is your most direct pathway into our Ph.D. in Economics program.



  • Applied Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Quantitative Economics

1st in Asia | Top 5 Worldwide

for Econometrics Research, and 64th worldwide for overall economics research in the Tilburg University Economics Schools Research Ranking based on contributions from 2012 to 2016.

Your Bridge to Strategic Economic Management

  • A concise program with a sharp focus
  • Anyone with a good undergraduate degree in any discipline can apply
  • Intellectually stimulating material with an interactive teaching style
  • Evening classes for working professionals
Last updated May 2019

About the School

A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is

A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is Read less