MSc Economics: Public Economics

Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics

Program Description

MSc Economics: Public Economics

Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics

MSc Economics / Public Economics

Are you curious about how we should deal with issues like climate change, international terrorism, decision-making in democracies, migration, an ageing population, social and health insurance? Do you wonder whether the market can always regulate itself, or whether the policy is sometimes required to step in? Don't you dare to ask questions that don’t have straightforward answers? The Public Economics track offers you the possibility to do just that.

Study with the experts

Public Economics examines decisions in the public sector – from individual to social behaviour, from government decisions to policy changes – and its effect on the private sphere, individuals, the community, and markets. In this track you study, using a unique three-pronged learning approach: it works through a combination of formal theoretical reasoning, behavioural and experimental examinations, and empirical policy evaluation. In other words, the track provides you with the applicable scientific knowledge to tackle important real-world problems. Your lecturers are active researchers and experts publishing their work in international journals, which means you’re learning ‘first-hand’ in an exciting, evolving field.

What are your career prospects?

Graduates have found positions in:

  • large banks and insurance companies;
  • NGOs and intergovernmental organisations such as the EU, World Bank, OECD;
    development aid;
  • regulatory authorities;
  • firms and departments that have dealings with government policies.

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

Career prospects

The Public Economics track opens many career doors. In addition, student associations, such as the IES network, frequently ask people from governmental organisations, private companies and the civil service to make presentations. Whatever your career ambitions or areas of interest, these speakers cover every perspective from business to economics.

Graduates have found positions in:

  • large banks and insurance companies
  • NGOs and intergovernmental organisations such as the EU, World Bank and OECD
  • development aid
  • regulatory authorities
  • firms and departments that have dealings with government policies

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 to 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 the BSc Economics and Business Economics gives direct access to the 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 September 21, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
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1 year
Full time
Price
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12,000 EUR
for non-EU students
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Locations
Netherlands - Maastricht, Limburg
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