The Master’s degree program in Economics is a comprehensive, advanced-level academic and scientific program. The program prepares students to engage in challenging tasks at economic policy institutions in Austria and abroad, at private companies, public administration offices, or pursue a career in academia at research institutes, or in business research. Students can specialize in various subfields such as international trade, labor market economics, industrial economics, macroeconomics, or public sector economics. The courses are held in English, allowing students to improve their language skills and communicate effectively at a professional level. Graduates holding a Master’s degree in Economics are eligible to enroll in the JKU’s Ph.D. program in Economics (PIE), coordinated together with the University of Innsbruck.

Your Benefits

  • Specialization in various subfields of economics according to your interests
  • Comprehensive education in current methods of economic theory and empirical economic research
  • Proficiency in English (the majority of courses are taught in English)

Educational Objectives

The Master’s degree program in Economics offers students advanced education in modern economic theory and empirical research methods. Graduates master the tools needed to conduct real-world, applied research in both the public and the private sector.

Graduates of the Master’s degree program in Economics:

  • have a strong background in economics and are able to complete new tasks quickly and independently
  • can apply their advanced knowledge professionally and solve problems in their field(s) of expertise
  • can successfully apply quantitative training methods in order to address topical research questions in economics
  • possess effective leadership qualities and a wide, diverse and comprehensive set of analytical and social skills

Job Opportunities

Graduates are highly sought-after specialists and can pursue a wide variety of professional careers. Depending on your preferred subfield of specialization, a Master’s degree in Economics allows you to pursue various positions (for example as an analyst, researcher or consultant) in:

  • the analytical department of a financial service institution or an international company
  • an EU, OECD, or UNO committee or similar organizations
  • the Austrian National Bank or the European Central Bank
  • economic research institutions
  • a university or university of applied sciences
  • government offices
  • state and federal administration offices (such as spatial planning, or the Ministry of Finance)

JKU Post-Graduate Degree Programs

  • Ph.D. Program in Economics
  • Doctoral Degree Program in Social and Economic Sciences

Recommended Study Plan (Overview)

As part of the Master’s degree program, students are required to complete courses totaling 120 ECTS credits in the following areas:

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