Master in Economics (MEcon)


Program Description

Fact sheet MEcon

Our fact sheet gives you an overview of the most important information about the Master's degree program in Economics.

  • Master's program: Economics (MEcon)
  • Degree: Master of Arts HSG (M.A. HSG)
  • Program start: Fall semester (calendar week 38)
  • Duration: 1.5 - 2 years / 3 - 4 semesters, full-time
  • Credits: 90 ECTS
  • Program language: German (English compulsory subjects) or English
  • Program running since: 2004, reformed in 2010 and 2019
  • Accreditation: EQUIS, AACSB
  • Application window: 1st October to 31st March

MEcon offers a comprehensive education in economics based on the core areas of Macro- and Microeconomics as well as Econometrics. 

The Master's degree program in Economics (MEcon) provides in-depth theoretical and empirical knowledge in order to analyze the social and economic challenges of our time. Data analysis has become a central component of developed economies due to the advance of digitalization. Hence, over recent years processing and analyzing Big Data has become increasingly important. MEcon provides you with the necessary tools to analyze economic policy problems using state-of-the-art methods and to develop successful strategies. You will thus be well prepared for responsible positions when you enter the job market.

Why choosing MEcon at the University of St.Gallen?

  • Studying internationally
  • Broad career prospects
  • Individual profiling
  • In-depth method training and digitalization
  • Direct contact with renowned faculty
  • Integrative education


  • With MEcon you develop a clear understanding of the central economic and social relationships.
  • You acquire in-depth methodological and theoretical knowledge for empirical research and can apply this knowledge already during your studies.
  • You learn to handle large amounts of data. You will get to know different tools for data processing and can analyze and interpret the data in an economic context.
  • You will learn to use your economic knowledge to solve real economic and social problems (incentive theory, corporate governance, globalization, aging societies, unemployment, welfare state, growth, etc.).
  • In addition, your management and communication skills are trained.

Career Prospects

A MEcon degree offers you interesting perspectives and diverse career opportunities.

MEcon provides the knowledge and skills needed to understand and analyze economic processes and to develop solutions to economic problems. This expertise opens up varied career paths in a wide range of professional fields: the public sector, international organizations, consultancy firms, banks, and insurance companies as well as academic career paths.

If you are striving for an academic career, the academic education in MEcon provides excellent preparation for the Ph.D. program in Economics and Finance at the University of St.Gallen.


The MEcon provides the necessary tools for economic careers and research in the digital age.

Duration and structure

The MEcon is designed as a full-time study program for a standard duration of 3 semesters. The study period can be extended up to 8 semesters. In total, you will earn 90 ECTS credits, which are divided into core studies, contextual studies, and Master thesis. The program can only be started in the fall semester.

Core Studies

In the Master's degree program in Economics, the core studies are divided into three parts: compulsory courses, core electives, and independent electives. The compulsory area comprises a total of seven courses, four in the core subjects of micro- and macroeconomics, and three method courses. The core electives area offers a variety of specializations. Three out of ten core courses (12 ECTS credits) have to be taken. In addition, further courses can be selected from the wide range of courses from MEcon and other programs. In the independent elective area, you can further sharpen your study profile.

Contextual studies

Contextual studies aim at giving the students, alongside their specific subject competences, social, historical, and cultural awareness to accompany them on their future paths. It also offers skills courses, in which you get to know presentation and negotiation techniques or programming languages. The contextual studies are offered for all programs on the Master’s level.

Master thesis

In your Master thesis, you deal thoroughly with a scientific question. You directly apply the theories and empiricism learned in the core courses. The Master thesis is weighted with 18 ECTS credits and can be written in German or English.


The MEcon can be studied in a flexible mixture of German and English language. The compulsory courses are taught in English, core electives and independent electives can also be attended in German.

MEcon Admission Criteria

  • Recognized degree from a Swiss university with at least 180 ECTS credit points.
  • Language requirements in the language of instruction English.

Please consult our website for further details and the most up-to-date information about the admission criteria.


  • The degree program starts in the fall semester. The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250.
  • Application period: 1st October - 31st March

Study internationally: Double Degree Programs

We cooperate with renowned schools worldwide. Our Double Degree programs allow you to gain international experience, broaden your perspective, and supplement your MEcon degree with a second Master’s degree from leading business universities.

Please note that you can only apply for the following double degree programs once you have started the MEcon program at the University of St. Gallen. A direct application for the double degree program is not possible.

  • Double Degree Programme with Stockholm School of Economics (SSE)
  • Double Degree Programme DM Europe
  • CEMS Master's in International Management (CEMS MIM)
Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

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