Master in Economics


Program Description


This Master's Program in Economics is designed to equip you with the analytical tools you will need for work in the field of Economics. The specific objective of the program is for you to acquire tools for economic analysis and to apply these in policymaking in the public and private sectors. You will develop advanced skills in terms of a solid knowledge in economic theory – in particular, microeconomic theory and quantitative methods – for understanding and analyzing economic problems. These skills are essential for a practicing economist in many applied fields.

Solid training in research is emphasized through the requirement of thesis work. In the writing of the thesis, you will demonstrate and practice your ability to integrate economic theory and methods in a context raised by the research question.


If you have a degree focused on Economics or Finance and wish to further your understanding of how economic policy affects society, then you are strongly encouraged to apply. Since the program includes the composition of a thesis, it is ideal for you if your intention is to pursue research or if you aim to demonstrate to potential employers an ability both to understand economic theory and methods and to integrate these into real-life situations.

Entry Requirements (September 2019)

Specific Entry Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree comprising at least 180 credits with a major in Economics or equivalent knowledge. Documented language proficiency knowledge equivalent to English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school or equivalent knowledge.

English Language Proficiency

The most common tests and important scores that are accepted are:

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Please check the University Admissions information on English Language Proficiency to see if you are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS result.

Tuition Fees

105 000 SEK (total)
*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.

Tuition fees are paid in one-semester installments and the first payment (53 000 SEK) must be paid no later than June 1. This allows for reasonable processing time for a residence permit application.

If you have any questions about tuition fee payments, please e-mail


There are a number of scholarships available for successful applicants to the Economics who are not EU/EEA citizens.

For more information about scholarships, please visit our webpage about international student scholarships or contact

  • Scholarships for international students

Program Overview

The program is a one-year Master in Economics. It comprises 60 credits (1 credit = 1 ECTS) and it starts in the beginning of September, which is the start of the autumn semester.

The program focuses on applied microeconomic analysis. All courses and supervision are given in English. The first semester (autumn) of the program is composed of four courses. The second semester (spring) includes two courses and a Master’s thesis of 15 credits in Economics.

Semester 1 (Autumn)

  • Mathematics for Microdata Analysis (ST2004)
  • Applied Microeconomics (NA3001)
  • Econometrics (NA3011)
  • Economics of Leadership (NA3009)

Semester 2 (Spring)

  • Advanced Microeconomics (NA3005)
  • Welfare Economic Analysis of Public Policy (NA3007)
  • Master Thesis (NA3010)

Degree Awarded

Upon completion of the program, you will be awarded a Master of Science in Economics.

Study Environment

Dalarna University is a small university, which will allow you to develop personal relationships with your classmates and teachers. You will study at the campus in Borlänge, which is located close to the region's largest shopping center. Borlänge is situated 10 km from Romme Alpin Ski Resort.

Typically, there are 10-15 students in each class in the Economics Program. Lessons include lectures, individual and group discussions and presentations, study visits and an examination or essay. You will normally have up to ten hours of classes a week, as well as 20 to 30 hours of individual reading and writing assignments, and group projects.

Since the program admits only a small number of students, you will easily get to know your classmates and be involved with activities in and around Dalarna and Sweden with new-found friends.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared for staff and managerial positions in the public and private sectors that require the integration of microeconomic analysis and advanced quantitative methods.

Your career opportunities in the private sector include consultant, trading expert, financial advisor and analyst. Opportunities in the public sector may be found within education and NGOs. This program will also prepare you for advanced studies in PhD programs in Economics.

Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

At Dalarna University, we collaborate with external parties and society in a great many ways. Our aim is to give you - our students - the means to make a difference in the world.

At Dalarna University, we collaborate with external parties and society in a great many ways. Our aim is to give you - our students - the means to make a difference in the world. Read less
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