Master of Professional Economics


Program Description

Take your career to the next level with a qualification from Victoria's Professional Economics programme. Develop an economic toolbox that you can use to address 'real-world' problems. This respected programme will equip you with decision-making skills that are based on a solid understanding of economic principles.

Economics under the microscope

Examine the intricacies of microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. Study market structures, the implications of government interventions in the economy and different economic theories in relation to growth, development and stability. Explore how policy influences economic decisions.

In demand

There is a real demand for skilled professional economists who are able to engage in rigorous economic analysis. To fill this need, the programme has been developed in close consultation with leading professional economists from the Government Economics Network, the New Zealand Association of Economists, bank economists and other industry experts.

Master of Professional Economics

  • Starts: 5 Mar 2018, 16 Jul 2018, 4 Mar 2019, 8 Jul 2019
  • Type: Coursework
  • Location: On campus (Pipitea, Wellington)
  • Complete: 180 points (9 courses)
  • Entry: Appropriate Bachelor's degree with a B- average

Qualification family structure

The MPE is part of a tiered family of qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Economics
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Economics
  • Master of Professional Economics

Choose the qualification that suits your career goals, time constraints and financial situation.

Staircasing allows movement in both directions — if you start with the Certificate or Diploma, you can apply to transfer to the Master’s degree at a later stage.

Both your performance in the programme and your professional work experience will be taken into account when assessing your application for transfer.

If you enrol in the Master's but can't complete it, for whatever reason, you may have enough points to be awarded the Certificate or Diploma.

Returning to study

Many students pick up postgraduate study after several years away. If it's been a while since you've studied, our liaison officers can help you get back into university life.


With the executive skills, you'll gain you might find work in central or local government as a policy analyst, adviser, planner or regulator. Or you could work as an economist or analyst in a bank or other financial institution, in a multinational company or international organisation or trade body.

You might work as an economic or management consultant, or an advocate for industry groups, or as a media researcher or presenter.

Last updated November 2019

About the School

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