Master's Programme in Economics

University of St.Gallen (HSG), School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs

Program Description
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Master's Programme in Economics

University of St.Gallen (HSG), School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs

The Master’s Programme in Economics offers a comprehensive economic education. The programme focuses on a theoretical and empirical analysis of economic relationships. You acquire a broad knowledge of theories and methods that are useful for understanding the big social and economic challenges of our times and specifically train your ability to analyse economic problems and policy strategies. A sound knowledge in core areas and in attractive specialisations, as well as solid expertise in analytical tools, give access to a wide range of professional activities and provide a successful start to your professional career.


In MEcon, you acquire 90 credits in three to four semesters. Studies in economics conform to rigorous international standards, both in terms of subject areas and analytical and empirical methods. Therefore compulsory courses focus on core issues of economics. They are supplemented by core electives and elective courses which also give students an opportunity to connect to the research interests of faculty members. In addition, students can attend courses from other Master’s programmes such as Banking and Finance, International Affairs and Governance, and Law and Economics. This large range of elective courses is an opportunity to develop personal specialisations in:

  • International Economy
  • Government and the Economy
  • Work, Population and Health
  • Finance and Capital Markets
  • Firms and Markets

Languages of instruction

The MEcon is taught both in English and in German. The core courses are offered in English jointly with the MiQE/F (Master’s Programme in Quantitative Economics and Finance).

Fast-track Ph.D.

If you attain the necessary grade average and fulfil the requirements, the programme will provide you with access to the Ph.D. Programme in Economics and Finance (PEF). You will already be able to earn credits for the PEF during the Master’s programme and thus complete your doctoral studies in fast-track mode.

Internships with selected partners

The MEcon has agreements with a network of selected partners which regularly offer internship places with economic relevance. We encourage you to gather practical experience and establish contacts for your later career start already during your studies. On application, practice credits will be awarded for qualified internships.

Studying internationally

MEcon students can benefit from the exclusive opportunity to obtain a double degree from the HSG and a leading European partner university: the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). Within the DM2 agreement of the HSG, students can also apply for a double degree programme with ESADE Barcelona, HEC Paris and RSM Rotterdam. The CEMS Master’s in International Management (CEMS MIM) is available to them as well. In addition, the HSG offers exchange programmes with approx. 200 partner universities worldwide.

Double degrees and other programmes

  • The MEcon offers exclusively to its students the possibility of participating in attractive double degree programme with SSE Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Other double degree programmes are offered by the HSG with ESADE Barcelona, Spain; HEC Paris, France and RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
  • CEMS Master’s in International Management (CEMS MIM)
  • Exchange programmes with approx. 200 universities worldwide

Career perspectives

A MEcon degree provides the foundations in economic theory and empirical tools that are required to understand and analyse economic relationships and processes and to develop solutions to policy problems. Application-oriented empirical tools support your capacity in strategic decision- making processes. With such abilities, you enjoy substantial advantages with regard to starting a career with a wide range of possibilities. Not only public and international institutions, but also private firms, banks and insurance companies are interested in MEcon graduates. Reputable consulting firms regularly employ well-trained economists too.

Admission to the MEcon programme:

Please consult our website for the latest detailed admission criteria.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 21, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 17, 2018
18 months
Full time
3,326 CHF
Mar. 31, 2018
Switzerland - St.Gallen
Start date: Sept. 17, 2018
Application deadline Mar. 31, 2018
End date Request Info
Sept. 17, 2018
Switzerland - St.Gallen
Application deadline Mar. 31, 2018
End date Request Info
Fee for Swiss students: CHF 1426