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M.Sc. Economics

Master of Science
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All about Corona you find in the FSU Corona-FAQ.

Important: All regulations of the faculty regarding exams, thesis/seminar papers, and regular study times which have been adapted to the Corona situation you find here [pdf, 19 kb] de.


The faculty staff is enriched by three new professors:

Prof. Dr. Daniel Streitz: he is co-affiliated to the research institute IWH in Halle and will provide one course per term. His research and teaching area is empirial finance, banking, and regulation.

Prof. Dr. Javier Miranda: he is also co-affiliated to the research institute IWH in Halle and will provide one course per term. His research and teaching area is productivity analysis, labor markets, entrepreneurship.

Prof. Dr. Roland Winkler: he is the successor of Prof. Wolters and will have the chair for macroeconomics. He is able to start at the FSU from October 2021 (winter term). Henceforth, the chair is still vacant in the summer term. But he will nevertheless give a course about dynamic macroeconomics in open economies as a block course beginning of June (to be credited for "Empirical Macroeconomics").

Basic Information

Duration and degree Show content

The duration of the programme is 2 years (4 semesters). To complete the programne, 120 credit points (ECTS) are necessary. The awarded degree is Master of Science in Economics.

The intake is always in the winter term (starting in October).

Short description Show content

The Master of Science in Economics teaches students the skills needed to thoroughly analyse economic issues and problems, understand and apply the relevant academic theory, and use the correct formal and empirical methods. This in turn will allow them to find creative approaches to problem solving and predict the political and social consequences of economic activity. Graduates will typically work in leading positions ibn banks, firms, research institutes, syndicates, public administration, or start an academic career.

  • The programme comprises a basic area (48 credits) which provides a sound education in many relevant fields of economics as well as training in soft skills.
  • In the specialisation area (48 credits) students acquire deeper knowledge in a particular field according to their interests.
  • In the master's thesis (24 credits) students demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge and skills to an economic research question within the field of their specialisation.
Teaching language Show content

The teaching language is English (except for very few elective courses in German).

Only the specialisation area "Regional Dynamics" requires German proficiency (DSH-2). So it is possible to complete this program without German. But we recommend to learn German which is partially credited for the curriculum.

Application requirements Show content

We expect a sound pre-education in economics, mathematics, and statistics. We expect in particular a basic knowlege of microeconomics (e.g. Varian's textbook on Microeconomics or comparable), macroeconomics (e.g. Blanchard's textbook on Macroeconomics or comparable), basic algebra (including vectors and matrices), calculus (derivatives, integrals) and statistics (estimation, hypothesis tests). Furthermore, we expect some knowledge in further fields of economics (e.g. international trade, public finance, industrial economics etc.). Please note that we are restrictive in counting courses as "economics" courses. Courses related to business administration, accounting, management, business finance etc. do not count. Courses with a potentially ideological background as well as courses with a more descriptive content, such as regional specifities of a certain econonmy, do not count. The pre-education should also have a certain broadness, too strong a specialisation is unwarranted. In general, we apply the criteria strictly because of the very high number of applicants. Please see also this document [pdf, 68 kb] de which you have to use for your online application.

We highly recommend to take this self-test [pdf, 210 kb] de which should help you  to find out whether your pre-knowledge and skills are a good match for our study programme.

We cannot directly measure the quality of your pre-education. Having several courses e.g. in microeconomics does not necessarily mean that the pre-education in microeconomics is sound.

Before you apply you should be sure that this programme fits your interests and is suitable for your future plans. Make also sure that your financial situation allows for a study of two years. Recall that the faculty does not provide grants.

Application requirements:

  • University degree with a duration of at least 3 years and at least 180 ECTS.
  • Final grade has to be 2,5 or better (German grading system). Applicants with a Bachelor degree must be within the 65% of the best in their year.
  • Required pre-education: 6 ECTS in mathematics, 6 ECTS in statistics, 30 ECTS in economics. However, also the quality, level, and broadness of the pre-education is taken into consideration, not only the number of credits.
  • Language proficiency: English B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), certified by IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 90 (IBT). For exceptions see FAQ. German proficiency is not required but recommended.
Application procedure Show content

For a detailed description of the application procedure see the official page of the Master Service Centre. You have to apply by using the online application platformdon't send your application via e-mail or on a postal way.

The online application platform opens from April 1st, the deadline for application is July, 15th! The deadline is strict. The programme only starts in the winter semester!


  • Read this [pdf, 76 kb] de first before you start the online application process.
  • Be sure that you want to apply for a research-oriented programme in economics. The programme is not about Business Administration, Managament, Finance, or Accounting.
  • Don't translate your grades into our grading system by yourself. Don't translate your credits into our ECTS by yourself. This is done either by your university or our Master Service Centre or the admission commission.
  • At the end of the online application procedure you have to send the printed version of the generated formular ("Antrag auf Zulassung zu Masterstudium") with your signature to the Master Service Centre, and not to the programme coordinator!
  • After the Master Service Centre has checked your documents and translated the grades, the admission commission will have access to your application database entry. The commission will start evaluating your documents as soon as possible (not waiting until the end of application period) and inform the Master Service Centre about their decision. Admission/rejection letters are then sent by the Master Service Centre. Please note that about 90% of the applicants are in need of visa and therefore need an early decision. We do our best already. We kindly ask you to refrain from requests regarding the status of your application.

Structure of the Curriculum

Basic area Show content

Compulsory courses (18 ECTS)

Elective courses I (at least 24 ECTS)

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Public Finance
  • Public Choice
  • Money and Financial Markets
  • Regional Development

Elective courses II (at most 6 ECTS)

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing Mix Policies
  • Finanzmanagement, Intermediation und Kapitalmarkttheorie
  • Organisationsstrukturen
  • Steuern und Unternehmensbewertung
  • Konzernrechnungslegung
  • Theorien der Firma und strategisches Management
  • Decision Making
  • Interdisciplinary Foundations [pdf, 67 kb] de

Note that the basic area is different in case of choosing the specialisation area "Regional Dynamics". Detailed information you find here [pdf, 101 kb] de.

Specialisation areas Show content

Detailed information about the structure of these specialisation areas you find here [pdf, 101 kb] de.

  • Innovation and Change:
    Students of this specialisation area gain deeper knowledge on issues about technological progress and change. The fields of economics of innovation and entrepreneurship play a central role in this specialisation. Key questions related to the measurement and evaluation of economic change and progress are considered. The field has a focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, industrial dynamics and socio-economic networks. A variety of interesting courses from the broad field of economic change is taught. The spectrum of the courses reaches from introductory courses of microeconomic theory of innovative behaviour and market dynamics, and advanced topics of the economics of structural change and entrepreneurship, right up to use of quantitative economic methods.

  • World Economy:
    In this specialisation area students can acquire knowledge of international economic relationships, focusing on theoretical and political aspects. Specific questions about the specialisation and trade pattern between different countries are key to several courses. Course topics range from pure theory of trade, development theory and policy, but also monetary issues of international economic relationships. On the political side,issues about competition or fiscal policy are looked at from an international perspective. A reading course is offered, allowing students to discuss scientific texts. In addition to this quantitative economics are taught to assess important issues in the other courses.

  • Economics and Strategy:
    The specialisation "Economics and Strategy" is aimed at students with a quantitative background. The specialisation is academic, not vocational with an emphasis on understanding and analysing its subject. It does not require prior knowledge of economics, but it assumes a keen interest in and an openness to economic reasoning. Courses cover a range of different disciplines. They aim at understanding the structures and strategies of economic actors and how these actors provide and respond to incentives. Core courses put a particular emphasis on quantitative and analytical methods and their relevance for economic issues. Dedicated modules focusing on behaviour, complexity, innovation and strategic interaction address the most pressing issues in modern economics. Related research areas include corporate governance, market design, network economics, game theoretic approaches to strategy, executive compensation, organisational structure, negotiation, and system dynamics.

  • Public Economics:
    This specialisation area concentrates on the economic analysis of the role of the state and its public sectors in a wider sense. Central questions about the functioning of the state as an economic actor are addressed. Topics regarding the revenue and expenditure side of government budgets, monetary and fiscal policy as well as the assessment of state interventions into the market outcome in closed and open economies play a crucial role in this area. Beyond that, important areas of public policy such as innovation and trade policy as well as education and migration policy are studied and students gain an insight into quantitative

  • Quantitative Macroeconomics:
    This specialisation area includes a variety of macroeconomic topics including business cycles, economic growth, monetary economics, trade and others. All courses have a quantitative focus with the aim of enabling students to understand current research papers. To achieve this, some courses contain sections or exercise sessions dealing with quantitative methods, while other courses focus completely on learning empirical or computational methods and applying these to macroeconomic research questions. Several courses include hands-on learning sessions in the PC pool enabling students to conduct their own quantitative analyses for example for their master's thesis.

  • Regional Dynamics:
    This specialisation area provides an interdisciplinary approach to a better understanding of regional dynamics. The perspectives both of economics and regional science (geography) are part of the program. This allows a more comprehensive approach to topics like migration, innovation and, more generally, economic and social change, which very often have an important regional dimension. Furthermore, also topics of special relevance for the local region are addressed. A special feature of this area is that it can be studied with an economics and a geographic background. German and English language skills are required.

  • General Economics:
    This "specialisation" area can be chosen if you don't want to specialise too much. It covers a broad range of courses from various fields.
Master's thesis Show content

The master's thesis (24 ECTS) takes 4 months (plus preparation time). The topic of the thesis has to be related to your specialisation area. You should demonstrate that you are able to apply your knowledge and skills to an economic research question. You have the opportunity to suggest your own topics, and you have to look for a supervisor for it.

Double Degree options Show content

Within this master program we are currently offering two double degree master programmes in the field of economics in coorperation with Italian universities:

  • Università degli dell' Insubria (Varese) in case of choosing the specialisation area "Innovation and Change"
  • Università di Trento

Further information can be obtained from the Departmental International Office.

DigiLab option Show content
  • Students should be introduced to teaching content closely related to digitization to a greater extent. For working in a digitized job world, an improved and intensive training in method-based and application-oriented software courses is essential.
  • After the successful completion of necessary courses, a supplementary certificate is issued to students. Those existing and new courses are closely related to digitization. The supplementary certificate certifies an up-to-date and attractive additional qualification that may serve as a unique selling point for graduates from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.
  • Further information can be found here.
Schedule and important information to download Show content

Programme Coordinator

PD Dr. Markus Pasche
Room 4.162
Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3
07743 Jena
+49 3641 9-43213
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