Top Master's Programs in Economics

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Top Master's Programs in Economics

Choosing your master's program is a big decision – with so many courses available, how can you find the right one for you? We're here to help by sharing a selection of great master's programs that you can find on INOMICS.

This article focuses on master's in economics. For students with interest and aptitude in both social sciences and mathematics, economics can be the ideal subject to combine these skills. A master's in economics can be preparation for further academic research, or can be a route into a job either in private industry or in the government.

University of St. Gallen

University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Programs available:

Masters Programme in Economics

MEcon at the University of St.Gallen offers a comprehensive education in economics based on the core areas of Macro- and Mircoeconomics as well as Econometrics. 

The Master's degree programme in Economics (MEcon) provides in-depth theoretical and empirical knowledge in order to analyse the social and economic challenges of our time. Data analysis has become a central component of developed economies due to the advance of digitalisation. Hence, over recent years processing and analysing Big Data has become increasingly important. MEcon provides you with the necessary tools to analyse 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.

Applications Deadline: 30 April 2023

Master's Programme in Quantitative Economics and Finance (MiQE/F)

With its challenging curriculum, the Master's degree programme in Quantitative Economics and Finance offers high-quality education in economics, econometrics and quantitative methods with a strong focus on finance.

The programme combines in-depth knowledge in the areas of economics and finance with state-of-the-art quantitative methods, which makes it unique in Switzerland. The MiQE/F trains students to analyse and solve challenging problems in economic policy, finance and the world of business. Small class sizes ensure inspiring discussions and close contact to the research-oriented faculty. The MiQE/F is an excellent basis for moving on to responsible positions in the private sector or policy institutions as well as for highly selective Ph.D. programmes worldwide. 

Applications Deadline: 30 April 2023

University of Glasgow

Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

Programs available:

MRes and PhD research programme in Economics

Applications are invited for 2023 entry to the combined MRes/ PhD in Economics programme (2+3/4 years full-time) at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. Develop your research skills on this prestigious combined MRes/ PhD training scheme in Economics. The full-time research masters will equip you with comprehensive foundational training in modern economics with the option to progress to the PhD following successful completion of the 2 years Economics MRes.

As part of this programme, you will receive extensive training in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as mathematical treatments of the core areas of economics, allowing you to acquire the necessary knowledge and skill for conducting independent research in economics. After year one of this programme, you will have the option to graduate with an MSc in Quantitative Economics or continue to year two of the programme where you will study the specialist fields of applied economics, preparing you for a PhD.

Up to six studentships are available covering tuition fees and a stipend for up to five years (conditional based on performance).

Application deadline: 1 May 2023

Collegio Carlo Alberto

Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy

Programs available:

Master in Finance, Insurance, and Risk Management

An upper level Master of the University of Torino, Italy. The Master in Finance, Insurance, and Risk Management prepares for a career in highly-skilled jobs in the financial industry. Graduates use their advanced quantitative finance and econometrics skills in asset management, banks, insurers, hedge funds, consulting firms and major corporations. Such skills also open up opportunities in institutions like central banks, regulators, sovereign wealth funds and sovereign organizations. The outstanding academic background provided by the program also allows graduate students fast-track access to PhD programs in finance.

  • A selected Faculty from leading universities, alongside the experience of finance and banking professionals.
  • Everyday contact with the scholars and researchers of Collegio Carlo Alberto and access to the scientific activities and events hosted at the Collegio.
  • Merit-based tuition waivers offered by our sponsors.
  • Career days and an outstanding network of our Alumni.
  • A New FinTech Sequence, alongside the traditional Quantitative Finance backbone.
  • The award of a second level Master in Finance, Insurance, and Risk Management degree from the University of Torino.
  • A fast track access to the PhD Program in Finance.

Application deadline: 20 June 2023

University of Neuchâtel

University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Programs available:

Master of Science in Applied Economics

Rigorous training in modern economic methods:  focus on real-world applications of the economic toolbox, not on technical details. The program is a unique blend of courses taught by academic professors and practitioners, including PhD economists from the World Trade Organization, the Swiss National Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the Swiss Federal Office for Statistics, and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Upon graduation, students can request either a Major in Data science or a Major in Environmental and Energy Policy.

Class size is held below 20 students. This favors a profound learning experience and gives participants privileged contacts with instructors. All courses are in English. Tuition fee: CHF 515 per semester for Swiss residents, CHF 790 for non-Swiss residents.

Applications Deadline: 30 April 2023

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Barcelona, Spain

Programs available:

Masters' in Economics, Finance and Data Science

The Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance provides an excellent grounding and deep understanding of the field’s foundations, applications, and policies covering theoretical and empirical approaches. It is a one-year master taught entirely in English from a distinguished faculty who are among the best teachers and researchers in their fields. Students will perform technically demanding analyses using powerful analytical and quantitative tools in an intensive and collaborative environment. After graduation, 94% of graduates placed within 6 months and become part of a community with more than 2000 alumni around the world.

Applications Deadline: 30 June 2023

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