Master of Science in Applied Economics



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Master's programs


Regular fees: 515 - 790 CHF


Rigorous training in modern economic methods:  focus on real-world applications of the economic toolbox, not on technical details

Our students develop an intuition for economics that is directly relevant in a professional environment based on:

  • A core set of micro and macro models for economic analysis
  • State-of-the-art empirical methods using widely used software (R and Stata)

Objective: conduct and communicate evidence-based analysis to support economic choices, from private decisions to public policies.


Courses and instructors

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 Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development.

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.

Structure of the program

Two semesters of courses (60 ECTS) and a supervised dissertation (30 ECTS) either on an academic topic (e.g., for students who wish to pursue a PhD) or as part of an internship.

The program can be completed in 12 months, but it can be extended to a maximum of eight semesters to accommodate professional activities.

Possible specializations (optional Majors)

Upon graduation, students can request the following:

  • Major in Data science
  • Major in Environmental and Energy Policy

To qualify for a Major, students must complete a specific set of courses and a dissertation on a related topic. Students do not have to commit to a specific Major before the end of the study program.


Fees and academic prizes

Tuition fee: CHF 515 per semester for Swiss residents, CHF 790 for non-Swiss residents

Application fee: CHF 100

Henri Grandjean Prize for the best dissertation on an economic or social topic: CHF 500

Interdisciplinary Academic Prize for sustainable development: CHF 2'500

Financial support is available:


Student placement

Employment of our students is a priority, and the quantitative skills acquired during the program are highly sought after. Our students enjoy many opportunities for internships and jobs, with a history of excellent placements: financial and real estate industry, public administrations, consulting companies, non-governmental and international organizations, and PhD programs in Neuchâtel and other universities worldwide.

Data from a 2016 survey by the Swiss Federal Office for Statistics reveals that, 12 months after graduation, 92% of our graduates have a job with a salary of CHF 75k per year on average.


The University of Neuchâtel was established in 1838 and was ranked 16th in the Times 2018 world's best small universities ranking (<5000 students). We are dedicated to offer the highest possible learning experience to our students, with proximity between teaching staff and students being a major asset.

Neuchâtel enjoys a central location in Switzerland and a magnificent environment, near the lake and mountains. Direct train connections with Zurich and Geneva in less than 1.5 hours.


Applications are reviewed year-round: complete applications receive a response within four weeks on average. Applications after April 30 are charged a late application fee of CHF 100.

Students with a degree in economics or business administration / management from Switzerland are directly admitted. Other applications are evaluated on a competitive basis. Students with less than 30 ECTS in economics and quantitative methods can be offered a pre-program with tailored bachelor-level courses to complement their academic background. 

For more information, please liaise with the MSc program director Prof. Bruno Lanz:


Economics is not about solving mathematical problem sets. We strive for our students to become practitioners of economists’ toolbox and become experts in the domain that they find interesting.

Economics is a social science which uses two sets of tools:

  • Models (or abstract simplifications) to represent social interactions in a given context
  • Empirical methods to quantify causal mechanisms with data, or make predictions

Economists apply their tools to inform..

  • .. decisions by firms (e.g., investments or price-setting), individuals (e.g., asset allocation), households (e.g., labor market participation and education)
  • .. the design of policies to regulate markets (e.g.  education systems, environmental standards, healthcare)

Defined as a collection of tools, economics has (i) no particular ideological bent, and (ii) no unique conclusion.

We regularly receive offers for graduate employment opportunities, and help our students in the process of their job search:

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Master's programs


Regular fees: 515 - 790 CHF


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CH-2000 Neuchâtel , Switzerland