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Master of Science in Economics

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2020
100% Day
1 Closed GU-68199 2 Closed GU-18190
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

The master’s programme in Economics combines advanced analytical tools with policy applications. As an economics student at the University of Gothenburg, you will meet knowledgeable and dedicated teachers and classmates from all around the world. During the two years, you will develop your knowledge to a new level, and almost all our graduates now hold advanced positions where they make use of the skills they achieved during their studies.

About the Education
Economics helps you analyse societal issues and enables you to offer advice in both policy and corporate contexts. From big questions such as climate change and world poverty, to how competitiveness affects a firm’s profitability, to how people would alter their behaviour after a tax cut, economics is highly relevant for many issues in society.

A broad and balanced program
Our programme balances a rigorous theoretical education and strong research connections with opportunities to learn a vocational skillset during applied courses and internships. You will develop institutional knowledge and practical tools to analyse common economic problems in markets and organizations, including issues such as taxes, externalities, public goods, competition, and information problems. Our programme provides a particular opportunity to focus on sustainability, and our collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology, also in Gothenburg, allows you to take sustainability courses from disciplines other than pure economics.

Tailor your education to your interests
The programme offers much flexibility. Through a number of elective courses, you can specialize in demanding theoretical courses that prepare you for PhD studies, or choose more applied courses. Our electives present you with several subfields within economics, such as environmental, development, and behavioural economics. The possibility to choose electives outside of economics provides an opportunity to tailor your education to complement your economic skillset with broader expertise in sustainability, statistics, or business. We also offer internship opportunities.

Actively engaged teachers
The department is ranked among the top 100 in the world and is number 2 in Sweden in terms of research, with teachers actively engaged within and outside the university. This active engagement ensures that our programme corresponds to state-of-the-art research. Additionally, our teachers’ relations with society ensure that the tools they teach are relevant for analysis and decision support in a range of contexts, including private firms, international organizations, and the public sector. Actively using the type of skills you will learn during the programme, our teachers advise multinational pharmaceutical companies on pricing, serve as competition law judges, work with the World Bank, and serve in the IPCC.

International Environment
Economics is an international field, and with that comes an international job market once you have your degree. In our programme, you will meet students and teachers from all over the world, and may gain even more international experience by choosing to go abroad for an exchange semester at any of our many partner universities. A special opportunity is our double-degree agreements with Hokkaido University in Japan and Tor Vergata in Italy. If you apply for a double degree, you will study one year in Gothenburg and one year abroad, receiving a full degree from each university.


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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: General Entrance Requirements:  
A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to 180 ECTS credits) from an internationally recognized university and English 6/English B from Swedish upper secondary school or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test. For more information about general entrance requirements see (English) and (Swedish).  Programme specific entrance requirements: 
A) 60 credits in economics including 15 credits in microeconomics (of which at least 7,5 credits on intermediate level) and 7,5 credits in econometrics/regression analysis or equivalent, and a minimum of 15 credits in statistics or 7,5 credits in statistics and 7,5 credits in quantitative methods and/or mathematics. The credits in econometrics/regression analysis or equivalent may be included in the general statistics requirement or in addition to this.  or  B) a Bachelor´s Degree in mathematics or in an engineering programme with a quantitative or mathematical orientation.

Selection: Selection for event

The selection of students is based on two groups. Priority is given to students in Group 1.

Group 1: Students with GMAT or GRE General Test result. Students need a GMAT test result of 350 or higher. Students with a GMAT test result lower than 350 will be placed in selection group 2. (GRE General Test results are translated to an equivalent GMAT score.)

Group 2: number of credits (maximum 225 credits). For further information and important instructions please see

Selection: Selection for event

The selection of students is based on three groups. Group 1 and 2 are prioritized.

Group 1: Students with GMAT or GRE General Test result. Students need a GMAT test result of 350 or higher. Students with a GMAT test result lower than 350 will be placed in selection group 3. (GRE General Test results are translated to an equivalent GMAT score.)

Group 2: Students registered on Handelshögskolans Ekonomprogram, Logistikprogram or Samhällsvetenskapligt miljövetarprogram (inriktning uthålligt företagande eller miljöekonomi), that are guaranteed a place on one of the nine MSc programmes, offered by the Graduate School. The students are not guaranteed their first choice of programme. See information on how the selection is made.

Group 3: Number of credits (maximum 225 credits). If there are places left when the selection has been made in group 1 and 2, eligible students in group 3 will be selected.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 166 000 SEK
First payment: 41 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Phone: 031-786 4956, E-mail:


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Visiting address: Vasagatan 1

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