Master's Degree in Economics (Economic Policy Analysis).

When it comes to 'mega corporations', how can policy makers limit market power? Why do we still have a gender wage gap? And what kind of policy measures are effective during a global pandemic? Your Master's degree in Economics (Economic Policy Analysis) not only qualifies you as a specialist in the field of economics, but also when it comes to analyzing economic policy measures.

The Master's degree program in Economics (Economic Policy Analysis) focuses on policy-related economic issues, actively addressing the following economic and socio-political fields:

  • Competition and Consumer Protection
  • Education, Migration, and Labor Markets
  • International, Monetary, and Macroeconomics
  • Public, Health, and Environmental Economics

This means that nothing can stand in the way of a successful career in the public or private sector as an analyst, in consulting, or conducting research!


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Key Facts


Master of Science (MSc)


4 semesters


120 credits


English (Level B2)




Full-time / part-time contingent on employment (see the curriculum)

What Makes the Master's Program in Economics (Economic Policy Analysis) Special

  • The Master's degree program in Economics (Economic Policy Analysis) qualifies you as an expert in the area of applied economic policy analysis and consulting, strengthening your expertise as you take part in project-based courses during the second year of the program.
  • The combination of advanced education in economic theory and state-of-the-art empirical research methods means you develop a solid background in economic theory.
  • The English-only program hones your communications skills as well as your intercultural skill set and hands-on expertise.

Program Structure for the Master's Degree Program in Economics (Economic Policy Analysis)

As part of the Master’s degree program, students are required to complete courses totaling 120 ECTS credits in the following areas.

Subject Area ECTS Credits
Economic Policy Fields 48
Economic Policy Seminars 24
Gender Aspects in Economics 6
Master's thesis 30
Free Electives 12

Program Details

If you would like to learn more about the Master's degree program in Economics, we strongly recommend taking a look at the curriculum. In addition, we have separately summarized a few details for you.

Areas of Specialization

The Master's degree program in Economics (Economic Policy Analysis) focuses on policy-related economic issues at the crossroads of economics, statistics, and analyzing political decisions and in the following corresponding economic and socio-political fields:


  • Competition and Consumer Protection: Will artificial intelligence determine tomorrow's competitive advantage? Explore the various strategies companies may have to potentially adopt in the future in order to remain successful, as well as the kind of consequences consumers may have to prepare for as a result of digitalization. 
  • Education, Migration and Labor Markets: You conduct research on issues such as: How can we best help refugees integrate? What prompts people to embark on a journey into the unknown - and how does this affect labor markets and economies? How do educational policies and economic policy measures help?
  • International, Monetary and Macroeconomics: You examine the key determinants in the area of international trade, (national) economic success stories, and setbacks (i.e., why is Botswana's GDP over five times that of neighboring Zimbabwe?).
  • Public, Health, and Environmental Economics: You will address fundamental challenges of our generation: How can we manage the energy transition and prevent a collapsing climate? Do renewable energies play a role and how can the government effectively support and encourage renewable energy sources?

What You Will Learn in the Master's degree program in Economics at the JKU

Graduates of the Master's degree program in Economics (Economic Policy Analysis) are well-versed in all corresponding theories and methods related to economic research and analysis in both the public and private sector.


Graduates of the Master's degree program in Economics ...

  • are outstanding professionals in the field of economics, capable of familiarizing themselves with new topics quickly and independently.
  • understand how to apply their knowledge and skills professionally to successfully pursue problem-solving approaches in their respective areas of specialization.
  • are capable of applying quantitative-analytical training methods to respond to specific issues related to defined research topics.
  • demonstrate strong analytical, leadership and interpersonal skills.


Did you know that ...

graduates in economics are as highly sought after as data scientists and financial services experts?

Your Career Prospects

Graduates of the Master's degree program in Economics (Economic Policy Analysis) are highly sought after as experts in their field and have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of professional careers. Depending on your personal interests, you can pursue a career in the following areas as, for example, an analyst, a researcher, or as a consultant:


  • conducting consumer, product, and market research as part of an analytics team at a financial institution or multinational corporation
  • in an economic policy department at an international organization such as the EU, OECD, UN, WHO, etc.

  • in economic research and policy related to monetary and macroeconomic issues at the Austrian National Bank (OeNB) or the European Central Bank (ECB)

  • in the area of applied economic research at, for example, the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), or the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (WIIW)

  • in economic policy providing consulting services to non-profit organizations in regard to environmental and migration issues

  • at the federal or state level for Austrian public administration as part of an operational department (i.e. education, budget, spatial planning, etc.)

  • at a university of appled sciences in the areas of research and teaching

On average, graduates in this field can find a job immediately after graduation. After three years of employment, their average gross monthly salary is € 3.127.

Register to Enroll


In order to be admitted to the Master's degree program in Economics (Economic Policy Analysis, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Prospective applicants who hold a Bachelor's or Diploma degree in Business & Economics awarded by the JKU (or a comparable academic program considered equivalent in contact and scope) can enroll in the Master's degree program in Economics (Economic Policy Analysis) without further constraints.
  • In addition, graduates of the Bachelor's degree program International Business Administration (UK 033/514 at the Johannes Kepler University Linz) can qualify for admission but will be required to pass a supplementary examination by the end of the second semester of the Master's degree program on the course content of "KS Data and Research Designs in Economics" (572GVWLDFOK21).  

  • Language certificate for English level B2
  • Contact the Admissions Office for additional information about the prerequisites

    If you have any questions about the Master's degree program Economics (Economic Policy Analysis), please do not hesitate to contact us by sending an e-mail to: msc.economics(at)

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