The Master’s degree program in Economics is a comprehensive, advanced-level academic and scientific program. The program prepares students to engage in challenging tasks at economic policy institutions in Austria and abroad, at private companies, public administration offices, or pursue a career in academia at research institutes, or in business research. Students can specialize in various subfields such as international trade, labor market economics, industrial economics, macroeconomics, or public sector economics. The courses are held in English, allowing students to improve their language skills and communicate effectively at a professional level. Graduates holding a Master’s degree in Economics are eligible to enroll in the JKU’s PhD program in Economics (PIE), coordinated together with the University of Innsbruck.

Your Benefits

  • Specialization in various subfields of economics according to your interests
  • Comprehensive education in current methods of economic theory and empirical economic research
  • Proficiency in English (all courses are offered in English)

Master's Degree in


Master of Science (MSc)


4 Semesters


120 Credits


English (Level B2)

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Program Objectives, Job Opportunities, Career Prospects


The Master’s degree program in Economics offers students advanced education in modern economic theory and empirical research methods. Graduates master the tools needed to conduct applied research to address real-world issues in both the public and the private sector.

Graduates of the Master’s degree program in Economics:

  • have a strong background in economics and are able to complete new tasks quickly and independently
  • can apply their advanced knowledge professionally and solve problems in their field(s) of expertise
  • can successfully apply quantitative training methods in order to address topical research questions in economics
  • possess effective leadership qualities and a wide, diverse and comprehensive set of analytical and social skills

Graduates are highly sought-after specialists and can pursue a wide variety of professional careers. Depending on your preferred subfield of specialization, a Master’s degree in Economics allows you to pursue various positions (for example as an analyst, researcher or consultant) in:

  • Analytical departments at financial service institutions or at international companies
  • An EU, OECD, or UNO committee or similar organizations
  • The Austrian National Bank or the European Central Bank
  • Economic research institutions
  • A university or university of applied sciences
  • Government agenices
  • State and federal administration offices (such as spatial planning, or the Ministry of Finance)

On average, graduates in this field find a job immediately after completing the program. After 3 years on the job, their average monthly gross salary is € 2.998.

Recommended Study Plan

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


Methods in Economics


Advanced Topics in Economics

x   x x

Principles in Economics and Management


Economic Theory

Gender Aspects in Economics     x  

Free Electives

x   x x
Master's Thesis, Master's Thesis Seminar and Master's Thesis Colloquium       x

Additional Information

Most of the courses in this program are offered in English., opens an external URL in a new window

Admission Requirements

  • BA or Diploma Degree in Business (JKU) or a comparable undergraduate degree program equivalent in content and scope.

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