Social Economics

Different perspectives on social phenomena turn those who study social economics into generalists. The Master's degree program in Social Economics is an extension of the JKU's undergraduate degree program in Social Economics, giving you in-depth expertise in various topics as well as the opportunity to hone problem-solving skills at the crossroads of business, politics and society. Graduates of the program can independently conduct research in a professional capacity and be a valuable asset at socio-economic companies, at international organizations, for interest groups, as well as at corresponding educational and research institutions.

Your Benefits

  • Interdisciplinary education
  • Education and training to be a generalist
  • Program flexibility by offering individual specialization fields
  • Various career prospects
  • Ability to critically reflect on current social developments

Key Facts


Master of Science (MSc)


4 Semesters


120 Credits



Program Objectives, Job Opportunities, Career Prospects


Graduates of the Master's degree program in Social Economics can independently conduct research in a professional capacity and acquire the skills to:

  • Assess the prerequisites and framework conditions of social and socio-political activities
  • Classifiy welfare state conceptions in a more general context as part of state and democratic theories
  • Assess social policy interventions and measures based on theoretical concepts
  • Analyze Austrian (social) politics in an international comparative perspective


As students are able to select their emphasis of study, the degree program in Social Economics qualifies graduates to work in various fields:

  • Occupations at national and international institutions and socio-economic companies (NPOs or NGOs)
  • As an advisor or consultant (for example, on behalf of the socially disadvantaged to represent or advocate for their interests)
  • Cross-system project management positions in the areas of social affairs, business, environment, politics, education and cultural conceptions, organization and execution of educational, information and communication activities
  • Application-oriented, networked research activities in social, economic, environmental, political, educational, and cultural areas




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:

Labour and Employment x      
Institutions and Policy Processes x      
Policy Fields   x    
Social Security   x    
Gender and Diversity   x    
Democracy and Society     x  
Social Science Methods x x x  
Electives x x x  
Autonomous Coursework x x x  
Master's Thesis       x
Master's Thesis Seminar       x
Master's Degree Examination       x

New Curriculum and Provisional Regulations

The new curriculum will apply beginning Winter Semester 2019/2020. As part of the curriculum changes, the mandatory subject area "Gesellschafts- und Sozialpolitik" was revised. See the document below to view the changes, new content, and provisional regulations. See the Download Center to view the new curriculum.

Admission Requirements

  • BA Social Economics (JKU) or a an undergraduate degree comparable in scope and content.

Contact the Admissions Office for additional information about the admission requirements.

Still Have Questions?

Do you need help registering or do you have questions about the program? Contact the JKU's Office of Student Information and Academic Advising (SIBS)!