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The M.Sc. in International Economics program builds upon the strength of our faculty in international economics. If you are intrigued by the debate about the benefits and threats from economic globalization, then this is your program.

Graduating from this program, you will understand the driving forces behind major trends on global markets and what these trends mean for workers, firms and governments. Moreover, you will be able to evaluate the costs and benefits of international economic policies.

Active student involvement is an important part of our education. You will be expected to write research essays and present your results in class. This seminar experience will prepare you for the work on your Master thesis under the dedicated supervision of a faculty member. The Master thesis will allow you to deal with topics at the frontier of academic research and to actively take part in academic discourse.

In addition to the M.Sc. in International Economics, the School of Business and Economics offers two related programs:

  • M.Sc. in Economics
  • M.Sc. in Economics and Finance

Each of these programs starts with core courses that prepare you for subsequent field courses. They draw on a common pool of field courses, but each program has its specific curricular requirements that reflect its philosophy and orientation.


Students are required to earn a total of 27 ECTS credits from advanced courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics (time series or microeconometrics). They continue by choosing specialized field courses in economics that range from international trade to international macroeconomics, adding another 27 ECTS credits. Moreover, within the elective courses students have the option of taking additional field courses or complementing their studies by taking courses in related fields. Students also have the option to benefit from the wide selection of disciplines taught at the University of Tübingen by choosing an elective course from an extensive number of courses offered by other departments and institutions at the university.

Some courses also offer an empirical tutorial in which students learn to use econometric and statistical software packages (Matlab, GAUSS, SAS, Stata) to perform empirical analyses and to implement numerical methods in economics. A command of these tools enables our students to write Master theses with genuine quantitative research results. The importance of the Master thesis is reflected in its weight of 30 ECTS credits that is equivalent to a six-months period fully devoted to working on the thesis.

Professional Career

Graduates of the M.Sc. in International Economics are well-equipped to either pursue an academic career or an ambitious professional career. We offer a Master’s degree that enjoys an outstanding international reputation and gives you a competitive edge on the job market. You will acquire up-to-date scientific knowledge that is in high demand for a broad range of professional careers. Graduates may aim for a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) or careers in business and finance as well as administrative positions in the public sector and international institutions. Moreover, career paths in economics and finance also include policy advice, publishing, consulting and research.

Ph.D. Track

The M.Sc. in International Economics offers a Ph.D. track which is a fast track to a doctoral degree in our Doctoral programs in Economics (DPE).

The Ph.D. track requires 27 ECTS credits from courses explicitly marked as Ph.D.-oriented. These courses take students to the frontier of academic research. Moreover, Ph.D. track students need to write a high-quality Master thesis that can serve as a starting point for their Ph.D. thesis.


Admission to the M.Sc. in Economics requires a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business Studies or a related field with excellent grades. Applicants are expected to have sound intermediate level knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods.

The entire program is taught in English. Applicants should therefore have an excellent command of the English language.

Knowledge of German is not required to complete the program. However, German classes are available to international students.

The program is free of tuition fees for all EU residents. The state of Baden-Württemberg has introduced fees for international non-EU students and second-degree students. For background information and for fee exemption options, please refer to our homepage.


Admission is subject to a competitive selection procedure that includes individual interviews with faculty members. Shortlisted candidates from overseas will be interviewed in a video conference.

Application deadline: May 15

Our programs start at the beginning of October.

Please refer to our homepage to find out when we will be holding interviews this year.

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The School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics at the University of Tübingen is committed to high-level academic education in both business administration and economics. It features a faculty of 24 professors and about 45 junior researchers, all of whom are actively engaged in academic research.

Our Bachelor and Master programs mirror the widely respected academic expertise of the faculty. Students gain from courses taught at the frontier of academic research as well as from dedicated tutoring and learning in small groups with close contact to academic staff.

The School of Business and Economics offers three Bachelor of Science programs and nine different Master of Science programs that allow students to specialize in areas with promi­sing career prospects.

The Master programs at the School of Business and Economics