The English-language Master of Arts in Development Economics is jointly offered by the Department of Economics (Faculty of Economic Sciences) and the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences). It builds on the successful Master of Arts in International Economics and Master of Arts in Agribusiness; these programmes already had a strong specialization in development issues. This research-oriented master programme now offers a comprehensive four semester programme dedicated solely to the study of development economics issues.
Suitable candidates may be invited to a selection interview, if not already admitted based on their application material alone. This interview will be held online (skype) in case of international applicants. German residents will be scheduled during the so-called "application day" and have to appear in person. The admission committee will inform the applicants of the selection process results in writing.
The Master's Programme in Development Economics is four semesters in length during which 120 ECTS are required. It is divided into the course phase and the master's thesis. There are four modules (24 credits) of compulsory modules in development economics and methods. Students can then specialize in agricultural economics or economics, each requiring a further 12 credits (two modules) of compulsory courses in the field of specialization. Then students can choose another 36 credits (six modules) in development or agricultural economics from a wide variety of course offerings, of which one course (6 credits) has to be a seminar. Three modules can then be chosen freely also among other subjects and the master's thesis completes the programme (in practice compulsory, specialization, and elective modules will be taken simultaneously).
For an overview of the particular modules offered please click here.
Foreigners holding a German undergraduate degree must study abroad for one semester (or alternatively do field work abroad leading to their thesis). This semester can be spent at one of our numerous partner universities.
Students may apply for the following programmes:
For applications and/ or further questions please contact Jan Christian Schinke, Service Centre for Students.
The following description gives an overview of the structure of the Master's Programme in Development Economics:
The degree in Development Economics will offer excellent career perspectives in a wide range of fields. Building on a track record of successful placement of students of our existing master's programmes, the opportunities for this programme include employment in: