Faculty of Economic Sciences

‘Master of Arts’ (M.A.) in International Economics


The master's programme in international economics is centered on the acquisition of specialised knowledge of international markets and the global interconnections of national economies. Emphasis is placed on independent academic work, and intercultural communication through an obligatory semester abroad, as well as knowledge in an additional language (aside from English).

General information

  • The master's programme in international economics is accredited by ZEvA Hanover.
  • Eduniversal Master's Ranking 2015-2016 lists the MA programme in international economics among the top Master's degree programmes worldwide in the field of economics (Rank 50, region "Western Europe").
  • Languages: German, English (proof of both German and English skills required)
  • Standard period of study is 4 semesters.
  • Enrollment is possible every winter semester and summer semesters.



Application deadline

  • The application period to commence studies in the winter semester: 1 April to 15 May of the same calendar year
  • Application period to commence studies in the summer semester: 1 October to 15 November of the previous calendar year


You may submit an application to a master's programme even if you have not completed your current programme of study at the time of application. You must, however, have acquired at least 150 ECTS credit points in a related bachelor's programme. You will find the online application form and detailed information on the application and admission procedure under "Application and Admission Procedure" (see the right-hand column). This deadline is also valid for international applicants who must also complete the online application form.

The Master of Arts in International Economics is a German-language programme. An increasing number of courses, however, are being offered in English. An overview of our English-language courses within the Faculty of Economic Sciences can be found here. These courses offer the opportunity to customize your coursework and study plan in English. Nevertheless you must provide proof of German and English language skills as part of your application.

Since the beginning of the winter semester 2010/ 2011, applicants interested in the master's programmes in international economics have the option to apply for a double degree programme in cooperation with the University of Groningen Faculty of Economics and Business, the Netherlands. Highly qualified students get the opportunity to simultaneously receive both a MA in international economics from the University of Göttingen, and a MSc in international economics and business from the University of Groningen. The official language of the programme is English. For further information about the double degree programme, please visit: www.wiwi.uni-goettingen.de/studium/doubledegree


Programme objective

The master's programme in international economics is centered on the acquisition of specialised knowledge of international markets and the global interconnections of national economies. Emphasis is placed on independent academic work, and intercultural communication through an obligatory semester abroad, as well as knowledge in an additional language (aside from English).

By specialising in the master's programme, students gain in-depth knowledge in the specific areas that are of interest to them for their future career path. Students may also receive a supplement to their master's degree that states their specialisation.


Admission requirements and admission criteria

For details please see admission regulations (on the right-hand column).


Selection procedure and criteria

The selection procedure takes place in two steps with a pre-selection of applicants based on their written application documents followed by a personal selection interview with some of the applicants.

The following points are evaluated in the pre-selection procedure:

  • Final grade of the bachelor's degree (or the comparable university degree)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Sound knowledge of economic theory documented by a corresponding specialisation and performance in the programme, on which application is based

Suitable candidates will be invited to a selection interview. The admission committee will inform the applicants of the selection procedure result in writing.


Programme structure

The master's programme in international economics is four semesters in length during which 120 ECTS are completed. It is divided into coursework and the completion of a master's thesis. The credits are broken down into the following components: an in-depth economics section (24 credits), an economic specialisation section (42 credits), elective modules (12 credits), language modules (12 credits) and a master's thesis (24 credits).

Students will intensify their comprehension of economic issues by either focusing on broad aspects of international economics or by specializing in one of five specific fields of interest:

  • European Integration
  • Economics of Latin America
  • Development Economics
  • Public Choice
  • Quantitative Economics


Students seeking to specialize in one of these fields must obtain 24 credits in modules that are related to this topic. Additionally, the master's thesis must be written in the selected field.

International students who completed their education in Germany must also study abroad for one semester. This semester must be spent at a partner university of the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Göttingen. The following exchange programmes are available (among others):

  • University of Mississippi, USA
  • Several universities in Latin and South America (for example Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico)
  • Lomonosov Moskow State University and Saint Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance, Russia (an additional scholarship is funded by the DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service)
  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa (an additional scholarship is funded by the DAAD)
  • Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
  • Fudan University, China (an additional scholarship is funded by the DAAD)
  • University of Adelaide, Australia
  • European Exchange Programmes ERASMUS (over 60 European partner universities)


For questions and/ or applications please contact the "Foreign Affairs" team of the Service Centre for Students.

The following description gives an overview of the structure of the master's programme in international economics:

International Economics Master Englisch groß

Career perspectives

The MA programme provides students with a fundamental understanding of economics required to meet the shifting demands of the career world. The programme also has an international focus, prepares students to independently carry out academic work, to critically produce scientific findings, as well as act responsibly. By focusing on one of the four fields of interest, students acquire specific professional skills making them competitive for international governmental organizations such as the IMF, World Bank, OECD, WTO, ECB and the EU.