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Public Economics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #117 (WUR) Berlin, Germany
This program in Public Economics at Freie Universität Berlin integrates the disciplines of public economics, economic policy, and macroeconomics. 


After a comprehensive review of the theoretical and empirical foundations of the key areas of economics, students obtain training to apply public economic theory to questions of economic policy. Drawing from this training, students can select their own personal specializations like the economic analysis of taxes and fees or the labor market. Students can complement this work by acquiring business-administration and jurisprudential skills.

The four-semester program in Public Economics at Freie Universität Berlin particularly conveys theoretical and empirical skills, qualifying for economic policy analysis on a scientific level. Its graduates qualify for work in basic research in public finance, in applied economic research, as well as in policy analysis and consultation. Potential employers are therefore primarily chairs of public finance, economic research institutes, ministries and federations. In addition, the program provides an excellent preparation for a PhD in economics (see PhD-Fast-Track).

The theoretical and empirical topics of the four-semester program are very demanding. The core area which has to be completed compulsorily is based on sound methodological knowledge in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. Having these skills already at the start of the study is therefore an essential requirement in order to complete the program successfully. 

Programme Structure

  • In the core area the model-theoretical and econometric knowledge acquired in undergraduate studies is deepened, so that the students obtain extensive analytical skills for dealing with economic policy issues. On this basis, the students can specialize in various policy fields or intensify the study in certain economic fields by choosing elective courses from four fields. 
  • For example, the students can specialize in labor market policy (in the identically named elective field) and in tax policy (in the elective field of Taxes and Social Policy). Also the fundamental question of the extent to which government action is necessary in a market economy is represented by its own elective field (Public Policy). In addition, the program offers the opportunity to study macro-economic policy issues (in the elective field Macroeconomics and Public Policy). 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • The basic requirement is a German or an equivalent foreign final degree that qualifies for a profession (e.g. Bachelor).
  • Within former studies students must have achieved a minimum of 30 ECTS credits in economics and a minimum of 18 ECTS credits in quantitative methods (mathematics, statistics and econometrics). The total sum of ECTS credits in economics and quantitative methods must account for at least 72 ECTS credits.(achieved ECTS credits in Business and Management will not be considered)
  • Proof of English language skills (level B2 CEFR) for applicants whose first language is not English and whose degree was not obtained at an institution of higher education where English was the language of instruction.

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Living costs for Berlin

  • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
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