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Public Economics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #117 (WUR) ,
The four-semester program 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.


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 inmicroeconomics, 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. 

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 witheconomic 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 ofthe extent to which government action is necessary in a market economy is represented by its ownelective field (Public Policy). In addition, the program offers the opportunity to study macro-economic policy issues (in the elective field Macroeconomics and Public Policy). 

In general, the program focuses very much on the economic methods of policy analysis. Nevertheless, relevant business or jurisprudential skills as well as institutional and cross-disciplinary skills can be acquired in certain elective fields. In addition, the program supports the vocational orientation of its graduates by requiring them to complete either a three-month internship or research part of their studies. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Welfare Economcis
  • Optimal Taxation
  • International Public Economics
  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Tax Effects
  • Income Tax Law
  • Reforming the Welfare State
  • Empirical Public Economics and Economic Policy


The Master of Public Economics is aimed at highly motivated students who are interested in an in-depth scientific training in the economic methods of policy analysis and consultation. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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General Requirements

  • Graduation certificate
  • Official transcript of records
  • Official translations of all certificates if issued in any language other than German or English
  • Proof of English knowledge
  • Sufficient knowledge of German

Tuition Fee

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Students do not pay any tuition fees. However, the university charges a semester fee (app. 300 Euro per semester)

Living costs for Berlin

  • 836 - 1340 EUR/month
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