Why MEcon? MEcon offers a comprehensive education in economics based on the core areas of Macro- and Mircoeconomics as well as Econometrics. The Master's degree programme in Economics (MEcon) provides in-depth theoretical and empirical knowledge in order to analyse the social and economic challenges of our time. Data analysis has become a central component of developed economies due to the advance of digitalisation. Hence, over recent years processing and analysing Big Data has become increasingly important. MEcon provides you with the necessary tools to analyse economic policy problems using state-of-the-art methods and to develop successful strategies. You will thus be well prepared for responsible positions when you enter the job market. Learning Objectives Master in Economics With MEcon you develop a clear understanding of the central economic and social relationships. You acquire in-depth methodological and theoretical knowledge for empirical research and can apply this knowledge already during your studies. You learn to handle large amounts of data. You will get to know different tools for data processing and can analyze and interpret the data in an economics context. You will learn to use your economic knowledge to solve real economic and social problems (incentive theory, corporate governance, globalization, aging societies, unemployment, welfare state, growth, etc.). In addition, your management and communication skills are trained. Why choosing MEcon at the University of St.Gallen? Studying internationally The University of St.Gallen has more than 200 partner universities worldwide. In addition, with the freemover program many other universities to be considered for an exchange semester. The MEcon curriculum facilitates an exchange, as all compulsory courses can be completed in the first two semesters of your Master studies. Student Mobility As a MEcon student, you have the opportunity to apply for the double degree programmes with renowned schools: Stockholm School of Economics SSE ESADE Barcelona HEC Paris RSM Rotterdam Bocconi University Milan As a Double Degree student, you spend one year at the University of St.Gallen and the second year at one of our partner institutions. Upon completion of two academic years, you are awarded two master degrees. Alternatively, MEcon students may apply for the CEMS one-year Masters in International Management – a prestigious joint degree programme offered by the Community of European Management Schools. Broad career prospects MEcon provides the knowledge and skills needed to understand and analyse economic processes and to develop solutions to economic problems. This expertise opens up varied career paths in a wide range of professional fields. MEcon graduates are in demand for responsible positions in the public sector, international organisations, consultancy firms and private industry, as well as in banks and insurance companies. What next? If you are striving for an academic career, the academic education in MEcon also provides an excellent preparation, not only for the Ph.D. Programme in Economics and Finance (PEF) at the University of St.Gallen, but also for challenging programmes at other universities. If you already intend to do a Ph.D. after your Bachelor degree we offer an integrating option (MPEF) for MEcon students that leads directly to the Ph.D. in Economics and Finance. Individual profiling In addition to compulsory courses in the core areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, you can select your courses from a wide range of core electives and electives. This gives you the opportunity to create your individual study profile. Optionally, you can choose one of the following specialisation areas: Global Economy Public Policy Managerial Economics Financial Economics Digitisation and Data Analytics Detailed information about the specialization areas can be found here. In-depth method training and digitalisation Analysing data has become a key component of developed economies. Data analysis helps economic players e.g. when optimising work processes, developing pricing schemes and in price discrimination. Similarly, data analysis is crucial to evaluate the performance of economies and economic policies. Digitalisation has led to a multitude of newly available data and data formats for which new methods of data analysis have been developed. In the working environment, it is therefore advantageous to be able to deal with a variety of data formats and to analyse data with the best possible methods. To meet these requirements, the MEcon offers various courses in this field. Direct contact to renowned faculty The small group sizes in the courses not only facilitate discussions with your fellow students, but also allow a direct contact with the lecturers. Our lecturers teach practice- and policy-oriented, are involved in economic policy and provide insights in their research. They enjoy a high academic reputation. The University of St.Gallen is ranked 9th for economic research in the German-speaking area Handelsblatt Ranking in 2017. Integrative education In addition to your economic expertise, you will acquire social, historical and political awareness in contextual studies. Among others, you can attend courses for scientific work or programming, as well as language courses. Our students are to become personalities who can take on social responsibility, think in an integrative way and act sustainably.