FAQ Here you can find answers to the most common questions about our Master’s programme in Economics (MEcon). Can I apply for the MEcon programme? In order to apply to the Master in Economics you need a recognised University Bachelor's degree in Economics (or equivalent) or a recognised University Master's or Licentiate's degree in any other academic field. Additional admission criteria for foreign students apply (e.g. Admission Test, Restrictions etc.), therefore, if you are a foreign applicant, please check the application details here. Is it possible to directly enter the MEcon programme with a Bachelor's degree in economics, for instance from the University of Zurich? For external applicants the same requirements apply for admission to the MEcon Programme as for HSG Bachelor's graduates. You must demonstrate that you have earned a solid background in core economics (see compulsory subjects of our interdisciplinary Bachelor in Economics) in your external degree. You will need to pass the Integration Week Economics prior to the semester (calendar week 44). See also: Admission to the MEcon Programme I have completed the B.A. HSG with a major in Business Administration. Can I start the MEcon programme? In order to start the MEcon Programme you will need a Bachelor's degree with a strong focus on economics. We expect at least 60 ECTS in core economics for all MEcon candidates. Candidates with a Master's degree in another field (and no sufficient background in economics) can be admitted to the Master's preparatory year. What prerequisites and requirements are necessary for the MEcon? In order to be able to follow the core studies in the MEcon and MiQE/F, a certain basic knowledge in various academic areas is required. If you are familiar with the topics and subject areas (theory and application) listed in the document (see downloads), you should be prepared and able to succeed with the contents offered in our courses at Master’s level for MEcon and MiQE/F. Please note: The books are only suggestions; other books can be used as well, if they cover similar topics. Are there any scholarships? Every academic year one highly talented MEcon student is awarded a grant offered by the "Starr International Foundation Grant Fund". For further information please visit HSG Funds. How do I enrol? First-time enrolment is carried out online. If you have already been enrolled at the HSG, please use the form for re-matriculation. Can I start the MEcon in the Spring Semester? No. Due to the curriculum a start in the Autumn Semester is required. The MEcon offers an introduction week to incoming students in the week before the Autumn Semester start, providing an overview of the contents for the studies. The Programme Commission highly recommends that incoming students participate. Furthermore, you can only apply for a double-degree programme in the Autumn Semester. For more information see DDP. Is it possible to work while attending the MEcon programme? If you work part-time during your studies, it is possible to extend the MEcon Programme to 8 semesters. However, we cannot place students in companies – finding a suitable position is the students’ responsibility. Which activities, companies and organisations are suitable for the recognition of practice credits? Practice credits are awarded for practical activities that are closely related to the MEcon. We encourage you to gain practical experience during your Master's studies and to get in contact with potential employers. How can I receive practice credits for my internship? Please check the implementation provisions for practice credits in the MEcon Programme. You can then submit a request (no particular form required) to the MEcon programme's office, in order to pre-check the planned internship. If approved, upon completion of your work experience you should submit a final report to the MEcon office, which will decide, along with the Dean of Studies, about crediting. In general, work can only be credited if completed during your Master’s Level studies. When can MEcon students take part in an exchange programme? Exchange semesters are possible in the second or third semester, although the third semester is recommended. It is not possible to go abroad on an exchange during the first semester. For more information see Exchange. Can I study in the MEcon programme, participate in an exchange semester and also participate in a double-degree programme, for instance with SSE? This combination is not possible because at least 60 credits have to be earned at the University of St.Gallen. Do I need to know German to apply for the MEcon? Knowledge of German is not required in order to apply for the MEcon programme, though you will have to take German courses during your studies. Do applicants for the MEcon programme need to demonstrate proficiency in English before beginning studies? External and internal applicants have to provide proof of Level I English proficiency when applying. Alternatively, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (C1), a TOEFL (written 600, computer 250, Internet 100) or IELTS (minimum score: 7.0, academic version) can be accepted. This is to ensure that all MEcon students are proficient in English at the start of their studies.