Economics

Study information
Key facts
Degree
Master of Science
Duration
4 Semesters
Credits/ECTS
120
Teaching language
English
Tuition fee
None
Semester contribution
€ 266,10
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Yes
Application & Deadlines

Programme summary

The Master of Science in Economics teaches students the skills needed to analyse economic issues and problems thoroughly, understand and apply the relevant academic theory, and use the correct formal and empirical methods. This in turn will allow them to find creative approaches to problem solving and predict the political and social consequences of economic activity.

Special features

To this end, students will acquire profound knowledge in theoretically, empirically, and politically oriented economics as well as in one of the following specialization areas:

  • Innovation and Change
  • Economics and Strategy
  • World Economy
  • Public Economic
  • Quantitativ Macroeconomics
  • Regional Dynamics
  • General Economics

At least 48 credits must be earned in the area selected. Each specialisation area includes core courses that must be taken by all students and optional courses from which they may choose.
This programme can be completed in two years of full-time study. It includes basic courses, a specialisation area, and a Master's thesis. The basic courses include the following required courses:

  • Key qualification
  • Empirical Methods
  • Approaches to Economic Science

The Master's thesis must be written in the student's specialisation area and should focus on one of the faculty's primary research topics.

Career opportunities

After graduating from this programme, students will be prepared for a variety of jobs and fields of work, including leading or advisory positions in banking, corporations, universities and research institutes, ministries, and private foundations.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent Expand entry

For this master's programme you need a subject-specific undergraduate degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) or an equivalent degree.

At least 30 credits (ECTS) must have been completed in economics, 6 credits in mathematics, and 6 credits in statistics.
Alternatively, graduates from economics geography can gain admission to the programme if they meet the general academic requirements. Such admission, however, will only be valid for the specialization "Regional Dynamics" as part of an individual study curriculum.

​The overall grade (CGPA) of such a degree must be GOOD or better (German system: 2.5); alternatively, applicants with undergraduate degrees must be among the top 65% of their class (ECTS-grades A,B,C).

Language requirements Expand entry

This master's programme requires the following language proficiency:

  • English language proficiency at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Application documents

Registration form Expand entry

Once you finish an online application via the application portal OLAS, this document will be generated under the filename "Application for admission at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to the masters programme". You need to print out this document, sign it, scan it and send it as PDF file of good quality within the application timeframe to the Master Service Centre: master@uni-jena.de.

Proof of achievements during your previous study programme and choice of specialisation Expand entry

In this specific document, please fill in all modules/exams taken in the fields of economics, mathematics and statistics.

Download document [pdf, 68 kb]

CV Expand entry

Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.

University entrance qualification certificate Expand entry

Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at an University or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that here, we do not need any University diploma but a High School diploma! 

Previous university degrees earned Expand entry

All previous University degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your University degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master programme.

Detailed transcript of records Expand entry

Detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of your first, subject-specific University degree, with which you apply for the master's programme. This transcript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

Proof of language proficiency Expand entry

You have to submit the following proofs of language proficiencies:

  • Proof of proficiency in English (official score/proficiency certificate: Level B2, CEFR / IELTS, ACADEMIC: 6.0+ / TOEFL , iBT 90+. Alternatively: official certificate confirming English as language of instruction)

Additional application documents for international students

Translation of foreign/external application documents Expand entry

Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/ sworn translators or translation offices.

Proof of grading system Expand entry

External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system used at the respective University.

Certificate APS Expand entry

Applicants with degrees from Mongolia, Vietnam or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.

University entrance exam Expand entry

Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:

  • Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of pre-university course/year)
  • Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)
  • People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao")
Subject Advisor - PD Dr. Markus Pasche
Opening hours:
by arrangement
Master Service Centre
Office hours:
We offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person as well as by Service Desk, live chat, Zoom, post and telephone. You find details at 'Consulting Services' on our website.

Please direct your enquiries via Service Desk at www.uni-jena.de/service-msz.
Postal address:
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Master Service Centre
07737 Jena
Exams Office of the Faculty for Economics and Business Administration
Room 4.92
Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3
07743 Jena
Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 08.30 to 11.30
Wednesday: 14.00 to 16.00
Thursday: 08.30 to 11.30
Friday: 08.30 to 11.30
Departmental International Office
Student Representatives Economics and Business Administration
Central Student Advisory Service
Office hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 to 12:20, Tuesday 14:00 to 18:00 and on Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 16:00.

We offer consultations and the handling of your concerns in person, via video chat, service desk or telephone.

Appointments can be made by phone or via service desk.
Video chat:
Videochat Zeiten
Monday to Friday 12.30 to 13:00
Videochat Passwort
ZSB2020