In today’s world, graduates are faced with special challenges in terms of combining theoretical knowledge and empirical analysis. In international companies (incl. consulting firms, banks and insurance companies) as well as in a multitude of international institutions, the analysis and interpretation of data is a determining basis for efficient decision-making. The "Applied Economics" program teaches these skills.
Our 2-year Master Program Applied Economics, taught in English, prepares you for the challenges of a career in international organizations and multinational companies in the international economic arena. During the course of the program you will develop key competencies that are crucial for a modern economist, such as the independent evaluation and analysis of data and the derivation of policy suggestions based on a solid theoretical foundation. The Applied Economics program offers the unique combination of theoretical, institutional and empirical analysis with a focus on the issues and topics of the real world and the global economy.
You can choose between two future-oriented specializations:
International Economic Policy (IEP) and Empirical Analysis (EA).
Both specializations share a common methodological basis and are research oriented.
- Competences and study contents
In the specialization "International Economic Policy", you analyze the impact of economic policy instruments and can derive policy recommendations from economic theory and empirical analysis. You will also be able to develop and evaluate comparative studies on alternative policy approaches in an international context. Furthermore, the high degree of internationalization of the program enables you to identify the international perspective of economic policy action and to develop and communicate well-founded policy recommendations for relevant target groups.
In the specialization "Empirical Analysis", you will learn to apply empirical methods to find answers to economic questions. You will be familiar with the basic econometric, quantitative and experimental methods used, among other things, to identify causal economic relationships. You will acquire the ability to assess the significance of empirical studies with regard to the questions asked and to question critically the significance of empirical results. You will be able to apply independently the appropriate empirical methods depending on the question and to draw conclusions from the results. You will come to understand the role and significance of theory as the basis of empirical research.
- Two specializations
The specialization International Economic Policy is the perfect choice if you are interested in international political issues and are looking for a career in international organizations or international companies. The focus of this specialization is on theoretical analysis and modeling. The special role of international organizations in times of crisis is also taken into account. Selected questions include: What role do international organizations such as the IMF or the World Bank play in the global economy? How are institutions such as the EU, ASEAN or Mercosur structured and how do economic integration processes function? How do the global financial markets function? What effects do they have on the real economy?
The second specialization Empirical Analysis has a strong focus on empirical, quantitative and experimental economic research with a national and international perspective. In the economy, large amounts of data must be analyzed in a qualified manner. Likewise, policy advice should be based on empirical evidence, for which large amounts of data have to be analyzed today. The specialization Empirical Analysis is the perfect choice if you are interested in empirical and quantitative analysis. It is aimed at economists as well as at quantitatively- or empirically-oriented business economists. In contrast to pure statistics or econometrics, the focus is on practical application.
- Your benefits
You benefit from small course sizes in which you learn together with students from all over the world. We attach great importance to problem-based learning using modern teaching methods. You solve a specific international economic policy problem or work on theoretical and empirical questions.
Critical reflection, personal responsibility and an active discourse between teachers and students are essential components of the program.
Through our team of dedicated professors, you will gain access to an extensive network of leading national and international organizations and institutions. The portfolios of our professors represent a diverse spectrum of economic topics. Their research has been published in established journals, including Research Policy, American Economic Journal, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Health Economics, and many others.
You can further improve your international profile through an optional semester abroad or a summer school at one of our partner universities with top programs in economics. The standardized procedure for the recognition of academic achievements abroad at the Schumpeter School and various scholarship opportunities support your international efforts.
You can find further information on the website of the Centre for Foreign Contacts.
Study visits to major institutions such as the European Commission or the European Central Bank are an integral part of the International Economic Policy (IEP) specialization.
Our program is the perfect starting point for human capital formation, networking and international activities - aspects that are crucial for your future in business, consulting or politics.
- Structure of the programme
The program is divided into three areas and the final thesis. All modules of the compulsory area are to be studied. Three modules are to be studied from the elective area. In addition, three seminars are to be studied.
Specialization "International Economic Policy"
Compulsory Part MWiWi 4.9 Regression and Time Series Analysis MWiWi 2.17 Game Theory and Experimental Economics MWiWi 2.5 International Macroeconomics and Globalization MWiWi 1.19 International Corporate Governance Elective Part MWiWi 1.1 Risikocontrolling MWiWi 1.9 Kapitalmarkttheorie und Portfoliomanagement MWiWi 1.10 Dienstleistungsmanagement MWiWi 1.27 Incentives and Accounting MWiWi 2.3 Employment Theories and Policies MWiWi 2.6 Economics of Innovation MWiWi 2.8 Dynamic Quantitative Economics MWiWi 2.18 Public Economics MWiWi 4.6 Mathematik MWiWi 4.8 Microeconometrics MWiWi 5.7 Master-Praktikum Seminars In three seminars, which fit thematically to a compulsory or elective module, current topics of economics are discussed and presented in the form of a scientific paper. Masterthesis
Specialization "Empirical Analysis"
Compulsory Part MWiWi 4.9 Regression and Time Series Analysis MWiWi 2.17 Game Theory and Experimental Economics MWiWi 4.8 Microeconometrics MWiWi 2.8 Dynamic Quantitative Economics Elective Part MWiWi 1.19 International Corporate Governance MWiWi 1.27 Incentives and Accounting MWiWi 2.3 Employment Theories and Policies MWiWi 2.5 International Macroeconomics and Globalization MWiWi 2.6 Economics of Innovation MWiWi 2.16 Economics of Market Imperfections MWiWi 2.18 Public Economics MWiWi 4.6 Mathematik MWiWi 5.7 Master-Praktikum Seminars In three seminars, which fit thematically to a compulsory or elective module, current topics of economics are discussed and presented in the form of a scientific paper. Masterthesis
- Qualification and career orientation
Our Master Program prepares you for careers in the following areas:
- EU, OECD, UN and similar international organizations
- Central banks
- Economic research institutions
- Industry and other associations and federations
- Consultancy firms (including management consulting)
- Insurance companies
- Civil service
As a student of our program, you will benefit from our extensive international network and contacts to leading institutions such as the EBRD (London), the OECD (Paris), the IMF/World Bank (Washington DC), the World Trade Organization (Geneva), and the Bank for International Settlements(Basel).
Depending on your choice of focus and modules, your study path could, for example, include integrated study visits to major institutions such as the European Commission or the European Central Bank. During these visits, successful alumni of our program will share valuable insights into these organizations including career opportunities or the application and selection processes.
It is also possible for you to gain practical experience through a research-oriented internship (elective module). Voluntary internships at the European Institute for International Economic Relationships (EIIW) are available (with salary and limited availability). For more information, please visit the website of the EIIW.
- Admission requirements
- A Bachelor's Degree in an economics program which ranks you amongst at least the top 65% of graduates of your cohort. If it is not possible to prove a relative grade, the overall grade (decimal grade) of at least "2.5" must be proven. However, the relative grade always counts first and not the decimal grade!
- At least 100 credit points (according to ECTS) of the Bachelor program must have been attained in economics (e.g. business administration, economics, methods of economics, business informatics, business mathematics, business education)
Of which at least 15 credit points in the field of business administration and at least another 15 credit points in the field of economics.
Foreign point systems will be converted into ECTS.
- In addition to a written thesis, at least 6 credit points must have been acquired through one or more term papers or seminar papers that meet scientific standards.
- Proof of German language proficiency at least at level "A2" of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for non-German-speaking applicants.
If A2 German skills cannot be proven at the time of the application, the applicant may still be accepted on a preliminary basis. Within the first two semesters of the applicant´s studies, he or she must then acquire the required language skills (A2) and document them in the form of a recognized language certificate.
- Proof of English language proficiency at level "C1" of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or an equivalent recognized language examination (in particular TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate) for non-English-speaking applicants.
Proof of sufficient English language skills is not required if the Bachelor program, which is a prerequisite for admission to the Master program, was taught entirely in the English language.
The MSc program Applied Economics interacts with the following institutions at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics:
EEIW - European Institute for International Economic Relations
Europäisches Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen (EIIW)
WIB- Wuppertal Research Institute for the Economics of Education
WIB - Wuppertaler Institut für bildungsökonomische Forschung
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Center for Health Economics and Health Services Research
Bergisches Kompetenzzentrum für Gesundheitsökonomik und Versorgungsforschung
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- Examination regulations and module catalogue
The examination regulations and any changes can be found in the official announcements of the University.
A non-binding English translation of the examination regulations can be found here.
The module catalogue can be found here.
- Support Services
The University of Wuppertal offers you a wide range of support services throughout your studies and beyond. Many of our services are offered in English. We wish to help our students to study efficiently and achieve their goals, as well as acquiring crucial skills related to their employment, and to become part of a lifelong professional network. ( ⇒ Schumpeter School Alumni)
For your academic questions regarding the program or courses, our professors and their team are always approachable.
The Schumpeter School offers new students an extensive orientation program, workshops on scientific writing in English and refresher courses in Basic Statistics, Econometrics and tutorials in STATA.
The student council team is actively involved in the orientation phase and also offers consultations in several languages. Stop by the common room of the student council in N.11.11 to get advice or simply to have a cup of coffee, chat with other students, or to relax after a long day of classes. (⇒ Student Council)
Other important Student Services include: The Language Learning Institute, BUW's Career Service; or the offers by the ZSB.
- Self-Assessment Tests
Take the Self-Assessment Tests for the specializations to find out what prior knowledge is required to successfully complete the program.
The Master program in Applied Economics is supported by a continuously growing team. Information on the participating lecturers can be found on this page.
Application and enrolment
An application for the program is possible for both summer and winter semesters. Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree that was not obtained in Germany apply via uni assist. Please note the information on the application process and for international applicants in the area of Master's applications on the pages of the examination board.
Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree from Germany are subject to these application periods of the Examination Board of the faculty:
To start your studies in the summer semester: mid-January to early March
To start your studies in the winter semester: mid-June to mid-August
The exact application deadlines are always published at the start of each application process. In addition to applying to the Examination Board, you may also have to apply for matriculation at the Student Secretariat.