Most economics degrees are not run by business schools but by university departments of economics. However, some business schools have teamed up with other academic departments to jointly offer master’s degrees in economics, or dual degrees in related fields such as finance.
These programs will focus on the core components of economic theory, macroeconomics and econometrics. It’s a broad curriculum of studies, ranging from food and agricultural economics, to environmental energy and resource economics, and international development economics, along with trade and politics.
Often, these programs require a quantitative or economics background but plenty of the degree courses admit students from non-traditional backgrounds provided they can demonstrate technical abilities in the application process.
Typically, students will go on to work in government, central banking, international organizations and private sector groups such as economic consultancies. In addition, these courses also serve as an excellent foundation for PhD programs and other research-focused roles.
The London School of Economics and Political Science, a prestigious academic institution, offers the MSc in Economics, which is designed to equip students with the main tools of the professional economist. The one-year course is for students with a strong undergraduate degree in economics, while the two-year route is for those who lack the knowledge in quantitative techniques.View School Profile
The Saïd Business School, of the leading University of Oxford, offers an MSc in Financial Economics that is run jointly by Oxford’s Department of Economics. The program stresses the links between theories in financial economics and key financial activities, and is designed to provide the skills sought by public organizations and financial institutions. The cores combines academic study with practical applications.View School Profile
The MSc Economics and Strategy for Business is offered by London’s Imperial College Business School. The course combines strategic analysis with contemporary economics to prepare students for successful careers in either strategy or management consulting. During the summer term, students gain practical experience by completing applied modules such as a work placement, or a consulting project with a real client.View School Profile
HEC Paris business school in France has its MSc Economics and Finance degree program, which provides key knowledge in economics and finance as well as strong analytical and numerical skills. Students apply economic concepts to strategic problems, and take part in conferences with industry leaders, such as Nobel Prize winners, to experience economics in action. In addition, there are frequent study trips, company visits, networking events and careers workshops.View School Profile
The SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, an Ivy League institution in the US, offers the MS in Applied Economics and Management degree course. The program offers a broad curriculum of studies, ranging from food and agricultural economics to environmental energy and resource economics, and international development economics. The course also covers policy analysis and trade.View School Profile
The Stockholm School of Economics, a top business school in Sweden, offers the MSc program in Economics, which equips students with the skills to address challenging economic problems and pursue careers in both the public and private sector. The course puts an emphasis on problem-solving abilities, modern economic analysis and quantitative empirical methods.View School Profile
Australia’s Melbourne Business School offers the Master of Economics, which offers advanced studies in economics and econometrics and prepares students for careers as a professional economist in the public and private sectors. In particular, they learn to evaluate the impact of a variety of cultural and environmental factors on economic policy and business decisions.View School Profile
Durham University Business School has its MSc Economics course, based in the UK. Students will study a set of core modules in areas including advanced microeconomics and then choose from elective offerings in areas such as international finance, natural resource management, and public economics. Then, they pursue a practice-based business project or a research-based dissertation.View School Profile
The Amsterdam School of Business, in the Dutch capital, runs the MSc Economics, which is taught by globally renowned academics and features guest lectures from experts working in organizations such as the World Bank and the Dutch Central bank. Students can tailor their studies by choosing from one of six tracks from behavioural economics and game theory, to international development, environmental economics, monetary policy and banking.View School Profile
The MA degree program in Economics at Rutgers Business School in Newark, New Jersey, blends economic theory with associated quantitative methodology. Students can take two tracks: one that prepares them for a doctoral degree and the other economic data analytics, facilitating a broad range of career paths. Students also learn to apply the economic methodology across business functions from accounting to marketing.View School Profile