Economics, master programme

120 credits

In a globalized world, economists are needed to analyze and come to conclusions on economic conditions in a society in constant change. This Master programme in economics provides you with the tools you need to work with economic policy challenges.

As a student at the master’s programme in economics, you will be equipped with theoretical and empirical tools for analyzing economic challenges in society, in order to be able to study the interplay between individuals, companies, organizations, countries, and other actors on different markets.

The programme gives you an introduction to advanced empirical methods for descriptive statistical analysis, identification of causal effects and economic experiments. Compared to studies at first-cycle level, you will gain a deeper understanding of econometrics and statistics in general. You will also have the opportunity to study one semester abroad.

After completing the programme, you will be well prepared to work with analytical, decision-making, counselling, and investigative tasks, skills that you can apply in both the private and public sector.


The programme is suitable for you who want to work with qualified tasks such as investigators and analysts in for example government, private organizations, companies and banks. As an economist you will have a general problem solving ability, which is useful in many different professions.

You will also be prepared for studies at third-cycle level since the content of the programme has close ties to research within different parts of the economics subject.


Degree of Master of Science or Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics

Main field of study: Economics

Programme Structure

The programme covers two years. In semester 1 (autumn), you will acquire basic economics skills in mathematical economics, econometrics, micro- and macroeconomics. Semester 2 (spring) provides a deeper understanding of econometric methods. You will also be introduced to current economics research and start developing your own research ideas. Semester 3 (autumn) allows you to choose courses that prepare you for your future career, or you can go on exchange to one of our many partner universities. In semester 4 (spring) you write your master thesis.

To prepare you for an interesting career as researcher, analyst, or consultant in the private or public sector, we offer three elective course packages for semester 3 from which you can choose:

Package 1: Big Data Analysis and Economic Policy

  • Advanced Statistical Data Analysis
  • Advanced Statistical Learning
  • Advanced Economic Policy Analysis with Big Data

Package 2: Financial Analysis

  • Advanced Statistical Data Analysis
  • Advanced Statistical Learning
  • Financial Risk Analysis
  • Advanced Topics in Analytical Finance

Package 3: Advanced Business Analytics

  • Advanced Statistical Data Analysis
  • Advanced Statistical Learning
  • Advanced Data Visualization
  • Advanced Data-Driven Decision Making

Alternatively you can choose courses on your own, from the School of Business and Economics, from Linnaeus University or from other universities.

Programme teachers and their research.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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We are accredited

The School of Business and Economics at Linnaeus University are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; AACSB. 

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International opportunities

The language of tuition is English. In this way, you will become prepared not only for a career in Sweden, but also for a career in international contexts. The programme admits students from all over the world, which means that you will get international and multicultural experience throughout the programme. Further opportunity for internationalisation is provided through the opportunity to study a semester abroad at one of our partner universities around the world.

In the future, Nathalie wants to become either CEO or start her own business

Nathalie in the library

Nathalie knew that she did not want to study in the city where she grew up, Stockholm, and that she wanted to be close to her country house in Småland. Therefore, she chose Linnaeus University. What caught her interest was the “campus bubble”, the fact that it is an international university with good exchange opportunities, and that the courses seemed to be of high quality. Nathalie has finished her masters and is now working as an analyst at Copenhagen Economics.

Exchange semester gave Adam friends for life

Bild på Adam i biblioteket

Adam chose to study at Linnaeus University as he had heard from near and loved ones that it was a good university. Since he was very pleased with his bachelor’s programme, he chose to study also a master’s programme at the university. Adam has finished his masters and has started as a PhD student in Economics at Linneaus University.

Erika travels to Australia to study abroad


After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in economics, Erika chose to stay on at Linnaeus University to study economics at master’s level. The master’s programme in economics is an international programme, as opposed to the bachelor’s programme, something that Erika quickly came to appreciate as she made friends with people from Rwanda, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Now, she is looking forward to her studies abroad, in Australia.

Behnam works as a consultant

Behnam alumnus from LInnaeus University

Behnam has completed a master's programme in economics, which has provided him with an analytical mindset. Today, he works at Academic Work and enjoys being challenged in his role as a consultant.

Further information

Thomas Giebe, programme coordinator: ”If you are interested in analysing how the world works, economics is the subject for you”

Thomas Giebe

As an economist, you study how different national economy aspects affect each other. This sounds like a broad field and that is exactly what it is. After completing your studies, you will have the opportunity to work both locally and globally. In the private sector as well as in the public sector. Economics is about being able to account for well thought-out reasoning and statistics to provide as good a basis as possible for different decisions in the private and public sector. It can be about political decisions that affect the population of a country, or decisions that affect the profitability of an individual company.

“The programme provides you with the knowledge and tools you need to be able to affect decision-makers with the help of numbers and logical reasoning”.

Economists work at many levels in society and it is common for economists to have an international career. Most of the teachers on the programme have great international experience and good contacts with higher education institutions abroad. Students on the programme are encouraged to study their third term abroad and are also prepared for third-cycle studies.

“If you are interested in mathematics and how society works, this is the programme for you. You will acquire knowledge and valuable tools that you can use to affect the economy and society in a positive direction.

Societal relevance

The economics profession is a profession of the future, as an increasingly complex and globalised economy requires societal actors to use economic analyses to inform their decision-making processes. As a student at the programme you will become a societal analyst with in-depth knowledge of socioeconomic issues. You will be equipped with relevant theoretical and empirical tools to analyse these issues.

The specialisation with a focus on demographic changes and the analysis of the role of government to deal with these changes is likely to be highly valued on the labour market, as governments are faced with social challenges, such as migration and population ageing. A Master’s degree in economics provides a good foundation for analysing these and many other challenges in society.

Scope of Programme

All course literature in economics has an international perspective and the knowledge and skills obtained are broadly applicable. Both theoretical and practical applications are gathered from different parts of the world. Dialogue and exchange of experience between students from different parts of the world enriches the programme. In our courses in labour market economics, we illustrate how different people’s conditions (such as ethnic background) affect outcomes in the working life. In our courses in public economics, the role of government in the economy is analysed from different perspectives. For example, the government can equalise differences in outcomes, but also differences in opportunities (equal life chances).

In our applications of basic economic theory, various sustainability perspectives, such as those in relation to environmental issues and the structure of public policy, are also addressed. The programme uses educational and examination formats that stimulate the students’ capacity for analysis, critical thinking, abstraction and theorisation.

Växjö – the student city with a living campus

Just south of Växjö’s city centre you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. In Växjö, many students choose to live on campus.

Here you will have five minutes’ walking distance to friends, restaurants, lecture rooms, gym, grocery store, the University Library, nature trails, and student pubs. If you live in another part of Växjö, you can quickly get to the university by bus or bicycle.

With its 90 000 inhabitants, Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Here you will find the famous Småland entrepreneurship spirit and a lot of companies, for instance within the IT industry – perfect for when you are looking for an internship position or a job. Växjö is also a picturesque city where you are always close to forests and water.

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