The English-language Master of Science in Development Economics is jointly offered by the Department of Economics (Faculty of Business and Economics) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences). It builds on the successful Master of Science in International Economics and the Master of Arts in Agribusiness; these programs already had a strong specialization in development issues.
This research-oriented master's program now offers a comprehensive four-semester program dedicated solely to the study of development economics issues. It leads to an internationally recognized and accredited master's degree in development economics and offers research-oriented teaching that covers theoretical as well as empirical issues in economic development.
Its wide course offerings, one-semester stay abroad, master's thesis, and specialization in agricultural economics or economics will enable students to analyze current issues in development economics and prepare them for careers in research or policy.
The master's program in development economics is four semesters in length during which 120 ECTS are required. It is divided into the course phase and the master's thesis. There are three compulsory modules (i.e. courses) (18 credits) plus one further obligatory module which has to be either Econometrics I or Econometrics II (6 credits). Students can then specialize in agricultural economics or economics, each requiring a further 12 credits (two modules) of compulsory courses in the field of specialization.
Then students can choose another 36 credits (six modules) in development or agricultural economics from a wide variety of course offerings, of which one course (6 credits) has to be a seminar. Three modules (18 credits) can be chosen freely also among other subjects. The master's thesis (30 credits) completes the program.