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Economics (M.Sc.)

Taught in German




The master's degree programme Economics is a consecutive study programme and builds upon relevant bachelor's degrees courses.

The degree course can be completed as a four semester variant. Students reach a high level of specialisation in the different subject areas due to the different major and minor subjects students can choose from.

Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)


since winter semester 2013/14

Composition of the Study Programme

Composition of the Study Programme

Duration of studies

  • 4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)
  • Maximum study period: 8 semesters


Composition of the study programme


Semester 1


(60 CP)


(30 CP)

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Master’s Thesis (30 CP)

Modules of a core specialisation (major) amounting to 60 cp.

Possible majors are:

      • Economics
      • Economics of Global Risk

Information on the core specialisation modules

Modules of a minor amounting to 30 cp.

The minor can include modules from business administration, economics or, amounting to up to 12 cp, non-economics master’s modules at JLU, with economics modules from international universities or cross-sectional modules from faculty 02. These 12 cp can be graded or ungraded.

Thesis module amounting to 30 cp

Requirements for registration for the Thesis module:

  • completed modules amounting to 60 cp
  • completed seminar

By choosing the modules in the focus area or the major, you have the possibility to set a focus for the Master's programme.


Information concerning the modules and the programme pathway

A detailed description concerning the modules can be found here:

Courses offered in the course catalogue

Courses offered at JLU can be found in the electronical course catalogue


Commencement of studies

Summer semester and winter semester
Application: Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements

The requirement for acceptance into the Master’s course is a Bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration or another subject-related equivalent first academic degree (Diplom, Magister or Staatsexamen). A degree is subject-related and equivalent if the previous studies (if applicable, in combination with creditable academic achievements from a further course of study) encompass at least:

  • 42 cp in the area of economics,
  • 18 cp in the area of business administration and
  • 18 cp in the area of mathematics, statistics or business computing
  • an economic Bachelor's thesis

Recognised qualifications for admission to the Master’s degree course is a previous Bachelor’s degree comprising at least 180 cp.


Applicants holding an international degree:

International academic degrees are recognised as equivalent in accordance with the principles of the German Central Office for Foreign Education of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs. The admissions committee decides on the equivalence. In case of doubt the German Central Office for Foreign Education has to be called in.

Application and Admission


  • The intake capacity of this degree programme is not limited. More on this...
  • The general application deadline of Justus Liebig University Gießen is July 15th for the winter semester and January 15th for the summer semester
  • Information on the application procedure (in German)
  • Please note that the application period for the Master's course can be extended. This will be published here (in German).
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. More on this...

Career Options

Career options

Career options

The study of economics prepares the student for planning, analytical and advisory roles in national bodies and companies with an international focus, banks and insurance companies, international companies and organisations as well as corporate and political consulting work.

Faculty 02

Career Center of the Faculty Economincs and Business Studies

Programmes of further study at JLU

Doctorate possible with a Master's degree




Information about studying at Justus Liebig University Giessen (incomings)

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study


Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

Any Questions

Any Questions?

Information- and advisory services of JLU can be found under the category “contact” on this page!



Subject advisors

Subject Advisor Faculty 02 - Economics and Business Administration

Contact persons and office hours: More on this...

Dean of studies

Prof. Dr. Andreas Walter, Studiendekan

Office hours: by appointment



Central Study Advisor

Frank Uhlmann (Dipl.-Sozialw.)
Central Student Services

Directions and welcome desk