Master's in Applied Economic Analysis

Our graduates are able to use the appropriate theoretical concepts, empirical methods and data to analyze applied questions relevant for economic policy making, private and public investment decisions and business strategy.

Skills in applied economic analysis have always been in high demand. With the recent, challenging developments in the global economy, their value has increased even more. Private firms as well as government agencies need the services of professionals who are able to combine economic theory with knowledge of the relevant data as well as the adequate empirical methods to answer all sorts of practical questions. In a globalized and crisis-prone environment with constantly changing economic conditions, strategic decisions of firms as well as the design of economic policies have to be based on competent and timely empirical analysis.

The Master in Applied Economic Analysis at the University of Bern is the first university-level program in Switzerland that is specifically aimed at teaching these skills. It provides a unique combination of state-of-the-art theoretical and methodological courses and regular applications to real-world cases. With an internationally renowned faculty, close ties to the capital city’s political decision makers as well as to the business community, the University of Bern is ideally placed to offer such a program.

Basic information
Degree:
  • Master of Science in Applied Economic Analysis, Universität Bern
  • Master of Science in Applied Economic Analysis with special qualification in Regional Economic Development, Universität Bern
  • Master of Science in Applied Economic Analysis with special qualification in Trade and International Development, Universität Bern
Number of credits: 90 ECTS credits
Degree programs:

Mono 90 ECTS credits:

  • Applied Economic Analysis
  • Applied Economic Analysis with special qualification in Regional Economic Development
  • Applied Economic Analysis with special qualification in Trade and International Development
Duration: 3 semesters
Language: English
Beginning studies: Fall or spring semester

Students of the program...

  • use scientific methods to treat applied economic questions,
  • apply economic theory to practical analytic cases
  • know how to use the best available data for empirical analysis 

Students acquire the following core competencies

  • Empirical skills (econometrics, data analysis, cost- benefit-analysis, valuation methods)
  • Applications of the acquired methodological skills to different areas of economic policy, investment decisions, and business strategy
  • Possible interdisciplinary specialization in regional economic development
  • Professional experience through an optional internship 

Unique Selling Points (USPs) of the program

  • First university-level program in Switzerland with focus on applied economic analysis
  • Clear focus on practical economic questions based on «state of the art» empirical methods
  • Geographically and institutionally close to Swiss economic policy decision makers 

The Master in Applied Economic Analysis contains 90 ECTS.
The program includes the following parts:

Below your find a complete list of all eligible courses:

Core courses (33 ECTS)

(students starting from fall semester 2017)

Compulsory courses:

  • Applied Data Analysis
  • Applied Public Economics
  • Econometrics II
  • Macroeconomics II
  • Microeconomics II
  • Master-Colloquium

Choose a selection from additional required courses:

  • Advanced Valuation
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Causal Analysis
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Development Economics
  • Regional Economics and Fiscal Federalism
  • Time Series Analysis I

Core courses can optionally also be accredited to the elective courses, if they have not already been accredited to the core courses.

Elective Courses

(students starting from fall semester 2017)

Master’s Thesis (20 ECTS)

The master’s degree in Applied Economic Analysis is completed with a master’s thesis containing 20 ECTS points. It is recommended to students to write a thesis in an applied and empirical topic.

Internship (optional, 6 ECTS)

It is optional for students of the program to do an internship of at least 3 months. It is the aim of the program to provide students with opportunities for high-quality internships at companies, public administrations and other partner organisations. The internship is an excellent opportunity for students to apply the studied material in practical environment and to build relationship to potential future employers.

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Internship

The internship is a central, but voluntary component of the Master’s degree program. It is an excellent opportunity for students to deploy the acquired skills in a practical environment and to build relationships to potential future employers. The program management offers students contacts to apply for high-quality internship positions at firms, public administrations, and other organizations.

Our partner organizations look for interns that have the necessary skills to pursue applied economic research. As by now, the network of partner organizations includes federal public administration, cantonal public administrations, financial institutions, business associations, and economic consulting companies.

Starting in 2014, the program management will distribute among students open internship positions for which students can apply. There is, however, no guarantee that a company or other organization will take an applicant as an intern. Nor is there a guarantee that the program management will provide an internship for every student. Nonetheless, it is the aim of the program management to provide a list of interesting internship positions.

If you have further questions concerning the internship, please contact us at maea@vwi.unibe.ch.

 

 

Our students are motivated to advance or broaden their careers and change direction. Many were not economics majors and now want to deepen their skills in applied economic analysis. Here is what some of our students think of the Master in Applied Economic Analysis and what their motivation was to join the program.

David Büchler: After my Bachelor studies in Economics (major) and Business (minor) at the University of Bern, I was aiming at a master program with a focus on finance (both corporate and public finance), macro-economics and econometrics. With my career perspective of working in the financial industry or in a policy making institution, the program offers me an optimal qualification. Great professors, applied and actual topics as well as the charm of the city and its people made the decision easy to continue to stay in Bern also for my Master’s degree.

Simone Lussi: After completing my Bachelor Studies in Economics with a minor in Business Administration at the University of Bern, the Master in Applied Economic Analysis with specialization in Regional Economic Development was the ideal study program for me to continue at the master level. With a unique combination of Economics, Business Administration and Economic Geography I have the opportunity to broaden my knowledge in these fields and enrich my studies in a perfect way. Crucial theoretical concepts and empirical methods in Economics can be combined with relevant financial and managerial expertise in Business Administration. In addition, Economic Geography gives an exciting and important new perspective on Regional Economic Development. Besides, I have the possibility to pursue my personal tourism focus where I have my background and where I see my future career.

Patrizia Richle: By completing my bachelor degree in Social Sciences with focus on political science and a minor in Economics, I had to decide in which direction I wanted to further my studies. The Master in Applied Economics seemed the perfect alternative for me, due to its appealing multidisciplinarity, particularly the focus on regional development. The research perspective that can be obtained by taking courses at different faculties, are in my perspective a good combination to broaden my horizon and to widen my knowledge. Doing the master degree here in Bern also gives me the opportunity to do an exchange semester at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I’m looking forward to studying at a foreign university and to dunk into a huge Asian city. In the future, I see myself working in the field of urban development for a multinational company.

Stefanie Schwander: Having completed my Bachelor studies in Economics (minor Social Science) at the University of Bern, I decided to choose the Master program in Applied Economic Analysis with specialization in Regional Economic Development in order to expand my knowledge as regards regional development. The program offers a wide choice of courses which allow the participants to gain profound insight into different topics from an economic, geographic and business orientated perspective. I very much appreciate the flexible and straightforward manner in which the students and their concerns are treated. As a part time employee in the public consulting sector and being in charge of consulting a major industrial city in Switzerland concerning economic development, questions of regional development are part of my everyday working life. The program offers a unique opportunity to complement my work experience and study aspects of regional development from a theoretical and empirical point of view. In the short and medium term, I will probably further enhance my knowledge in the consulting sector.

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the specialized master’s degree program in Applied Economic Analysis (mono):

  • Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university in the branch of studies Economics
  • Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university with at least 60 ECTS credits in the branch of studies Economics
  • Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university with at least 30 ECTS credits in the branch of studies Economics (this must include coursework in the subjects of Econometrics, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, each with a minimum grade of 5.0)
  • Bachelor's degree from a recognized foreign university with an equivalent qualification entitles students to admission in accordance with the recommendation made by the Study Committee

Additional attainments of up to 60 ECTS credits may be required. These can either be admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program or admission requirements which must be fulfilled before admission to the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Recognition of the bachelor's degree will be individually decided upon if the degree is more than 6 years old. Additional attainments may be required.

Language requirements

Courses are conducted in English. A very good knowledge of English is required.

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

Application and admission

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Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the M Sc in Applied Economic Analysis, Universität Bern by self-service as part of the re-registration for the next semester.
Renewal of semester registration → Self-service
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Application with a Swiss degree

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Application with an international degree

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For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.