Study Guide Master Economics

Introductory Phase

Depending on the chosen module, the first semester consists of three or four compulsory core courses:


  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics

Economic Research preparatory courses (at doctoral level):

  • Mathematics for Economists
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics

Specialization Phase

During the specialization phase of the program, which begins in the second or third semester, you will study your chosen elective courses, including between two and four seminars. Students have to obtain a total of between 60 and 66 ECTS credits from elective courses. Any additional credits obtained will not count towards their grade average and will not be listed on the Transcript of Records. A list of available elective courses can be found in the course catalog.

Elective Courses in Other Departments

From your second semester onwards, you have the option of attending elective courses in other departments, e.g. Business Mathematics or Sociology, through which you can obtain up to 16 ECTS credits. Information about the registration process and permitted courses can be found using the link below.

Please note: The examination regulations for the respective programs of study apply for these courses. Therefore, please contact the respective departments or the Student Services if you have any questions regarding examinations in these courses.

Courses from the Institute for Economics at Heidelberg University

Students of the master’s program in Economics at the University of Mannheim have the opportunity to take classes at Heidelberg University, our partner university. This allows students to expand their knowledge and gives them more choice when selecting specializations. After they have completed their first semester and the core module at the University of Mannheim, they can register for classes in Heidelberg in the following areas: Economics, Statistics, Econometrics and Economic History. All courses require prior consultation, especially courses that are offered by or in cooperation with other institutions. Students of the University of Mannheim may obtain up to 40 ECTS credits from courses at Heidelberg University. In general, students can also write their master’s thesis under supervision of a professor at the Heidelberg University (please note that the master’s thesis is worth 30 ECTS credits; if you choose to write your thesis at Heidelberg University, you may only attend courses worth a total of 10 ECTS credits there). Additional information can be found using the link below.