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Master of Science in Economics

Maximize your potential by pursuing a master’s degree in Economics at the University of Mannheim – one of the best ranked universities in Germany, which is committed to producing the outstanding leaders of tomorrow. The program not only caters to individuals who are keen to pursue a corporate career, but also to those looking to begin a career in academia.

I’ve already completed a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Mannheim and decided to stay for the master’s program. A number of rankings, such as the Times Higher Education Ranking, consider the Department of Economics in Mannheim to be one of the best in Europe. In particular, the range of master courses is exceptional: it is even possible to follow a specialized Competition and Regulation track. Mannheim is a livable city. Actually, there is more to it than meets the eye at a first glance.

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In Mannheim students receive outstanding education in economics within an international study environment. The program both offers an extraordinary wide range of electives and allows for very flexible accreditation of qualifications obtained during exchange semesters.

Elisabeth Kurz, Student

The University of Mannheim is one of the best universities in Europe and enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide. That's why I decided to pursue my master's degree here. The students are extremely committed and the professors are excellent in their fields. I am particularly impressed by the libraries, the modern campus and the beautiful palace building.

Md. Najmul Ali, Student / Photo credit: Ye Fung Tchen

Quick facts

  • Duration and start of study: Four semesters (full time), annually in fall
  • Language of instruction: English (no German language skills required)
  • Possible specializations: Economics, Competition and Regulation Economics, Economic Research (doctoral level)
  • Application period: 15 March - 30 April ( All required documents must be submitted in paper form by 30 April at the latest.
  • Admission requirements: Undergraduate degree in economics or an equivalent qualification with 180 ECTS credits or a standard period of study of three years.
  • Selection criteria: Transcript of records, letter of motivation, letters of recommendation, academic essay, academic and professional experience
  • International perspective: Semester abroad, ENTER Master (double degree program)
  • Study contents: Course catalog
  • Fees: Semester fees (currently €174,90), tuition fees for international students (please check eligibility to be exempted)
  • Download: Program flyer, study plans

Why study Economics in Mannheim?

At the Department of Economics, we do our best to provide a learning environment that facilitates the academic and personal development of our students. Top positions achieved in national and international rankings repeatedly confirm the high quality of our program. Pursuing a master's degree at Mannheim means joining an international student body. The past four graduation classes comprised students from more than 40 countries. About 40% of each class are international students. Click here if you want more good reasons to study Economics in Mannheim.


At the beginning of your studies you attend the core modules which provide a solid foundation in macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, and mathematics. From the second semester on you are free to pick electives from our course catalog or from other departments. Depending on your track of spezialization, your course choice may be complemented by spezialized modules. Students who successfully applied for an exchange semester at one of our partners in- and outside Europe typically go abroad in the third or fourth semester. You conclude your studies by writing a master's thesis which will be supervised by one of our staff-members.

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Program in detail

Analyst, consultant, researcher - you can tailor the program according to your interests and career goals. Choose from a broad range of courses that are relevant in a professional and academic environment. 

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Exchange opportunities

As a student in the master's program in Economics you have excellent exchange possibilites. You can apply for a semester abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe and overseas. If you want to gain even more international experience, apply for our double degree program with other leading European institutions.

Application and admission

Here you can get more information on our admission requirements, selection criteria, and required documents for your application.

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University library and other facilities

We strive to provide the best possible learning environment for you. In addition to the modern workplaces in the libraries the University offers a number of services and facilities that will help get the most out of your studies.


In comparison to other large cities in Germany, living in Mannheim is not very expensive. You should budget about EUR 700 to EUR 750 per month (made up of EUR 250-300 rent, about EUR 80 health insurance and the remaining money for groceries, clothing, etc.). Your expenses of course heavily depend on your lifestyle. More information on fees and possible ways to finance your life in Mannheim are available in the "Fees and scholarship" section.

Frequently asked questions

You want further information? In our "FAQ"section you can find a selection of the most frequently asked questions about the program, the university, and life in Mannheim. In case you're looking for more detailed information, please do not hesitate to contact the program manager.

Contact person

Sebastian Herdtweck

Sebastian Herdtweck

Program Manager M.Sc. Economics and Exchange Coordinator
University of Mannheim
Department of Economics (GESS)
B 6, 30-32 – Room 250
68159 Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 181-1763
Fax: +49 621 181-2042
E-mail: econgrad(at)