The M.Sc. Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of their Mannheim master's program in Economics, graduates have demonstrated an extensive, detailed and integrated knowledge and understanding of economics. They have acquired a critical understanding in one or more area(s) of specialization, as well as profound skills in data collection, compilation, preparation, processing, and presentation. Their knowledge and understanding matches the current state of research. This includes the ability to identify and interpret different terminologies and schools of thought, as well as to recognize the specifics and limitations of the field(s) studied in depth. They are able to deepen their knowledge independently.

Graduates are able to apply their knowledge and understanding and, in particular, to work out and enhance, largely independently, scientific solutions to problems and arguments in their chosen field(s) of specialization, and to develop their own, primarily research-oriented ideas, taking into account societal expectations and consequences as well as ethical concerns. They have learned to collect, evaluate and interpret relevant information and to integrate existing and new knowledge, in consideration of limited information. Graduates are able to weigh the pros and cons of differing academic positions individually and in working groups, even in complex contexts and/or in initially unfamiliar contexts, taking into account scientific and methodological considerations. They are familiar with the principles of good scientific practice. They are able to define research questions, operationalize relevant terms, select and apply appropriate research methods in a well-founded manner, and present their results while critically questioning them.

Graduates are able to express and defend professional opinions and solutions to problems, recognize potential for conflict, manage conflicts, and exchange information, ideas, problems, and theoretically justifiable solutions with academics and non-academics.

Graduates are proficient in professional English, both in speech and in writing. They have formed a professional self-image and are able to critically shape societal processes—well-deliberated, and in awareness of their responsibility, while observing basic democratic values.