Programme structure for Master of Science in Economics - 2019

By Emma Susanna Hidas

This programme plan applies for students with the startup in Autumn 2019.

There are two possible study tracks for earning a Master of Science in Economics: by tailoring a programme of general studies in economics across the fields of Economics and Business, or by following a specialization in one of three areas of focus:

Whichever track is chosen, the Master of Science in Economics programme consists of 120 ECTS, under a 45-45-30 ECTS plan as outlined below:

Mandatory courses: 45 ECTS
Year 1
ECN302 Mathematics for Economists, 5 ECTS (August)
ECN311 Microeconomics, 10 ECTS (Autumn)
ECN306 Economics of Sustainability, 5 ECTS (Autumn)
BUS360 Taxes, Inequality and Sustainability I, 5 ECTS (January)
ECN320 Macroeconomics III, 5 ECTS (Spring)

Year 2
ECN301 Econometric methods, 10 ECTS (Autumn)- ECN201 Econometrics or the equivalent is a prerequisite for ECN301 and should be taken before ECN301.
ECN305 Research Methods in Economics, 5 ECTS (Autumn)

General study courses or specialization courses: 45 ECTS

For those choosing to tailor their study in economics
Students must have at least 25 ECTS of 300-level courses in Economics or Business, with the remaining 20 ECTS in general electives (i.e., any courses at the 200-level or higher in the School of Economics and Business or any 100-level course from another institute).

Courses at the School of Economics and Business (English) 
Courses at NMBU (English) 

For those choosing a specialization
There are some required courses that must be taken (between 20-25 ECTS), and some prescribed electives (courses from which students must choose) and general electives (any courses at the 200- or 300-level or a 100-level course from another institute). The specific number of prescribed electives and general electives differs slightly across specializations.

The specific requirements within each specialization is provided:

Written master thesis and oral defense: 30 ECTS

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