M. A. Development Economics (Germany) Deadline: Nov. 15, 2019

University of Göttingen

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April 1, 2020


Four Semesters

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Program Details

The Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Göttingen invites applications for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Development Economics. 

Economic development is one of the key challenges of our lifetime. We live in a world of tremendous inequality in the distribution of income and wealth. More than a billion people live in extreme poverty, in poor health and with a lack of educational opportunities. Yet recent decades have shown that economic development and poverty reduction are possible.
The University of Göttingen has Germany’s largest internationally visible concentration of development economics researchers. The MA Development Economics offers the great advantage of drawing from the long-standing research and teaching experience of two faculties, both deeply committed to development issues: the Faculty of Economic Sciences and the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (in particular, the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development.).
The English-language Master of Arts in Development Economics was established in 2011. It builds upon successful, long-running Master’s programmes that already had a strong specialisation in development issues. This research-oriented Master’s programme offers a comprehensive, four-semester course of study dedicated solely to the exploration of development economics issues. Among the key features of the study programme are:

  • Courses in macro and micro development issues, econometrics, and rural development
  • Specialisation in quantitative economics or agricultural economics
  • Specialisation and profile courses – a wide array of subjects relevant for development students can choose from
  • Supplementary courses offered by international guest lecturers
  • Opportunities to take optional courses in six other Master’s programmes in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and the Faculty of Economic Sciences as electives
  • Opportunities for internships at institutions of development cooperation, international organisations, and research think tanks
  • Opportunities for hands-on research experience through our many research projects
  • Opportunities for field work and research experience in developing countries
  • A semester abroad at one of our partner universities (e.g., South Africa, China, Indonesia, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago/Jamaica/Barbados – to name just a few!) and many different language courses are offered to round off the programme.

The duration of the Master’s programme in Development Economics is four semesters, during which 120 ECTS will be earned: 90 ECTS from coursework and 30 ECTS through the Master’s thesis. There are three compulsory modules in economics (18 credits: Development Economics I + II, Socioeconomics of Rural Development) and one compulsory econometrics module (Econometrics I or Econometrics II) that are typically completed within the first two semesters. Students can then specialise in quantitative or agricultural economics, each requiring further 12 credits (choose two modules out of four modules in each field of specialisation). Furthermore, students have to take another five modules from a catalogue of pre-selected modules in development or agricultural economics and statistics and three elective modules are chosen freely (any course offered by the Faculty of Economic Sciences, any course from the programme “Sustainable International Agriculture”, and other subjects upon formal request). In addition, one compulsory seminar has to be chosen from a list of currently 15 eligible seminars in development or agricultural economics.
The programme is completed with a Master’s thesis.
German nationals (or foreign nationals with a German high school and undergraduate education) have to spend a mandatory semester or conduct field studies abroad. International students are exempt from this requirement.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Academic admission requirements include a course of study of at least six semesters with a Bachelor’s degree in economics, agricultural economics or a closely related subject. At least 60 credits (in the standard case, in which there is a total of 180 ECTS, otherwise 1/3 of the coursework) in economics (such as micro, macro, development, agricultural, health economics, public finance, etc.) are required. Please be aware that subjects from the field of business administration do not qualify as “economic subjects” for admission. Verification of 150 of the 180 credits (or 83 percent of the coursework required for graduation) is required at the time of application.

Application Process

Submit application to:

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Service-Center für Studierende
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Studienberatung
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
37073 Göttingen

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