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Structure & Contents

One Program, Two Tracks


The Master's Program Economics is a two-year
full-time program for students holding a bachelor's
degree in economics or a related field. You can
apply either for the Applied Track or the
Science Track.

The Applied Track prepares students for careers in economic policy, society, and business. The Science Track is tailored to the needs of students pursuing a career in scientific research.

Opportunities and Choice

Our students care most about the big economic questions such as poverty, inequality, sustainable growth, globalisation, or economic freedom. The program caters to these interests by offering
12 areas of specialisation. Students can choose from such a broad range of subjects because WU is one of the biggest universities for economic education in Europe.

A Global Network of Renowned Partner Universities

WU has a

strong network of international
partner universities

whose course offerings are
flexibly integrated into our curriculum. The WU Economics Master's Program allows you to study (almost) any area you are interested in at some
of the internationally most renowned academic

A Quality Degree with a Sterling Reputation in the Job Market

For many decades WU alumni have been taking
top positions in business, government, and society. Hence employers in Europe and beyond appreciate the value of a WU degree. Our graduates pursue a broad range of careers as they have acquired the skills necessary to master many challenging tasks.

A Science Track for Aspiring Young Researchers

The Science Track at WU equips students with
the necessary theoretical and methodological knowledge to pursue a career in scientific research. Internationally publishing professors closely
interact with a small group of students to develop their skills. As a graduate you may take a research position, apply for a challenging international PhD program or use the fast-track option into the
selective Economics PhD Program at WU.

Experiencing Economics Beyond Academics in Vienna

Vienna is the capital of Austria and one of the
biggest cities in the European Union. You find

plenty of opportunities to get involved into

as there are many international
organizations, headquarters of international
companies, Austrian governmental institutions,
research institutes, think tanks, NGOs etc. Even
the current head of state is an economist who
has published in Econometrica.

Top ranked

The WU Department of Economics has consistently belonged to the top group of economic research institutions covered by the Handelsblattranking, the most authoritative research ranking for Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. In the most recent survey the WU Department of Economics was ranked number one in Austria.

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Curriculum Applied Track