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Master Economics

One Master's programme, six tracks

At the Amsterdam School of Economics you can expect excellent teaching from professors respected in their field of economics, research or industry. Choose your track and specialise in the field of your interest.

Up-to-date theories and tools

Our own internationally recognised researchers introduce you to the latest techniques and theories. Providing you the up-to-date tools to take with you in your first job.

Guest lectures from top experts

Within each track you can expect guest lectures from experts working in a wide range of economic organisations and fields. We have had representatives from the Dutch Central Bank, the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis and the World Bank.

Download MSc Economics factsheet

Choosing your track

The Amsterdam School of Economics is one of the few Dutch universities to offer a selection of no less than six tracks. After the common first block, you can choose  the track that suits you best. 

  1. Behavioural Economics & Game Theory
  2. Development Economics
  3. International Economics & Globalisation
  4. Markets & Regulation
  5. Monetary Policy & Banking
  6. Public Policy

Tailor your track

Each track has its own set of track-specific courses. Additionaly, some tracks have a number of electives to choose from.

Programme structure

The first study block provides you with a solid foundation for all tracks. This block is demanding, but if you pass you have the academic calibre needed for the track specific courses.

Block I (8 weeks) Block II (8 weeks) Block III (4 weeks)
Microeconomics & Game theory (5 EC) Track-specific course (5 EC) Track-specific course  (5 EC)
Macroeconomics (5 EC) Track-specific course (5 EC)

Applied econometrics (5 EC)

Block IV (8 weeks) Block V (8 weeks) Block IV (4 weeks)
Track-specific course (5 EC) Master's thesis (15 EC)     
Track-specific course (5 EC)  
Track-specific course (5 EC)

Download the interactive course schedule

More about Course schedule in Course Catalogue

Preparing your research

The Research seminars hand you all the specific knowledge for choosing and formulating your Master’s thesis subject.

Writing your Master’s thesis

The Master’s thesis is the final requirement for your graduation. It is your chance to dive deep into an economics topic that you are enthusiastic about. You present your research and findings in your thesis. A professor in your business economics field of choice (track) will supervise and support you in writing your thesis.

Upon graduation, you will be awarded the title Master of Science (MSc).

Find out what students say about our Master’s in Economics

Internships and exchange

If you have completed your curriculum, you have the possibility of doing an internship or going on exchange abroad. For international students it is an excellent opportunity to experience the Dutch labour market.

More about doing an internship

See internships offered by Sefa (faculty student association)

More about studying abroad