overview Master

The Master's program usually lasts 2 years and comprises 120 ECTS credits. Further information can be found in the Program Regulations of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics.

With the help of this Excel spreadsheet you can plan your Master studies and keep track of your courses and grades.

Microsoft Excel Tabelle 300.6 KB

compulsory program (30 ECTS)

fall semester

Advanced Macroeconomics 6 ECTS
Advanced Microeconomics I    6 ECTS
Empirical Methods 6 ECTS

spring semester

Advanced Microeconomics II 6 ECTS
International Macroeconomics  6 ECTS

important information

i.) At least 9 ECTS must be completed from seminars in the core elective or elective area within the faculty.

ii.) Max. 6 failures with 90 ECTS at the faculty, 9 failures with 120 ECTS.

core elective area (30 ECTS)

In the core elective area, 12 ECTS must be acquired from each of the two areas ECON 1 and ECON 2, and 6 ECTS from the area ECON 3.


Brennpunkt Wirtschaftspolitik – Ökonomie im Kampf der Argumente (S) 3 ECTS
Business Cycles: Empirics and Theory (L) 3 ECTS
Financial Crises: Past, present, future (L+E) 6 ECTS
Macroeconomics for Research Students Part I (Ph.D.) (L+E) 9 ECTS
Monetary Policy Analysis: Empirical Modelling (S) 3 ECTS
Public Debt Management (L) 3 ECTS
Behavioral Theory (L+E) 6 ECTS
Global Poverty and Economic Development (L+E) 6 ECTS
Global Poverty and Economic Development – Cases (S) 3 ECTS
Labor Economics (L) 3 ECTS
Microeconomics for Research Students Part I (Ph.D.) (L+E) 9 ECTS
PhD Course: Behavioral Economics (L) 2 ECTS
Principles of Neuroeconomics (L) 3 ECTS
Recent Developments in Competition Policy (S) 3 ECTS
The Economics and Econometrics of Sports, Culture and Religion (S) 3 ECTS
The Economics of Paternalism (S) 3 ECTS
Advanced Statistics (L+E) 6 ECTS
Introductory Maths Course (L+E) 6 ECTS
Machine Learning for Economic Analysis (L+E) 6 ECTS
Meta-Analysis (S) 3 ECTS
Network Science for Business, Economics, Informatics and Social Sciences. (L) 6 ECTS
Teamführung und praktische Anleitung zum wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten (S) 3 ECTS


History of Monetary Economics. Theory and Policy, 1660-1940 (L) 3 ECTS
Matlab and Python: Applications in Economic History (S) 3 ECTS
PhD Course: Growth, Technical Change and Inequalities (L) 2 ECTS
Policy implications of rising inequality (S) 3 ECTS
Research in Macroeconomics (L+E) 6 ECTS
Research in Macroeconomics (S) 3 ECTS
Social Choice Theory (L+E) 6 ECTS
Volkswirtschaftslehre in Zürich (S) (Economics in Zurich) 3 ECTS
Advanced Industrial Economics (L+E) 6 ECTS
Economics of Gender in Education and Labor Markets (S) 6 ECTS
Introduction to Behavioral Economics (L+E) 6 ECTS
Introduction to the Philosophy of Economics (L) 3 ECTS
ME3: Organizational Economics (L+E) 6 ECTS
Neuroeconomic Theory (S) 3 ECTS
Personnel Management in Entrepreneurial Firms (S) 3 ECTS
PhD Course: Economics of Child Well- being and Development (L) 2 ECTS
Seminar in Information Economics and Contract Theory (S) 3 ECTS
Seminar in behavioral economic research 3 ECTS
Social entrepreneurship: for-profit-for- purpose (S) 6 ECTS
Weiterführende Themen des Strategischen Managements (L) 3 ECTS
Agent-based modeling for Business, Economics, Informatics and Social Science (L) 6 ECTS
Big Data Methods for Economists (S) 3 ECTS
Econometrics for Development Economists (L+E) 6 ECTS
Econometrics for Policy Analysts (L+E) 6 ECTS
Econometrics for Policy Analysts: Cases (S) 3 ECTS
Experimental Economics (L+E) 6 ECTS
Matlab and Python: Applications in Economic History (S) 3 ECTS
Program Evaluation and Causal Inference (L+E) 6 ECTS

Note: V: Lecture; V+Ü/E+L: Lecture with integrated exercise session; S: Seminar

Master's thesis (30 ECTS)

You have a maximum of 6 months to write your Master's thesis. The workload for the Master's thesis corresponds to approx. 900 working hours. Possible thesis topics and further information can be found here.


Minor Program (30 ECTS)

You can choose a minor program from the faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics, or from a different faculty altogether.

Minor programs within the faculty


  • Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Economic Policy

Banking & Finance

  • Banking & Finance
  • Banking
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Quantitative Finance

Business Administration

  • Business Administration
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Managing Education

Computer Science

  • Information Systems
  • Informatics for OEC
  • People-Oriented Computing
  • Data Science

An overview of minors from other faculties can be found in the course catalogue.