This two-year program focuses on economic policy in the context of global markets. Its main goal is to give students sound foundations in economics, an understanding of the economic policy process, and to provide them with the analytical ability to evaluate economic policies at the macro and micro level.
During the first year, students will focus on core courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics, data analysis, applied economic policy analysis, as well as some optional courses (electives) in the spring. In the second year, students will be able to choose from a wide range of electives from the Department of Economics and Business and other departments. Popular elective courses include:
- Finance courses (Asset Pricing, Corporate Finance and Risk Management, Trading and Portfolio Theory, etc.)
- Data analysis courses (Data Mining and Big Data Analysis, Econometrics II, Economic Forecasting, Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing, etc.)
- Macro policy courses (Economic Policy After the Crisis, Economics of Underdevelopment, Macroeconomic and Public Institutions, The Political Economy of the EU, etc.)
- Micro policy courses, special policy areas (Energy Markets, Economics of Higher Education, Labor Economics, Health Policy, etc.)
Many of the electives are “cross listed”, meaning that they are taught by other departments at CEU. Thus, students are exposed to many alternative viewpoints and approaches, which we consider to be a strength of the Economic Policy Program.
Entry Requirements for the Program
In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements, applicants to the MA in Economic Policy program must submit a Statement of Purpose that should express their reasons for applying to the program (max. 500 words). Applicants should indicate how further studies at CEU would help them achieve their future career goals.
Entry is open for students with an undergraduate degree in economics or related fields, and also for students with undergraduate or master's degrees from areas not directly related to economics. More information about the program can be found on the department’s website.