Master (2 years) of Science in Economics, 120 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Odense
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4250 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The Master's programme in Economics, cand.oecon., provides knowledge based on high international research within the profile area. MSc graduates in Economics are able to understand and on a scientific basis reflect on this knowledge as well as identify relevant scientific problems.

Career Opportunities  

The Master of Science in Economics offers opportunities for employment within a very broad professional spectrum. Thus, the programme is targeted towards employment in both the public and private sectors, including businesses and trade organisations. Recent employment studies have shown that employment in ministries, teaching and research institutions, and with local authorities is common, as is employment in the private sector, e.g. as consultants and in banks.

MSc graduates in Economics also find employment in international organisations such as the European Union, OECD, the UN, etc. where economic expertise is in high demand. 

Finally, the MSc in Economics can be the starting point for a career in research, e.g. as a Ph.D. student.

About the Degree

The graduate programme in Economics consists of a series of compulsory courses and electives, some predetermined and others free of choice amongst graduate courses offered at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences. The programme is completed with your Master’s thesis.

The individual profiles have different areas of focus and therefore you will have great opportunities to choose exactly the profile you find most interesting. The compulsory courses
ensure you a solid theoretical and methodical foundation – relevant for all profiles.

Furthermore, it is possible to do courses offered at other faculties and universities – both in Denmark and abroad. The Study Board must validate your choices first.
Likewise, it is possible to obtain ECTS credits equivalent to an elective course for a report based on a relevant internship (at an embassy, a ministry or an organization etc.). 

MSc. in Economics profiles In addition, there are a number of supplementary subjects such as mathematics, statistics, business law, language and IT.

Teaching varies between lectures, classroom instruction and project work together with other students. Students are encouraged to participate in class discussions.


The admission requirement for the M.Sc. in Economics (cand.oecon.) in Accounting and Econimics is the Danish three-year
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics,
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration (HA) or
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economy.
Applicants with other relevant backgrounds can also apply. The applications will be evaluated on an individual basis. It may be required of the applicants to take supplementary courses which must be passed before study start.

In addition, you have to document your English language qualifications. Read more about English language requirements.

Apply directly at the University of Southern Denmark with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact the University of Southern Denmark directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. 

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Autumn - EU/EEA or Swiss citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01

Spring - Non-EU/EEA

Application date
Aug 01
Start date
Feb 01

Spring - EU/EEA or Swiss citizens

Application date
Nov 01
Start date
Feb 01



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