About the Program

The program aims to provide solid economics and analytic training to students who have strong interest in economics

The MSc in Economics Program aims to provide solid economics and analytical training for students in order to prepare them for further pursuit of higher academic degrees in economics, finance, marketing, management, etc.

With the solid training and strong support of the faculty of the economics department of HKUST, graduates of the program are expected to be successful in applying for admissions to Ph.D. programs in relevant fields in North America, Europe, and other parts of the world.

Program Intended Learning Goals

  • Have deep understanding on economic issues based on knowledge on economics including microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics.
  • Be equipped with optimization methods and economic insights to construct theoretical models analyzing economic and business problems.
  • Have econometrics skills and knowledge to conduct empirical analysis which can help government or firms making decisions.
  • Be able to effectively communicate economic intuition or predictions from empirical analysis to people in academia and in private sectors.

Program Features

Program Duration

The normal study period is 1 year.

Study Mode

The program is designed for full-time students and most of the classes will be held during daytime at HKUST main campus.

Program Size

The program size ranges from 80 - 120.

Research Preparation Concentration

Students who want to better prepare themselves for pursuing further studies are given an option to extend one more term to complete a Research Preparation concentration. To opt for the concentration, students are required to complete at courses and minimum 15 credits of elective courses, of which 6 credits must be at PhD level; plus a 6-credit Independent Project (ECON6980)

Exchange Opportunities

The program has established exchange partnership with the following universities:

  • University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Students will have chance to gain international exposure through the exchange program.

Career Supports

The HKUST Business School MSc Career and Professional Development (CPD) Team is in place to assist students to:

  • Identify your unique career-related interests, values and capabilities;
  • Enhance job searching skills and career management strategies;
  • Access opportunities for internship and full-time employment with a diverse group of recruiting firms and organizations.

MSc (Econ) students would receive weekly newsletter about workshops offered by CPD and job openings available.

On top of the career supports provided by CPD, the University's Career Center is dedicated to helping you explore, plan and prepare for your career. More information about the services offered could be found at https://career.ust.hk