The objective of the Helsinki GSE Master’s program is to provide a high value-added education to the students irrespective of whether they go on to work in the private or public sector, in applied or research-oriented jobs. This goal is achieved by being simultaneously rigorous and practically oriented, applying economic tools to real world problems instead of teaching them purely at a theoretical level. Students are equipped with the main tools of a professional economist: a way of conceptualizing problems, thinking through the incentives of decision-makers, analyzing the impact of different decision-makers knowing different things, as well as solid tools for empirical analysis.
Given that Helsinki GSE offers a wide variety of courses, and thesis topics can be flexibly chosen, students can tailor their studies to match their interests. More details regarding our current course offering can be viewed in Courses.
The Helsinki GSE Master’s program is a two-year program consisting of course work and a thesis. The program focuses on the core elements of economic analysis and methods. It provides students with an extensive exposure on applied themes of economics and on the big picture of the economy. The curriculum consists of core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics as well as specialized courses in subfields of economics, such as:
- Economic theory
- Industrial organization
- International economics
- Labor economics
- Public economics
- Development economics
- Behavioral and Experimental Economics
The Helsinki GSE Master’s program is suitable for anyone with a Bachelor degree in economics or related discipline, and an ambition to serve in demanding expert positions. The training is based on state-of-the-art knowledge on economic research, and is compatible with recent international trends in economics education. It competes with the best economics masters programs in the world.
The Master’s program also qualifies students to apply to PhD programs, both at the Helsinki GSE as well in other departments. Helsinki GSE has a track record of placing students in top economics PhD programs both in Europe and in the US. The most suitable track to PhD education is our Research Master’s program (link), which focuses on methodological aspects of economics.
The language of Helsinki GSE Master’s program is English. We encourage both Finnish and international students to apply.
Helsinki GSE Master’s program qualifies students to apply to varied economics PhD programs in Finland and abroad. The program also enables the students to acquire the transferable skills required in their potential future positions, including:
- Macroeconomist – private and public sector
- Management consultant
- Financial economist
- Energy and resource economist
- Public sector economist
- Labor market economist
- Competition economist
Helsinki GSE degrees are formally awarded by the three member institutions:
Prospective student should apply to one of these institutions through the provided links. While the different member institutions have somewhat different profiles, emphasizing different aspects of economics, they all have the same two-year structure, supporting continuation studies in a PhD program or a transition to demanding expert roles in the society.