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Introductory phase

The first semester consists of three/four compulsory core modules depending on the chosen module combination:


  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Econometrics

"Economic research preparatory courses":

  • Mathematics for Economists (PhD level)
  • Advanced Microeconomics (PhD level)
  • Advanced Macroeconomics (PhD level)
  • Advanced Econometrics (PhD level)

Specialization phase

From second semester on wards, you will enter the Specialization Phase of the program where you will have to choose the Elective Modules.

Course Requirements

During the specialization phase you can take at least two but no more than four seminars from the elective modules of the Master´s course program.

Students have to complete elective modules adding up to a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 66 ECTS credits. Additional credits will not count towards their grade average and will not be listed on the Transcript of Records.

Electives from other departments

Starting with your second semester, you are invited to attend elective courses from other departments, e.g. Business Mathematics or Sociology. It is possible to obtain up to 15 ECTS from other departments. Information about the registration process and the allowed courses can be found below:

Please note:  for these courses the examination regulations of the respective programs apply. Therefore, please contact the respective departments or the Student Services in case of any questions regarding the exams in these programs.

Courses from the Department of Economics of the University of Heidelberg

A place in the Master program in Economics at the University of Mannheim involves the opportunity to take classes at our partner university, the University of Heidelberg (UoH). This allows students to expand their knowledge and choose amongst even more specializations. After they have completed their first semester and core courses at the University of Mannheim, they can register for classes at the UoH in the following areas: Economics (which, inter alia, includes Game Theory, Experimental Economic Research and Behavioral Economics), Statistics, Econometrics, Economic History and Economic Geography. Mannheim students can obtain a total of 40 ECTS at the UoH. If there are enough supervisors available, students can even write their Master’s thesis supervised by faculty from the UoH (please note that the Master’s thesis takes 4 months to complete and that it is worth 30 ECTS, so that the number of additional courses a student can attend at the UoH is limited). Additional information can be found below:

Course registration

To join an elective course, you are kindly requested to send registration by e-mail to The current registration deadline is published in the section "current course catalogue".