Resources for Bachelor- and Master Students

Office Hours: Please make an appointment by contacting Mrs. Jann-Grahovac

    Interested in going for an economics PhD? Resources on how to apply (and whether you should):

    Where should you get your master's degree in economics?

      In general, it is important to distinguish between a research-oriented and a policy-oriented master in economics. A research-oriented master can be useful if you want to obtain a doctorate in economics and/ or if your future job requires strong quantitative skills. You can identify research-oriented masters based on their module manual (PhD- / Advanced- / Quantitative- / Research-Track). For instance, the University of Mannheim offers a fast track option (master’s program “Economic Research Track”) for acquiring a doctorate. You should consider a policy-oriented master if you want to start to work directly after completing your master’s program. Furthermore, take into account that the application process starts very early in some countries such as the United Kingdom (LSE and TSE: September /October), especially if you want to apply for a scholarship as well.
      a. Research-oriented masters in economics
      1. Before applying
        • Recommended courses in your Bachelor: Advanced Analysis, Nonparametric Statistics and Game Theory
        • Often required Graduate Admission Test: GRE
      2. Choosing the university and program
        • Check out the CVs of professors working at high-performing universities regarding research contributions in top journals: Where did they get their master and PhD degrees? Which are the partner universities of these universities? (+ take a quick glance at the "ENTER Network” and "European Doctoral Programme”
        • Go for a master program which is not too specific (microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics in the advanced-track)
      b. Policy-oriented masters in economics
      1. Before applying
        • Often required Graduate Admission Test: GRE
      2. Choosing the university and program
        • A specified master program is recommended if you already know in which area (private sector, international organization, etc.) you plan to work afterwards
      c. The following organizations rank graduate economics programs using various approaches:

    Bachelor Thesis

      a. think about a topic or an area you want to write about.
      b. talk to me about a topic (make an appointment by contacting Mrs. Jann-Grahovac).
      c. specifications: 30 pages text (exclusive bibliography and appendix), 1.5 spaced, appropriate margins, preferably in English and preferably using LaTeX.
      More information in German here.
      d. Library Resources: For writing a Bachelor Thesis, some knowledge of literature search etc. might be useful.

      The library team offers introductory courses. Information about Courses, Tutorials & More can be found here (courses are generally taught in German, one course is also offered in English). You can register for the courses via the Studierendenportal.

      For more information, please contact the Economics library team.
      e. Moreover, the new academic writing consultancy for all students of the Bachelor of Science program in Economics offers help regarding all questions in the academic writing and research process. The following Guidelines for Bachelor Theses might also help you. For additional information contact Mrs. Lydia Prexl
      f. If you would like to do Data Analysis please have a look at the slides on Panel Data Analysis Fixed and Random Effects using Stata

Previous Bachelor Theses: