Programme SMINA

Master’s Programme in Economics

Learn about the importance of economic policy and its effects on society in this programme that focuses on applied microeconomic analysis and that will give you the skills to integrate economic theory and methods into professional contexts.
60 Credits Second Cycle

Understanding Economics Analysis

This Master's Programme in Economics is designed to equip you with the analytical tools you will need for work in the field of Economics. The specific objective of the programme is for you to acquire tools for economic analysis and to apply these in policymaking in the public and private sectors. You will develop advanced skills in terms of a solid knowledge in economic theory – in particular microeconomic theory and quantitative methods – for understanding and analysing economic problems. These skills are essential for a practising economist in many applied fields.

Solid training in research is emphasised through the requirement of thesis work. In the writing of the thesis, you will demonstrate and practise your ability to integrate economic theory and methods in a context raised by the research question.

If you have a degree focused on Economics or Finance and wish to further your understanding of how economic policy affects society, then you are strongly encouraged to apply. Since the programme includes the composition of a thesis, it is ideal for you if your intention is to pursue research or if you aim to demonstrate to potential employers an ability both to understand economic theory and methods, and to integrate these into real-life situations.

How To Apply

Applying to this programme is quick and easy. Just complete these two steps:

  1. Click on the green "Apply" button to create a user account and add the programme to your account in the online application portal.
  2. Submit the required documents to verify that you fulfill the entry requirements listed below. In most cases it is  possible to upload the required documents to your user account.

Entry Requirements (August 2023)

Specific Entry Requirements

A Bachelor degree comprising of at least 180 credits (ECTS equivalent) with a major in Economics, Mathematics or an Engineering programme with a quantitative or mathematical orientation or equivalent knowledge. Documented language proficiency knowledge equivalent to English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school.

English Language Proficiency

The most common tests and important scores that are accepted are:

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Please check the University Admissions information on English Language Proficiency to see if you are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS result.

Tuition Fees

87 000 SEK (total)*
*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.

Tuition fees are paid in one-semester installments and the first payment (43 500 SEK) must be paid no later than June 1. This allows for reasonable processing time for a residence permit application.

If you have any questions about tuition fee payments, please e-mail


There are a number of scholarships available for successful applicants to the Economics who are not EU/EEA citizens.

For more information about scholarships, please visit our webpage about international student scholarships or contact via the contact form on this website.

Programme Overview

The programme is a one-year Master’s in Economics. It comprises 60 credits (1 credit = 1 ECTS) and it starts in the beginning of September, which is the start of the autumn semester.

The programme focuses on applied microeconomic analysis. All courses and supervision are given in English. The first semester (autumn) of the programme is composed of four courses. The second semester (spring) includes two courses and a Master’s thesis of 15 credits in Economics. 

Semester 1 (Autumn)

Semester 2 (Spring)

Degree Awarded

Upon completion of the programme, you will be awarded a Master of Science in Economics.

Study Environment

Dalarna University is a small university, which will allow you to develop personal relationships with your classmates and teachers. You will study at the campus in Borlänge, which is located close to the region's largest shopping centre. Borlänge is situated 10 kms from Romme Alpin Ski Resort.

Typically, there are 10-15 students in each class in the Economics Programme. Lessons include lectures, individual and group discussions and presentations, study visits and an examination or essay. You will normally have up to ten hours of classes a week, as well as 20 to 30 hours of individual reading and writing assignments, and group projects.

Since the programme admits only a small number of students, you will easily get to know your classmates and be involved with activities in and around Dalarna and Sweden with new-found friends.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the programme, you will be prepared for staff and managerial positions in the public and private sectors that require the integration of microeconomic analysis and advanced quantitative methods.

Your career opportunities in the private sector include consultant, trading expert, financial advisor and analyst. Opportunities in the public sector may be found within education and NGOs. This programme will also prepare you for advanced studies in PhD programmes in Economics.

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Entry Qualifications
  • A Bachelor degree comprising of at least 180 credits with a major in Economics or Mathematics or in an Engineering programme with a quantitative or mathematical orientationand English 6
Tuition Fee
First Tuition Fee Installment
43,500 SEK
Total Tuition Fee
87,000 SEK
EU/EEA Citizens or exchange students are not required to pay fees.
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