Business and Economics

(Focused degree program)

Degree program: Master of Arts UZH in Business and Economics (RO06)

General description

The Master of Arts (MA) in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Zurich offers students a comprehensive academic education in the field of economics. Completing the study program grants students access to exciting career opportunities as well as qualifying them to continue their studies at the doctoral level. Students learn to work independently and efficiently in the course of the study program. In addition, the Master’s degree equips students with the qualifications necessary to take on challenging responsibilities in the world of business or in research.
The fields of study offered at the Master’s level are Economics, Business Administration, Banking and Finance (BF), and Management and Economics (ME).
Students must earn a total of 120 ECTS credits, irrespective of their chosen field of study. Regardless of which field of study is chosen, students must complete a compulsory program. The additional requirements of the individual fields of study differ, but each involves the completion of compulsory, core elective and elective courses. A Master’s dissertation (worth 30 ECTS credits) completes the course of study.
In the MA program, students have the freedom to select their courses. At the beginning of their studies, students are advised to put together a personal study plan to chart the modules needed to pass. While most courses are offered annually, some are offered less frequently, and so it is necessary to plan well in order to complete the study program on schedule.
http://www.oec.uzh.ch/studies/master_en.html

Admission requirements

The conditions for admission to the Master’s degree program in Economics and Business Administration are published at: http://www.oec.uzh.ch/studies/general/admission/master_en.html

Branch of studies

Business administration / Management, Finance, Economics

Educational goals

Graduates of the Master’s program at the University of Zurich are able to work independently and efficiently.
Students earn their Master’s degree when they have acquired the necessary number of ECTS credits by successfully completing modules and by complying with the conditions laid down in the study regulations. Successfully passing a module requires specific evidence of proficiency, which may be in the form of a written or oral examination, presentation, written work, etc. Examinations are generally held at the end of the semester. A master's dissertation completes the course of study.

Career possibilities

Economists are employed by organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, OECD, central banks and consulting companies and they work for economic publications.
Studying business administration furnishes students with the skills necessary for a career in financial and investment management, controlling, business organization, strategic business management, human resources and marketing.
Banking and Finance graduates primarily work for banks, insurance companies, consulting firms and finance departments of industrial companies.
Management and Economics bridges the gap between business administration and economics. Successful completion of the course provides students with the skills necessary for a variety of positions as a specialist or in management.
Moreover, all fields of study qualify to a career in research at universities and private institutes.

ECTS credits

120 ECTS Credits

Degree

Master of Arts UZH in Economics and Business Administration

Program structure

The curriculum is broken down into coherent units, called modules. A certain number of ECTS credits are awarded for each module successfully completed, with the number of ECTS credits representing the average amount of work required to pass the module. Students earn their degree when they have acquired the necessary number of ECTS credits in compliance with the conditions laid down in the study regulations. Courses are generally held in German or English.
There are compulsory, core elective and elective courses. Depending on the field of study selected the distribution of ECTS credits to the different courses vary. A total of 120 ECTS credits are required for the MA degree. This represents two years of full-time study.
http://www.oec.uzh.ch/studies/master_en.html

Part-time studies

The Master's degree program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study.

Examination and assessment regulations

Each module is assessed upon completion. Graded modules are marked on a scale from 6 to 1, with 6 being the highest and 1 the lowest grade. Quarter grades are given. A mark of 4 or higher is a passing grade. Ungraded modules are recorded as a pass or fail in the transcript of records.

Post-graduate degree programs

Earning a Master’s degree (Master of Arts in Economics and Business Administration) with a grade point average of at least 5.00 (magna cum laude) qualifies students for the doctoral program in Economics and Business Administration. The doctoral program focuses on independent and original research carried out by the candidate. Candidates also attend special doctoral courses throughout the program. The newly organized, structured doctoral program in Economics, Business Administration, and Information Technology was introduced in the fall semester of 2008.

Keywords

Economics

Language of instruction

English