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Double Master's Programme in Economics, M.Sc./M.A.

Universität zu Köln in cooperation with Keio University (Japan)

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The Double Master's Programme in Economics gives students the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of two top universities. They are able to enjoy the advantages offered by two universities. Participants on the programme spend one year studying at each university and graduate with two master's degrees: a Master of Science in Economics awarded by the University of Cologne and a Master of Arts in Economics awarded by Keio University located in Tokyo, Japan.

Economic studies focus on how governments, companies, institutions, households and individuals allocate their limited resources. The study programme provides students with broad methodological expertise and knowledge of a variety of theoretical approaches to independently analyse and develop conceptual models to predict responses to changes in policy and market conditions. The international orientation of the Double Master's Programme enables students to learn how to solve complex economic problems on an international scale in a globalised, interconnected world by considering cross-national connections and effects.

Language: English


The Double Master's Programme in Economics gives students the opportunity to pursue two master's degrees from two universities during a two-year programme. The programme is integrated into the Master of Science in Economics at the University of Cologne and the Master of Arts in Economics at Keio University and incorporates courses from both. It is based on recognition of credit points and includes a master's thesis, which is written during the second year of study. Students spend their first year at the University of Cologne and their second year at Keio University. After successful completion of the programme, they are awarded two degrees: a Master of Science in Economics by the University of Cologne and a Master of Arts in Economics by Keio University.

The courses available at the two universities complement each other very well, providing a wide range from which students benefit greatly. During the first year at UoC, students acquire methodological expertise in mathematics, statistics, micro- and macroeconomics. Students can then specialise in a field of their choice and practise applying their methodological skills.

Career prospects

Graduates of the Double Master's Programme in Economics will be particularly well prepared for careers with an international focus. Possible roles include:

  • positions in public institutions such as ministries, state departments, central banks, agencies and public authorities (such as antitrust divisions or regulatory authorities) or international institutions (such as the OECD, IMF, World Bank or the European Commission);
  • economic consultant to a government ministry or economic advisor to a political party;
  • posts in economic departments of private institutions such as banks, consulting agencies, large industrial corporations, organisations or corporations in the media sector;
  • research position at a research institute or university;
  • analyst in a financial institute or investment banking manager;
  • in-house economics journalist.


Please check our website for more information on the programme and visit the application section for details on the entry requirements and the selection proces.

Entry requirements

  • A bachelor's degree with:
    (A) at least 18 ECTS in Economics, at least 48 ECTS in further Economics, Business Administration and/or Social Sciences, and at least 15 ECTS in Statistics and/or Mathematics OR
    (B) at least 40 ECTS in Mathematics.
  • Please note the specifications on the allocation of courses to the subject areas.
  • Overall grade equivalent to at least 2.7 (German grading system) in the bachelor's degree
  • English language skills


Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (ZIB WiSo)
Fakultät der Universität zu Köln
50923 Köln

Xenia Elbrächter
Programme Management
Phone: +49 (0)221 470-7702
Email: wiso-dmp@no-spamuni-koeln.de 

Natascha Rohrer
Programme Support (Student Assistant)
Phone: +49 (0)221 470-7068
Email: wiso-dmp@no-spamuni-koeln.de

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