How to apply?
Admission is once a year. Application process and deadlines are different for international and Nordic applicants.
- 1 December: International applicants
- 15 April: Extended deadline for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
- 1 June: Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent residence in Norway
International applicants except nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence in Norway.
This programme/study option is also offered to eligible candidates under the Norwegian Quota Scheme.
Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence
permit in Norway.
Formal admission requirements
Admission to master's degree studies requires:
- country list. and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the
- a specialization defined by the programme (Special admission requirements - see below)
- a minimum grade point average (GPA) of C (in Norwegian scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
- a language requirement documented by one of the tests/exams below:
a) Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) in Norwegian upper secondary school with a minimum grade of 4 (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or alternatively passed examination in English from second and/or third school year, or
b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.
Special admission requirements
In addition to the requirements listed above, you need to meet the following academic admission requirements for the 2-year Master's programme in Economics:
• 10 ECTS-credits in mathematics
• 10 ECTS-credits in statistics and methods
• At least 70 ECTS-credits in economics *
This amounts to a total of 90 ECTS-credits that equals about 1 ½ years of study.
Among the courses in economics, at least 50 ECTS-credits must be within microeconomics and macroeconomics, with at least 20 ECTS-credits in each of these categories.
When considering applications from international students, the admission committee will look for applicants that meet these requirements as closely as possible. To ensure that the committee gets a good understanding of your background in economics please fill in the form List of Academic qualifications found here
Please note that accounting, auditing, marketing or management do not count as economics.
- The form List of academic qualifications
- Official explanation of the grading and credit system at your university. Preferably translated into ECTS-credits.
- Overview of your score compared to your peers at your university; i.e. are you among the 30% best of your peer graduates, or among the 50% best etc.?
Ranking of applicants
Applicants are ranked according to their grade point average (GPA). Applicants who can not be estimated according to their grade point average, will be ranked based on individual assessment.
Recognition of prior education
If you have previous higher education, you may apply for specific recognition of this education as part of your degree. Education from both Norwegian and non-Norwegian higher education institutions may be recognised. Recognition depends upon whether the education meets the specific requirements of your degree. Read more about recognition of prior education at the Faculty of Social Sciences.