This study programme starts in August.

When to apply 

  • EU/EEA/Swiss applicants: from 1 February until 1 March  
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: from 1 February until 15 April 
  • Non-EU/EEA applicants: from 1 October until 1 December ​

How to apply

Available places


Admission requirements

Admission to master's degree studies requires:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the country list.
  • a specialization defined by the programme
  • a minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading 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) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed examination in English from second and/or third school year in Norwegian upper secondary school, or
    b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.

Required specialization

Information for applicants with Norwegian higher education (website in Norwegian).

In addition to the general requirements listed above, you need to meet the following specialized academic admission requirements for the 2-year master's programme in Economics:

Credits Course category
10 ECTS Mathematics
10 ECTS Statistics and Methods
20 ECTS Microeconomics
20 ECTS Macroeconomics
30 ECTS Additional economics

This amounts to a total of 90 ECTS credits.

Please note that accounting, auditing, business, marketing or management do not count as economics.

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" (use pdf version or  odt version).

New requirement – GRE/GMAT test

For admission to the 2018/19 academic year, you must also submit a GRE or GMAT test if you have education from outside the Nordic countries. Please see below under documentation requirements for more information.


You have to upload all required documents in UiO's online application portal.

If the required specialization in your degree is from an institution outside the Nordic countries, you must submit a GRE or a GMAT test with the following scores:

  • GRE Revised General Test (GRE) with at least 152 points in the Quantitative Reasoning section.
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with at least 600 points.

    You must add UiO as a recipient of your GRE test result using our institutional code 0756. In addition you must scan and upload a copy of your test result to the application portal. In order to document your GMAT result, you must order a score report to be sent online to the University of Oslo, and also scan and upload a copy of your test result to the application portal.

Test scores are valid for five years.

Course descriptions

  • If you have completed studies outside the University of Oslo, you must upload course descriptions that contain information about the completed courses (e.g.
    a document containing links to relevant websites).

Optional document

  • A list of academic qualifications: use pdf version or odt version
  • Official explanation of the grading and credit system at your university, preferably translated into ECTS-credits.

Ranking of applicants

Applicants are ranked according to their grade average in the specialization of their degree. Applicants who cannot be ranked according to their grade average, will be ranked on the basis of an individual assessment.

Admission to this programme is usually highly competitive. Please note that even if you fulfill the minimum grade requirement, this does not guarantee you a study place in the programme.

You normally cannot be admitted to a master's degree programme or study option within the same subject area as a previously completed master's degree at the University of Oslo.

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.

One-year Master qualifying for the PhD program

Applicants with at least one year studies at the master level can be offered admission to the Research option in the Master program with a transfer of 60 credits. The master's degree in Economics can then be completed within one year. Read more about how to apply for the one year master qualifying for the PhD program.

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