This programme no longer admits students


Admission is once a year. Application process and deadlines are different for international and Nordic applicants.


The application deadline for Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway is not set for the autumn 2014 admission. Please revisit this website for updated information.

Application process for non-EU/EEA applicants

Application process for EU/EEA/Swiss applicants

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

Academic admission requiremnts for the 2-year Master's programme in Environmental and Development Economics:
At least one and a half years (90 ECTS-credits) of your three-year bachelor's studies must be in economics including mathematics as well as fundamentals of probability calculus and statistics. You must possess a bachelor's degree which includes the following requirements:

10 ECTS-credits in mathematics
10 ECTS-credits in statistics and methods
At least 70 ECTS-credits in economics, but the total amount
of courses in economics, mathematics and statistics and methods must amount to 90 ECTS-credits. 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

You must also provide an official explanation of the
grading and credit system at your university. Preferably your credits should be translated into ECTS-credits. Moreover, you must also provide us with an 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.?

When considering applications from international students, the admission committee will look for applicants that meet these requirements as closely as possible.

If possible, international applicants should also provide us with their GRE-score. For more information about the GRE-test

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

Quota scholarships are offered to students selected under cooperation agreements: These are from Fudan University (China), St. Petersburg State University (Russia) and Mekelle University (Ethiopia). Otherwise, only exceptionally qualified individual applicants will be considered.

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.

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.