The MSc in Economics, with tracks in Applied Economics, Econometrics, and Quantitative Economics, is a programme offering in-depth study of economics and economic data analysis. It features a strong core programme that includes an entry path for students without prior training in economics, a track system that allows you to opt for a more practice-oriented, more data-analytic, or a more theoretical focus, and an open category that allows you to take modules outside your track, or from our MSc in Financial Economics programme, so you can create a fulfilling programme suited to your needs.

We seek students with a keen sense of purpose and curiosity about economics. While the programme offers those with economics undergraduate degrees an opportunity for in-depth study in economics, the programme is also suitable for those without prior economics training. Previous training in economics is not required. An Applied Economics track student could be a working professional who makes or will be making critical and strategic decisions in his/her company or public sector agency, who could benefit tremendously from a good understanding of the market and the economy. An Econometrics track student could be someone who wishes to learn more about data analysis with a special focus on economic, financial and social data. A Quantitative Economics track student might be someone with a strong technical background who wishes to prepare themselves for PhD level study in economics.

Programme Structure

The MSc in Economics (MSE) programme feature a strong yet flexible core. We offer an entry path for students without prior training in economics, principal tracks that sharpen your focus and a wide range of electives in your chosen track. You will also enjoy the flexibility to take modules outside your track or programme for a fulfilling, personalised programme. The programme is available for part-time or full-time study.

  • Applied Economics (1 year full-time or 2 years part-time)Classes are held on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings
  • Econometrics (1 year full-time, with part-time option)Classes are held on weekday daytime
  • Quantitative Economics (1 year full-time, with part-time option)Classes are held on weekday daytime

Part-time study is available only to Singapore-based students (citizens, permanent residents, and those holding valid employment passes).

The MSE is a 10cu (credit unit) programme, comprising 4cu Core and 6cu Elective.

Admission Requirements
  • Good Bachelor’s degree
     – AET – Not necessarily in Economics
     – ECMT, QET – Economics, related fields (finance, business) or technical fields (statistics, mathematics, engineering)
  • Good score in GMAT/GRE*
     – QET – A very good score in the quantitative section will be expected
  • Good TOEFL or IELTS (required if your first degree was not taught in English)
  • Good reference letters (2)
  • Admission interview
  • Personal statement
    Include CV with your application

*GRE/GMAT requirement waived for: –

SMU alumni with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or above, within 5 years of graduation
SUTD alumni with CGPA 3.5/5.0 or above, within 5 years of graduation.

The GRE/GMAT is strongly recommended.  However, if you have not taken the GRE or GMAT tests, you may wish to consider taking the SMU Admissions Test. It is an online test comprising three components: verbal, numerical, and inductive reasoning. Completing the three components will take approximately 1.5 hours. 

Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

School of Economics
Singapore Management University
90 Stamford Road
Singapore 178903

Tel: +65 6828 0239 / +65 6828 0829