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MSc in Economics (MSE)




What will I learn?

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 program, so you can create a fulfilling programme suited to your needs.

The MSc in Economics is available for part-time or full-time study. The Applied Economics track is available for full-time study over one-year, or part-time study over two years. Classes for the Applied Economics are held in the evenings or on Saturday morning. The Econometrics and Quantitative Economics tracks are primarily for full-time study over one year, although it is also available for part-time study by students who are able to attend weekday daytime classes. Please note that part-time study is available only to Singapore-based students (citizens, permanent residents, and those holding valid employment passes).

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.

Which department am I in?

School of Economics

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
SG$36,720.00 (22,58,303) per year
SG $36,720 (Programme Fee for Accelerated Pathway Intake (Aug Term)); SG $45,360 (Programme Fee for Regular Pathway Intake (Jan Term))

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 August 2023, 8 January 2024


School of Economics

Singapore Management University,

90 Stamford Road,

178903, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have: Good undergraduate degree. A good score in GMAT or SMU Admissions Test. TOEFL/ IELTS is required if the medium of instruction of your undergraduate studies was not in English. It must be taken within the last 2 years at the time of submitting your application.

For international students

  • Good Bachelor's degree
  • Good score in GMAT/GRE/SMU Admission Test
  • Good TOEFL or IELTS (required if your first degree was not taught in English)

Application closes: May (for Aug intake); Sep (for Jan intake).


About Singapore Management University (SMU)

QS Stars Asian University Rankings awarded Singapore Management University 5-star ratings for overall excellence and employability.

  • Recognised as a world-class research institution
  • Excellent graduate outcomes and employer links
  • LKCSB MBA programme ranked 10th in Asia (FT 2022)
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