Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft

M.Sc. European Economics with Pavia

The Program

The School of Business and Economics has entered into double-degree agreements with different partner universities all over the world. These programs offer participants an extraordinary opportunity to obtain two degrees at the same time. This integrated double degree Master program in European Economics is conducted in cooperation with the School of Economics at the Università degli studi di Pavia (Italy). The program is partially funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This allows the School of Business and Economics to support students with particularly good performances with a partial or full scholarship during the year spent at the Università degli Studi di Pavia.

The School of Economics at the University of Pavia is heir to the original Italian schools of Commerce, which were founded in the second half of the 18th century, and subsequently transformed into the various faculties of Economics and Business. The constant burgeoning of world- wide markets, the rapid development of financial markets and the expansion of new information and communication technologies required increasingly diverse professional profiles from the faculty graduates. In order to fulfill these new demands, the faculty has adapted and diversified the training it offers, that is to say three Lauree Triennale and four Lauree Magistrale programs. At the end of their studies they are granted two Master degrees: the Laurea Magistrale degree and the Master of Science degree. Thus, graduates have a wide range of career options in international companies or institutions in the public sector. Due to the international focus of the program, graduates are able to get into different working procedures in different countries efficiently and adopt beneficial practices being used in other cultures.

Key Facts

4 Semester Program

Courses start either in September (Pavia) or October (Tübingen)

120 ECTS Credits

incl. Master Thesis (24 ECTS credits)

English and Italian

Track in Pavia determines course language (Italian or English)

In Tübingen the course language is primarily English


The Master of Science program in European Economics is completed at the University of Tübingen and the Università degli Studi di Pavia.

There are two modes of study, depending on whether or not the Master Thesis is completed at the University of Tübingen. Students who choose to spend their first year at the University of Tübingen will write their Master thesis while studying at the University of Pavia in their second year. Students studying at the University of Pavia in their first year will write their Master thesis at the University of Tübingen. As a consequence the courseload for each institution depends on whether the student is in the first or second year of the program.

Knowledge of German or Italian is not formally required to complete the program. However, students entering the program without having learned Italian are strongly encouraged to spend their first year at the University of Tübingen in order to complete Italian language courses in preparation of their stay at the University of Pavia.

2nd year and Master Thesis in Pavia

Modules / Areas ECTS credits
Core Studies 18


Specialization Studies 33-42
Elective Studies 0-9
Second Year in Pavia 60

2nd year and Master Thesis at the University of Tübingen

Modules / Areas ECTS credits
First Year in Pavia 60
Core Studies 9
Specialization Studies 9-18


Elective Studies 0-9
Advanced Topics in European Economics 9
Master Thesis 24

Master Program and Tracks in Pavia

Economics, Finance and International Integration

Areas of Specialization in Tübingen

Ph.D. Track

Graduates will also find themselves well-positioned to pursue a Ph.D. subsequent to this M.Sc. program. For this purpose, students may study this M.Sc. program on a Ph.D. track, putting themselves on a fast track to a doctoral degree.

Module Handbook

For more detailed information about the modules, please see the Module Handbook.



Applications will be accepted between February 1 and May 15, 2022 via our application portal.

Application Portal

Bachelor Degree Requirements

 Bachelor Degree Certificate in Business Administration, Economics or related fields with a final grade of at least 2.5 or better according to the German grading system. (The final grades of international applicants will be converted into the German grading system and therefore also be subject to this rule).

  • A certificate stating that the applicant has successfully completed a first university degree or a certificate (or equivalent documents) providing evidence of the successful completion of at least the year prior to his/her final examination in the equivalent studies.
  • Degree should preferably amount to 180 ECTS.

Complete Transcript of Records with a final grade or calculated grade average. Transcripts of Records containing generic module titles (such as Business Administration I, II and III) should be accompanied by detailed module descriptions.

The transcript should prove the applicant has solid intermediate knowledge in

  • Business Administration,
  • Economics and
  • Statistics, Mathematics, Econometrics
  • if available, please provide proof of region-specific knowledge or relevant language skills




CV in tabular format in English or German

Letter of Motivation

Please provide us with a letter of motivation explaining your reasons for applying for this degree and outlining your qualifications for it. Kindly limit yourself to one page, the letter may be composed either in English or in German.

Students should indicate their reasons for applying for the double degree program, their choice of partner university and their intended program of study.

Language Requirements

  Proof of English Language Qualification

  • TOEFL ibt: 80 or
  • TOEFL pbt: 550 or
  • IELTS: 6.0 (overall band) or
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE or BEC Higher or
  • TOEIC: 700 or
  • UniCert III Certificate or
  • German Abitur including at least 6 (G8) or 7 (G9) years of English or
  • Bachelor degree in English/America Studies or
  • University degree obtained in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

Proof of Italian language skills (not an official requirement but relevant for students planning to choose one of the tracks taught in Italian in Pavia)

Additional Documents

Further documents proving specific qualifications relevant to the desired course of study may be submitted. Examples of these additional documents are, among others, proof of additional foreign language skills, results of standardized tests specific to the fields of Business and Economics (such as GRE or GMAT) and certificates of participation in summer schools or research projects that are not documented in the applicant's academic transcript. Please note that neither a GMAT nor a GRE are a prerequisite for any of our M.Sc. programs but that they may serve as an indication that the applicant possesses a certain skill set.

Note: It is not compulsory to send reference letters. However, if you wish to hand in reference letters, you can do so voluntarily.

Recognition of International Degrees

Please note that we as the academic advisory team are not in a position to provide accurate information regarding the recognition of international degrees in Germany. These matters are handled by our central Student Affairs Office (Advising and Admission of International Students) who can provide information about the recognition of specific degrees as well as grade conversion.

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Incoming applications will be reviewed by the admission committee to determine whether they meet the entry requirements and then ranked according to the grades the applicants obtained in ther undergraduate studies and other criteria.

Timeline Admission Process

February 4

application portal opens

May 15

application deadline

June 21-25



offer letters are sent out by the end of June

September/ October

start of the M.Sc. program in Pavia (September) or Tübingen (October)

After the admission committee has reviewed the applications they will invite the best candidates to take part in the next stage of the admission process, the interviews. Invitations will be sent out via email at least three days before the interview and will state the day and the time of the interview. Please make sure that you regularly check your emails. Interviews are conducted via Zoom. Admitted candidates will receive an admission letter 1-3 weeks after the interview. Students who receive an offer have only a limited period of time to accept the offer and matriculate at the University of Tübingen before the offer becomes invalid and the spot will be offered to the next candidate on the list.

Student Fees
The program is free of tuition fees for all EU residents, students are only obliged to pay a small administrational fee and a contribution to the student union to matriculate.

The state of Baden-Württemberg has introduced fees for international non-EU students and second-degree students in recent years. For background information and for fee exemption options, please refer to the following link:

Tuition Fees

Further Questions?

For further questions, please contact:

Academic Advisory Service

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Program Coordinator
Prof. Dr. Jörg Baten

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