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Economics of the Middle East (EMEA) (Master of Science)

Program: Economics of the Middle East (EMEA)
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)

Economics of the Middle East” (EMEA) is a unique master’s program combining institutional economics and business administration with applications to the economies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Understanding complex economic challenges in the MENA requires an interdisciplinary approach. Thus, the EMEA curriculum equips students with knowledge about up-to-date issues relevant for many MENA countries, e.g., Islamic finance, political economy, natural resources, corruption, and conflict, as well as a wide range of electives from various disciplines to facilitate a broad understanding of the region’s complexity.

Major topics

 Students can choose to major in one of the following specializations:

  • Institutional Economics
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Management

Hands-on regional experience is an asset: therefore we recommend spending one semester abroad at one of our many partner universities in the MENA region.


The program systematically prepares its participants for professional practice as economic and business experts with a focus on the countries of the MENA region, meeting the demand for well-educated economic and business professionals with region-specific knowledge in a unique way.

The program particularly qualifies students for work relating to the countries of the MENA region. Possible professional fields for successful graduates are found in global corporations with a business focus in the MENA region, in the economic research departments of banks, insurance companies and industrial operations, international organizations and research institutes, public administration, ministries, associations and regulatory authorities. Furthermore, the master prepares successful graduates for a scholarly career, particularly for a doctorate with a focus on the region.

  • Admission requirements

    Required university degree Certification of a degree from a bachelor's program or certification of a comparable domestic or foreign qualifying university degree.

    As part of the degree program, students must have acquired basic knowledge of economics, i.e. at least 60 credit points (CP) must have been earned in economics subjects. Of these, at least 18 CP must have been earned in economics subjects. In addition, at least 12 CP must have been earned in methods.

    The Examination Board may make admission subject to the condition that additional coursework and/or examinations of a maximum of 12 CP are completed. In this case, the course may be extended accordingly.

    Certifications of program-specific knowledge and skills to be submitted prior to admission English skills:
    Certification of skills in the English language at Level C1 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe"
    Admission procedure and program-specific documents to be submitted Eligibility assessment process
  • Who can answer questions?

    Technical questions about your application


    Content-related questions about the program

    Prof. Dr. Mohammad Reza Farzanegan & Dr. Sven Fischer
    Deutschhausstr. 12
    35032 Marburg

    Formal questions about your application

    In case of formal questions about the application, please contact Master's Coordination with your application number (if available) at .

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