School of Business, Economics and Information Systems
M.A. International Economics and Business

M.A. International Economics and Business

Mastering Economics

The M.A. International Economics and Business, with a strong focus on economics, teaches students how economic theories, experiments and empirical methods can be combined to explain key social and economic phenomena and developments. Each winter semester, 30 students from Germany and abroad are selected for this degree programme, which received its accreditation from ACQUIN in 2010. In 2014 it attained a top position in the  CHE-Ranking. The most commonly awarded degree for economics is the Master of Arts. Our faculty follows this tradition, underlining the programme's openness to applications from various disciplines.

Careers start here

Economists work in a wide variety of occupations. Our graduates have all been offered top-level positions: executive posts in the private sector, in policy consultancies, as well as at public-sector organisations and federal ministries. Many decide in favour of an academic career and follow up on their master's degree with doctoral study.

A student in front of the faculty building

Programme syllabus

The curriculum is designed to involve as little bureaucracy as possible.

Students will learn theoretical and statistical foundations (e.g. econometrics, computer-aided statistics, game theory, behavioural game theory, field experiments and experimental economics). Additionally, the programme focuses on three economically relevant subject areas:

1) Globalization, Geography and the Multinational Firm
2) International Finance
3) Governance, Institutions and Anticorruption

1) Globalization, Geography and the Multinational Firm:
e.g. international trade; trade policy, international integration and world trade systems; growth, inequality and poverty; business location theories, clusters and networks; the multinational firm; international taxation; international business taxation; economics of migration.

2) International Finance: e.g. international finance; money, interest and inflation; advanced macroeconomics; empirical finance; case studies in monetary economics; capital market theory; financial market theory; business valuation.

3) Governance, Institutions and Anticorruption: e.g. economics of corruption; anticorruption and the design of institutions; development economics; economics of education; behavioural public economics; population economics; health, development and public policy; auditing.

Module catalogue (German)


  • A focus on economics modules
  • Strong involvement of empirical research (laboratory and field experiments as well as secondary research)
  • Comprises selected modules on business studies and econometrics
  • Interdisciplinary modules and transferable skills courses can be counted towards the degree
  • Excellent staff-student radio (about 20-30 students each year)
  • Combines theory and practical application
  • Excellent reputation of the University's language courses
  • Numerous global university partnerships

Course structure

ElectivesECTS credits

Additional subjects from the foundation modules and the three focus areas (module catalogue, German only)

at least 33

General studies and transferable skillsup to 15

Foreign business language

up to 12

Required modulesECTS credits
Theoretical and statistical foundations10
Globalization, Geography and the Multinational Firm10
International Finance focus10
Governance, Institutions and Anticorruption focus10
Master's thesis20


A street in Passau's Old Town

About half of the modules in Passau are taught in English, often by visiting scholars from abroad. We encourage our students to study abroad at a partner university for their third semester and support this endeavour by maintaining numerous partnerships and being generous with the recognition of credits earned abroad. On average, about one-third of our students complete part of their studies abroad, putting the University of Passau at the top of the list of student mobility in Germany.

What drives excellence? Curiosity, a hunger for knowledge and the will to turn the world on its head day after day. If you agree with this statement, you should certainly apply for the degree programme!

Applying for a place on the programme

Applicants should have a minimum of 40 ECTS in economics, mathematics and statistics with good grades from their first degree; no further conditions are imposed on the first university degree. In 2013 and 2014, 76 out of a total of 180 applicants were offered a place on the programme, of which 41 started their studies in Passau.

The application deadline for this programme is 30 June. Please make sure you apply for a place on time. Alternatively, you can apply by completing and returning the documents in the Info Box on the right. The nature of the selection procedure is such that offers can be made far in advance. You can apply with your transcript of records (potentially amended by further certified university modules) and send in your bachelor’s degree certificate at a later date if you have not received your degree certificate at the time of application.

Visiting students who are enrolled in a master's programme at another university may apply online for a study semester at the University of Passau. Applicants with a first degree from a foreign university may have to apply via uni-assist: please visit our application pages to find out how to apply and which documents to enclose. For the purpose of a pre-inspection we recommend submmitting upfront the complete documents to us.

Required language skills

You are expected to have English language skills of at least level B2 CEFR/UNIcert II, but ideally higher than that, as the programme starts out with many English-taught modules.

Moreover, you will need good German language skills to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate when enrolling for the programme, unless you can demonstrate that you have completed your secondary school education in German (e.g. Abitur at an international school).


Programme Adviser

Dr. Oliver Farhauer
Dr. Oliver Farhauer

Room HK14B 219
Dr.-Hans-Kapfinger-Str.14 b

Phone: +49 851 509 2413 Website Office hours:

Do. 9.45 - 11.00 Uhr und nach Vereinbarung

Student Registration Office

Student Registration Office

Administration building
Innstrasse 41

Phone: +49 851 509 ext. 1127 or 1128

Office hours:
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Examinations Office

Examinations Office

Administration building
2nd floor
Innstrasse 41
94032 Passau

Office hours:
Mon-Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Wednesday afternoons: 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Closed Fridays, telephone hotline from 9 a.m. – 12 noon

International Office

International Office

Phone: +49 851 509 1162
Fax: +49 851 509 1164 Website Office hours:

Mon-Fri 08:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Administration building, 1st floor
Innstrasse 41
94032 Passau

Careers Service

Careers Service

Administration building
Rooms 103-105
Innstrasse 41
94032 Passau

Phone: +49 851 509 1012
Fax: +49 851 509 1014


Academic Advice Service

Academic Advice Service


Office hours:
Wed 9 a.m. – 12 noon
or by appointment

1st floor,
Administration building
Innstrasse 41

Phone: +49 851 509 ext. 1154, 1153, 1152, 1151 or 1150
(Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and Mon – Thurs 1–3 p.m.)