The Program consists of three (3) semesters. Lectures are conducted during the first two semesters, fall and spring semester, and during the third semester the students prepare their dissertation.
(a) Preparatory Courses
Before the formal beginning of courses and lectures, the Program offers preparatory courses for a period of four weeks for six hours per week per course. Attendance of preparatory courses is compulsory. MATLAB & STATA lab sessions are also offered during that period.
(b) Curriculum – Core and Elective Courses
The total number of courses that each student must attend is nine (9) for both specializations of the MSc Program. Two of the nine courses are elective, whereas the rest are core courses. The lectures for each course are organized into two semesters. For each course there is a three hours lecture per week for 13 weeks each semester.
All elective courses are taught in the 2nd (spring) semester.
The Graduate Studies Committee decides each year which electives will be taught.
The electives to be offered may vary per year based on the decision of the General Assembly of Special Composition of the Department.
Tutoring classes are offered for all core courses and may also be offered for some of the elective courses. Although tutoring classes’ attendance is optional, we recommend and encourage students to attend them.
Teaching and examination of the masters courses is conducted in Greek or/and in English. The same also applies for the master’s dissertation. Most of the bibliography is in English. In some courses students may also be required to submit homeworks or write a research paper that count towards their final grade.
The MSc in Economic Theory is offered solely as an English language programme since 2015-16 academic year.
The courses start in September and attendance is mandatory. Absence from 30% of the lectures is an objective reason of failure in examinations of the respective course.
There are written exams for each course at the end of each semester. Failure in more than two (2) courses (cumulative) during the first and second semester implies failure in the Graduate Program. A student who fails in up to two (2) courses in the first semester is entitled to registration in the next semester, but he/she is required to re-take these exams in September. Failure during the exams in September also implies failure in the Graduate Program.
In order to be awarded the Masters degree, students are required to accumulate 90 ECTS credits resulting from the successful completion of 2 preparatory, 7 core and 2 elective courses as well as a Masters dissertation.
After successful completion of the graduate qualification cycle, each graduate student is awarded the “MSc in Economics” degree with:
- Specialization in “Economic Theory”
- Specialization in “Applied Economics & Financial Analysis”