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Economics and Business Administration - Applied Economics and Finance (MSc)

Master (2 years) of Science in Applied Economics and Finance, 120 ECTS
Economics, commerce, management and accounting

Institution Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
Campus Frederiksberg Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 6250 EUR


You will learn to understand the economic incentives that drive the company and learn the tools of finance and econometrics for financial decision making. With these skills you can provide analytical insights that enable the company to best profit from and position itself in the surrounding international and economic environment.

You will learn how to analyse and influence these environments to optimise internal company structures, to identify financial opportunities for the company, or to manage problems of governance, such as modifying conflicts of interest between stakeholders. Through a deep understanding of the economic incentives that drive the company, you will know how best to position it in different markets with different levels of competition. Through this, you will learn to give recommendations on how this should influence decisions on pricing strategy, the attractiveness of a merger, or the level of aggressiveness in market competition. You will also  work on solving and preventing incentive problems created by  these decisions among  or between different stakeholders and company management.  

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Career opportunities

The majority of graduates will find employment in financial institutions. For instance as financial analysts working in a mutual or pension fund, performing evaluations of market developments and advising on how best to make investments.
Some will work in consulting. As a consultant you can help companies tackle various problems. For instance if a company is not performing well in a certain market and needs to find out why.

Others will find work in larger companies within corporate finance where you could help make analyses for investments and financial decisions, and   find ways of maximising shareholder value.
But the financial and quantitative skills acquired in  the AEF concentration can also lead to jobs in a broad range of other areas, like public institutions or international organisations.

About the degree

Applied Economics and Finance is a two-year master’s programme that is divided into 4 semesters. The fall semester runs from September through November with exams in December, and the spring semester from February to April with exams in late April. The business project is written in 6 weeks in May and June, and is to be submitted in mid June. There are eight mandatory courses during the first year, and elective courses followed by a Master’s thesis in the second year. The concentration will to some extent also give access to take progressive electives,  enableling you to go even further into specific areas.

The concentration has two unique double degree programmes. One with Belk College of Business, UNC Charlotte, and one with University of Sct. Gallen. These will allow you to get your master’s degree from two acknowledged universities in two years.
A third option for a double degree is to apply for the CEMS programme.
You can also use part of your third semester to obtain a minor in one of the specialised minor programmes.

Student life 
For information about student life at CBS, you can visit to watch videos and get in touch with international students currently enrolled at the university.


You are qualified for admission to this programme if you fulfil the specific entry requirements, the language requirement, and have a relevant academic bachelor degree.

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There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students from outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland.

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at  

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Application date
Feb 20
Start date
Sep 01

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