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The Department of Economics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), with more than 20 full-time senior faculty, offers instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels to around 800 students.  Faculty members are actively engaged in cutting-edge research in a wide array of topics in economics, centered on microeconomics, macroeconomics, and empirical and policy analysis. The MA in Economics, offered by the Department of Economics at BGU is a full-time course-based, one year (12 months) program in English. It is intended for students with an undergraduate degree in economics or related fields with a strong quantitative background, who wish to deepen their understanding of the economic forces that underlie the working of individuals, firms and governments in a global world and to enhance their research capacity. It prepares its graduates for high-level research and administrative positions in both the public and private sectors. It also forms an entry path to PhD programs in economics offered by top institutions around the world.


Overview of the Courses

Coursework consists of mandatory and elective courses. The five mandatory courses are Mathematical Methods for Economists, Microeconomic Theory 1, Macroeconomic Theory 1, Econometric Theory 1 and one additional advanced course, such as a sequel to one of the above courses. These courses provide students with the basic skills to conduct advanced empirical and theoretical research in a large variety of areas, and are taught by leading researchers in the Department.  ​

Elective courses/workshops present the students with the opportunity to specialize in the fields they find most appropriate given their interests and priorities. Examples of offered courses/workshops include: Industrial Organization, Public Economics, Development Economics, Game Theory, Auctions and Contests, and Labor Economics.

The selection of courses/workshops available in future years may vary depending on staff availability, student demand, new topics of study, and scheduling.
In addition to the courses the students are required to complete one supervised mini-research project in an area of their choice.

Below is a typical course schedule for the program:

Semester 1 (Fall):  Mathematical Methods for Economists, Microeconomic Theory I, Macroeconomic Theory I, Econometrics I

Semester 2 (Spring): A sequel to one of the above mandatory courses (Microeconomic Theory II/Macroeconomic Theory II/Econometrics II) or another advanced course, two elective courses, a workshop

Semester 3 (Summer): Two elective courses, mini-research project.


Admission Requirements

We welcome applications by students with backgrounds in Economics, Business, Engineering, Mathematics or related disciplines.

Admission requirements include:

  •  B.A. or B.Sc. degree in one of the above areas, with a minimal GPA of 85%
  • A score of 160 or above in the quantitative section of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
  • Evidence of proficiency in the use of the English language. TOEFL score of at least 85/120 or an equivalent score in an internationally recognized English proficiency exam.The English proficiency requirement is waived for applicants who received their B.Sc. degree in a program taught in English.

Admission Timetable

On the basis of rolling enrollment.  We aim at admitting up to 15-20 students annually.​


Application documents

  • Copy of Passport
  • A 1-2 page CV
  • Transcripts of BA or BSc grades
  • Copy of Diploma (BA / BSc) when available
  • GRE Score results
  • Statement of Purpose
  • English proficiency test results

 

Contact Information

Prof. David Wettstein, Department of Economics, email: wettstn@bgu.ac.il

 

BGU International:  www.bgu.ac.il/international​

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