Norwegian University of Life Sciences, East Norway

Applied Economics and Sustainability

The master programme in applied economics and sustainability is set to prepare you for life as an economist, emphasising relevance for the workplace, public life and society, and the role of sustainability.

Responsible faculty is internationally renowned in their fields, but also are engaged in national and international policy development.

The fields of expertise spans from environmental, energy and climate economics, development economics, public economics and housing economics, to financial and commodity market analysis.

Contents of the programme:
The programme consists of a set of mandatory courses, a set of optional courses and a master thesis. These sum up to 55, 35 and 30 ECTS points respectively. The mandatory courses cover core microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, empirical methods, and public economics and sustainability. The optional courses can be chosen freely, or you can choose a specialization among:

The specific structure and requirements within each specialization is detailed if you follow the link. For those choosing their optional courses freely, they must achieve at least 25 ECTS points from master courses (300-level) in Economics or Business. The remaining 15 ECTS can be from any intermediate or master courses (200-level or higher) in the School of Economics and Business or from any introductory course (100-level) from another NMBU institute.

Entry requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor’s degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor’s degree including a specialization worth 80 ECTS. There is a minimum grade requirement of C. Documented proficiency in English in accordance with NMBU regulations.

Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics or other relevant fields. The degree should include courses in mathematics and statistics and intermediate level courses in micro- and macroeconomics.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in business who are interested in supplementing their academic background with a degree in economics are encouraged to apply. Bachelor’s level courses in economic theory are required, but a refresher course in microeconomics at the intermediate level is offered for those who need it. Refresher courses in math and an intermediate course in econometrics come early in the program to provide the necessary background.


2 years | 120 ECT
To be decided for students outside EU/EEA and Switzerland
Application deadline

Non EU-applicants: December 1
Nordic and EU-applicants: April 15

Entry requirements

A relevant undergraduate Bachelor Engineering programme with minimum 25 credits mathematics, 5 credits statistics and 7,5 credits hysics topics. Basic knowledge in power electronics and electrical machines i required.