Learn More about the Program in Bern

This page provides you with all the necessary information if you want to enroll for the Master in International and Monetary Economics at University of Bern.

Important Information


Applications for 2024 are now open. We recommend starting the program in the fall semester.



90 ECTS / 3 Semesters (full-time)


Tuition per semester

CHF 750.00  for Swiss students

CHF 950.00 for Non-Swiss students


Contact: Sally Dubach

Study Objectives

The emphasis is on helping the students develop a solid knowledge of modern macroeconomics (in particular in the areas of monetary, international and financial markets), master useful, practical quantitative tools and hone their analytical skills. At the end of their studies, graduates of the MIME program should

  • understand the role of the central banks and bank supervisory authorities in macroeconomic stability, especially with regard to their international connections,
  • understand the role of the central banks, bank supervisory and regulatory authorities and private investors (commercial banks, institutional investors, etc.) in international money markets,
  • have the ability to make or assess decisions on monetary policy according to the best scientific criteria,
  • be familiar with the historical background to international economic developments,
  • be familiar with different approaches and trends in monetary policy and the regulation of financial markets,
  • be able to consider and comment on current economic issues.

Academic Requirements:
Either of the following academic qualifications are required for admission to the specialized master's degree program in International and Monetary Economics:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in the branch of studies Economics from a Swiss university with a final grade of at least 5.0 (non-rounded grade for major or main subject)
  2. Bachelor’s degree from a Swiss university in a branch of studies related to Economics in terms of content or methodology with a final grade of at least 5.0 (non-rounded) plus GRE or GMAT test in the top score range (a result achieved by the top 20% of candidates)
  3. Bachelor’s degree in the branch of studies Economics from a recognized foreign university with a final grade corresponding to at least 5.0 (non-rounded grade for major or main subject) in the Swiss grading system
  4. Bachelor’s degree from a recognized foreign university in a branch of studies closely related to Economics with a final grade equivalent to at least 5.0 (non-rounded) in the Swiss grading system plus GRE or GMAT test in the top score range (a result achieved by the top 20% of candidates)
  5. Another recognized academic qualification at the recommendation of the Qualifications Commission

Recognition of the bachelor's degree will be individually decided upon if the degree is more than six years old. Additional attainments may be required. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Language Requirements:
Evidence of having achieved a minimum of level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required for admission to the master's degree program in International and Monetary Economics.

Application and Admission

The application process consists of two stages:

  • Stage 1 (pre-application): The applicants submit a short CV and a list of the courses taken together with the grades achieved in individual courses as well as the grade point average (GPA). If available, GRE or GMAT scores could also be submitted. Please send your pre-application to sally.dubach@unibe.ch. Usually, pre-applications are reviewed within 2 weeks.
  • Stage 2 (application): Those who are found to satisfy the minimum MIME requirements are invited to initiate the official application process.

If accepted, the students are expected to have obtained their BA by the time courses start.


The regular deadline for applications for the fall semester is April 30 . Late applications can be considered until August 31 at a cost of CHF 100.00.

How to Attend Lectures in Basel (if enrolled in Bern)

In order to attend lectures in Basel, students have to follow these steps:

  1. Students enrolled in Bern have to fill in the form for registration at University of Basel .
  2. The completed and signed registration sheet must be submitted, along with a scan of a student ID or a confirmation of matriculation from the home university valid for the corresponding semester via the website of the student administration office in due time. Please send the documents as soon as possible in order to get access to the Online Services by the beginning of the lecture period. You will be sent an acknowledgement of submission including further information via e-mail.
  3. After registration, University of Basel will provide you with a UNIBAS e-mail account. Please log in to the Online Services of University of Basel using this account in order to register for your desired courses at University of Basel.
Moving to / Living in Bern

Before moving to Switzerland and starting a new chapter with this excellent Master's program at university of Bern, you may face many questions.

  • How can I study one or more semesters at the University of Bern?
  • What do I need to enter Switzerland and stay here?
  • How can I find accommodation?
  • What insurances do I have to have?
  • How high is the cost of living?
  • What do the city of Bern and Switzerland itself offer in terms of tourist attractions?

Answers to all these important questions and many more can be found on the Website for incoming students of the University of Bern..

Professors and Lecturers in Bern

Engaged professors are the key to a good education. We invite you to get to know the professors that teach courses for the MIME in Bern.

In order to learn more about the professor's curriculums and research, please click on the pictures to be redirected to their personal websites.

Prof. Dr. Pierpaolo Benigno

Prof. Dr. Anastasia Burya

Prof. Dr. Luca Benati

Prof. Dr. Dirk Niepelt

Prof. Dr. Cyril Monnet

Prof. Dr. Igor Letina

Prof. Dr. Blaise Melly

Prof. Dr. Michael Gerfin

Prof. Dr. Apostolis Philippopoulos

Dr. Andreas Bachmann

Prof. Dr. Costanza Naguib

Prof. Dr. Julien Cujean

Prof. Dr. Susan Emmenegger

PD Dr. Eddy Bekkers

Prof. Dr. Kornelia Fabisik

Dr. Tamara Bigler

Prof. Dr. Philipp Valta

Prof. Dr. Philipp Baumann