Cand.oecon / MSc in Advanced Economics and Finance

The 3 stages of admission

Entry requirements

You are qualified for (but not guaranteed) admission to the programme if you:

A) Fulfil the language requirement by the application deadline
B) Fulfil the specific entry requirements below
C) Have a bachelor degree (or will by study start)

The programme has a limited number of places. If there are more qualified applicants than places available at a programme, there will be a selection process, according to the selection criteria below. In other words, fulfilment of the entry requirements does not guarantee admission.

English language requirement

The programme requires English at Danish level A.

The English requirements are very strict, which means that only the qualifications listed on the English level A page are accepted as alternative fulfilment.

The English language requirement must be fulfilled by the application deadline.

SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Your educational background will be subject to an overall individual assessment in order to establish if your bachelor's degree qualifies you for the programme and the academic areas listed below are covered in full and as prescribed.

The specific entry requirements are minimum 30 ECTS-points within one or more of the following areas:

  • Economics (economic theory, micro/macro economics, international economics, monetary economics and the like)
  • Quantitative methods (statistics, econometrics, mathematics and the like)
  • Finance (corporate finance, investment analysis, international finance, derivatives and the like)

CBS Admissions is not able to pre-assess your qualifications ahead of the application round.

To help you to prepare your application, you have the following two options:

  • Check below if we have already published an advance assessment for your bachelor degree
  • If your bachelor degree is not listed in the advance assessments below, you can make your own self-assessment using the self-assessment (course match) form further down

Advance Assessments

The following advance assessments are valid for the 2023 admission round for applicants whose bachelor degree exactly matches the university, degree title and enrolment year listed.

The advance assessments are based on the obligatory courses as listed in the programme regulations. If you have obligatory courses that have been credit transferred from elsewhere, we will not use the advance assessment and will instead assess your courses using the available documentation.

The advance assessments are grouped accordingly:

·       Qualifying Bachelor Degrees:
Your obligatory courses fulfil the specific entry requirements.

·       Potentially Qualifying Bachelor Degrees:
Your obligatory courses do not fully cover the specific entry requirements. You will therefore need to either choose relevant electives or take supplementary qualifying courses to fulfil the requirements.

·       Non-qualifying Bachelor Degrees: 
Your obligatory courses do not fulfil the specific entry requirements and it is unlikely that elective courses and/or taking supplementary qualifying courses will help you to fulfil the requirements in full.

Your bachelor degree could be placed in different categories for different enrolment years.

Fulfilment of the entry requirements does not guarantee admission. Read more under ‘Selection Criteria’.

CBS Bachelor Degrees

Qualifying Bachelor Degrees


Your obligatory courses fulfil the specific entry requirements.

BACHELOR DEGREE: FULFILLMENT OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: FULFILLMENT OF SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
HA (mat.) English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
HA Almen English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc in International Business (regular programme and GLOBE) English is fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc in International Business (Global Supply Chain and Logistics) English is fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc in International Business and Politics English is fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc in Business Administration and Service Management English is fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc in International Shipping and Trade (regular programme) English is fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc in International Shipping and Trade (Global Supply Chain and Logistics) English is fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc in Business Administration and Sociology English is fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.

Other Danish Bachelor Degrees

Qualifying Bachelor Degrees


Your obligatory courses fulfil the specific entry requirements.

BACHELOR DEGREE: FULFILLMENT OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: FULFILLMENT OF SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
BSc oecon (Økonomi) - SDU English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc oecon (Økonomi) -  AU English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc scient.oecon./Bachelor i Matematik-Økonomi - SDU English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc scient.oecon./Bachelor i Matematik-Økonomi - AU English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
Bachelor i Økonomi - AAU English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc scient.oecon./Bachelor i Matematik-Økonomi - KU English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.

HA Almen - AU, SDU, RUC or AAU

English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.

Norway

Qualifying Bachelor Degrees


Your obligatory courses fulfil the specific entry requirements.

BACHELOR DEGREE: FULFILLMENT OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: FULFILLMENT OF SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
BSc in Business Administration and Economics/Bachelor i økonomi og administrasjon - NHH English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
Bachelor i Finans - BI Handelshøyskolen English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
Bachelor i økonomi og administrasjon - BI Handelshøyskolen English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
Bachelor i Samfunnsøkonomi - NTNU English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.

Sweden

Qualifying Bachelor Degrees


Your obligatory courses fulfil the specific entry requirements.

BACHELOR DEGREE: FULFILLMENT OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: FULFILLMENT OF SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
BSc in Business and Economics/Ekonomie Kandidatprogram - Lund University English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
Bachelor of Science with a major in Economy and Society/Filosofie kandidatexamen med huvudområde ekonomi och samhälle - Lund University English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc in Business and Economics/Kandidatprogram i Business and Economics - Stockholm School of Economics English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
Bachelor programme in Economics and Statistics - Stockholm University English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
Bachelor programme in Mathematics and Economics/Kandidatprogram i matematik och ekonomi - Stockholm University English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc in Economics/Ekonomie Kandidatprogram - University of Uppsala English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.

Iceland

Qualifying Bachelor Degrees


Your obligatory courses fulfil the specific entry requirements.

BACHELOR DEGREE: FULFILLMENT OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: FULFILLMENT OF SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor's degree in Economics, 180 ECTS-points (regardless of specialisation) - University of Iceland English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
Bachelor's degree in Economics, 120 ECTS-points (+60 ECTS-point minor) - University of Iceland English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics, 180 ECTS-points - University of Iceland English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
BSc in Economics - Reykjavik University English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.

Finland

Qualifying Bachelor Degrees


Your obligatory courses fulfil the specific entry requirements.

BACHELOR DEGREE: FULFILLMENT OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: FULFILLMENT OF SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
BSc in Economics, majoring in Economics/Ekonomie kandidatexamen, huvudämne Nationalekonomi - Åbo Akademi English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
Bachelor's programme in Economics - Aalto University English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
Bachelor of Economics - Helsinki University English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences, subject Mathematics, Statistics or Econometrics - Helsinki University English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.
Bachelor of Economics and Business Administration, specialisation Economics - Tampere University English to be fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2019 or 2020 fulfil all specific entry requirements.

 

SELF-ASSESSMENT (COURSE MATCH)

Use this form to get an overview of your undergraduate courses (from your bachelor degree as well as any supplementary courses outside of your bachelor degree). You can include courses you have passed as well as courses you are currently taking, or plan to take in the summer.

 Self-assessment

Selection Criteria

The programme has a limited number of places and admission is competitive.

Only applicants fulfilling the entry requirements are considered qualified and will be considered in the selection process.

To determine which of the qualified applicants receive an offer of admission, an overall assessment of their academic background at undergraduate level will take place.

The following factors are of importance:

  • Broad and in-depth knowledge, both in terms of the number of ECTS-points and the diversity of courses, within the following academic areas:
    1. Quantitative Methods (Econometrics and/or Financial Econometrics are of particular importance)
    2. Economics (Advanced Economic Theory and/or Industrial Organisation are of particular importance)
    3. Finance (Advanced Financial Theory and/or Financial Economics are of particular importance)
  • Relevance of educational background at undergraduate level, including general grade level and a major academic project or a dissertation/thesis with a substantial quantitative component
  • Personal statement

 

Personal statement 

The personal statement is an important element of your application. It is your opportunity to draw our attention to your academic accomplishments and professional experiences and to stand out from hundreds of other applicants. It is very important that you write a personal statement specific to the programme or concentration you are applying for admission to, as it will be carefully considered during our evaluation of your application.

Your personal statement should not exceed two A4 pages and must be written in English. You may decide for yourself which information you consider to be of most relevance and which information to omit. Recommended topics include:

Tell us about yourself
  • Introduce yourself in a few brief sentences
  • What can you contribute to the programme/concentration, considering your academic or professional merit? What makes you stand out?
  • Describe and discuss the prior academic accomplishments you find most relevant to your application
  • Describe and discuss the prior professional experiences you find most relevant to your application
  • If you have an existing connection to the labour market in Denmark (for example via a student job with a Danish company, internship in a Danish organisation or another professional network in Denmark) make sure to mention it. If you don’t have one, please move on to other topics

Tell us what you want to study at CBS and why

  • Why are you interested in this academic field? Which specific academic criteria or professional experiences is your decision to pursue studies in this field based on?
  • Why this programme/concentration?
    • Please review the programme/concentration description. Are there any keywords or themes that immediately grab your attention? Which ones and why?
    • Which theme or component will you find especially challenging? Do you have any strategies in place to overcome these challenges?
  • Given what you know about CBS, why do you want to study this programme/concentration at CBS compared to other universities? What academic or professional criteria helped you choose CBS?

Tell us about your academic or professional plans after CBS

  • Which academic or professional characteristics do you want to develop in the future? How will pursuing this programme/concentration further your growth in these respects?
  • What are your plans after graduation? Please specify concrete career trajectories or advanced academic paths, making sure to outline the connection between your prospective graduate studies and your long-term objectives.

 

STATISTICS ON ADMISSION

In our statistics on admission you can find information about the number of applicants for the programme in previous admission rounds as well as the number of places.

See our statistics on admission