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Master of Economics Program at HSBC Business School
Peking University HSBC Business School, one of the newest and most promising business schools in China, is proud of its accomplishments in the area of graduate education. The Master of Economics program focuses on a core curriculum in economic theory and applications. This is a two year, full-time program in which international students learn alongside Chinese peers in an environment of cross-cultural dialogue. All courses are instructed exclusively in English, as is all academic support provided by faculty, TAs, and staff members. The faculty members of this program have earned their PhD degrees from top-ranked universities over the world.

*The Masters of Economics program curriculum is heavily quantitative based and therefore requires students to have a high level of mathematical skills. It is recommended that students who apply for this program have an undergraduate degree in a related or quantitative field such as economics, finance, mathematics, engineering, etc. It's strongly recommended that students have taken courses in both Economics and Mathematics. Economics courses that are recommended are Principle Economics, Intermediate to Microeconomics and Macroeconomics and Econometrics. Math courses that are recommended are Linear and Matrix Algebra, Multivariable Calculus and Real Analysis.
Curriculum Overview

Please note that this is the curriculum for 2017, curriculum for 2018 is soon to be confirmed.
Economics Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4
Year 1 Adv.Microeconomics 1 Intro.to Chinese Economy Applied Econometrics Business Ethics and Research Methodology
Adv.Microeconomics 1 Elective 1 Elective 3 Elective 5
Business Math  Elective 2 Elective 4 Elective 6
Global Communicaton
Chinese Language(Level 1)
                                       English Writing
                               Chinese Language(Level 2)
Year 2 Business Chinese 1 Business Chinese 2 Thesis
(Graduate Thesis Seminar and Defense)
Elective 7 Independent Study
Elective 8  
  • I.Degree Requirements
    To obtain the Master of Economics degree from Peking University HSBC Business School, students are required to fulfill 55 credits in 19 courses, including 11 required courses, 8 elective courses (minimum of 7 major elective courses and up to 1 non-major elective courses, complete 1 required course that does not count for credit (Graduate Thesis Seminar) and complete a Master’s thesis and thesis defense. The math requirement is assessed with a math exam before the official start of courses. The writing requirement is assessed through a non-credit bearing writing seminar. 
    Students will earn the course credits only if they successfully pass course examinations. For required courses and elective courses, students need to pass by earning a score of 70 (C) or above. Those who fail in the required course must retake the course, but cannot receive a score above a 70(C) the second time. Students should achieve a grade average of 80 (B) or above in order to graduate. Failing any combination of two required courses or major electives twice, failing three required courses in one semester, or failing one course three times results in the inability to complete the degree and withdrawal from the program. 
    This is a two-year postgraduate program. Those who have difficulty completing the required coursework can apply to extend their studies by half a year to one year at the beginning of the second academic year. The tuition cost of the extended period will be significantly lower than traditional tuition fees, but will be covered entirely by the student himself/herself.
  • II. Research Fields
    Concentrations: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Mathematical Economics, Econometrics, Financial Economics, International Trade, Development Economics, Institutional Economics,
    Industrial Organization, Institutional Economics, Public Economics, Human Resource Economics..

    Advisors: Wen Hai, Haifeng Huang, Zhiyong Tu, Yan Feng, Juan Yang, David Ong,  Chunyang Wang,Qian Chen, Young Joon Park, Jiao Shi, Insook Lee, Qing Wang, Yang Xu, Chia-Shang J. Chu, Guy Liu, Fan He and Zhutong Gu.
  • III. Curriculum
    Required Courses
    a. Eleven Required Courses

    Course Credits
    Advanced Microeconomics (1)                    3
    Advanced Macroeconomics (1)                    3
    Applied Econometrics                              3
    Introduction to Chinese Economy 3
    Business Chinese 6
    Independent Study of China 3
    Business Ethics and Research Methodology
    (Business Ethics:1.5 credits, Research Methodology: 1.5 credits)
    b. Degree RequirementNo credits
    Course Credits
    Mathematics N/A
    Graduate Thesis Seminars N/A
    Writing Requirement N/A
    Major Elective Courses for Economics:
    Course Credits
    Advanced Microeconomics II 3
    Advanced Macroeconomics II 3
    Advanced Financial Economics 3
    Advanced Econometrics II 3
    Behavioral Finance 3
    Real Estate Finance and Economics 3
    Game Theory 3
    Industrial Organization 3
    International Trade 3
    Transition Economics 3
    Economics of Poverty 3
    Behavioral Economics 3
    Experimental Economics 3
    Public Finance 3
    History of Economic Thoughts 3
    International Finance 3
    Fixed Income Securities 3
    Principles Risk Management and Insurance 3
    Political Institutions and Economic Development 3
    Financial Markets 3
    Social Insurance 3
    Market Microstructure 3
    An Industrial Organization Approach to Finance 3
    Corporate Finance 3
    Business Mathematics 3
    Intro to Chinese Economy 3
    Economics for Public Issues 3
    Institution Economics 3
    Human Resource and Labor Economics  
    Taxation and Business Strategy 3
    Negotiations 3
    Bayesian Statistics 3
    Numerical Methods & Analysis 3

General Elective Courses:

* Please refer to class schedule for elective courses' availability.
*Subject to change according to the Curriculum Committee’s discretion




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