Program Structure

The Master of Science in Economics is a rigorous program that prepares students for careers in both academia and policy making.

First semester topics include microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, and analysis.

Students have a choice in the second semester to choose either an empirical or a theoretical course in econometrics, and pick three electives out of a selection of theoretical and applied courses.

In addition, students are encouraged to learn computer programming — a skill in ever increasing demand.

The final project is a hands-on course designed to guide students on how to conduct economic research and prepare a research thesis or policy proposal. 


Students in the Master of Science in Economics program get the opportunity to work with top faculty who are leading significant research in multidisciplinary centers and labs. NYU Abu Dhabi's economics program recently ranked fourth in Asia in research output.

Center for Behavioral Institutional Design (C-BID)

The overarching long-term goal of C-BID is to construct empirically-validated models of human behavior and use them to design and implement policies and institutions that will improve social welfare. 

Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED)

CTED houses several research projects that aim to tackle a wide range of developmental problems across five areas including food and water, healthcare, financial access, energy, and education.

Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES)

The Center for the Interacting Urban Networks has been established at NYU Abu Dhabi to develop fundamental research that can be translated into pragmatic ideas for increasing the livability of our cities.



DevLab serves as a focal point at NYUAD to create knowledge and training for faculty and students to pursue field work in Development. Researchers and students seeking best practices and training on implementing research based on field experiments, randomized control trials (RCTs), and non-experimental methods will find resources in the lab.

Social Science Experimental Laboratory (SSEL)

Our aim is to create mutually beneficial relationships with local universities, organizations, and the wider community by offering their members a useful opportunity to participate in social science research activities.

Transition Investment Lab (TIL)

TIL is a research initiative aiming at positioning NYUAD as center of excellence for impact finance and ESG research, with special reference to private markets in Middle East, Africa, and Southern Asia (MEASA). TIL’s research outputs aim to be practically relevant by providing actionable solutions to investors.

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