Public Economics and Administration – Field of study catalogue MU
Public Economics and Administration
The Public Economy and Administration study programme is not only for people interested in working in public administration (at municipal and regional authorities, ministries, and institutions of these offices in operation), but for anyone who wants to understand the relationships between the public and private sectors, whether they later find employment in the private, public, or non-governmental non-profit sector. Students are encouraged to employ critical thinking during their study and strengthen their capacity for analysis and reasoning, gaining a deep knowledge of the system of public finance and administration and on the effective management of public funds, both on the part of public revenues (tax system, the administration of taxes and fees), and on the side of public expenditures in various spheres. Part of this field is also the issue of the non-profit sector, i.e. non-profit studies.
Students also have the opportunity to study in France, Italy, Finland and Portugal and obtain a second diploma at a prestigious foreign university.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- explain basic theoretical and methodological knowledge from general economic theory
- know the main theoretical concepts and understand the contents of contemporary texts in one of these areas: public economics, public administration, or public finances
- apply theoretical knowledge to solve specific models of case studies
- appropriately interpret and comment on current developments in an area of public policy in the European context, including proposed solutions
- analyse statistical data from the public sector and non-profit sector and know how to use them appropriately in discussions
- identify hidden connections and link the economic impact of public and non-profit sectors based on the acquired analytical skills and practical experience through internships
Graduates will be able to work in public administration and in institutions where regional aspects need to be considered during the decision-making processes.
Graduates will be able to work in fields such as employment and social security, health service, social services, education, culture, physical culture, and sports. They will be able to work as skilled economists in the spheres of housing and technical infrastructure, and in the field of public administration, including military, police, judiciary, penal system, etc. They will be able to find work in the field of tax and duty administration.
The standard duration of studies is four semesters. For admittance to the final state examination, students must earn a total of 120 ECTS credits for type A/required, type B/selective, and type C/elective courses. Type A/required courses constitute the basis of the discipline and their share is the largest part of credits (including credits for courses focused on writing a Master’s thesis). Students choose type B/selective courses according to their interests and intended professional specialization. The remaining credits can be earned from type C/elective courses offered in the curriculum of the given study programme or from other courses offered by any other study programme. The total minimum number of credits is defined by the study and examination regulations of Masaryk University, the guidance note about the general study requirements, and the current study catalogue. Students can access the study catalogues through the faculty website.
The final state examination in the Public Economics and Administration study programme is oral and has three parts:
- Thesis defence (a projector is available)
- Examination in Economics (student draws one question): questions and methodological guidelines for the exam can be found on the department website
- Examination in Public Economics
More information about graduation requirements can be found on the department website: https://www.econ.muni.cz/o-nas/organizacni-struktura/561300-katverejne-ekonomie/szz-na-kve
After completing the Master’s degree study programme, it is possible to continue further studies in any doctoral degree study programme (after satisfying the admission requirements).