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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - International Office

MEMS Structure for HSE Students

paperOur double-degree cooperation with the Higher School of Economics (HSE) is a great source of pride within the MEMS organization. This page summarizes all of the necessary information regarding the structure of the MEMS Program for the students who join the program within this double degree framework. The professor in charge is Prof. Franz Hubert.

Please find all more relevant information about the double degree program the following link:



First and foremost, as with all MEMS students, 120 ECTS must be completed through compulsory,  specialization and elective modules in the fields of Economics, Business Administration and Quantitative Methods. The program encompasses a total of three compulsory modules: Macroeconomics and Microeconomics belong to the field of Economics and are single course compulsory modules earning 6 ECTS each; the General Management compulsory module offers a certain degree of flexibility in deciding what courses students want to attend and is part of the field of Business Administration requiring 12 ECTS; and, in addition to compulsory modules, students have to earn a minimum of 18 ECTS in each of the three fields as part of their specialization. HSE students should keep in mind that a minimum of 6 ECTS in each of the three fields should be completed at the Humboldt University. A further 24 ECTS in elective modules can be distributed between the fields without any restrictions. Finally, students must write a Master's thesis worth 18 ECTS.


All three compulsory modules (macro, micro and general management) can be grouped together as one provided that both Microeconomics 3 and Macroeconomics 3 were successfully passed at the HSE. This means that Advanced Microeconomics, Introduction to Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis and the General Management Module would be considered complete and HSE students would be free to explore other course options. Conversely, students could choose to count the compulsory modules on an individual basis, but this would require correspondence with lecturers responsible for specific courses at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on a personal basis, ahead of time.


Below is the structure of the MEMS Program for HSE Students who have successfully passed Microeconomics 3 and Macroeconomics 3 at the Higher School of Economics:




Business Administration

Quantitative Methods

Compulsory Modules


24 credit points (study points, SP)

HSE-Microeconomics 3 - (equivalent to Advanced Microeconomics – Allocation- and Price Theory, 6SP)


HSE-Macroeconomics 3 - (equivalent to Introduction to Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis, 6SP)



Various HSE Management Courses - (equivalent to General Management, 12SP)


Specialization Areas




At least 6 credit points from each area (column) done at HU and a total of at least 18 credit points in each area together with recognized courses from HSE

Free choice of modules from the various fields of economics, for example from:


Labour Economics


European Integration


Public Economics


Economics and Law




Economic History

Free choice of modules from the various fields of management, for example from:








Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Accounting Courses


Financial Economics

Free choice of modules from the various quantitative fields, for example from:


Statistical Analysis




Operations Research


Information Systems


Statistics and Finance


Additional 9 credit points in any of the three fields

Recognition of up to 27 credit points distributed among three major modules and electives module

  Elective Modules (maximum of 24 credit points)

Master’s Thesis (18 credit points)


Further Prerequisites

A minimum of two seminars should be attended within the course of the program. It is possible to transfer one from HSE, but at least one must be completed at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


Course Recognition

In addition to the recognition of compulsory modules, up to 27 credit points can be recognized within the specialization modules (Economics, Business Administration, Quantitative Methods) and alectives modules. See https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/international/abroad/anerkennung for more details


Course Transfer Limit

It is important to keep in mind that a maximum of 51 ECTS can be transferred from the Higher School of Economics. This value is derived by the following: (120 ECTS - 18 ECTS for Thesis)/2 = 51 ECTS.


Global ECTS Limit

As stated before, 120 ECTS points in total are required in order to graduate with the M.Sc. in MEMS. There is, however, also the opportunity to have a surplus of up to 6 ECTS points in the instance that more points are needed to close a certain module or because of other personal reasons.


A major hurdle in facilitating the exchange process is making sure the credits you receive abroad transfer to your home university. As part of our student services, the International Office provides you with easy access to some valuable course transfer information. To help give exchange students an idea about where courses might be transferable into HU's listing, the following list offers the syllabi for many of our most popular and well attended general courses.