The master in economics at the University of Mannheim is a comprehensive two-year programme beginning every fall with around 40 students per cohort. The programme is made up of a common core, electives and a thesis which vary with respect to the chosen field of study.
Contrary to most german universities, Mannheim has adopted an academic calendar to fit with international schedules. The fall semester starts in September and exams are held right before Christmas with a second exam period at the end of January. The spring semester starts in February with exams in early June and late August.