Economics degree

The Faculty of Economics conducts undergraduate (BA) and postgraduate (MA) studies in the field of economics within 6 specializations:

  • Economics of Enterprise (EE) – a successful graduate has knowledge of finance, management, analysis of company and its environment, implementation of strategic plans and business expertise development; it is prepared to both work in companies at different economics and management-related positions and run its own business;
  • Business Service Economics (BSE) – a successful graduate is prepared to work as a business consultant and a provider of a wide range of business services in various sectors of economy. Particularly, its knowledge and skills make a BSE graduate fit to work in company management and public consultancy units;
  • European Economic Integration (EEI) – a graduate acquires knowledge and skills related to the socio-economic aspects of European integration, functioning of vertical markets, mechanisms of the EU common domestic market as well as acquisition and management of the EU business assistance funds;             
  • Local and Regional Economy (LRE) – teaches its graduates the skill of spatial planning, regional and local analysis, and project management, all of which are of crucial importance in business support administrative units and all kinds of enterprises operating in local and regional markets;
  • Financial Economics and Accounting (FEA) – provides its graduates with necessary qualifications to work in positions of financial economics analysts, specialists and consultants who are capable of addressing diverse and complex issues at macro and microeconomic, sectoral and regional levels. At the level of company, government administration unit or non-governmental organization, FEA enables its graduates to provide expertise in the area of operational and investment financial services, accounting records, financial analysis and reporting as well as financial, insurance and tax consulting.
  • International Business – Cross-Cultural Aspect (IBCCA) – raises business professionals capable of dealing with theoretical and practical aspects of international business operating in the common European markets and globalizing economies. Special emphasis is placed on gaining necessary knowledge and skills to build international business with regard to a variety of cultural aspects affecting its operation. This is meant to enable a IBCCA graduate to act efficiently in culturally diverse economic sphere, and to overcome frequent cultural barriers typical for global economy.    

Each specialization implements a basic programme specified in a minimum curriculum  for all courses. This allows graduates to pursue a profession of an economist in various institutions of various kinds. At the undergraduate level (BA) the common part is carried out in the first three semesters and in the postgraduate studies (MA) in the first and second semester. This applies to the group of primary content subjects and to the group of faculty subjects. The remaining subjects in the curriculum of BA and MA degree studies include subjects  providing knowledge and skills for a particular application in the selected field. This system allows the graduates to acquire universal preparation which is important regarding the diversity of needs in the labour market, and specialized knowledge essential when starting a business activity.


Student exchange

Department of Economics at University of Rzeszow is very active in terms of making the learning process internationalized and it promotes students’ foreign exchange.

The students of the Faculty of Economics have the possibility to acquire a degree simultaneously at home university and partner European universities. The best of them attain the BA First Class with Honours diploma, which entitles them to be admitted to the PhD programme studies without a master's degree, i.a. at the University of Huddersfield.

The fact that in the past five years, about 180 students of the Faculty earned a BA (Hons) or BSc degree in universities in the UK (20% of them also pursued Master’s courses) can be considered as a success. The University established cooperation with several universities including Huddersfield University, Derby University, Coventry University, Preston University and the University of Abertay Dundee.

The faculty is also active in the education area within the Erasmus Programme. It is enjoyed by both the staff and the students (pursuing part of their study program  at foreign universities). During the five years of this program, 17 people benefited from practical trainings (14 of them in companies in the UK, and 57 people (35 people in Spain, 12 in Denmark, 4 in Turkey, and 2-3 people in the Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic and Hungary) did part of their studies abroad.

At the same time, an interesting education offer in English for foreign students has been prepared within the Erasmus Programme at the Faculty of Economics. It is used mainly by students from Spain, Turkey, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. The offer seems to be attractive as around 30 foreign students has been participating in the programme every year since the time of its preparation and the start in 2005. They enrich both the academic community of the Faculty and the University.

There is also a new, promising and quickly developing tradition at the Department. Inviting famous people from foreign centres to give open lectures became very popular. This provides opportunities to learn research techniques and research findings from other countries that are willing to share both their knowledge and experience with the academic community.

The profile of the BA graduate from the Faculty of Economics

After a three-year-course of study at the university,  the graduates acquire a thorough knowledge of the theoretical basis of micro-and macroeconomics. They learn the tools of the craft essential in the profession of an economist, mainly by the implementation of  such subjects as mathematics, descriptive statistics, mathematical economics, forecasting and simulation and econometrics. They master the skills of empirical applications of economic analysis and acquire the necessary knowledge in the profession of economists in the field of  law, accounting, computer science and management. Social aspects of the economy are introduced in the subjects such as psychology, economic and social policy,. The graduates also gain specialized knowledge choosing the following subjects: economic analysis, mathematical economics, forecasting and simulation, methods of economic projects evaluation  and public finances and the financial markets.

The graduates acquire skills relevant in the profession of  an economist such as: searching, collecting and presenting empirical data.

BA graduates are able to carry out economic analysis, using analytical methods and tools, freely move in the environment of economic and social institutions, and present a range of management skills. The specializations prepare the graduates for a wide application of economic knowledge in a specific field. Learning foreign languages ​​enables them to use the languages in professional contexts, including the engagement in the international activities. They are ready to work in economic institutions and organizations and hold business administration positions at  the operational level.
Graduates receive a bachelor's degree (BA) majoring in Economics in the above mentioned specialties.

The profile of MA graduates from the Faculty of Economics

Postgraduate course ending with MA degree is based on the in-depth economic knowledge gained during the undergraduate studies and  allows the students to deepen their knowledge and master  the skills of  using more advanced mathematical and statistical tools (statistical inference, econometrics and forecasting economic processes, mathematical economics  part II, economy of management ). In addition, the student acquires  in-depth specific knowledge  in accordance with the chosen specialty.

From the very  beginning of  the course, students are being guided in writing their MA thesis  based on the requirements adopted by the Faculty Council.

MA graduates are ready to work in managerial, expert  or consulting positions. Flexibility to adapt to the nature of the jobs result from the excellent theoretical background in economics. In addition, graduates acquire the skills of  making creative projects and preparing analysis in micro scale as well as in the scale of wider economy, taking into account  the aspects of  globalization. They can understand and interpret  important contemporary economic problems by using the appropriate techniques and research tools. They are able to search sources in Polish and foreign literature. The graduates have the necessary skills to work in a team and collaborate with members of other professional groups within  their own  and international environment . The studies provide the basis for further education and enable them to take on academic or educational activity. Graduates have a developed need for continuing education throughout their lives which is particularly important in the profession of  an economist.