Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

MSc-program on major 38.04.01 “Economics”

Objectives of the program (competence)

The goal of the program is to train specialists dealing with the issues of integrated development of rural areas and carrying out their activities, both as managers (specialists) of enterprises located in rural areas and as leaders (specialists) of state and local authorities in charge of these issues.

Content of the program

Professional and practical experience (practice-oriented training)

The advantages of the Program from the practice-orientation point of view are as follows:

– a large proportion of practical classes in various forms of their conduction: master classes, organization of practical trainings and internships on a wide range of issues and areas, including at enterprises of the real economy. The total number of training hours devoted to practice-oriented classes (workshops, laboratory, master classes, online courses, practical trainings) amounts for at least 75% of the whole Master’s program;

– holding open lectures and master classes by practitioners who have achieved great professional heights in this area of ​​activity. In particular, lectures were held by Denis Sergeevich Grebenyuk, head of the financing department of the budget institution “Development authority of rural areas”, on the discipline “The concept of sustainable development”, Andrei Yurevich Reshetnyak, Candidate of Sc. Agr., head of the LLC «Agrosfera» (advisory services in the agro-industrial complex), on the discipline “Extention services”, Elena Yurchenko, Candidate of Sc. Agr., chief specialist of the Office of livestock and breeding supervision of the Department of the development of livestock, small business, processing and commodity market of the Ministry of agriculture and food of the Omsk region, on the discipline “Organic agriculture”, Dmitry Anatolevich Fidtsov, deputy minister of natural resources and ecology of the Omsk region, on the discipline «Legal foundation and principles of sustainable rural development”;

– a set of disciplines, aimed at the formation of special and professional competencies, the aggregate of which is determined by analyzing the needs of employers and the expectations of the labor market in this area. In particular, the program included disciplines that weren’t previously studied in other programs: The concept of sustainable development, Legal foundation and principles of sustainable rural development, Social policy and rural development, Human capital of rural areas, Social and economic analysis, Agrotourism, Natural and cultural resources and rural heritage, Marketing of ecological and regional products, Bioeconomics;

– in terms of internships in the program, compared with other graduate programs in the field of Economics, an emphasis is placed on the practical trainings. In particular, the volume of practical trainings is 36 ECTS (1296 hours), while in other programs there are 21 ECTS (756 hours). At the same time, practical trainings are planned on the basis of the administrations of rural municipal districts and large system-forming enterprises located in rural areas:

– during the course of educational practice, students conduct a full analysis of the socio-economic condition of specific rural municipal areas;

– as a goal of graduate qualification work, the development of programs (projects) aimed at the development of rural areas, where students did their internship, is put.

Studying proccess

Studies are held in the academic buildings of Omsk SAU in the auditoriums with all required equipment and software. Field practices are carried out at the premises of large agricultural companies and the state governing bodies located in rural areas.

Teaching methods

The master programme curriculum is designed in a unique way and includes disciplines that create a solid foundation for practice-oriented training and the use of student-centered learning methods. Students develop skills in synthesis, critical analysis and thinking, and receive vocational training in the most relevant areas for their academic and professional development. The following educational methods are used in classes: lecture-dispute, problem lecture, quizzes, business games, scenarios and case studies, brainstorming, discussion, round table, project tasks, and group discussions. Within the modules, there are opportunities for you to direct your studies in areas of particular interest; that is particularly relevant for your choice of research project or placement.

Evaluation

While learning in the master’s program, the following assessment methods are used: exam, self-study control. During intermediate certification, the level of development of the academic discipline and the degree of formation of competence are determined by the marks “excellent”, “good”, “satisfactory” and “unsatisfactory”. The student is admitted to the exam in the discipline in the case of the fulfillment of the training program in the discipline: tasks of ongoing monitoring, in the distance form of training – completed and credited test work.

The examinationis carried out orally, the content of each of which consists of two theoretical questions and a competence-oriented task related to practical issues of discipline. The examiner has the right to ask students additional questions. The basis for definition of evaluation is the level of students’ mastery of the material provided for in the work program of the discipline.

Duration

Master’sdegreeworkloadequals 120 creditsdisregard whether it is full-time or part-time. The length of full-time study is 2 years, including post-final examination holidays. Part-timestudy – 2 yearsand 6 months.

For applicants

You can apply from 3rd June to 23rdAugust.

Admissions office contacts:

Address: Institutskayaploschad’, bulding 1, Omsk, 644008

Tel.: 8 (3812) 65-53-44

Website:https://www.omgau.ru/abiturientu/

For more detailed information you can also address the Head of the department of Economics, financial control and accounting Oleg Blinov – 8 (913) 626-44-31

Career prospects

Graduates of the program can work as specialists involved in the integrated development of rural areas and operating as managers (specialists) of enterprises located in rural areas and managers (specialists) of state and local government bodies in charge of these issues.

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