Master of Business Economics

KU Leuven
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Dutch

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About this program

Master of Business Economics

The Master of Science in Business Economics emphasizes the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills related to the corporate world, international business, strategy and innovation, entrepreneurship, financial economics and marketing and accounting and financial management.

The Master of Business Economics (MBE) is a one-year Master's program taught in English. The program is oriented towards students with an entrepreneurial personality and broad socio-economic interests who have already acquired a bachelor's degree in economics or business economics. The program emphasises the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills in one area of specialisation related to the corporate world such as international business, strategy and innovation, entrepreneurship, accounting and financial economics and marketing.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the Master of Science in Business Economics, you have to hold an academic bachelor’s degree in either economics or business economics that is equivalent to one of the following KU Leuven degrees:

  • BSc in Economics
  • BSc in Business Economics
  • BSc in Business Engineering

Proficiency in English

  • TOEFL: iBT 94 (minimum subscore per item 20)
  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum subscore per item 6.0)
  • Applicants who obtained an IELTS of 6.5 (minimum subscores 6.0) or a TOEFL of 90 (minimum subscores 20 out of 30) and have afterwards completed at least 1 year of full-time study in higher education in the English language, may also be considered for admission.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): overall score 180
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content

Strategic Management

Master's thesis


  • Major 1: International Business, Strategy and Innovation
  • Major 2: Entrepreneurship
  • Major 3: Financial Economics
  • Major 4: Marketing
  • Major 5: Accounting and Financial Management


  • Strategy and Innovation
  • International Business
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Research
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Production and Logistics
  • Economics
  • Informatics for Business Economics
  • Personnel and Organization

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The courses taught in English and Dutch.


Tuition fees

  • EEA citizens: € 979.6 / academic year
  • Non-EEA citizens: € 3,900 / academic year1


Credits: 60 ECTS

Career paths

As a Master in Business Economics graduate, you can pursue a career as auditor, entrepreneur, consultant, financial analyst, financial manager, project manager, sales manager or stockbroker. Graduates generally take up managerial and/or research positions in business functions at national and international institutions.

Students and young graduates can consult relevant job vacancies and internships with the help of our online career platform Career Corner. You will also have the opportunity to meet potential employers at job and internship fairs organised throughout the year and during campus recruitment activities.

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According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

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KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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