Entry requirements for the Master of Business Economics

Applicants can be admitted directly or through a preparatory programme.

Each application file will be screened carefully. The subjects that are covered in the study programme, the grades and the motivation of the student are examined. We expect good study results in the study areas that are important for this Master's programme.

Students who are still completing their Bachelor’s degree are also encouraged to apply. They should submit an official letter in English from their university confirming that the student is expected to finalise their Bachelor’s studies at the end of the current academic year, and submit up-to-date authenticated transcripts with the results of the previous years.

Direct admission

Applicants with a university level Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics, Master's degree in Business Administration or equivalent can start the Master’s programme directly. This degree should be of an academic nature. When starting the Master’s programme, students should have a thorough command of:

  • intermediate micro- and macro-economics
  • quantitative research methods
  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • financial and management accounting
  • finance
  • marketing and management

Please note that students with a HBO degree or a Bachelor Handelswetenschappen are not eligible.

Preparatory programme

If you do not belong to the category above, but also have an academic degree with a (limited) economic or management component, you might have the possibility to start the master's in Business Economics through a preparatory programme.

The preparatory programme consists of five courses. Based on an extensive screening of the diploma(s) obtained and the courses taken by the student, the Board of Admission determines which of the subjects from the preparatory programme will be assigned. This means that a student does not always have to do the complete preparatory programme. The student can also be asked to include one or more courses from this programme, depending on the prior diploma(s). In some cases, students can combine the preparatory programme with their Master’s programme. This will be assessed case per case.

Take a look at the study programme

Language proficiency

The programme is taught in English. If your degree was not issued by a recognised educational institution in Belgium, the Netherlands or Luxembourg, you will have to provide evidence of your level of English.  

You can do this in two ways:

  1. By submitting a language certificate showing your TOEFL, IELTS or ITACE results:
    1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): internet-based TOEFL level: minimum 80.
    2. Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a minimum score of at least 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 for each part. 
    3. ITACE (Interuniversity Test of Academic English for Students): minimum B2.
  2. Or by submitting proof that your prior university degree was taught in English, provided that the transcripts confirm that the entire study was completed in English. The board of admission may still wish to verify your command of English in this case, for example through an (online) interview. 

Read more about the language requirements

GMAT or GRE tests

In doubt, a GMAT or GRE can be requested.