The majors not only deepen the knowledge but also broaden it and offer insight into the selected management domain. In your Master's thesis you will carry out scientific research into a business-relevant or economic subject. The Master's thesis is the conclusion of your degree course. It gives you the opportunity to display your analytical attitude as well as your ability to synthesise and your oral and written communication skills.
1. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
The programme provides you with an overview of the many different aspects of management of organisations and companies. Are you planning on launching an international business career? Are you eager to work for a company or an organisation that operates on an international scale? Do you like international (strategic) management, international strategic decision making, international marketing, entrepreneurship, business processes and operations? The IBM major is tailored to students seeking a business-oriented, hands-on, critical, and problem-oriented approach to education. Students are challenged to study and work in a multicultural team.
2. BUSINESS INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
For students with a strong interest in the general operation of industrial processes and the related information technology they require. Business information managers lead IT projects and supervise new IT systems. In the world of ICT, three things matter most: the right information shared in the right place with the right people. Students in the BIM major have an eye for both the overall picture and specific details. They have strong social skills, and excel at building bridges between users, managers and technical ICT experts. These are precisely the skills developed in this major. Students in the BIM are interested and, ideally, well-versed in technology, computers and networks. However, the focus is not on hardware or technical aspects, but on developing and evaluating information systems. There is a high demand in the industry for competent people who are willing and able to think creatively and logically about information systems. You will be trained to find solutions quickly and to explain them clearly to users.
3. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
The International Relations (IR) major is embedded in the context of global economics and business life. It takes a practical-analytical approach to the study of multinationals
and is embedded in a sound theoretical framework. It covers international management and marketing techniques as well as international socio-economic analysis and monetary economics. Students in the IR major particularly develop insight into the role of governments in international relations and business. The IR major is built on three international pillars: an economic pillar (what is the economic environment in which an international firm operates?); a business pillar (how does an international firm operate in this environment?); and a political/legal pillar (which political and legal aspects does an international firm have to take into account?).
Our MBA will challenge you to meet and work closely with students from other cultures and nationalities. The diversity of our programme is impressive.
We invite international managers and government officials to share their experiences with students at guest lectures and business seminars held throughout the year.
In the heart of Europe
Learn business where business is done! Brussels is the economic heart of Europe. As a business hub, Brussels has a central position in Europe and it hosts the EU and the NATO, as well as diverse range of international trade and finance organisations.
Brussels is where hundreds of multinational corporations have their head offices and where many important political and economic decisions are made. Your campus is in the middle of this decision-making centre: a head start for launching your career.
The campus is located in the heart of Brussels, only a five-minute walk from Brussels Central train station, with several metro (underground) connections in the immediate vicinity.
Our MBA's interdisciplinary approach prepares you to address and solve business problems by drawing on insights and experiences from multiple disciplines and perspectives - often as a member of a team. In this way, the MBA emulates the real business world and leverages input from a multitude of cultural backgrounds and worldviews.
The Master of Business Administration is international not only in focus and content, but also in terms of student population. As the language of instruction is English, students from all over the world attend, which allows for intercultural interaction on a daily basis.
If you haven't had the chance to study abroad before, or if you want to have another international experience under your belt, you can add an extra semester abroad to your programme. In that case, apply for a place at one of our many European partners or more limited set of non-European partners. Eligibility and selection depend on your study progress, academic results, your language proficiency and motivation.
Thanks to your general business background combined with your specialism you as a business administrator can work in a wide range of positions at companies or organisations. The international character of your degree programme is an asset.
The International Business Management major prepares graduates for management positions in finance, administration and commerce. Employment opportunities are numerous and diverse. Many graduates choose to pursue a career in the financial sector or in management consultancy firms.
The Business Information Management major prepares graduates for management positions in ICT. The demand for driven managers with ICT expertise continues to grow. Our graduates go on to positions as business consultants, business process engineers, project leaders, system analysts, functional analysts, information analysts, system designers/administrators, network and data administrators.
The International Relations major prepares graduates for management positions in international organisations, NGOs, government, multinational enterprises and local organisations with a global perspective. Graduates have keen insight into international economic and political realities and are thus also well-positioned for careers in banking and international business.
A business engineer is trained for analyzing and solving business problems from a quantitative and managerial point of view. The programme belongs to the domain of business economics and is management oriented: students learn how companies function, how business processes should be designed and how business activities can be optimally organized. The managerial focus is combined with strong analytical skills and a profound understanding of how business and (technological) innovation processes work. This integration of disciplines is of high relevance to production environments as well as to service companies (e.g. consultancy or ICT).
A business engineer is an interdisciplinary manager with an extended problem solving toolbox and a holistic view on modern companies in today’s economic, legal and social context. With a capacity for analytical thought, management and communication skills and an eye for sustainable opportunities, business engineers are able to shape the future of companies and organisations.
The Master of Science in Business Engineering is organised at two campuses: Brussels and Leuven. The programmes share a common structure and have the same compulsory courses. Each campus offers different courses in the majors, minors, and electives. Students on one campus have the option to follow some of the courses at the other campus.
Majors offered in Leuven:
Majors offered in Brussels:
This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.
Do you feel like expanding your horizons? We encourage you to study abroad at one of the faculty’s exclusive partner universities in the first semester of the second year. Increasingly, employers value young professionals who are familiar with doing business in a multicultural and multilingual setting. Therefore, the faculty has a strong international focus with a flourishing participation of students in summer schools and exchange programmes. Make your experience truly international by studying in different parts of the world.
More information on the various international experiences the faculty has to offer can be found on this website.
Are you a future business engineer? Then most probably you feel at ease with the following characteristics:
A business engineer is trained for analyzing and solving business problems from a quantitative and managerial point of view. The programme belongs to the domain of business economics and is management oriented: students learn how companies function, how business processes should be designed and how business activities can be optimally organized. The managerial focus is combined with strong analytical skills and a profound understanding of how business and (technological) innovation processes work. This integration of disciplines is of high relevance to production environments as well as to service companies (e.g. consultancy or ICT).A business engineer is an interdisciplinary manager with an extended problem solving toolbox and a holistic view on modern companies in today's economic, legal and social context. With a capacity for analytical thought, management and communication skills and an eye for sustainable opportunities, business engineers are able to shape the future of companies and organisations.
Graduates of the MSc in Business Engineering mostly take up managerial and/or research positions in business, national and international institutions, and at universities. Business engineers usually start their careers in technical expert positions within interdisciplinary management teams. They are typically hired to optimise production processes, to develop quantitative models in financial institutions, or to market technological innovations. They are also able to take up more traditional management tasks, armed with the ability to support key decisions using quantitative analyses. Business engineers quickly move up to executive functions in various management domains in companies and organisations. Given the variety of skills acquired, they are highly sought after by a wide range of companies – from start-ups and small firms to multinational corporations – for various positions in Belgium and abroad.
The Master in International Business Economics and Management (MIBEM) is a master program for holders of a degree in a non-business economic or management discipline. It prepares for a career in international business through the acquisition of business economic insights, knowledge and management skills.
The curriculum adopts a practical and business-oriented perspective, but still provides a thorough treatment, based in science, of major international business economic and management issues.
As a master of science program, MIBEM relies on insights from scientific research. Its primary purpose is not to prepare graduates for an academic career, but to foster an attitude of autonomous, critical and informed reflection in the search for solutions to concrete business problems. The program instills an international and business- and management oriented mindset in individuals educated in diverse backgrounds.
Students who have direct access, can follow the one-year Master's programme. Those who have no direct access, must first follow the 30 credits preparatory programme from September till January and start the Master's programme in February. They can finish the programme in January of the following academic year.
The ideal prospective student:
Students with no economics background are first, if necessary, introduced to the basics of economics and management in a 30 ECTS preparatory programme.
After the programme a master:
The MIBEM programme prepares students for management positions in a number of sectors. Obviously, your personal interest and prior education play a major role in your post-graduation path. Our graduates find employment in a broad range of sectors, including purchasing, sales, marketing, production control, planning and budgeting, financial management and ICT. Other graduates go on to a career in banking and insurance, become civil servants, work in one of the European institutions, or set up their own company.
As a business engineer in information systems engineering you’re still an all-round business engineer: you’re able to analyse and optimize various business processes (marketing, production and logistics, finance,...). You understand how a company works and you take into account the economic, organisational, and human aspects of business. As a business engineer in information systems engineering you also translate these business administration elements into information systems that support the decision-making process. You can consider decisions about information technology against the backdrop of the company as a whole, predict their strategic consequences, and carry out (general) management duties.
The master’s programme shares a number of courses with the Master of Business Economics: Business Engineering. Furthermore, the programme contains a number of required courses on information technology and one optional component of your choice. This optional component allows you to specialise in one particular aspect of ICT:
Projects, work placements or the master's thesis give you the opportunity to gain experience in the corporate environment that will later become your professional habitat. And for those of you who enjoy looking beyond borders the faculty offers quite a few possibilities to follow part of your training at a partner institution abroad. More information is available on the website.
Information technology has revolutionized the business world. Business and information systems engineers usually start their career in business and/or IT consulting. They can also take up more traditional management duties, as they have the ability to design, manage
and improve business processes, services and decisions in a digital world. Boasting a variety of skills, business and information systems engineers are much sought-after by a wide range of companies for various positions and sectors in Belgium and abroad.
Typical job titles include business analyst, analytics specialist, business intelligence analyst, big data specialist, operations manager, fintech specialist, customer intelligence director, fraud expert, compliance officer, IT manager, and chief information officer.
Upon completing the Master of Science in Business Economics, you will be able to apply scientific frameworks independently and critically, allowing you to evolve continuously in a dynamic society. By combining this programme with initial specialisations from your bachelor's programme, you will develop deeper insight into a broad range of fields. The programme is structured around the choice of a major and minor discipline, which allows you to fine-tune your personal graduation profile, and to apply research- and evidence based management practices and tools in various domains. You will gain expertise in selecting best practices in management in today’s volatile, complex and ambiguous business environments. The programme equips you for both entrepreneurship and start-up management as well as for management and strategic decision making in established organisations.
KU Leuven occupies a leading position in management and economic research and is highly ranked by the European Economic Association. Top-level research and education complement and strengthen each other. The Faculty of Economics and Business Alumni Association includes many leaders of industry, ensuring excellent career opportunities for our graduates.
The Faculty of Economics and Business has close links with top business schools around the world, such as Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, University of Cardiff in the UK, Hanken in Finland, SKEMA Business School in France, the University of Illinois in the United States, the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen's University in Canada, Tsinghua and Fudan University in China, PUC in Brazil, City University of Hong Kong and many more institutions both in Europe and overseas.
For students MSc in Business Economics, the faculty offers an additional semester at one of these destinations after completing 2 semesters in Leuven. Make your experience truly international by studying in different parts of the world.
You have an entrepreneurial personality with broad socio-economic interests. You are fascinated by the business world and would like to pursue a management career in strategy, international business or finance.
To start this programme, students need a solid background in economics or business economics. They should have acquired the basic conceptual frameworks of diverse areas in business economics and have a sufficiently broad view on the general economic and social contexts in which business operates as well as on the human networks within these organisations.
Specifically, students need:
Building on previously acquired general economic knowledge and insights in business, the student is taught to judge complex business structures and propose creative solutions independently or in a team. He develops the skills to take on a management function in a company, he learns to fit decisions in with the whole structure of a company and assess strategic consequences for other departments of the company. He has a lot of specialised knowledge, but is also very versatile.
The programme consists of a compulsory part, a major and a minor and a Master's Thesis.
Graduates generally take up managerial and/or research positions in business, national and international institutions, and in managerial functions at universities. Given the variety of skills acquired, you will be highly sought-after by a wide range of companies (from small firms to multinational corporations) in a variety of positions and sectors in Belgium or abroad.
You can pursue a career as:
This is only a small selection of the many options available to you.
The Master of Science in Business Administration (MBA) is a one-year Master’s programme taught in English. It has an international focus and is designed to provide you with academic knowledge as well as hands-on expertise, enabling you to be successful in international management positions.
The program consists of a total of 60 ECTS, the major Strategic Business Management is offered in Antwerp. The master programme will be thoroughly reformed in 2018 - 2019.
Major Strategic Business Management (SBM):
The major in Strategic Business Management focuses on strategy development. You will learn how organizations can determine, implement and assess strategic objectives. The major not only focuses on general management skills but also on how different managerial departments, such as finance, marketing, HR and accounting, can develop their strategies and contribute to a successful implementation of company strategy.
Our MBA will challenge you to meet and work closely with students from other cultures and nationalities. The diversity of our programme is impressive.
We invite international managers and government officials to share their experiences with students at guest lectures and business seminars held throughout the year.
At the crossroads of major traffic and trade routes, Antwerp boasts a strategic location in Europe. It has the largest (petro-)chemical cluster of organizations in Europe and has been the indisputable leader in the diamond trade for at least five hundred years. Its port attracts world-famous logistics and shipping companies and major maritime service providers. Antwerp's city center is famous for its fashion industry. As a student you can become part of this dazzling metropolis centrally located.
As a MBA graduate, you marshal a wide range of knowledge that can be successfully applied to launch a career in international business. Depending on your personal interests and career goals, positions in purchasing, sales, marketing, production control, planning and budgeting, financial management and ICT are all open to you. Other graduates find employment in banks and insurance companies, join the civil service or one of the European institutions, or start their own company.
The major in Strategic Business Management prepares you for jobs that require the ability to identify, analyse and solve the major strategic issues faced by management in dealing with finance, marketing, accounting and human resources for various types of organisations. The integration of different functional strategic management skills offers you valuable expertise that comes with abundant career opportunities.
Rapid advances in robotics, algorithms, big data and artificial intelligence are beginning to disrupt entire industries, and technology is threatening to replace millions of jobs.
Companies are investing for becoming intelligent businesses. Markets are shifting, business functions (operations, marketing, finance, IT, HR) are transforming, and traditional business models no longer work to keep a competitive advantage. Classical ways of working need to be disrupted and companies need to transform their business in the digital businesses of tomorrow.
The new jobs enabled by digital technologies require different skills. Some of these skills are technical, such as software development, web management, data analysis, process and complex project management.
The objective of our Advanced Master in Digital Transformation & Business Analytics is to prepare you for these new challenges and become leaders of this transformation, capable of managing digital projects to their successful completion.
By the end of this Advanced Master, you will be able to:
After graduation, you will be able to seize job opportunities such as:
You will be part of digital projects helping companies to have their next chapter in the 21th century!
This programme offers students with a Bachelor's or Master's degree advanced non-technical training in information management, with an emphasis on the efficient and effective application and management of information technology in various business contexts (e.g. finance, marketing, HR, production and logistics, etc.). Following basic training in technology, the programme explores specific management issues in greater depth, particularly in order to develop the skills required to analyse information needs, design and manage information systems and fine-tune an IT strategy as an integral part of an overall business strategy.
The key focus is the preliminary design needed to develop and set up an information system. In completing your Master's thesis, you can apply these skills within a specific business context. Finally, a wide range of electives enables you to either explore specific areas in greater depth or gain a broader understanding through a multidisciplinary approach.
This programme presents a non-technical curriculum in information management. It focuses on the effective and efficient application and management of information technology in a business setting. First, a basic technological background is offered, after which the management aspects are elaborated in more detail. The programme aims at developing skills in analysing information needs, the modelling and management of information systems and the alignment of information technology strategy with business strategy. Hence, the main focus is on the early phases of the information system development cycle. By means of the master project, skills acquired throughout the programme are applied in a concrete business setting. Finally, the electives provide the opportunity to explore particular aspects in more depth or to broaden the scope by taking one or more multidisciplinary courses.
By the end of the programme, students will have acquired:
In the business world, there is a great demand for IT specialists with highly developed management skills. Our graduates are trained to gain leverage within a company through the strategic use of technology. The analysis and management of information, knowledge, processes and systems, in line with an overall business strategy, play a bridging role between computer science and business. Qualities such as strong communication skills, teamwork and group management are therefore more essential than mere technological expertise. Our graduates pursue careers as information analysts, project leaders and information technology strategists.
The Master of Economics programme offers students with a bachelor's degree a theoretical framework, allowing them to provide well-grounded answers to socio-economic questions. As an economist, you will observe the various players (individuals, companies, domestic and foreign governments) and their interactions within the global economy. You will be able to interpret the general economic situation in a wider social and legal context.
The programme consists of a common core of two programme units and a master's thesis.
You select one of the three majors:
The Faculty of Economics and Business has close links with top business schools around the world, such as Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, University of Cardiff in the UK, Hanken in Finland, SKEMA Business School in France, the University of Illinois in the United States, the University of Sydney and het University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen's University in Canada, Tsinghua and Fudan University in China, PUC in Brazil, City University of Hong Kong and many more institutions both in Europe and overseas.
For Student MSc in Business Economics, the faculty offers an additional semester at one of these destinations after completing 2 semesters in Leuven. Make your experience truly international by studying in different parts of the world.
Students should have a solid academic background in economics or business, including the most important domains in economics or business/management (such as macro and microeconomics), mathematics and statistics. Students should also be familiar with more general themes necessary for understanding the evolutions in the business world and be able to relate these evolutions to the broader social, juridical, political and societal context.
The Master of Economics programme aims to transfer an economic-science based structured reasoning about individual, interpersonal and social phenomena, so that the student is able to autonomously formulate an answer to questions or developments that the society/sector/company is facing.
The training aims knowledge, to provide understanding, skills and attitudes required to achieve recognition, structuring and solve complex economic issues in their contextual environment. In addition, the training aims the ability and skills to communicate and to report economic analysis and solutions and to test the results in an explicit ethical value framework.
Exit qualifications of the programme:
The student masters the general framework of economic analysis, the conceptual and methodological principles of economic science and can therefore recognize economic problems.
The student can - by means of economic research methods and techniques - carry out, independently and in teams as well - a complete analysis of economic problems. This includes: formulating the problem, selecting of information, master mathematical and econometric methods, setting up a research-based strategy, reporting and presentation of the research and the results, including the possible policy recommendations.
As a graduate, you will have a very informed perspective on society as a whole. Moreover, you will be equipped to address social problems in an economically and socially sound way. Thanks to the expertise and flexibility acquired throughout the course of the programme, you will be qualified for employment in a variety of contexts, including:
The Advanced Master in Innovation & Strategic Management will provide students with the tools, skills and mindset needed to deal with the challenge of fast-evolving organisations. It helps students to develop their entrepreneurial abilities, to analyse complex challenges and influence their environment early on in their careers. It covers the main management disciplines (strategy, marketing, finance, project management, etc.) with a focus on the future. It embraces innovation in all its aspects, from technological, thanks to a real understanding of social media, new products and services, to new business models and organisational forms.
The programme will show you the importance of innovation and how to think strategically. You will master key management concepts and learn how to drive innovation projects. It will help you to develop your entrepreneurial skills and to understand the dominant strategic logic in many different sectors around the world. In short, you will learn how to think globally and act locally.
By the end of the programme, you will be able to:
• Make informed choices about strategic issues that have a high level of uncertainty
• Solve complex business problems
• Work in or lead teams in charge of change management projects
• Start your own venture (if you want to) or join an existing one
After graduation, an unlimited range of job opportunities will be accessible for you. Here are some of the careers that participants could undertake:
• Business developer or project manager in a small or medium-sized innovative business
• Project manager or business analyst in ‘new business’, R&D or the innovation division of an established business
• Strategy or technology consultant
• Advisor in innovation or entrepreneurship support initiatives: incubators, technology transfer office, venture capital, entrepreneurship centre, etc.
• Member of the founding team of a start-up, or an independent
• However, to successfully grow in your working life and make the right choices for your career, it is fundamental to define your goals and have the tools to achieve them. The Solvay Brussels School’s career service will help you in building your career thanks to its strong connection with the business sector and to its dynamic team who will accompany each participant into the professional world.
From self-assessment to networking opportunities, our team assists participants to realise their full potential. Through a wide range of seminars, coaching sessions, workshops, events and other resources, we help our participants to discover the career path best suited to their personal fulfilment.
Interested? Visit http://am.solvay.edu/innovation-strategic-management/
> Non-EU students: May 31st 2018 (recommendation related to visa procedures)
> EU students: July 15th 2018
The Master of Advanced Studies in Economics offers students a deeper knowledge in specific areas of application, provides them with advanced theoretical and empirical tools to analyse concrete economic problems and acquaints them with current research practices in economics.
The MASE features a choice of graduate-level courses from different fields within economics. The goal of the programme is to enable you to find a promising research topic and to stimulate you to develop your own research on this topic. This research leads to the MASE thesis, which for many students eventually becomes the first chapter of a doctoral dissertation.
The Faculty of Economics and Business had close links with top business schools around the world, such as Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, University of Cardiff in the UK, Hanken in Finland, SKEMA Business School in France, the University of Illinois in the United States, the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen's University in Canada, Tsinghua and Fudan University in China, PUC in Brazil, City University of Hong Kong and many more institutions both in Europe and overseas.
The main purpose of the programme is to offer students with an economic background a deeper knowledge in specific areas of application, to provide them with advanced theoretical tools to analyse economic problems and to acquaint them with current research practices in Economics. These research practices, currently used in leading business, political, academical and international institutions, make use of formal and quantitative techniques. The programme reflects this quantitative orientation.
Graduates of the programme should have:
A large majority of MASE graduates find careers in managerial and/or research positions in business, national and international institutions and universities. Students graduating with distinction can apply for the PhD Programme in Economics at KU Leuven.