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What is the 'Master of Business Engineering' all about?

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.

Structure

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:

  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Risk and Finance
  • Marketing
  • Production and Logistics
  • Data Science and Business Analytics
  • Industry, Global Value Chains and New Technologies
  • Technology and Entrepreneurship

 Majors offered in Brussels:

  • Quantitative Data Analytics
  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Finance

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. 

 International Experience

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.

Is this the right programme for me?

Are you a future business engineer? Then most probably you feel at ease with the following characteristics:

  • You imagine yourself as the moving force in a company or organization (this can be your own company, a multinational, a family business, a government service, a school, etc.).
  • You're an enterprising person and you aim at perfection in all your endeavors. You want to improve the functioning of companies and organizations, with clear and sustainable objectives in the long run, and with an eye for the social context in which companies operate.
  • You are an innovative manager. You want to acquire knowledge about other disciplines (math, science, technology) in order to better support the management of companies.
  • You're a global manager. Globalization demands great efforts of companies and organizations, and you feel at ease in an environment with enriching international contacts.

Objectives

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.

Career perspectives

 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.


Visit the Business Engineering MSc page on the KU Leuven website for more details!

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