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KU Leuven MSc Degrees in International Economics

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What is the 'Master of International Business Economics and Management' all about?.  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. Read more

What is the 'Master of International Business Economics and Management' all about?

 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.

Is this the right programme for me?

 The ideal prospective student:

  • has obtained an academic bachelor's or master's degree in a non-business economics or management discipline;
  • is eager to broaden his/her horizon by acquiring knowledge of business economics and management;
  • aims to enhance his/her career opportunities by acquiring general management skills and business knowledge;
  • is interested in an international business career;
  • feels that a business-oriented, hands-on, critical, interdisciplinary and problem-based learning approach is something for him;
  • understands that working in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team is an asset.


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:

  • Is able to apply microeconomic and macroeconomic insights when analyzing the international business context.
  • Can analyze, interpret, plan, and evaluate business processes, based on scientific knowledge, and -when relevant- with an explicitly international perspective.
  • Understands and can critically assess how societal and international evolutions affect the business world.
  • Can identify the risks and challenges of doing business in an international environment, and can provide solutions for dealing with them.
  • Possesses managerial and entrepreneurial skills, applied within an international business context, with attention to social and ethical aspects.
  • Is able to work on a project basis in a multidisciplinary team, whether or not internationally established.
  • Can autonomously conceive, plan, execute and communicate a scientifically grounded research project as a beginning practitioner and with an international mindset.
  • Recognizes the importance of lifelong learning and the need for continuing education.

Career perspectives

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.

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