• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration

Overview

The Master of Business Engineering prepares you to be a 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, you will be able to shape the future of companies and organisations.

Programme outline

The Master of Business Engineering contains a number of required courses and a major and a minor of your choice. These allow you to deepen your knowledge in specific business domains. The Master’s Thesis is most often written in the domain of the chosen major, but you can also select a topic in the domain of Data Science and Business Analytics.

Majors offered include:

  • 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.

Strengths

  • A substantial variety of choice in majors and minors allows you to create your own profile in line with your disciplinary future self. In addition, you can add a project or internship into your curriculum.
  • Boasting a variety of skills, business engineers are much sought-after by a wide range of companies for various positions and sectors. Because of their broad background in business and the function of (technological) innovation processes, graduates tend to easily find a job. They can also refer to the Career Corner, the faculty’s integrated platform for internships and the labour market. 
  • International experience: We encourage you to study abroad at one of the faculty’s exclusive partner universities in the first semester of the second year, as part of the Erasmus+ programme. Increasingly, employers value young professionals who are familiar with doing business in a multicultural and multilingual setting. The faculty keeps up a strong international focus with a flourishing participation of students in summer schools and exchange programmes, making your experience truly international.

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 this programme take up vital managerial and research positions in business, national and international institutions, and 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 also quickly move up to executive functions in various business 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 at home and abroad.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

Compulsory Courses (39 ECTS)

  • Business Analysis
  • Applications of Operations Research and Statistics
  • Energy Technology and Energy Economy
  • Management Control and Cost Management
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Quality Management
  • Strategic Management

Major (24 ECTS) and the associated Master's Thesis (24 ECTS)

  • 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.

Minor (24 ECTS)

  • Finance
  • Actuarial and Financial Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Production and Logistics
  • Data Science and Business Analytics
  • Industry, Global Value Chains and New Technologies
  • Research in Economics
  • Technology and Entrepreneurship
  • International Business, Strategy and Innovation
  • Business Informatics for Business Engineers
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • European Affairs Management
  • Exchange
  • Predoctoral module
Electives (9 ECTS)

Audience

  • 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Get a free IELTS practice test
  • Minimum required score:

    94

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®

General Requirements

The Master of Business Engineering programme is intended for holders of

  • an academic Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a strong quantitative and/or technological focus and with sufficient knowledge of economics and management science; or
  • an academic Bachelor's degree from a recognized university in (business) economics with a substantial quantitative and/or technological component.
Applicants must prove their English language proficiency by means of a IELTS or TOEFL test.

A GMAT/GRE -test result above the 80th percentile on the quantitative part is to be included in the application.

For more information, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

University logo
Business Engineering
Visit programme website

Wishlist

Did you know you can compare your wishlisted programmes with our new Comparison tool?