• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The Master of Economics programme offers you a theoretical framework, allowing you to provide well-grounded answers to 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.

Programme outline

The programme consists of a common core of three courses and a Master's thesis. Students complete their study programme until at least 60 ECTS with electives out of different groups: general economics, financial economics, research in economics. A project or summer school can as well be chosen.


  • The Faculty of Economics and Business attaches great importance to high-quality education. The Department of Economics of KU Leuven is highly ranked in the QS World University Ranking and recently some professors won the renowned Francqui Prize!
  • The faculty receives valuable external assessments. Thanks to the EQUIS accredication among others, the faculty can conclude exchange agreements with other renowned universities.
  • The Master of Economics will allow you to prepare for the research-oriented Master of Advanced Studies in Economics. Students with an interest in this advanced Master’s programme, are recommended to take the ‘advanced’ courses in their study programme.


After completing two semesters in Leuven you can follow an additional semester (‘Extended Master’) at one of the several top universities around the world we have close links with (as part of the Eramus+ programme). 

Is this the right programme for you?

  • You have an interest in the dynamics of economy and society;
  • You have an ability to analyse, synthesise and interpret;
  • You have a positive scientific attitude and you are critical and creative;
  • You 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;
  • You are familiar with more general themes necessary for understanding the evolutions in the business world and you are able to relate these evolutions to the broader social, juridical, political and societal context.
Career perspectives

As a graduate of the Master of Economics, you will have a very informed perspective on economics and society as a whole. This expertise and flexibility qualifies you for employment in a variety of fields such as education and research, or problem solution and preparation, development, implementation and evaluation of various aspects of the economic and socio-economic policy.

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 General Core

Master's Thesis


  • Advanced Macroeconomics I
  • Macroeconomics


  • Advanced Microeconomics I
  • Microeconomics


  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Econometric Methods and Models


  • General economics
  • Financial economics
  • Research in Economics
  • Projects and Summer Schools


  • You have an interest in the dynamics of economy and society.
  • You have an ability to analyse, synthesise and interpret.
  • You have a positive scientific attitude and you are critical and creative.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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  • Minimum required score:


    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 ®.

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General Requirements

  • Applicants who have a degree that was not issued by a Flemish institution, must apply for admission first. 
  • Applicants should hold a university Bachelor's degree in Economics or Business Economics comparable to a Bachelor's degree in Economics
  • Applicants must prove their English language proficiency by means of a IELTS or TOEFL test. The minimum score for IELTS is 7, for the TOEFL internet based test it is 94. 
  • A GMAT/GRE-test result above the 75th percentile on the quantitative part is to be included in the application. 

For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1750 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 12 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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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