• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
Address urgent domestic public policy objectives, ranging from reduced income inequality and job security, to an affordable health care and pension system. Upon graduation of the Economics - Public Policy track program from Tilburg University you are an economic expert on how governments can achieve such critical goals, design effective solutions, and finance these activities.


Economics - Public Policy track from Tilburg University in short:

Learn how public policies and tax schemes can be designed to create the right incentives and nudges to make urgent societal goals within reach. 

  • Learn what it means to be policy advisor in national governments, international organizations such as the EU, researcher in applied research institutes or consultant at nationally or internationally oriented consultancy firms.
  • Great diversity in nationalities, with about 50% international fellow students.

Career prospects

With a specialization in Public Policy, you can apply economic theories and models to urgent domestic policy objectives; advising governments on how to achieve, design and finance these goals. These skills are tailored for a career as policy advisor in national governments or international organizations such as the EU; researcher in applied research institutes, or consultant within nationally or internationally oriented consultancy firms.

Graduates work or started for example as:

  • Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Finance
  • Statistical Analyst at De Nederlandsche Bank
  • Doctoral student at the University of Oxford

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Applied Economic Analysis 
  • Methods: Econometrics 
  • Methods: Game Theory 
  • Seminar Taxation
  • Seminar Health Economics
  • Seminar Labor Economics
  • Seminar Innovation and Networks
  • Seminar Competition Policy
  • Seminar Growth and Regional Development
  • Seminar Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Methods: Game Theory 
  • Methods: Econometrics 
  • Methods: Experiments and Surveys

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Economics or in a similar program (e.g., in Econometrics) from a university that is recognized by the program management.
    • A solid academic background in economics.
    • It is compulsory for this program to submit your GRE General Test.
    • Students with a relevant degree from one of the official partner universities of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management are exempted from the GRE requirement.
    • You need to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14604 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14600 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2088 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Tilburg

  • 700 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Koopmans and CentER scholarships
  • Scholarship for excellent students enrolling in the Research Master in Economics or Business at CentER Graduate School.

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