12 months
15800 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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Are you a creative and analytical thinker? Do you like coming up with smart solutions for tax problems? And would you love to learn about all the ins and outs of the tax system? Then Fiscal Economics programme from Maastricht University might be just the thing for you. 


This Fiscal Economics programme from Maastricht University merges insights from economics, business economics and law. It's quality is recognised by the Dutch Order of Tax Advisors (NOB). 

You'll take a range of compulsory courses that give you an in-depth academic understanding of taxation, accountancy, corporate and value-added tax, government policies on taxation and other essential fiscal areas. You'll also be able to choose elective courses that match your personal interests and career ambitions. After you’ve graduated, you’ll have all the training you’ll need to work as a tax advisor, tax consultant or tax inspector. 

Career paths 

  • Tax inspector

Fiscal economists that work for fiscal authorities are responsible for checking the tax declarations of private individuals or organisations. They also ensure that taxes are levied and paid on time and are responsible for detecting irregularities and fraud.

  • Tax advisor

As tax advisors, fiscal economists are responsible for managing tax compliance and providing clients with tax advice. They file tax declarations and keep in contact with tax inspectors to ensure that they interpret tax legislation correctly.

  • Researcher

Some Fiscal Economics students choose to pursue a PhD after they’ve graduated. They try to answer questions such as “Will a proposed tax incentive scheme be effective?” or “How can tax regulations be improved?”

Programme Structure

At the end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • understand the implications of tax laws on an organisation’s tax strategy
  • use quantitative methods as a basis for strategic tax decisions
  • give tax advice on a senior level
  • play a bridging role between accountants and tax lawyers

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

List of grades of your bachelor’s programme

  • Upload a transcript of grades from each university you have attended, plus a translation if the original is not in English.
Curriculum vitae
  • List your education, relevant extracurricular activities, internships and (professional) experience. 
Letter of motivation
  • Provide good arguments for why you want to do this master’s programme at Maastricht University and why you expect that you can successfully complete the programme.
Dutch language exam with sufficient scores
  • If Dutch is not your mother tongue, you have to pass the State Examination Dutch as a second language, level II (NT2).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15800 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Maastricht

700 - 1170 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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.

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