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International Business Economics and Management

12 months
3500 EUR/year
938 EUR/year
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The Master of Science in International Business Economics and Management instills an international mindset in students educated in diverse backgrounds, and fosters an attitude of autonomous, critical and informed reflection. It prepares you for a career in international business through the acquisition of economic insights, knowledge and management skills, to bring solutions to concrete problems.

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The Master of International Business Economics and Management (Brussels) is a master programme for holders of a degree in a non-business economic or management discipline that 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.

If you have direct access, you can follow the one-year Master’s programme. If you do not have direct access, you must first follow the 27 credits preparatory programme from September till January and start the Master’s programme in February.


  • Business-oriented: The strongly business-oriented programme gives you the opportunity to interface with the business world. You will be able to follow training sessions, visit companies and attend guest lectures by prominent business leaders (e.g. from the European Commission, PwC, Cargill, Ericsson, UPS, FIT, KBC, BRUcargo, etc.)
  • International focus: You will develop intercultural management and negotiation skills that will prepare you for the global job market. You have the possibility to do a double degree programme with Toulouse School of Management. 
  • Accessible with a non-business degree: The programme offers holders of a degree in a non-business economic discipline a thorough study of the generic business domains in an international context


A graduate of the MIBEM programme

  • Masters the economic principles that underlie the behaviour of consumers, producers, workers and employers, has insight into how different market types operate as well as in the macro-economic context of a company.
  • Understands the structure and workings of businesses, and has insight into the various management aspects of business operations.
  • Analyses the strategic opportunities and challenges of a business by using scientific frameworks and models.
  • Has insight into different areas of business management and their interrelatedness.
  • Understands accounting information and financial data and can use both to make policy decisions.
  • Has insight into the international markets for goods, services, labour and capital, and applies economic analysis to European and global policies affecting these markets.
  • Has insight into the risks and challenges that are inherent to company policies in an international context and proposes potential solutions to manage both.
Career perspectives

The MIBEM programme prepares students for management positions in a number of sectors. However, 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 sales, marketing, planning, financial management and ICT. Other follow a career in banking and insurance, become skilled civil servants, work in one of the European institutions, or set up their own cutting-edge company.

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Programme Structure

Compulsory Courses

  • International Business and Strategy 
  • International Economics
  • International Accounting and Control
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Strategic International HRM
  • International Marketing
  • International Corporate Finance
Master's Thesis

Elective courses

  • Business Game
  • Project Management
  • Internship Project (master)
  • Capita Selecta Economics and Business (Broadening Masters)
  • International Study Visit
  • Recent Advances in European Business
  • Business Game


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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It 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.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
94 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants who have a degree that was not issued by a Flemish institution, must apply for admission first.
  • Applicants with satisfactory knowledge in the domains of business economics and management could be directly admitted, provided they fulfill the language and additional requirements. All other applicants need to apply for the Preparatory Programme: Master of International Business Economics and Management.
  • Applicants must prove their English language proficiency by means of a IELTS or TOEFL test.
  • A GMAT/GRE-test result above the 60th percentile overall 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 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.


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