M.Sc. Business Economics: Finance

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR12000 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR1906 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
University of Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Would you like to learn how organisations work? Do you want to know how to make the right investment decisions and how to create as much value for the company as possible?



Would you like to learn how organisations work? Do you want to know how to make the right investment decisions and how to create as much value for the company as possible?

The Finance track of the Business Economics Master's programme concentrates on financial markets and the financial decision making of firms and investors. It provides you with the broad range of skills, the in-depth knowledge and the international expertise that you will need in your career. Gain a deep understanding of financial decision making and markets and specialise in either corporate finance, banking or financial markets with this fascinating Master's programme track.* Disclaimer: The UvA intends to offer a separate MSc in Finance and Banking (including Real Estate Finance). Depending on acquiring formal accreditation, this programme will start in September 2016.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: June (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12000 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR 1906 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Start date
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Master of Science in Business Economics is a one-year programme. The curriculum yields 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = ½ US credit). The academic year runs from September to July and is divided into two semesters, each with three blocks. Each block will be rounded off with an examination. Please refer to the academic calendar below for a clear lay-out.

The Business Economics programme offers three specialisations:

  • Finance
  • Organisation Economics
  • Real Estate Finance


The Master's thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation. Students will write the thesis within the chosen specialisation. It will be supervised by one of the researchers from the relevant specialisation.


Upon successful completion of the programme, students receive a Master's degree in Business Economics and the title Master of Science (MSc).


The Finance specialisation concentrates on the workings of financial markets, the financial and economic management of organisations and the use of financial tools by companies and investors. The academic programme is built around specialised modules on commercial banking, corporate finance, investment theory, managing bond portfolio risks, financial markets, international finance and other relevant topics.

Organisation Economics

Organisation Economics examines the economic performance of organisations in broad terms, including staff motivation, allocation of decision-making powers, investment decisions, corporate governance and corporate functioning in various types of markets. The course in Economics of Organisation and Management forms the foundation of this specialisation. The Amsterdam Business School is one of the few economic schools in Europe offering a specialisation in Organisation Economics.

Real Estate Finance

The Real Estate Finance specialisation is designed to provide advanced knowledge and training in the financial and economic aspects of commercial real estate. Real estate is a specialist discipline, covering the development, financing and operation of real estate. This specialisation links academic scholarship to industrial practice, thanks to the University's collaboration with industry.


Master's students can also choose to do an internship in order to conduct research for their final thesis. This offers the opportunity to conduct research in a company or organization on an academic level. Interested students should contact the Internship Office.


Previous education: Applicants are expected to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree in business economics, with a specialisation in Finance, Organisation Economics, Real Estate Finance or relevant field. A Bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences or a Fachhochschule (Germany) will not be taken into consideration. Specific entry requirements apply to applicants with Bachelor's degrees in other, Chinese students and African students. For the Finance track, the following courses are strict requirements: 1. Investment & Portfolio Theory 2. Advanced Corporate Finance and 3. Econometrics For more information about entry requirements please see www.uva.nl/msc-business-economics (Finance / Entry requirements).

Grade list: A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation.

Entry test: A GRE is compulsory for all applicants to the Master's programme in Business Economics. In the following cases we also accept a GMAT test: * if you have already obtained a GMAT score * if in your country it is difficult to take the GRE test Students that come from one of our partner universities are exempted from taking the GRE test.

Written request: Applicants should submit a motivation letter with their application form.

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B2
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: B2
  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • IELTS listening: 6
  • IELTS reading: 6
  • IELTS writing: 6
  • IELTS speaking: 6
  • TOEFL paper based: 580
  • TOEFL computer based: 237
  • TOEFL internet based: 92

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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