M.Sc. Business Economics: Finance

University of Amsterdam

Application deadline: Start in 1 September: June (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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 one-year Master's programme in Business Economics teaches you how to make the right organisational and financial decisions for organisations. This specialised programme is meant for students who want to focus on organisational and financing issues, using a quantitative and analytical approach. The Finance track of the MSc in Business Economics concentrates on the workings of financial and economics management of organisations and the use of financial tools by companies and investors. This programme gives you the tools and knowledge you need to work for a wide range of organisations in both the commercial and governmental sectors.


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 a sound knowledge of investment and portfolio theory and/or advanced corporate finance is a strict entry requirement. This means that applicants need to have attended courses in 1. Investment & Portfolio Theory and 2. Advanced Corporate Finance. For more information about entry requirements please see (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

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B2)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92



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