Business Economics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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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 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.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

Additional subject: strict entry requirements are sufficient knowledge of: 1. Microeconomics and/or Industrial Organisation and/or Corporate Finance. 2. Statistics and/or Econometrics

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

Knowledge minimum: For the specialisation Competition Law and Economics, there is a possibility to apply for students with a law degree (LLM) in European competition and/or antitrust law, provided they have a strong quantitative orientation, as expressed in the general entry requirements for the Master's

Previous education: Applicants are expected to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree in (Business) Economics. Students with an academic BSc in Business Administration (or any other academic BSc) with a strong quantitative orientation are also welcome to apply. For more information about entry requirements please see (Application and Admission/ Entry requirements).

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

Entry test: A GRE is compulsory for all applicants to the Master's programme in Business Economics.

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

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 12000 International
  • EUR 1906 EU/EEA


Scholarships / Grants:

European Commission:
The Alban Scholarship programme aims at the reinforcement of the European Union-Latin America cooperation in the area of Higher Education. * for postgraduate studies. * for specialization studies at any of the eligible recognised organizations of Higher Training (companies included).
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The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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Open Society Institute:
The Open Society Scholarship Programs fund the participation of students, scholars, and professionals from the former Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East in rigorous, competitive academic programs outside of their home countries.
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Students from Columbia can apply for this scholarship through their website.
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European Commission:
Erasmus Mundus is a new programme of the European Commission. Its aim is to improve the quality of European higher education through joint master's degree programmes offered by partner institutions in the member states.
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