International Business Economics and Management (Brussels), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Master of International Business Economics and Management (Brussels) from KU Leuven is a tailor-made programme for non-economic graduates. It offers insight into all major disciplines of business economics and management at an academic level.


The Master in International Business Economics and Management (MIBEM) at KU Leuven is a master program for holders of a degree in a non-business economic or management discipline. It 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.

As a master of science program, MIBEM relies on insights from scientific research. Its primary purpose is not to prepare graduates for an academic career, but to foster an attitude of autonomous, critical and informed reflection in the search for solutions to concrete business problems. The program instills an international and business- and management oriented mindset in individuals educated in diverse backgrounds.


Students with no economics background are first, if necessary, introduced to the basics of economics and management in a 30 ECTS preparatory programme.

After the programme a master:

  • Is able to apply microeconomic and macroeconomic insights when analyzing the international business context.
  • Can analyze, interpret, plan, and evaluate business processes, based on scientific knowledge, and -when relevant- with an explicitly international perspective.
  • Understands and can critically assess how societal and international evolutions affect the business world.
  • Can identify the risks and challenges of doing business in an international environment, and can provide solutions for dealing with them.
  • Possesses managerial and entrepreneurial skills, applied within an international business context, with attention to social and ethical aspects.
Career perspectives

The MIBEM programme prepares students for management positions in a number of sectors. Obviously, 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 purchasing, sales, marketing, production control, planning and budgeting, financial management and ICT. Other graduates go on to a career in banking and insurance, become civil servants, work in one of the European institutions, or set up their own company.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Project Management 
  • International Business and Strategy 
  • International Economics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Strategic International HRM
  • International Marketing
For more info please visit the program website.


    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;

      Detailed Programme Facts

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

      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:


        The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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      • Minimum required score:


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      Academic Requirements

      • Bachelor of Economics option business economics
      • 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. The minimum score for IELTS is 7, for the TOEFL internet based test it is 90. The minimal sub-scores are 20 out of 30 for the TOEFL results and 6.0 for the IELTS results.

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      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        1750 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 1750 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
      • EU/EEA Applies to you

        906 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

      Living costs for Brussels

      • 890 - 1300 EUR/month
        Living Costs

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


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