KU Leuven

Advanced Studies in Economics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English
The Advanced Studies in Economics programme from KU Leuven is an advanced English-taught programme which takes student with an initial graduate economics degree further into the research frontier in economics.


The Master of Advanced Studies in Economics offers students a deeper knowledge in specific areas of application, provides them with advanced theoretical and empirical tools to analyse concrete economic problems and acquaints them with current research practices in economics.

The MASE features a choice of graduate-level courses from different fields within economics. The goal of the programme is to enable you to find a promising research topic and to stimulate you to develop your own research on this topic. This research leads to the MASE thesis, which for many students eventually becomes the first chapter of a doctoral dissertation.


The main purpose of the programme is to offer students with an economic background a deeper knowledge in specific areas of application, to provide them with advanced theoretical tools to analyse economic problems and to acquaint them with current research practices in Economics. These research practices, currently used in leading business, political, academical and international institutions, make use of formal and quantitative techniques. The programme reflects this quantitative orientation.

Graduates of the programme should have:

  • A deep insight into the most recent developments in economic theory and an active knowledge of the analytical techniques used by economists for the study of economic problems.
  • An active and specialized knowledge of the detailed features of economic problems in some specific fields of interest.
  • The ability to translate general and specific questions into operational problems and the ability to find creative solutions to these problems. This includes formulating a specific research or policy question, collecting and analysing the relevant information, choosing an adequate methodology for analysing the problem, reporting the results, and formulating policy advice.
Career perspectives

A large majority of MASE graduates find careers in managerial and/or research positions in business, national and international institutions and universities. Students graduating with distinction can apply for the PhD Programme in Economics at KU Leuven.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Econometrics 
  • Dynamic Methods 
  • Advanced Microeconomics II 
  • Advanced Macroeconomics II 
  • Research Workshop 
  • Master's Project Advanced Studies in Economics 

Detailed Programme Facts

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:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A university Master's degree with a solid background in mathematics and statistics (for example, a university Master's degree obtained at the Faculty of Engineering or at the Faculty of Bioscience engineering) and with a strong interest in economics
All applicants have to submit a satisfactory score on one of the following internationally recognized test of English language proficiency:
  • TOEFL (minimum score 575 paper-based, 233 computer-based, 90 internet-based)- IELTS (minimum score 7)

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

    1750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1750 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

870 - 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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