Master in Business Economics - Corporate Finance

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Corporate Finance GroupworkWhy choose Corporate Finance?

  • Interactive studies combining theory with group assignments and case studies
  • Modular learning system allows in-depth learning
  • Challenging programme
  • Highly qualified academic staff eager to share their knowledge with you and willing to help build your future career
  • Focus on management of assets and liabilities and the planning of future growth.

Course content and programme

Corporate Finance studies the way that corporate activities are financed. The various financing methods and instruments that are available to a company have strongly differing characteristics, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. One of the challenges for the company is finding an optimal mix between the financing methods; they must allow for sufficient flexibility while remaining acceptable with regard to cost. The financing mix is also translated into the structure of the company's annual report; it can be analysed thoroughly from that perspective. In the context of an increasing number of fusions and takeovers, you
learn how companies can be valued and how risks can be managed. Finally, this discipline also covers research methodology and the seminar projects integrate practical applications within the field of study.

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Modular course structure

The master’s programme has a modular structure. That means that you will no longer be taught according to the traditional semester system. From now on, your courses will be bundled in four modular blocks of six weeks each. You only have two courses per block which allows you to process the content in a more focused and in-depth manner. The teaching methods are challenging: case studies, group assignments, discussion panels, lectures, business games, etc. At the end of each modular block you have exams from the two previous courses. During a modular block you also get interim tests and (group) assignments. As a result, you no longer have exams in January or June.

In the second semester you will receive a practical course that fits with your specialisation and in which you become acquainted with the professional field. You will have enough time in the programme to work on your master’s dissertation which is a very important element. Via the master's dissertation you can show that you are able to apply the acquired knowledge to a problem independently.

Next to the general courses, you can choose one or two elective courses (6 credits in total). You could do an internship as an elective course. It's a great way to learn potential employers, get acquinted with the workflow of an accountant or auditor and start building your professional network. An internship is definitely an asset for your future career. Read more about an internship.

Student profile

Students who choose for Corporate Finance are primarily concerned with maximizing shareholder value through long and short-term financial planning and the implementation of various strategies. They are communicators, enjoy meeting people and have a natural flair for negotiation. It's important to keep up to date with the industry through business publications to understand financial market conditions and trends. At large, you are interested in the business scene. Our programme prepares you for the active and flexible fulfilment of a wide range of tasks in the financial, industrial, trade and service sectors in which companies and social profit organisations operate.

Diploma requirements for the Master of Science in Business Economics

The Business Economics programme consists of three learning trajectories. These trajectories should be present in the candidates' educational background in order to be eligible for the master's programme.

  • economics and business economics trajectory: microeconomics, macroeconomics, accounting, marketing, etc
  • quantitative trajectory: mathematics
  • methodological trajectory: statistics, econometrics, research methodology

Language requirements

English at level B2 is required upon enrolment.

GMAT/GRE

GMAT and/or GRE should be included in the application file. If you submit an application file without GMAT or GRE, you have significantly less chance of being admitted.

Career perspectives

The largest outlet for Business Economics - Corporate Finance graduates is the business world. We find graduates in every possible position within companies and social profit organisations. Most graduates start their career in the discipline that they choose in the master’s programme. After a few years this often shifts. Some graduates are given greater responsibilities within the original field and become a Marketing Manager or Financial Director. Others expand their career within a different functional field or are promoted to general management posts. The broad orientation of the programme makes such career moves easier. A significant
number of graduates choose what is called an economic profession: accountant, corporate consultant, fiscal advisor, registered accountant, etc. These professions can be practised as an employee or as a self-employed person. Finally, we also find Business Economics graduates in banks, insurance companies,
government services and services close to the government. Some examples of jobs in which Business Economics - Corporate Finance graduates start: financial director, financial consultant (IPOs, company acquisitions), auditor, cost price expert (controller).

Testimonials

Julie Owiti (26) from Kenya - master in Business Economics - corporate finance
Julie

 

‘I did a bachelor in business studies at Vesalius college. I am a mom and next to that I just want to be great. I don’t want to walk into a room and say who I am. I want people to see me as someone successful. I want to make something from myself.
My father-in-law encouraged me to study. I chose for the faculty of Economics and Business Administration because of the duration of the studies, the language, the references, price and location. I knew what I was looking for. I wanted something finance-related and I found it here. 
Studying Business Economics - corporate finance here was really challenging. It is not a joke. You have to work for your grades, but you will not regret it. The quality of the education exceeded my expectations, I feel like I learned a lot. The modular approach also kept me on top, it kept me working.
I think Belgian students should be more open to international students. They have to come out of their comfort zones. They were sometimes a bit judgemental and were speaking a lot of Dutch, while everyone here speaks and understands English. On the other hand, the professors were great. Especially Heidi Vander Bauwhede, she was always there to give advice.’

 

 

 

 

Sarah Fischinger and Marko Josimovski studied Business Economics - main subject Corporate Finance at our faculty. They learned a lot in the challenging programme at our high-ranked university and fell in love with the historical city of Ghent.

Application

How to apply

In order to apply, you have to start up the online application procedure.

After completing the online application, you will be required to submit an application package (paper package) before the deadline.

Application deadline

Applications for academic year 2020-2021 are closed.

Applications for academic year 2021-2022 will start on October 1st

 

Non-EEA citizens: before 1 March 2021

EEA citizens: before 1 June 2021

 

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Tuition fees and funding

Tuition fees

Non-EEA citizens: €5687,20

EEA citizens: €947,20

These tuition fees are applicable for academic year 2020-2021 and can change in academic year 2021-2022.

Funding

Master Mind scholarship: the Government of Flanders awards scholarships to academically outstanding students for master programmes in Flanders and Brussels.

Top-Up grant: Ghent University provides Top-Up grants to candidates from all countries on the OESO-DAC list, who wish to obtain a master's degree at Ghent University.

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