Master in Economics

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The Master of Science in Economics offers you economic analysis at the crossroads of multiple societal challenges.

Discover the Master in Economics programme


Why does the ECB keep interest rates low for so long? Is high public debt sustainable? Will climate investments spur productivity? How will robotics and artificial intelligence affect the labor market? How can banks promote sustainable finance?

If these questions trigger your mind, the Master in Economics at Ghent University is what you are looking for!


The programme consists of four parts. The compulsory courses lay the theoretical foundations for methodological and empirical skills. In the major you follow more specific courses where you apply the theoretical foundations of the complusory courses. The master dissertation is the ultimate occasion to prove that you are able to apply the acquired knowledge to address a problem independently. You can also tailor your curriculum by choosing an elective course.

The common part for all students of this programme deepens your knowledge in three advanced courses in micro-economics, macro-economics and econometrics. You already have an educational background that covered the basics of these courses but here we have a deeper focus on the formal analysis and the tools that you need.

  • Micro-economics: you study the behavioural implications, dual approach and the general equilibrium of consumer and producer behaviour. This also includes an introduction to the game theory and you will explore the problem of asymmetrical information.
  • Macroeconomics: you learn to understand and master the key developments in macroeconomics during the last 40 years. The focus is on modern growth theory, new classical macroeconomics and modern business cycle analysis.
  • Econometrics: we broaden your knowledge of the econometric techniques for time series analysis.

We offer two different majors, this might seem a limited choice but this is well-considered. First of all, these are the subject areas that are most relevant for economists in general and, secondly, these are the subject areas for which we have the deepest expertise. You can choose three courses from one of the following majors:

The master dissertation evaluates the ability to develop and perform research in the domain of the master's programme independently and to report orally and in writing about this research.

You have several options for the elective course:

  • You choose another course from your major to specialise even more in this subject area
  • You choose a course from the other major in order to widen your horizon
  • You choose an elective course from a broad range of general courses
  • You do an internship

Top 5 reasons to study the Master in Economics

Is the Master in Economics for you?

Do you have a wide social-economical interest? Are you eager to find out what caused the financial crisis and how international regulation is strengthened?  Do you want to gain insight into how the behaviour of central banks and financial markets influence the return of investments? Do you want to contribute to defining the government budget or are you ambitious to help draw up the energy policy? Do you wonder which economical future Europe has in a globalised world? If that is the case, choose the Master of Science in 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.

  1. economics trajectory: microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, labour economics, etc.
  2. quantitative trajectory: mathematics, calculus, algebra, etc.
  3. methodological trajectory: statistics, econometrics, research methodology, etc.

English at level B2 is required upon enrolment.

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.


"The education here was high-quality, but very demanding. The professors here are really smart people, they are extremely intelligent and love what they do. I have so much respect for this country and its system of education." 

Read more about Valeryia's experience with this Master!

Career perspectives

Graduates from the Economics programme can be found in macroeconomic organisations, the financial sector, governmental organisations, international institutions, social partners (trade unions and employers’ associations), education and research.


Some examples of jobs:

  • procurement analyst
  • chief economist of a bank
  • economic analyst at the National Bank
  • policy advisor of the Flemish Government
  • investment specialist and environmental economist at an NGO
Find out more about your career perspectives

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Tuition fee

Non-EEA citizens: €5687,20

EEA citizens: €947,20

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