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FACULTY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS

Antwerp Carolus Campus and Brussels Campus, Belgium

MASTER OF SCIENCE
IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
The Master of Science in Business Administration (MBA) is a one-year master’s programme
taught in English. The MBA is designed to challenge you to think, perform and grow towards a
successful launch of your career and to prepare you to move on to leadership positions ‒ from
supervisory to more senior roles ‒ in entrepreneurial start-ups, multinational companies or non-
profit organisations. The MBA’s specific design allows you to tailor your individual programme
to your own preferences and ambitions through the choice of track and electives. Our MBA’s
interdisciplinary approach also prepares you to address and solve business problems by drawing
on insights and experiences from multiple disciplines, perspectives and cultural backgrounds.
DURATION The diversity of our programme is indeed impressive: about 60 nationalities are represented.

1 year (full-time), 60 ECTS The MBA strongly focuses on the development of leadership skills and the importance of ethics,
sustainability and corporate responsibility. It has a managerial focus and is designed to
APPLICATION DEADLINE
provide you with academic knowledge as well as hands-on expertise, enabling you to be
1 March (for non-EEA citizens) successful in different (international) management positions. The MBA programme can be followed
1 June (for EEA citizens) in Antwerp or Brussels.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR
1st semester: end of September
Your profile
> end of January (exams in January) You already obtained a general business background and are looking for a well-rounded and
adaptable programme to leverage your skills. One year in a multicultural and truly international
2nd semester: half of February
environment will benefit your personal development, strengthen your international network and
> end of June (exams in June)
will offer you a head start in your career as an entrepreneur or in an international career.
www.kuleuven.be/academiccalendar

TUITION FEES Business-oriented


The tuition fee for the current academic We invite international managers and government officials to share their experiences during
year is €922.30 for EEA students guest lectures. You will acquire valuable managerial skills through company cases and the master’s
and €1,750 for non-EEA students. thesis. The emphasis is on decision-making, teamwork, dealing with other cultures, time management
The tuition fees for future academic and communication skills.
years can be higher as a result of
indexation.
Do business in the heart of Europe
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Antwerp, a metropolis with a village atmosphere, is famous for its creative vibe. It hosts a broad
the most recent information:
range of fashion designers, boutiques and pop-ups and has been the indisputable leader in the
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diamond trade for at least five hundred years. Additionally, at the crossroads of major traffic and
MBA DOUBLE DEGREE trade routes, Antwerp boasts a strategic location in Europe. Its port attracts world-famous logistics
and shipping companies and major maritime service providers. As a student, you’ll find a lot of
MBA students have the opportunity
entertainment opportunities in this dazzling city.
to obtain a double degree by
successfully completing the Brussels, host to the European Union and NATO, is a cosmopolitan city that tens of thousands
programme at KU Leuven and of international civil servants, diplomats, journalists, and expats call ‘home’. Yet, its many districts
Montpellier Business School. have largely kept their own, often village-like, atmosphere: Dansaert with its designer boutiques,
Schuman and Jourdan at the heart of the European district, or the Marollen, Brussels old popular
neighbourhood with its daily brocante market. Brussels has direct train connections to Amsterdam,
London, and Paris. Located within walking distance from the Grand Place, our campus in Brussels
allows you to study in one of the main economic and political decision-making centres in the
world and enjoy the benefits of the opportunities Brussels has to offer.

KU Leuven. Inspiring the outstanding.


Programme
The 60 ECTS MBA allows you to tailor your individual programme to your personal interests and
career goals. The core module is designed to prepare you for leadership positions, in a variety
of roles. The track module offers you the possibility to develop an in depth understanding
of one field in general management or to specialise in a functional domain. For your
master’s thesis you will carry out scientific research into a business-relevant or economic subject.
It gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your analytical skills as well as your ability to synthesise
and to develop your oral and written communication skills.

The electives allow you to further tailor your programme with two elective courses. With a clear
focus on developing your professional skills, the electives will also give you the opportunity to take
part in various business projects, in which you will work together with other students of various
disciplines to solve a real business problem.

COURSES ECTS
CORE MODULE 12
Leadership Lab 6
Ethics, Responsibility, and Sustainability 6
ELECTIVES 12
Students choose twelve credits from elective courses or a business project.
TRACK MODULE 18
Students choose one General Management or one Specialisation track.
GENERAL MANAGEMENT TRACKS
LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT (BRUSSELS)
Organisational Learning and Development 6
Leading Change 6
Leadership and Decision-making 6
SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT (BRUSSELS)
Sustainable Management 6
Sustainable Economics 6
Sustainable Development 6
STRATEGIC BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (ANTWERP)
Global Strategic Management 6
Strategic HRM 6
Marketing Planning 6
STRATEGY, INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (BRUSSELS)
International Business Strategy 6
Strategic Innovation Management 6
SME’s and Entrepreneurship 6
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (ANTWERP)
Global Strategic Management 6
Managing Internationalisation 6
International Business Model Analytics 6
EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (BRUSSELS)
International and European Relations 6
Location Theory and EU Regional Policy 6
International Study Visit/ Seminar on European Business 6
EUROPEAN PUBLIC MANAGEMENT (BRUSSELS)
Policy Evaluation 6
Economics of the Public Sector 6
Policy, Economy, and Society 6
COURSES ECTS

SPECIALISATION TRACKS
ACCOUNTING (BRUSSELS)
IFRS and Group Accounting 6
Management Control and Cost Management 6
Advanced Financial Statement Analysis 6
BUSINESS INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (BRUSSELS)
ICT Strategy and Architecture 6
Systems Development and Economics 6
Data Management and Business Intelligence 6
CORPORATE FINANCE (ANTWERP)
Contemporary Issues in Finance 6
Strategic Financial Decision Making 6
Corporate Risk Management and Option Techniques 6
INTERNATIONAL AND SUSTAINABLE FINANCE (BRUSSELS)
Banking 6
International Finance 6
Sustainable Finance 6
INTERNATIONAL MARKETING MANAGEMENT (ANTWERP)
Marketing Mix Management 6
Marketing Planning 6
International Marketing Management 6
STRATEGIC MARKETING MANAGEMENT (BRUSSELS)
Strategic Brand Management 6
Customer Experience Management 6
Marketing in a Network Economy 6
GLOBAL LOGISTICS AND PORT MANAGEMENT (ANTWERP)
Supply Chain Management 6
Multimodal Freight Transport and Port Management 6
Cases in Maritime and Transport Law 6
MASTER’S THESIS 18
Business Research Methods 3
Master’s Thesis 15

For detailed descriptions of the courses and for the course timetable, please consult
Antwerp Carolus Campus: www.kuleuven.be/ma/mbaa/programme
Brussels Campus: www.kuleuven.be/ma/mbabx/programme

International focus
The programme offers two double degree programmes for selected students which allows
you to obtain a degree from two highly ranked universities. The European Programme in
Management, which involves a double degree with Montpellier Business School, consists of
two years of study with two semesters in Brussels or Antwerp and two semesters in Montpellier.
The double degree with Kedge Business School (Marseille) consists of three semesters in
Brussels or Antwerp and Marseille. Both double degrees include an internship.

You may also be interested in the possibility to complete an extra-curricular traineeship or to


go on an exchange via an extended master’s programme.
KU LEUVEN
FACULTY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
Antwerp Carolus Campus, Korte Nieuwstraat 33, 2000 ANTWERP, Belgium
Brussels Campus, Warmoesberg 26, 1000 BRUSSELS, Belgium
www.feb.kuleuven.be/eng

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Admission requirements
To be eligible for direct admission to the MBA programme, you must have obtained a degree
that is equivalent to our BSc in Business Administration. Information on direct admission and
programme admission after either a bridging or preparatory programme can be found on the
webpages listed below.

As part of the application procedure you have to provide evidence of your English proficiency
as good knowledge of the English language is essential. You will be asked to submit a TOEFL
or IELTS certificate. If you have already completed an English-language programme (academic
or secondary education) in an Anglo-Saxon country, your degree will be considered sufficient proof
of your English proficiency.

GMAT/GRE-test results are to be included in the application. Students with a higher education
degree from a Belgian university, students with a degree from a partner university of the
KU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business and students with a degree from a university
ranked in the global top 200 in the most recent edition of THE or QS World Ranking are
exempted from the GMAT-GRE requirement.
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Programme admission Antwerp Carolus Campus: www.kuleuven.be/ma/mbaa
Founded in 1425, KU Leuven has Programme admission Brussels Campus: www.kuleuven.be/ma/mbabx
been a centre of learning for almost General admission: www.kuleuven.be/admissions
six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s
highest-ranked university as well as
one of the oldest and most renowned
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universities in Europe.
KU Leuven uses an online application system. You can submit your application via
As a leading European research www.kuleuven.be/application.
university and co-founder of the
League of European Research Students with a Flemish degree can consult www.kuleuven.be/inschrijven.
Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers
a wide variety of programmes in
English supported by high-quality
Career perspectives
interdisciplinary research. Boasting an
As a Master of Business Administration you are well prepared to take up a position in a wide
outstanding central location in the
range of national and international companies and sectors. Depending on your own personal
heart of Europe, KU Leuven offers
interests and career goals, an MBA degree will give you access to positions in purchasing,
a truly international experience,
sales, marketing, production control, planning and budgeting, financial management, ICT, banks
high-quality education, world-class
and insurance companies, the civil service, the European institutions, or you can start your own
research and cutting-edge innovation.
company. You will have acquired a master’s degree but the programme also widens your
horizon. The MBA boosts your career by helping you to develop and enhance your professional
skills and enlarge your network. The programme highly values its contacts with the business
world and will introduce you by means of real-life case studies, company visits and guest
lectures. And as your fellow students come from all over the world, representing all five
continents and more than 60 nationalities, you will have the possibility to enrich both your
personal and professional network.

Contact and detailed course information


Antwerp Carolus Campus: www.kuleuven.be/ma/mbaa
Brussels Campus: www.kuleuven.be/ma/mbabx
KU Leuven is a founding member of
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