Why study at the Solvay Business School?

The Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences & Solvay Business School has its roots in the founding of the Business Engineer programme by Ernest Solvay in 1903. A long tradition of integrating business education with technology was born then and still continues in all of its programmes. Highly skilled professionals with an excellent command of various languages and a good understanding of multiple cultures are needed in national and international public institutions and in multinational companies. As the capital of Europe, Brussels is the perfect setting in which to prepare yourself for such a job.

International focus

The courses are selected with a multicultural and multidisciplinary audience in mind. This implies that all courses have a broader international focus, meaning the programme prepares you for management positions in varied and complex international environments.

Each year, students of more than 50 different nationalities are interested in joining this master programme. Combined with the different study backgrounds, this creates a multicultural and multidisciplinary vibe.


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Academia meets industry

The Master of Science in Management offers Belgian and international students the skills and know-how needed for management positions in a wide range of industries as well as governmental and non-profit organisations. Professors from academia and industry teach you a range of transferable skills including analysis, communication, practicality, intellectual creativity, triple bottom line thinking, ethics and cross-cultural awareness. Particular attention is paid to concepts such as sustainability, economic intuition and vision, required as a foundation for modern management.

Programme structure

The preparatory programme is obligatory for all students (except those with a Master in Engineering with a minor in business) and can be combined with the master programme within the same academic year. It contains of 18 ECTS for Academic Masters or 21 ECTS for Academic Bachelors.

The master programme consists of 60 ECTS and offers a wide view of the field of business and economics. The courses include Accounting, Finance, Informatics, Strategy, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management and a Master thesis. There is a strong focus on developing analytical skills through a variety of courses providing interactive exercises and group works, such as business games.

Study at your own rhythm while working

As the MSc in Management is a one-year programme only taught during the evenings, it is easily accessible for professionals who want to combine work and studies. However, to preserve the best work-life balance, we have developed a number of attractive scenarios for spreading the preparatory and master program over more than one academic year. Your study counselor will help you in finding the option that would suit your personal situation best.

Take your time for the thesis

The MSc in Management programme will offer you the time, space and guidance needed to work on your master’s thesis. We schedule the second semester exams right after the spring break, which leaves the last few weeks of the academic year free of lectures. This should give you ample time to finalize your master’s thesis.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes describe the intended knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes that you must master after completing your studies. Do you want to know more about the specific learning outcomes of this programme? Click here for more information.

Language requirements

Prospective students can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria:

1.having successfully completed one of the following language proficiency tests:

  • TOEFL: minimum level: 213 for the computer-based test (CBT); 80 for the internet-based test (IBT); 550 for paper -based test
  • IELTS: minimum level academic module 6.5
  • CAE: minimum grade B
  • CPE: minimum grade C
  • ITACE: minimum grade B2

2. having successfully completed secondary or higher education with English as language of instruction;

3. having successfully completed secondary school in a Belgian institution.

Direct admission

Holders of a BSc in Ingenieurswetenschappen, nevenrichting Bedrijfsbeheer (Applied Sciences and Engineering with minor in Business Management) from a Flemish institution (or an equivalent degree) and holders of a academic pre-master Strategic Business Management and Marketing granted by NHTV (Nationale Hogeschool voor Toerisme en Verkeer) Internationaal Hoger Onderwijs Breda have direct access to the master programme.

Admission through a preparatory programme of 21 or 18 ECTS

Holders of a non-business university degree, equivalent to a Flemish academic Bachelor (consisting of a programme taking at least three years of study (180 ECTS) in an academic curriculum) or a Master degree can submit their application file via the online tool (see below). The faculty admission board reviews each student on study records and motivation. Make sure you meet the language requirements as well.

No admission

Candidates with a degree equivalent to a Bachelor or a Master in Business (Administration), Management or in Business Economics related field will not be admitted (too much study background in the related field).

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Application deadline for 2018-2019: CLOSED for ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS!

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree. Applications can only be submitted through our website www.vub.ac.be/en/apply

We ask you to upload the following documents:

  • passport photo
  • passport/identity card copy
  • secondary education degree
  • ALL higher education degree(s) > original AND translated into English (if applicable)
  • ALL higher education transcript(s) of records > original AND translated into English (if applicable)
  • motivational letter
  • proof of English language proficiency (as listed here)

All students need to apply before June 1st. If you submit your request before April 1st, you are exempted from paying the application fee (€ 100).

Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline

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A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

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...In the political and economic heart of the EU

Studying Management in Brussels — a city boasting many political institutions and the European or global headquarters of multinational companies — opens up a world of opportunities for your career. The population of Brussels is cosmopolitan and multilingual, with the city being a political and economic decision-making centre. The MSc in Management has a very strong connection with those companies and organisations in Brussels: many master courses organise lectures by high-profile industry leaders from companies like Oracle and Toyota, who share their management wisdom with the students.

We are able to create an interaction between academia and experienced members of society and business, thanks to our University’s Fellowship programme. These are exceptional people such as top-level executive officers, visionary politicians or decision-makers. They organise guest lectures based on their expertise and competences, give guidance on master’s dissertations, provide research data and offer or support internships.

Although internships are not part of the programme, the international business context of Brussels offers many internship opportunities for non-working students. Our Career Centre helps them in their search for non-credited internships, with professional guidance.

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If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is a promoter, research subject and sufficient funding. Are you up for this challenge?

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