Master of Science (MSc) in Management Science

Course outline & Programme

Programme of 120 ECTS
Years: 2
Internship: compulsory in the second year


Master of Science in Management Science

The MSc in Management Science is a 2-year, full-time programme organised by the Solvay Business School of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It targets students - both Belgian and foreign - with academic bachelor’s degrees in Business Economics or Management (see below) who are looking for an English-language master’s programme with a distinct international and multidisciplinary flavour, and in an international setting.

Doing business in an international context

The basic concept behind the selection of the courses in the programme is straightforward. There are essentially three types of courses: courses that deal with today's international economic context, advanced business courses, and courses on the intersection of these two fields; that is, courses that are all about 'doing business in an international context', including a hands-on internship in a (multinational) company.

he courses that introduce students to today's European/international/globalised economic environment are placed in the first semester of the first year. Courses that improve students' business knowledge are mainly in the second semester of the first year.

Personalise your curriculum

The first year consists of compulsory courses. But in the second year, apart from the Master’s thesis and the internship, there are only two compulsory courses, namely Corporate Social Responsibility, Multinational Strategic Planning and a brand new advanced course on international economics. This allows students to personalise their curriculum by picking elective courses.p


Strength of the programme

Learn from professionals from all over the world...

Our professors have solid publication records and increasingly come from different corners of the world. In addition to our eminent academics, we are proud to welcome, as members of our teaching faculty, numerous business professionals and practitioners from every sector of business and the economy, including industry and services, as well as the private and public sectors in both Belgium and Europe. Their knowledge and experience cover every field of management and business (strategy, finance, marketing, leadership, technology, IT, etc.).

...specialised in various fields of research

We have also created a number of research Chairs, financed by corporate and private donors. Students have the opportunity to attend lectures given by the holders of these research Chairs, all of whom are highly respected and internationally known professors specialising in various fields of research.


Admission requirements

All necessary information regarding the admission requirements, deadlines and application forms can be found on the web page 'How to enroll as a student'.

Language requirements

In order to be admitted, you need to be proficient in English. The language requirements can be found on this website.

Curriculum requirements

Direct admission

Candidates with a Flemish university degree of 'Bachelor in de Toegepaste Economische Wetenschappen'.

Admission after examination of the application file:

Candidates with a university bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a field related to business/management or economics who have obtained the minimum number of (European) credits in EACH of the subjects as set out below (a total of 96) may be admitted after a review of their application by the Admissions Board.

Field Minimum number of ECTS credits required
Business/Management (for example courses in: Management, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, HRM, ...)
Quantitative methods (for example courses in: Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics, IT, ...)
Humanities/Social Sciences (for example courses in: Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Politics, ...)
Admission refused for:
  • Applicants who fulfill the conditions set out above, but who are judged by the Admissions Board to have unacceptable grades or insufficient background to complete the degree;
  • Applicants who have the appropriate degree but who lack a number of credits in the relevant fields;
  • Applicants who do not hold a university degree in a field related to economics or business/management.


Student services

Students at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are not just mere numbers. A lot of attention goes to making sure that you can study in the best possible situation. There are numerous staff members ready to assist you and give advice on all topics related to student life: practical information, medical assistance and finance, study planning, sports and culture, health, transport, housing and food, etc.

For all kinds of help, advice and support visit the site of ‘Student Facilities’.


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