Advanced Master in Political Economy


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Program Description

A joint degree between Georgetown University and Solvay Brussels School (ULB).

The Brussels-Washington joint degree in Political Economy is an innovative one-year program combining the strengths of two internationally-renowned institutions. Upon successful completion of the program, two degrees are awarded, one by Solvay Brussels School and one by Georgetown University.

This unique degree offers:

• An international experience at the heart of global policy-making decision powers, with full immersion in both Washington DC, host of all US institutions and Brussels, capital of Europe and host of all European institutions.
• Courses instructed by academics and practitioners who are leading specialists in their field.
• On-site meetings that guide students through the inner-workings of international institutions, such as at the European Commission, the World Bank, the OECD, the IMF and various think tanks.
• A combination of frontier training in formal and quantitative political economy, in addition to concrete policy cases.
• Access to the wide and active alumni networks of Georgetown and Solvay.

The focus on political economy reflects the view that evaluating and addressing global and local economic challenges also requires an understanding of the institutions and political settings in which such challenges arise. The program aims at providing students with a balanced and attractive mix of solid theoretical knowledge and exposure to hands-on practice through the inclusion of both faculty and experts in the respective fields.

By the end of this Advanced Master, you will be able to:

  • Gain a firm understanding of the incentives and behavior of economic (consumers, firms) and political agents (legislatures, government agencies, judicial institutions, NGOs, activist groups, the media)
  • Explore the technological and political constraints that shape government interventions
  • Cultivate a deep understanding of the reciprocal relationship between politics and markets
  • Design better government regulations by the investigation of corporate stakeholders and their motivations
  • Cultivate a professional network of trainers, experts, consultants and policy-makers within the academic and alumni community of both institutions.

Overview of Courses

This full-time masters degree consists of 10 courses (equivalent to 60 ECTS in the EU and 30 credit hours in the US), split over three terms and completed within 12 months.

BOOTCAMP: The program will kick off in Brussels with a preparatory non-credit bootcamp in mathematical methods in the second half of August. The objective of this course will be to fill any gaps in the student’s knowledge of basic mathematical techniques commonly used in economic analysis and applied statistics.

CORE COURSES: Students will take the core courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics, political economy and data analysis in the fall term in Brussels. Core courses are taught by faculty members of Georgetown University and Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

ELECTIVES: After the completion of the core courses, students will choose six elective courses (3 in the spring term and 3 in the summer term). Elective courses are jointly taught by a faculty member of one of the two institutions (SBS-EM in the spring term and GU in the summer term) and a policy expert or practitioner: international trade, impact evaluation, European economic policy: food and industrial policies, workshop in public policy: managing incentives in public policies, environmental economics, law and economics, health economics, energy economics, financial economics, monetary theory and policy, development economics, open-economy macroeconomics, labor markets and policies.

Job opportunities

Graduates of this master can look forward to job opportunities with a faster advancement potential in a broad range of institutions and companies, including:

  • International institutions (EC, WTO, World Bank, IMF, OECD, NATO, ETC, etc.)
  • Multinational enterprises (lobbying and consulting firms, investment banks, etc.)
  • Governmental institutions (regulatory agencies, central banks, foreign affairs, etc.)
  • Global NGOs & Think Tanks
  • Higher Education (through Ph.D. programs)
Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

Created in 1903 by Ernest Solvay, the famous Belgian chemical industrial of his times, Solvay Brussels School is the faculty of Economics and Management of the Université libre de Bruxelles, one of th ... Read More

Created in 1903 by Ernest Solvay, the famous Belgian chemical industrial of his times, Solvay Brussels School is the faculty of Economics and Management of the Université libre de Bruxelles, one of the largest universities in Belgium. Read less
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