The Master of Advanced Studies in Economics (MASE) is an advanced English-taught program which takes a student with an initial graduate economics degree further into the research frontier in economics.
What is the 'Master of Advanced Studies in Economics' all about?
The Master of Advanced Studies in Economics offers students a deeper knowledge in specific areas of application, provides them with advanced theoretical and empirical tools to analyze concrete economic problems and acquaints them with current research practices in economics.
The MASE features a choice of graduate-level courses from different fields within economics. The goal of the program is to enable you to find a promising research topic and to stimulate you to develop your own research on this topic. This research leads to the MASE thesis, which for many students eventually becomes the first chapter of a doctoral dissertation.
The Faculty of Economics and Business had close links with top business schools around the world, such as Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, University of Cardiff in the UK, Hanken in Finland, SKEMA Business School in France, the University of Illinois in the United States, the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen's University in Canada, Tsinghua and Fudan University in China, PUC in Brazil, City University of Hong Kong and many more institutions both in Europe and overseas.
Application deadline for 2018-2019
- 1 March 2018 (for non-EEA citizens)
- 1 June 2018 (for EEA citizens)
KU Leuven uses an online application system. You can download and submit your application form via www.kuleuven.be/application. Students with a Flemish degree can consult www.kuleuven.be/studentenadministratie.
Visit the prospective students' website for more information.
More useful information about the program for 2018-2019 is available here.
- EEA citizens: € 1,750
- Non-EEA citizens: € 1,750
Is this the right program for me?
You have an initial degree in economics or equivalent, sufficiently strong quantitative skills, and analytical abilities, with interests in recent scientific developments, broader social developments and policy issues and the desire to work in research positions in business, in national and international institutions and at universities, or to pursue a Ph.D. in economics.
- a sufficient knowledge of economics (at an initial master's level);
- a sufficiently strong quantitative (i.e. mathematical and statistical) background.
- analytical skills;
- communicative abilities (both oral and written).
- a keen interest in recent scientific developments;
- interest in broader social developments and in policy questions;
- a belief in the usefulness of applying advanced scientific techniques for the analysis of concrete problems;
- a critical attitude and the ability to work in (small) groups.
A large majority of MASE graduates find careers in managerial and/or research positions in business, national and international institutions and universities. Students graduating with distinction can apply for the Ph.D. Program in Economics at KU Leuven.
The main purpose of the program is to offer students with an economic background a deeper knowledge in specific areas of application, to provide them with advanced theoretical tools to analyze economic problems and to acquaint them with current research practices in Economics. These research practices, currently used in leading business, political, academical and international institutions, make use of formal and quantitative techniques. The program reflects this quantitative orientation.
Graduates of the program should have:
- A deep insight into the most recent developments in economic theory and an active knowledge of the analytical techniques used by economists for the study of economic problems.
- An active and specialized knowledge of the detailed features of economic problems in some specific fields of interest.
- The ability to translate general and specific questions into operational problems and the ability to find creative solutions to these problems. This includes formulating a specific research or policy question, collecting and analyzing the relevant information, choosing an adequate methodology for analyzing the problem, reporting the results, and formulating policy advice.
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