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Economics and Business Economics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #121 (WUR) Maastricht, Netherlands
From individuals to businesses and governments, we all make choices every day. Economics is the science of choice, from the personal (Why do you buy what you do?) to the public (How do government policies affect consumer behaviour?). Business economics, meanwhile, is about solving specific problems within companies. The Economics and Business Economics program is offered by Maastricht University.
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Understanding the choices that all these players make is essential in today’s globalising society, where consumer choices and business opportunities are multiplying by the hour. 

You’ll not only learn the economic theory but will also develop the practical skills for analysing specific problems and the professional skills for presenting your solutions. 

You’ll be well-qualified to advise businesses, consumers and even policy makers on economic issues. This opens up a wide range of career opportunities to you and will help you succeed at whichever path you choose.  

Why this programme?

In the Economics and Business Economics programme from Maastricht University, you’ll analyse business problems using tools from both economics and business:

  • Economics: quantitative skills, economic modelling, information management, knowledge management, network economics
  • Business: strategy, finance, accounting, banking, managerial economics

Economics looks at broader problems that relate to individuals, governments, and national as well as international economies. It’s a science that examines how markets work, how businesses and consumers behave, and how legislative and regulatory changes impact businesses and consumers. Business Economics covers economic problems within companies and how to solve them. You’ll develop the skills to examine economic issues from all angles and to come up with appropriate solutions. 

What you’ll actually do

  • Learn by doing in small, intercultural teams
  • Address the sorts of problems you’ll face in your career, in a study setting designed to resemble a real working environment
  • Develop your knowledge of marketing, economics, finance and management
  • Enhance your practical skills in mathematics, statistics and computer science
  • Learn how to apply the insights you gain to run businesses more effectively

Career prospects

Sound theoretical and practical knowledge? Check. Critical thinking and communication skills? Check. International experience? Check. With this degree, you tick the boxes on just about every employer’s checklist.

Our graduates go on to work in:

  • multinational organisations, such as the EU and the OECD
  • major financial institutions, like national banks, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank
  • university research departments
  • the private sector, such as telecommunications companies
  • strategic, advisory or consultancy roles, e.g. in mergers and acquisitions

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Early application deadline: 15 January (for both EU/EEA-students and Non-EU/EEA-students)

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Management of Organisations and Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Finance

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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General Requirements

Prospective students with a Dutch diploma

You are admissible if you have one of the diplomas stated below:

  • VWO diploma ‘Natuur en Techniek’
  • VWO diploma  ‘Natuur en Gezondheid’
  • VWO diploma  ‘Economie en Maatschappij’
  • VWO diploma  ‘Cultuur en Maatschappij’ + wisA or wisB
  • HBO propedeuse + mathematics level VWO wisA or wisB
  • OU propedeuse + mathematics level VWO wisA or wisB

Prospective students with a non-Dutch diploma

  • If you have a non-Dutch diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma you are, in principle, admissible to this programme. 

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Maastricht

  • 700 - 1170 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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