KU Leuven’s MBA programme is designed to challenge students to think, perform and grow towards a successful launch of their careers and to prepare them to move on to leadership positions - from supervisory to more senior roles - in entrepreneurial start-ups, multinational companies or non-profit organisations. The MBA’s design allows students to tailor their individual programmes to their own preferences and ambitions.
The one year’s MBA programme is taught entirely in English. Our students can participate in exchange programmes with numerous partners both within and outside Europe. Selected MBA students can also pursue a double degree with Montpellier Business School. This double degree consists of two years of study, with two semesters in Antwerp or Brussels and two semesters in Montpellier.
- Educational level: Academic Master programme
- Language of Instruction: English
- Degree: Master of Science (MSc) in Business Administration
- Duration: 1 year (full time), 60 ECTS credits
- Type: Daytime education
- Location: The programme is offered on the Antwerp (A) and Brussels (B) campus of KU Leuven.
- Start of the programme:
- 1st semester: 3rd week of September - end of January (exams in January)
- 2nd semester: 2nd week of February - July (exams in June)
Managerial and interdisciplinary focus
The Master of Science in Business Administration (MBA) is a one-year master’s programme taught in English. The MBA is designed to challenge you to think, perform and grow towards a successful launch of your career and to prepare you to move on to leadership positions ‒ from supervisory to
more senior roles ‒ in entrepreneurial start-ups, multinational companies or non-profit organisations.
The MBA’s specific design allows you to tailor your individual programme to your own preferences and ambitions through the choice of track and electives. Our MBA’s interdisciplinary approach also prepares you to address and solve business problems by drawing on insights and experiences from multiple disciplines, perspectives and cultural backgrounds. The diversity of our programme is indeed impressive: about 60 nationalities are represented.
The MBA strongly focuses on the development of leadership skills and the importance of ethics, sustainability and corporate responsibility. It has a managerial focus and is designed to provide you with academic knowledge as well as hands-on expertise, enabling you to be successful in different (international) management positions. The MBA programme can be followed in Antwerp or Brussels.
We invite international managers and government officials to share their experiences during guest lectures. You will acquire valuable managerial skills through company cases and the master’s thesis. The emphasis is on decision-making, teamwork, dealing with other cultures, time management
and communication skills.
The heart of Europe
Antwerp, a metropolis with a village atmosphere, is famous for its creative vibe. It hosts a broad range of fashion designers, boutiques and pop-ups and has been the indisputable leader in the diamond trade for at least five hundred years. Additionally, at the crossroads of major traffic and trade routes, Antwerp boasts a strategic location in Europe. Its port attracts world-famous logistics and shipping companies and major maritime service providers. As a student, you’ll find a lot of entertainment opportunities in this dazzling city. Brussels, host to the European Union and NATO, is a cosmopolitan city that tens of thousands of international civil servants, diplomats, journalists, and expats call ‘home’. Yet, its many districts have largely kept their own, often village-like, atmosphere: Dansaert with its designer boutiques, Schuman and Jourdan at the heart of the European district, or the Marollen, Brussels old popular neighbourhood with its daily brocante market.
Brussels has direct train connections to Amsterdam, London, and Paris. Located within walking distance from the Grand Place, our campus in Brussels allows you to study in one of the main economic and political decision-making centres in the world and enjoy the benefits of the opportunities Brussels has to offer. KU Leuven. Inspiring the outstanding.
You can choose to follow the European Programme in Management, which involves a double degree programme Master of Science in Business Administration (KU Leuven) and Master of Science in Management (Grande Ecole Programme Montpellier Business School, France).
The double degree programme consists of two years of study, with two semesters in Antwerp or Brussels and two semesters in Montpellier. This allows you to obtain a degree from two highly ranked universities.
You may also be interested in the possibility to complete an extra-curricular traineeship or to go on an exchange via an extended master’s programme.
Core module (12 credits)
Track module (18 credits)
You can choose one track out of 14 tracks (i.e. 7 general management tracks and 7 specialisation tracks). Each track consists of 3 courses and totals 18 ECTS. Tracks are offered in Antwerp (A) or Brussels (B)
General management tracks
Electives (12 credits)
Master thesis (18 credits)
- Business Research Methods (3 credits)
- Master’s thesis (15 credits)
Please note that detailed programme information will not be available until three months prior to the start of your programme. The programme guides Antwerp / Brussels published before that date relates to the current academic year.
- EEA citizens: € 906.1
- Non-EEA citizens: € 1,750
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