Master of Management

Why study Master of Management at UHasselt?

One year (60 ECTS) • English programme

  • Learn to identify and deconstruct complex business problems, stemming from both an organizational and a strategic origin.
  • Become capable of evaluating, selecting, and applying suitable methodologies, tools, and techniques to analyse complex business problems in order to make hands-on, high-quality recommendations to improve both tactic and strategic decisions.
  • Learn to defend suitable, high-quality business strategy options on the basis of their implications.
  • Translate strategic decisions into lower-level goals and key performance indicators.
  • Graduate with the capability of working in a multinational and interdisciplinary context, with an attitude that reflects the following elements: critical reflection, constructive arguing, professional communication, efficient collaboration, effective self-management, ethical behaviour and sustainability.
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AACSB accreditatie


Faculty of Business Economics obtains prestigious international accreditation AACSB

16 November 2023
We are incredibly proud of this result. A quality label like AACSB is given to few business schools or faculties. This accreditation confirms our quality and puts our faculty even more on the international map. The AACSB label opens doors for even closer collaborations with other business economics programmes worldwide, both in terms of research and student exchange projects.
Prof. Dr. Piet Pauwels

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About the programme

Management around the world

The Master of Management is an international one-year master programme (in English) that prepares students for a career in dynamic, international business environments. The programme focuses on confronting students with challenging strategic business problems to familiarize them with all major aspects of a business. The programme is tailored to the needs bachelor and master graduates who aim to widen their scope of international management as well as to deepen their knowledge of and capabilities in Data Science (DS), Strategy and Innovation Management (SIM) or International Marketing Strategy (IMS) - three specialization tracks of the programme. The programme does not only appeal to (business) economics students but also to university graduates in non-economic subject areas, such as engineers, psychologists…

Our approach to teaching

We want to create a powerful and activating educational learning environment with a range of interactive teaching methods. Work sessions, which are organized interactively and in smaller groups, help you process the study material. You are not alone during your journey. Student-faculty interactions are a cornerstone of the educational concept of Hasselt University. The teachers and assistants are always ready to help you with both substantive, subject-related questions and with other questions that may promote your study success. The threshold between students and faculty is kept low, inside and outside courses.


Students can choose between a specialization in:

Data Science (DS)

In this specialisation, you graduate with a hybrid profile. You know how organizations function and have the knowledge to deal with different organizational stakeholders. In addition, as a Master of Management in Data Science, you have a deep understanding of data-driven decision making. This means you have basic knowledge of process and data analysis to drive qualitative decision making, along with a basic set of skills to perform this type of analysis.

Strategy and Innovation Management (SIM)

The specialization SIM prepares graduates to, not only, respond to the current, rapidly changing business environment, but also to capture innovation opportunities and be the driving force behind change. Complementary to a general perspective on strategy and innovation management, this specialization offers in depth knowledge on (open) innovation, innovation ecosystems, business model innovation, strategic innovation, change management and (corporate) entrepreneurship. This specialization offers a broad set of analytical tools and teaching approaches: besides lecturing, instructors make use of teaching cases, guest lectures, videos, simulation games, experiential learning techniques, and analysis of recent online articles to apply the lessons learned to real-world situations, industries and organizations.

International Marketing Strategy (IMS)

The specialization IMS focuses on business and marketing strategies in an international environment. Complementary to a more general marketing perspective, this specialisation digs deeper into marketing strategies, processes and the relationships between organizations with an emphasis on the business-to-business context. This major confronts graduates with challenging strategic business problems in the marketing domain in interaction with other functions such as business strategy and innovation management. IMS also trains students in analysing these problems by offering a broad set of analytical tools and knowledge with respect to the usefulness of these tools in different contexts, eventually to generate high-level contributions to ongoing business modelling in an international context.

Course outline

Study programme

You can find all information regarding the study programma in the study guide.

How do ECTS credits work?

The university decree for Flanders is built around a credit point system that is based on the principles of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Each year of a full-time degree programme counts 60 ECTS. Ideally, these credits are equally spread over two semesters: 30 ECTS per semester. One credit represents a study load of 25 to 30 hours. This includes time spent in class, personal work and exams.

Career prospects

All graduates from the Master of Management will have developed skills in general and strategic management in a multinational environment and are well prepared for general management and consultancy functions. Alumni occupy prominent functions in companies all around the world. They testify to the dynamism of our high-level training.

  • Graduates from the SIM specialization can find jobs as a strategist or innovation manager in companies, hospitals, or governmental institutions.
  • Graduates from the IMS specialization can find jobs as a marketing manager, product manager, or marketing executive in profit or not for profit organizations or start their own consultancy, e.g., in marketing research.
  • Next to the skills above, graduates from the Data Science specialization have specifically developed skills in process analysis and improvement, and can find jobs in data driven management functions, and functions that interact with IT professionals.
All the courses, workshops and trainings that we get during our education focus on developing our knowledge further with group works, real-life cases of well-established and well-known companies. And with a dedicated and committed staff of professors which make our journey to our career aims much easier to be achieved.
Xhoana Trezhnjeva, Albania

Admission requirements

Motivation letter

As a candidate, you submit a letter in English (3 pages max). You explain your motivation for this degree programme and your achievements and competencies beyond those that can be expected given your (proven) language proficiency and degree.

Language requirements

Sufficient knowledge of English is required and is to be certified by one of the below-mentioned tests.

  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) certificate.
  • IELTS-certificate (min. overall band score 6.5). Note that we only accept academic  IELTS-test results.
  • a TOEFL-score report (internet base: score 89). Note that we only accept academic TOEFL-test results.

Diploma requirements

Meeting the language requirements and given a positively assessed motivation letter, you are admitted …

For students with a Flemish degree:

  • to the master programme if you hold an academic bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Management, Business Economics, Business Engineering or equivalent.
  • to the preparatory program (54 EC) if you hold an academic degree in a domain outside of economics and business management. The degree programme from which you graduated should have quantitative data analysis (of any kind) in the curriculum.
  • to the bridging program (54 EC) if you hold a non-academic higher education degree of at least 180 EC that mainly and explicitly focuses on business (information) management. The received degree programme should have quantitative data analysis (of any kind) in the curriculum.

For students with a non-Flemish degree:

  • directly to the master's programme if you hold a foreign academic business economics degree with a broad focus and in which a bachelor’s thesis or master’s thesis is part of the curriculum.
  • to a limited preparation programme (9 EC) if you hold a foreign academic business economics degree with a broad focus and in which a bachelor’s thesis or master’s thesis is not part of the curriculum.
  • to the full preparation programme (54 EC) if you hold a foreign academic business economics degree with a narrow focus
  • to the full preparation programme (54 EC) if you hold a non-business academic degree and if your dossier is positively assessed.

For more information about the admission and enrolment procedure, please follow the link below

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Preparation programme

Students aspiring to participate need sufficient background knowledge of economics, business and management and academic competences. You can acquire the necessary knowledge and competences by successfully concluding a preparation programme.

Students with an academic degree can obtain exemptions in the preparation programme. Decisions about admission and exemptions are made by the Examination Board of the programme on an individual basis.

Our Master’s Programme is currently being revised. When you are enrolled in the preparation programme in academic year 2024-2025, you will follow our brand-new Master’s programme in academic year 2025-2026.

How to enroll

Application file

Online pre-registration is compulsory. The Examination Board will only consider duly completed application files. The application file consists of the following items:

  1. Duly completed application form:
  2. A photocopy of the obtained diplomas or degree certificates in the original language.
  3. A recent passport photograph.
  4. Translation of university diploma(s) in English by an official translator.
  5. Certified translated hard copies of transcripts of the original records for all programmes completed at university level. The university of origin should provide the transcript of records and a statement in English which explains how the assessment marks assigned are to be converted into the standardized US systems or EU standard ECTS system. The English translation of the transcript of the records must be made by an official translator.
  6. English language skills need to be confirmed (see Language requirements).
  7. APS certificate for all students from the P.R. China (for the student visa). More information on APS can be found on The cost will be refunded to all Chinese students enrolled at Hasselt University.

Deadline for submission

Non-EEA-students 1st of April
EEA-students 1st of July
Belgian students 1st of September

Applicants will be notified of the Examination Board’s decision as soon as possible. Applicants, who are admitted to the programme, will be asked to confirm their application and to pay the tuition fee.

Annual tuition fee

As a non-scholarship student, you pay a fixed portion of €288 (current academic year: €282.10)


The variable portion per credit taken is €13.80 (current academic year: €13.50).

= When you take 60 credits, you pay a total of €1,116 (current academic year: €1,092.10)

€288 + €13.80 per ECTS credit = €1,116* /year for 60 ECTS
Mandatory insurance fee of €40 /month

The tuition fee for the preparatory and bridging programme depends on the number of ECTS credits you need to obtain.

* Tuition fees are reviewed annually. 

Health insurance

Covering the full period of stay in Belgium, starting on the day of arrival, health insurance is compulsory for all non-EEA-students. The premium amounts to €360 per year. The premium for health insurance must be paid together with the tuition fee. Information about the living expenses can be found on our website.


Applicants, who are admitted to the programme by the Examination Board, will be asked to confirm their application and to pay the tuition fee. Registration of international students is only possible after payment of the tuition fee, augmented with the premium for health insurance (only for non-EEA-students). Payment in cash or by credit card is not possible. As long as a student has not paid all outstanding registration fees the registration is suspended.

For more information about the admission and enrolment procedure, please follow the link below

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Student and teacher stories

Xhoana Trezhnjeva

International Marketing Strategy Albania

Through my studies I have developed my skills as a researcher, as a consultant, as a marketeer and maybe as a future entrepreneur.

Anson Yip

Strategy and Innovation Management Hongkong

You can learn so much practical things because they give you so many real-life cases from the real world.

Martijn Rubbrecht

Business Process Management Belgium

The Master of Management offers a wide spectrum of topics such as accounting, economics and business models and this can really help you improve being a manager.

Piet Pauwels

Dean and Prof. International Marketing/Business

The main idea of the master programme is to prepare students for a real management high level international career.

About studying in Hasselt

Students from all over the world come to Hasselt to study the Master of Management.

Why study in Hasselt?

Hasselt is known for its hospitality, making international students feel right at home.

  • Located in the heart of the EU-region
  • Ranked 47th best university under 50 years
  • 15% international students from 75 different countries
  • 550 PhD students

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New to Belgium?

Are you new to Belgium and still finding your way? The Buddy Program helps international students get around on campus and the city of Hasselt.

Every academic year, UHasselt welcomes hundreds of students from all over the world. The goal of the Buddy Program is to help international students integrate into Flemish student life. The Buddy in turn gets the opportunity to practice another language and get to know new cultures. The Buddy is a UHasselt student who is willing to offer support to a new international student. The internationalization department will do its best to find a good match for each Buddy and international student. At the beginning of each semester, a Buddy meeting will be organized where all Buddies and international students will be invited to get to know each other personally. In addition, various activities will be organized for you to participate in during the semester/academic year, but you will decide how much interaction and support is needed.

Interested in applying for a Buddy? Then register through your pre-registration file. The internationalization service will try to find a perfect match and then you will receive an email with your Buddy's contact details, while your Buddy will receive an email with your contact details. From then on, it is up to you to contact and get to know each other. Upon arrival, we will also organize a welcome event for you and your Buddy.

Where to find us?

  • Campus Diepenbeek, building D
  • Easy accessible by train, bus, car and bike
  • 20 minute bike ride from Hasselt City center

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