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Master in Business engineering

Master in Business engineering

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  • Programme title
    Master in Business engineering
  • Programme mnemonic
  • Programme organised by
    • Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management
  • Degree type
    Master 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Human and social sciences/Economics and business management
  • Schedule type
  • Languages of instruction
    english / french
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
  • Category / Topic
    Economics and business management - Business management
  • Jury President
    Hugues PIROTTE
  • Jury Secretary
    Olivier WITMEUR



General information

Degree type

Master 120 credits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)

english / french

Schedule type




Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Economics and business management - Business management

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)

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This very intensive and demanding programme, prepares future executives, leaders, and entrepreneurs who can work in any type of industry and organisation—for-profit, non-profit, or public. Students in this programme develop the ability to understand and engage in all areas of business administration. A business engineer is able to integrate all main functions and departments of an organisation and to arbitrate between them. Students develop their knowledge and know-how in all fields of management (strategy, finance, marketing, human resources and leadership, operations and supply-chain, innovation, information systems, and digital business), while also learning key skills involved in defining a strategy, enacting changes, or creating a business: information analysis, problem solving, project leadership, personnel management, communication, ethics in business, critical thinking, entrepreneurial drive, team work, and self-management.

SBS-EM programmes emphasise the acquisition of both analytical and problem-solving skills. They combine conceptual courses—where students learn techniques and their theoretical underpinnings—with practical workshops and individual and team-based projects—where students can test their understanding of the theory and develop their ability to apply it creatively to real problems. Critical, creative, and independent thinking is required.

SBS-EM leverages its wide-ranging international exchange programmes to offer students training opportunities abroad during their studies. This Master also gives students the possibility to include a credited work placement in their curriculum.

What the Solvay Brussels School has to offer

  • A location at the heart of Europe, within a comprehensive research university: the Université libre de Bruxelles.

  • An international faculty with a staff of high-level researchers and accomplished practitioners, who work together to ensure that the training they provide is both relevant for business and policy practice and corresponds to the state of art.

  • A tradition of rigorous and demanding curricula based on solid multidisciplinary and analytical training, promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • A diversity of teaching methods that are constantly revised to ensure teaching effectiveness.

  • A diverse and international student body (up to 80% in some Master programmes).

  • A offering covering economics and business from the bachelor to in-company training.

  • Accreditation from EQUIS (European Foundation for Management Development) and AMBA (Association of Masters of Business Administration). AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation is underway.

Career services

SBS-EM offers its students a number of resources for career development:

  • Credited work placements (full-time, 3-month minimum – 6-month maximum ) allow participating students to gain work experience, apply their academic training, and develop their professional network before graduation.

  • Career services provide practical guidance and preparation for the job market (workshops, writing a CV and a cover letter, simulated interviews, LinkedIn profile management, etc.) and organise events (lectures and seminars) with prominent business figures, presenting companies and their employment opportunities. Over the years, the SBS-EM has developed a wide network of recruiters and alumni and has established contacts with companies throughout Belgium and around the world.

  • From their graduation onwards, students benefit from a strong and active alumni network with 23,000 members in 100 countries.

Study-abroad programmes

The Master in Business Engineering offers several opportunities to study abroad:

SBS-EM prepares its graduates for careers in multicultural and international environments. The curriculum includes language courses, which enable students to work in multilingual environments. Most courses cover the international dimensions of policy and management decision-making. Lastly, students can avail themselves of a rich offering of study-abroad and joint degree programmes. These international experiences offer them an opportunity to enrich their curriculum and broaden their horizons, and are an essential element of professional life in a globalised world.

International Exchange Programme

Students may spend one semester abroad in one of our 130 partner universities. For more information, visit www.solvay.edu/outgoing-students.

Double Degree with the Politecnico di Milano, specialised in Operations Management

The Master in Business Engineering offers a double degree (1st year at ULB, 2nd year at the partner institution) with the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. This programme includes a credited work placement. For more information, visit www.solvay.edu/double-degrees.

The QTEM networked master

Qualified students in the Master in Business Engineering can enrol in the Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management (QTEM) Master programme. The QTEM master gives participants enhanced training in quantitative and analytical skills and two international experiences (two exchange periods or one exchange period and one long-term work placement). The QTEM network currently includes 23 partners. For more information, visit www.qtem.org.

Access conditions


The programme integrates key differentiating courses reinforcing the links between the two disciplines of business development and engineering, to shape the business engineers of tomorrow.

The programme consists in :
  1. A strong core of compulsory courses in the main disciplines of management (45 ECTS).
  2. An international experience through either (i) an international exchange in the very rich list of other universities, or (i) and international traineeship (25 ECTS).
  3. Two applied seminars, representing practical experience : a field project and a strategy seminar (10 ECTS).
  4. Two elective course pairs to be freely chosen among a rich catalog of course pairs, each one focusing on a particular metier (20 ECTS).
  5. A final master’s thesis, integrating a development course (20 ECTS).

What's next ?


The comprehensive and multivalent nature of our programme lets graduates access a wide range of careers, from consulting and auditing to executive positions. Essentially, ULB’s business engineers are ready to carry out any mission fostering collaborative work and innovation, which means jobs that require management and decision making skills:

  • Executive positions in any type of organisation (public, private, or NGO) and industry

  • Management, strategy, and IT consulting

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Auditing or management control

  • Financial analysis and mergers and acquisitions (M&A)

  • Brand management

Notable alumni include:

  • Hadi Kamouh , Group Chief Marketing Officer, Banque Degroof Petercam

  • Dominique Leroy, Chief Executive Officer, Proximus

  • Jean-Michel Paul, Founder & CEO, Acheron capital Ltd.

  • Nicolas Steisel, Co-founder, Exki

  • Jean Van Wetter, Chief Executive Officer, Handicap International Belgique