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What will I learn?

Are you fascinated by how emerging markets, such as those of the BRIC countries, work? Do you want the extra challenge of conducting business across borders and in a multi-cultural environment? Do you look forward to operating in rapidly changing economies? If so, the master’s programme in Economics and Strategy in Emerging Markets could be right for you. In addition to acquiring knowledge of the specific opportunities and challenges related to emerging economies, you’ll develop the professional skills needed for an international career in economics, business or policymaking, with a strong emphasis on emerging markets.

The master’s programme in Economics and Strategy in Emerging Markets combines aspects of economic analysis and business economics to address issues related to emerging markets. It is an interdisciplinary degree that will provide you with the knowledge required for a successful international career in business or policy-making.

You will learn to apply tools from economic theory and data analysis to gain insights into the institutional and policy contexts of emerging economies. These insights can be used to advise business and policy leaders on sustainable strategies for economic development and the integration of countries and firms into global exchanges of products, knowledge and capital.

Europe and other parts of the Western world are declining in relative economic importance, with new economies – especially in Asia, but also in Africa and Latin America – emerging to take a leading role in the global economy of the 21st century. The UN Conference on Trade and Development projects that emerging economies will account for nearly 60% of global production by 2030.

Emerging markets provide high growth possibilities for investors and entrepreneurs. They’re also increasingly involved in innovative activities, challenging the traditional North-South organisation of knowledge production. In addition to opportunities, emerging economies pose particular challenges, for example, for the labor markets and economic stability of developed countries through their involvement in Global Value Chains (GVCs).

Your future

There is an increasing demand for professionals who are knowledgeable about emerging markets and who are able to foster relationships between stakeholders in developed and emerging economies. The programme’s dual focus on economics and business will give you a broad knowledge base. This, combined with the skills you develop, will make you well qualified to work in a wide range of professional environments and positions.

Career prospects

This master’s programme prepares you for career opportunities at organisations such as:

  • multinational companies
  • governmental agencies
  • policymaking institutes
  • research institutes

You’ll also be qualified to pursue many different positions within those organisations, including:

  • executive functions
  • consultant
  • analyst
  • policy maker

Your experience with formulating and analysing data-driven research questions will also be valuable if you choose to pursue a PhD.

Which department am I in?

School of Business and Economics

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,14,701) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a BSc or an equivalent diploma in a related field to Data Science and Knowledge Engineering. Related fields are: Mathematics, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence.English language requirements: IELTS test: minimum score 6.5; TOEFL test: internet-based minimum score 90; TOEFL test: paper-based minimum score 575; TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

  • Applicants with an international bachelor’s degree
  • IELTS exam: minimum overall score of 6.5
  • TOEFL exam, paper-based: minimum overall score of 575
  • TOEFL exam, computer-based: minimum overall score of 233
  • TOEFL exam, internet-based: minimum overall score of 90

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