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What will I learn?

The master's programme in Financial Economics at Maastricht University is on the rise. The number of students is rapidly growing and, for two years running, the programme has shared first place in the national Keuzegids ranking of finance master’s programmes in the Netherlands. It unites the expertise from Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics in finance, general economics and quantitative techniques in a unique, multidisciplinary approach not found elsewhere. This ensures that you receive a broad and thorough training on the one hand, and the opportunity to specialise on the other.

The Double Degree programme at the School of Business and Economics lets you study at two universities and earn two master’s degrees! You can participate at the beginning of the academic year in September, completing part of your master's programme at an institution abroad and part at SBE. After completing all the requirements of both master's programmes, you will be awarded a degree from each university. Almost all Double Degree programmes can be completed with little or no delay in your studies and with minimal extra fees. The Double Degree programme has carefully selected partner universities that are high-profile, research-oriented and preferably accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB.

Financial Analysis

The Financial Analysis specialisation offers a broad approach in finance, economics, quantitative economics and accounting. You will have access to the varied knowledge and expertise of the staff of these four departments at Maastricht University. As a graduate, you'll be highly sought after in the job market, and the international character of the programme adds even more to your clear competitive advantage.

The Financial Analysis specialisation prepares you for further qualification as a Chartered Financial Analyst. You will be well qualified for postgraduate programmes in financial analysis offered by professional associations in Europe and North America, such as the CFA (US/International) and RBA (Netherlands) programmes. However, the track is also suitable for anyone looking to gain international experience in making investment decisions and solving financial problems.

What you’ll actually do:

  • interpret financial market information and use it to advise the investment public
  • develop an understanding of how financial markets work
  • translate the value of debt and equity into financial market prices
  • develop quantitative investment strategies
  • assess how economic events affect financial markets

Your Future

The Financial Analysis specialisation is an excellent preparation for gaining professional qualification as a Chartered Financial Analyst or an equivalent thereof. It also offers great immediate international career opportunities in the Netherlands, Germany and other countries across the globe.

Our graduates have found positions in:

  • sell-side analysis – working for investment banks, advising the public
  • buy-side analysis – working for pension funds, banks and other financial institutions
  • transaction services departments – advising on mergers and acquisitions
  • universities, doing academic research

Which department am I in?

School of Business and Economics

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,27,451) 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 eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field, for example, philosophy or sociology. English language requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); 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

Students with a BSc Economics and Business Economics, or BSc Econometrics and OR are directly admissible. Graduates from specific NVAO-accredited institute or programme are eligible for assessment by the Board of Admission. You do not have to take a GMAT or GRE test.

  • 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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