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What will I learn?

This master's programme merges insights from economics, business economics and law. It's quality is recognised by the Dutch Order of Tax Advisors (NOB).

You'll take a range of compulsory courses that give you an in-depth academic understanding of taxation, accountancy, corporate and value-added tax, government policies on taxation and other essential fiscal areas. You'll also be able to choose elective courses that match your personal interests and career ambitions. After you’ve graduated, you’ll have all the training you’ll need to work as a tax advisor, tax consultant or tax inspector.

Fiscal Economics has an interdisciplinary curriculum, drawing on general and business economics, as well as fiscal and private law. It’s a highly challenging programme that will stretch your intellectual and analytical abilities. It allows you to become a registered tax advisor at the Dutch Association of Tax Advisors (NOB) but also teaches you the economic aspects of taxation, making it possible to work in policymaking positions in your future career as well.

You'll learn to analyse the economic effects of tax on the market behaviour of producers and consumers, thereby gaining a deep understanding of how tax works. Additionally, you'll explore strategic and creative solutions to tax problems and learn how to communicate these to management teams and tax lawyers. You'll study relevant areas such as accountancy, finance, corporate and value-added tax, tax management and European tax law. The master’s programme Fiscal Economics is a 1-year full time programme and is taught in English with the exception of 1 course. You will have 8 hours class, 16 hours group work and 16 hours independent study.

As a Fiscal Economics graduate you can look forward to a challenging but rewarding career, with plenty of opportunities for advancement. The demand for qualified fiscal economists outstrips supply, so your theoretical, practical and interpersonal skills will make you highly sought after by both large corporations and small tax consultancies.

Employment statistics

According to a study conducted by Elsevier, Fiscal Economic graduates in the Netherlands are able to find jobs relatively quickly and on average, they have a higher salary and a larger chance of getting a permanent contract.

Career paths

Tax inspector

Fiscal economists that work for fiscal authorities are responsible for checking the tax declarations of private individuals or organisations. They also ensure that taxes are levied and paid on time and are responsible for detecting irregularities and fraud.

Tax advisor

As tax advisors, fiscal economists are responsible for managing tax compliance and providing clients with tax advice. They file tax declarations and keep in contact with tax inspectors to ensure that they interpret tax legislation correctly.


Some Fiscal Economics students choose to pursue a PhD after they’ve graduated. They try to answer questions such as “Will a proposed tax incentive scheme be effective?” or “How can tax regulations be improved?”

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

Students with a UM BSc Fiscal Economics are directly admissible. Graduates from the Faculty of Law with a bachelor’s degree in Fiscal Law are eligible for assessment by the Board of Admission.

IELTS test: minimum score overall 6.5

TOEFL test: overall, paper-based minimum score 575

TOEFL test: overall, computer-based minimum score 233

TOEFL test: overall, internet-based minimum score 90


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