What will I learn?

Become a tax economist. With the MSc International Business Tax Economics you acquire the knowledge and the skills to fully comprehend the impact of taxation on the global economy, also in connection with new technologies. You can work in the private sector (e.g. as a tax advisor or as an in-house tax specialist in a multinational company) or in the public sector (e.g. as a tax inspector or as a policy maker in a national or international institution).

Program and courses

Focus on the functioning and structure of taxation worldwide, both from a private and public perspective, and learn how to apply the acquired knowledge in any tax jurisdiction. The program offers:

A powerful combination of academic theory and application in global tax practices, in future-oriented courses such as Transfer Pricing and Tax & Technology. Opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge in any tax jurisdiction.

Inspirational lectures by internationally-reputed lecturers affiliated to the largest Fiscal Institute within Europe: the Fiscal Institute Tilburg.

Additionally, as a student you have many opportunities to spice up your curriculum by participating in projects which deepen your knowledge and broaden your experience in the field of international taxation:

Extended Master: go the extra mile and apply for a six-month traineeship on top of your Master’s program.

International and European Tax Moot Court Competition: sharpen your skills of oral presentation and written argumentation in a competitive international environment.

EUCOTAX Winter course: this yearly program, sponsored by EY, is popular among students and academics from European and American Universities.

QTEM program: an extension of your regular Master’s program, during which you will study abroad at prestigious universities, and conduct an international internship at a renowned multinational.

Typical courses are:

  • International and European Taxation
  • Corporate Tax Structures
  • Tax and Technology
  • Transfer Pricing
  • Business Taxation and Decision-Making Processes

Career prospects

International Business Tax Economics offers you outstanding career prospects. Expect to get a job very soon after you graduate, finding positions in the private sector (internationally-operating companies, consulting firms) as well as in the public and non-profit sectors.

Which department am I in?

School of Economics and Management

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€14,600.00 (US$ 17,333) per year
Start date

Expected August 2021


Tilburg University

Warandelaan 2,



5037, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based) / 233 (computer-based).

For international students

To be eligible for the Master’s program in International Business Tax Economics, you must have:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Business Economics / Economics or a similar qualification from a university recognized by the Admissions Board. Your application for admission to the program will be evaluated on an individual basis, taking into consideration the content of your Bachelor's program and your performance in this program.

A solid academic basis in the following areas:

  • Micro-Economics
  • Macro-Economics
  • Accounting
  • Empirical techniques or other quantitative methods

The GMAT or GRE test is a compulsory qualitative admission requirement for this program

The required minimum GMAT score for applicants is 550.

The minimum GRE score for applicants is 160 on the quantitative part of the test.

English language proficiency:

You need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of either:

TOEFL (internet based) with a minimum score of 90 overall and a minimum score of 22 on individual parts of the test.

Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 overall and a minimum score of 6.0 on individual parts of the test.

Cambridge English test results: C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE). For both C1 and C2, we accept a score of A, B or C.