Economics and Business

Master of Science (MSc) in Economics and Business

Build strategies, make policies, grasp markets. Choose from many specialisations, learn how best to allocate resources, organise businesses, and make recommendations based on first-rate analyses.

Pick from a wealth of options in a rich and varied programme. Organisational governance and strategy, free competition, privatisation, and government regulations: learn how to tackle issues in these and other areas from an economics standpoint. Learn how to base policy recommendations and strategies on your in-depth analyses.

Erasmus School of Economics is well renowned, and has a strong international dimension; Rotterdam is a world hub for business. Select from specialisations in Economics, Business Economics, and Applied Economics. Pursue one of the main subdisciplines such as finance, marketing, and economic policy. Specialise or keep it broad, and get set for a career in government, banking, international business, or academia.

Why study a Master in Economics and Business in Rotterdam?

We offer:

  • an excellent academic foundation in economics;
  • a challenging learning environment;
  • a cosmopolitan atmosphere;
  • a varied approach to economics from a global perspective;
  • the opportunity to cooperate internationally with companies and research institutions.

Career opportunities

The programme offers excellent prospects for a career, in the Netherlands or abroad, with a multinational, in banking, or in government.

Education objectives

Once you graduate you will be able to:

Apply economic perspectives to the evaluation of issues such as:
Privatisation, Corporate governance, The organisation of competition in markets.

Assess strategic issues within companies, government bodies, and the like.

Put together keen analyses and use them as a basis for policy recommendations and strategies.


The MSc in Economics and Business at Erasmus School of Economics has nine specialisations, each with its own package of courses and each focusing on one of the main sub-disciplines within the field of Economics. Choose from a wide range of programmes, from broad programme units to specialised expert knowledge. The specialisations are:

Mode of education

Each master specialisation at Erasmus School of Economics has the same structure. It consists of core courses, two seminars and several electives. The master programme is completed by writing a thesis.

Target audience

Those interested in the economists’ perspective on issues such as privatisation, corporate governance, market competition, government regulation, and corporate strategy, should choose the master programme Economics and Business. The programme equips students with an analytical mind for a career in banking, accountancy, administration, consultancy or economic research.

Admission criteria

  • A University degree in economics and/or business economics equivalent to a Dutch university BSc degree.
  • (for international diploma holders) An English proficiency test (taken no longer than 2 years before application): TOEFL CB 232 / IB 90 or IELTS 6.5

Read more about: Admission criteria Master in Economics and Business.


If you have a bachelor degree that gives you a firm background in economics, you may apply for our master programme Economics and Business. The Examination Board will assess whether your background grants you admission.

The application deadline is May 1.

Read more about: Application Master in Economics and Business


Please see below for information about the specialisations within this master programme.

Master Specialisation



Behavioural Economics
Full-time n/a
Economics of Management and Organisation Full-time n/a
Industrial Dynamics and Strategy Full-time n/a
Financial Economics Full-time n/a
International Economics Full-time n/a
Health Economics
Full-time n/a
Marketing Full-time n/a
Policy Economics Full-time n/a
Urban, Port & Transport Economics Full-time n/a