Advanced Master in Political Economy (Joint Degree with Georgetown University) (Master, Advanced Master)

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management Belgium

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The award
Master, Advanced Master

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
US 50000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
USD 50000 per year

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About Advanced Master in Political Economy (Joint Degree with Georgetown University) at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

A joint degree between Georgetown University and Solvay Brussels School (ULB).

The Brussels-Washington joint degree in Political Economy is an innovative one-year program combining the strengths of two internationally-renowned institutions. Upon successful completion of the program, two degrees are awarded, one by Solvay Brussels School and one by Georgetown University.

This unique degree offers:

• An international experience at the heart of global policy-making decision powers, with full immersion in both Washington DC, host of all US institutions and Brussels, capital of Europe and host of all European institutions.

• Courses instructed by academics and practitioners who are leading specialists in their field.

• On-site meetings that guide students through the inner-workings of international institutions, such as at the European Commission, the World Bank, the OECD, the IMF and various think tanks.

• A combination of frontier training in formal and quantitative political economy, in addition to concrete policy cases.

• Access to the wide and active alumni networks of Georgetown and Solvay.

The focus on political economy reflects the view that evaluating and addressing global and local economic challenges also requires an understanding of the institutions and political settings in which such challenges arise. The program aims at providing students with a balanced and attractive mix of solid theoretical knowledge and exposure to hands-on practice through the inclusion of both faculty and experts in the respective fields.

By the end of this Advanced Master, you will be able to:

  • Gain a firm understanding of the incentives and behavior of economic (consumers, firms) and political agents (legislatures, government agencies, judicial institutions, NGOs, activist groups, the media)
  • Explore the technological and political constraints that shape government interventions
  • Cultivate a deep understanding of the reciprocal relationship between politics and markets
  • Design better government regulations by the investigation of corporate stakeholders and their motivation
  • Cultivate a professional network of trainers, experts, consultants and policy-makers within the academic and alumni community of both institutions.

Overview of Courses

This full-time masters degree consists of 10 courses (equivalent to 60 ECTS in the EU and 30 credit hours in the US), split over three terms and completed within 12 months.

BOOTCAMP : The program will kick off in Brussels with a preparatory non-credit bootcamp in mathematical methods in the second half of August. The objective of this course will be to fill any gaps in the student’s knowledge of basic mathematical techniques commonly used in economic analysis and applied statistics.

CORE COURSES : Students will take the core courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics, political economy and data analysis in the fall term in Brussels. Core courses are taught by faculty members of Georgetown University and Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

ELECTIVES : After the completion of the core courses, students will choose six elective courses (3 in the spring term and 3 in the summer term). Elective courses are jointly taught by a faculty member of one of the two institutions (SBS-EM in the spring term and GU in the summer term) and a policy expert or practitioner: international trade, impact evaluation, European economic policy: food and industrial policies, workshop in public policy: managing incentives in public policies, environmental economics, law and economics, health economics, energy economics, financial economics, monetary theory and policy, development economics, open-economy macroeconomics, labor markets and policies.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMaster, Advanced MasterHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsAugustDomestic course feesUS 50000 per yearInternational course feesUSD 50000 per year

Entry requirements

The Georgetown/Solvay (Advanced) Master in Political Economy seeks:

  • Highly-motivated students willing to take up global political and economic challenges
  • Students with an outstanding academic background, intellectual curiosity and the discipline to succeed in a very demanding environment

Eligible applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • A 4-year BA (in continental Europe: 3-year BA + 1 or 2-year master) or MSc or equivalent degree.
  • Eligible degrees include, but are not limited to, Economics, Political Science, Statistics, and Mathematics.
  • Work experience is not necessary, but a 2+ year experience strengthens your application.
  • A solid background in economics and quantitative methods is a prerequisite.
    • An undergraduate degree in economics is not a requirement for admission to the Program. However, substantial coursework in economics is one factor that tends to strengthen an application for admission to the Program. Since economics is a highly quantitative subject, substantial coursework in mathematics, probability and statistics, and other quantitative subjects is another factor that will strengthen your application. At least two courses in calculus, as well as courses in intermediate microeconomics and intermediate macroeconomics, are specifically required for admission to the program.
    • Evidence of aptitude in quantitative disciplines such as quantitative GRE score.
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 on 4.0 (U.S.) scale where available.
  • TOEFL score of at least 100 IELTS score (7.0) also acceptable. The test is waived if a previous degree has been obtained at an English-speaking university.

Admissions will be based on the candidates’ academic and/or professional background, and motivation. Proficiency in English necessary.

What students think about Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

    Sotirios Marinis, Advanced Master in Financial Markets, European Central Bank

    "The entire programme is well put together and covers almost every aspect of financial markets. Regardless of a person’s background and personal aspirations, it will provide them with valuable information, real-life examples and great insights needed to pursue a career in the financial markets field.

    The reputation of the university, the knowledge acquired and the huge support I received from both the staff and the academic faculty made it possible for me to secure a job within the European Central Bank. My placement will be finalized once my training is complete!"

    Felice Van Imp, Advanced Master in Innovation & Strategic Management, Pwc

    "I have learned to work and deliver results within groups of people with different academic backgrounds and nationalities. I also developed self-knowledge and I enhanced my team and leadership skills. 

    As a Solvay Advanced Master student, I also seized the opportunity to become a member of the TEDxULB organising team. This experience has accelerated my learnings around leadership, team- and self-management."

    Sophie (Belgium), AM in Financial Market

    “One of the many strengths of the programme was its highly practical nature and content — this was made possible by an exceptional cast of professors who are also top-level practitioners.”

    “A few months after beginning the programme, I received an offer to join an expertise department of ļ¬nancial consulting in a big four company that would only hire experienced people.”

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