Master of Business and Information Systems Engineering

KU Leuven
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Dutch

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About this program

Master of Business and Information Systems Engineering

The Master of Science in Business and Information Systems Engineering program prepares you in both business management as well as information systems within an international context. In our modern society no organisation can function without information systems.

The Business and Information Systems Engineering program seeks to train multidisciplinary, forward-looking managers who can use information and communication technology to organise, optimise and lead businesses in a rapidly globalising world. These managers of the future will be able to rely on a sound quantitative training in business economics, with business and information systems engineering as a key spearhead, and firmly grounded in the humanities as well as in engineering science.

The Business and Information Systems Engineering program offers an advanced quantitative and science-based training in business economics and its various business disciplines (accounting and finance, marketing, production and logistics). It is analytically underpinned by insights from engineering science (mathematics and statistics, information, energy, problem-solving and designing) but also inspired by insights from the humanities as the basis for a unique interdisciplinary approach to business management. A thorough study of business economics is combined with a training in information and communication technology (ICT). The degree program focuses on the creation, integration, management and use of information in a business context to support business management in a digital world.

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Admission requirements

The Master of Business and Information Systems Engineering is intended for holders of:

  • an academic Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in business economics with a substantial quantitative, technological and IT component, or
  • an academic Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a strong quantitative and/or technological focus and with sufficient knowledge of business economics and management science.

A GMAT/GRE test result as well as good command of English are required.

Proficiency in English

  • TOEFL: iBT 94 (minimum subscore per item 20)
  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum subscore per item 6.0)
  • Applicants who obtained an IELTS of 6.5 (minimum subscores 6.0) or a TOEFL of 90 (minimum subscores 20 out of 30) and have afterwardscompleted at least 1 year of full-time study in higher education in the English language, may also be considered for admission.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): overall score 180
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Advanced Database Management and Content Management
  • ICT Service Management
  • Architecture and Modelling of Management Information Systems
  • Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence
  • Business Analysis
  • Software Architectures for Collaborative Systems
  • Applications of Operations Research
  • Applications of Statistics
  • Management Control and Cost Management
  • Energy Technology and Energy Economy
  • Philosophy and Ethics

Year 2

  • Operations Strategy in Manufacturing and Services
  • Strategic Management
  • Master's thesis

Specialization spread over year 1 and 2

Offered specializations:

  • Architecture, Infrastructure and Big Data
  • Data Science
  • Information Systems and Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Information Systems and Human / Computer communication
  • Information Systems and Production / Logistics
  • Information Systems and Marketing
  • Information Systems and Accountancy / Finance / Risk

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The courses taught in English and Dutch.


Tuition fees

  • EEA citizens: € 979.6 / academic year
  • Non-EEA citizens: € 3,900 / academic year


Credits: 120 ECTS

Career paths

Our graduates are managers with an ‘innovative engineer’ mindset. They are familiar with engineering and other disciplines (mathematics, sciences, technology, IT), which enables them to support the management of organisations and to fully exploit available opportunities. They are able to align IT strategy with business strategy, to develop a business architecture in terms of business processes, information and technical IT infrastructure, and have a keen insight into innovation and competitiveness in a digital world. Drawing on their interdisciplinary knowledge, our graduates can analyse a company’s IT needs, decide on the requirements of new systems, and can model, analyse and optimise information, processes and decisions.

The Business and Information Systems Engineering degree opens many doors. In our modern society, no organisation can function without information and information systems engineers. Graduates from the Business and Information Systems Engineering program know how a company works, and what challenges and opportunities it faces. They design creative and efficient (IT) solutions that take into account the economic, organisational and human aspects as well as the organisation’s strategic objectives.

Typical job titles are:

  • business analyst, business consultant, process manager
  • data scientist, analytics specialist, business intelligence analyst, big data specialist
  • operations manager, fintech specialist, customer intelligence director, fraud expert, compliance officer
  • information architect, systems analyst, project manager, IT manager, Chief Information Officer

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A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

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3000 Leuven

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