Dual Degree Programmes

School of Business and Economics


A Dual Degree programme is an approved combined study programme that leads to two master's degrees. This Excellence Programme gives you the unique opportunity to study at two top universities! You will complete part of your master's programme at an institution abroad and part at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics (SBE). After successfully completing all the requirements of both master's programmes, you will be awarded a master's degree from two universities.

Apply for selection procedure

If you are interested in a Dual Degree programme, you can already apply for the selection procedure as soon as you have sent in your application for the regular master’s programme. This means you do not have to wait until you are fully enrolled in the master’s programme to take part in the selection. If you are selected to take part in a Dual Degree programme, however, you do need to be fully enrolled in the master’s programme at Maastricht University before you are allowed to start the Dual Degree.

Please note that only students who start their master’s at SBE in the September semester can take part in a Dual Degree or a Network programme. Interested students are encouraged to apply at the latest in May, preceding the start of the master’s programme at SBE.

Important for Nova Lisboa! If you want to take part in the selection for the Management /IB Dual Degree programme at Nova Lisboa, please let us know as soon as possible, as this is the only Dual Degree that starts with the semester abroad.

Eligibility and admission requirements

Due to different national restrictions and differences between universities, each Dual Degree programme looks different, but it usually involves an equal amount of study time at each university. Credits obtained at both universities within the programme will be mutually acknowledged, resulting in a shortening of study time compared to acquiring both degrees separately.

Bachelor Dual Degree with exchange requirement 
Note that the Dual Degree programme with Universidad del Desarrollo is only eligible for students who follow their bachelor programme at the School of Business and Economics.

Below you can find an overview of the existing programmes. More information about the application and admission requirements is specified per programme.

SBE is highly selective in its choice of partner universities, adding only high profile, research oriented and accredited (preferably both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation) universities to its list. All of our partners are the leading institutions in their country in the field of economics and/or business, and offer great academic opportunities that represent additional benefits for students.

MSc International Business
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Luiss University

MSc International Business

The Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali "Guido Carli" (LUISS), is an independent, private university located in Rome, Italy, founded in 1974 by a group of entrepreneurs led by Umberto Agnell. Throughout its four Departments of Economics and Finance, Business and Management, Law, and Political Science, Luiss offers an innovative and sophisticated educational approach. Luiss is ranked as a top university in Italy and in 2022 the Financial Times ranked the university 53rd in the top 100 Master in Management ranking. In addition, Luiss earned the internationally recognised accreditations EQUIS and AMBA. It provides undergraduate and post-graduate education, in addition to a range of Dual Degree programs. The university is located near the historical center of the city, between the neighborhoods of Parioli and Trieste and is supported by Confindustria, the Italian confederation of industries. 

Why this programme?

  • You obtain two Master of Science degrees in considerably less time than it would take to earn them separately.
  • You are able to experience the 'best of both worlds'.
  • Each university adds its speciality to the programme, thereby complementing the offer of the partner university.
  • You experience a different culture, business environment and teaching style.
  • This construction offers you great value for money since you only pay tuition fees at SBE during the entire programme. 
  • Luiss University has a great network of real-life practitioners in business, institutions, and public administration that students can connect with through curricular and extracurricular activities. 
  • Subjects at Luiss University are tailored to careers in the field of Corporate Finance and professors are usually professionals from the field, who share their practical experiences. 
  • Luiss University has a great network of real-life practitioners in business, institutions, and public administration that students can connect with through curricular and extracurricular activities.
  • You get to experience the real Italian lifestyle in nothing less than the beautiful city of Rome. Relaxing weather, beautiful parks, and amazing food!
  • Luiss University's campus is right in the city centre, located in Parioli, which is a beautiful neighbourhood in the centre of Rome.

Eligibility

You can apply for this programme if you register for the Maastricht University master's programme in International Business with a specialisation in Strategic Corporate Finance or Strategic Marketing.

Programme outline and selection procedure

International Business: Strategic Corporate Finance
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International Business: Strategic Marketing
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Fixed curriculum
Please note that all SBE network programmes (including the Dual Degree programmes) have a fixed curriculum. It is not possible to switch/waive /cancel any of the courses offered in these fixed programmes. If for some reason you still want to make changes to the curriculum, you will have to submit a well-documented request (including a thorough description of the alternative course) to both SBE and the host university.

Luiss University
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QUT Business School

MSc International Business

Queensland University of Technology Business School (QUT) is located in Brisbane, Australia and offers its 9,000 students a variety of courses and extensive, dedicated research programmes in various fields of Business. QUT is Australia’s first business school to have earned three symbols of excellence from the world's leading accrediting bodies: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA

Why choose this programme?

  • This Dual Degree programme enables you to earn two master's degrees in just 15 months:
    • Master of Business degree (Marketing major / Integrated Marketing Communication major) from QUT Business School
    • Master of Science degree in International Business, (specialisation in Strategic Marketing) from Maastricht University School of Business and Economics
  • QUT is unique in Australia for its high-level marketing and marketing communication programmes.
  • QUT is the only university in Australia with Integrated Marketing Communications, Advertising and Public Relations embedded in both undergraduate and postgraduate business degrees alongside the pure marketing programmes.
  • The QUT Master of International Business programme enables you to learn more about management issues from an Australian/Pacific perspective.
  • You will form a cohort with the QUT students. This means you will complete the Dual Degree programme as a unit, and will share a common goal and experience.
  • QUT offers you additional courses and specialisations SBE does not offer.
  • SBE and QUT have very different, but complimentary, educational systems: SBE offers more research-driven, problem-based education, while education at QUT is more applied and project based. QUT offers a lot of guest lectures and works closely with the industry.
  • Both SBE and QUT courses that are offered in this programme are developed in close cooperation with the business world.
  • QUT is located in Brisbane, Australia. The subtropical climate provides for an outdoor lifestyle with access to excellent beaches and has almost 300 sunny days per year with average temperature of 30 °C in summer and 20 °C in winter.
  • You will have the opportunity to travel and experience another culture.
  • This construction offers you great value for money since you only pay tuition fees at SBE during the entire programme. For the current tuition fee please click here.
  • The combination of the QUT and SBE courses will optimally prepare you for a successful international career in Marketing.

For more information about QUT, please visit www.qut.edu.au, or to get a better feel for studying in Brisbane, please click here for a video.

Eligibility

You can apply for this programme if you register for the Maastricht University master's programme in International Business: Strategic Marketing.

Programme outline and selection procedure

Download the info sheet

Fixed curriculum
Please note that all SBE network programmes (including the Dual Degree programmes) have a fixed curriculum. It is not possible to switch/waive /cancel any of the courses offered in these fixed programmes. If for some reason you still want to make changes to the curriculum, you will have to submit a well-documented request (including a thorough description of the alternative course) to both SBE and the host university.

QUT Business School
QUT Business School

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

MSc International Business

The Universidade Nova de Lisboa provides internationally recognised research and quality teaching. The Faculdade de Economia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa is located in the heart of Lisbon, a legendary city with over 20 centuries of history. It is among the 1% of business schools worldwide to hold the triple crown accreditation of  AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

Why choose this programme?

  • You obtain two Master of Science degrees in considerably less time than it would take to earn them separately.
  • You are able to experience the 'best of both worlds'.
  • Each university adds its speciality to the programme, thereby complementing the offer of the partner university.
  • You experience a different culture, business environment and teaching style and gain a greater perspective in addressing international issues.
  • You have the opportunity to develop business-level fluency in two languages.
  • This construction offers you great value for money since you only pay tuition fees at SBE during the entire programme. 

Eligibility

You can apply for this programme if you register for the Maastricht University master's programme in International Business with a specialisation in Stategy and Innovation, or Organisation: Management, Change and Consultancy.

Programme outline and selection procedure

Download the info sheet

Fixed curriculum
Please note that all SBE network programmes (including the Dual Degree programmes) have a fixed curriculum. It is not possible to switch/waive /cancel any of the courses offered in these fixed programmes. If for some reason you still want to make changes to the curriculum, you will have to submit a well-documented request (including a thorough description of the alternative course) to both SBE and the host university.

Universidade Nova de Lisboa
SBE DD Lisboa

Université Catholique de Louvain

MSc Economics

The Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), located in the French-speaking part of Belgium, is among the oldest universities in Europe and is considered among the world's best in Economics and Econometrics. UCL is a truly international university with students from more than 120 different countries. It has a large group of international teachers and researchers with strong European and international networks. UCL is accredited by EQUIS and offers many internationally acclaimed programmes like its CEMS and Business Engineering master's programmes and its MBA programme.

    Why choose this programme?

    • UCL has great links with the EU, and provides an excellent entrance to a career in European Union institutions.
    • This programme offers you the opportunity to spend time at a university that is one of the world’s best in economics.
    • You will have many opportunities to improve French language skills (even though the programmes are in English), as you will be living in the French-speaking part of Belgium.
    • There are no additional admission tests (e.g. GMAT) needed to get into UCL programme.
    • You will form a cohort with the UCL students. This means you will complete the Dual Degree programme as a unit, and share a common goal and experience.
    • UCL offers you additional courses and specialisations SBE does not offer.
    • SBE and UCL have very different, but complementary, educational systems: SBE offers more interactive, problem-based education, while education at UCL is more traditional and lecture-based.

    Eligibility

    You can apply for this programme if you register for the Maastricht University master's programme in Economics.

    Programme outline and selection procedure

    Download the info sheet

    Fixed curriculum
    Please note that all SBE network programmes (including the Dual Degree programmes) have a fixed curriculum. It is not possible to switch/waive /cancel any of the courses offered in these fixed programmes. If for some reason you still want to make changes to the curriculum, you will have to submit a well-documented request (including a thorough description of the alternative course) to both SBE and the host university.d

    Université Catholique de Louvain
    UCL DD SBE

    University of Antwerp

    MSc Economics

    The University of Antwerp is a young, dynamic and forward-thinking university. It integrates the assets of its historical roots with its ambition to contribute positively to society. UAntwerpen was one of the first European Business schools to offer formal university degrees. As of 2020, UAntwerpen ranked 13th in the Times Higher Education Ranking for Young Universities and 20th in the QS University Ranking top 50 Under 50. These special rankings indicate which young universities are expected to be among the world’s best in the future!

    Why choose this programme?

    • You obtain two Master of Science degrees in considerably less time than it would take to earn them separately.

    • You are able to experience the 'best of both worlds'.

    • Each university adds its speciality to the programme, thereby complementing the offer of the partner university.

    • You experience a different culture, business environment and teaching style.

    Eligibility

    You can apply for this programme if you register for the Maastricht University master's programme in Economics.

    Programme outline and selection procedure

    Download the info sheet

    Fixed curriculum
    Please note that all SBE network programmes (including the Dual Degree programmes) have a fixed curriculum. It is not possible to switch/waive /cancel any of the courses offered in these fixed programmes. If for some reason you still want to make changes to the curriculum, you will have to submit a well-documented request (including a thorough description of the alternative course) to both SBE and the host university.

    University of Antwerp
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    Universidad del Desarrollo

    BSc International Business

    Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) is a young university and was founded in 1990 in Concepción, Chile. Later onwards its main campus in Santiago was established. The Facultad de Economía y Negocios is located on the edge of Santiago, at the foothills of the Andes. This city is the gateway to Chile, a cultural hub with a beautiful center, historical buildings and green parks.

    Why choose this programme?

    • You obtain two Bachelor of Science degrees in three years’ time.
    • UDD is known for its strong networks with over 200 companies throughout Chile.
    • During your study at UDD you will follow an internship at one of these companies.
    • Studying at UDD will enhance your Spanish language skills as the main language at the campus and during your internship will be Spanish.
    • You are able to experience the Latin American business environment and culture.
    • This construction offers you great value for money since you only pay tuition fees at SBE during the entire programme.

    Eligibility

    You can apply for this programme if you register for the Maastricht University bachelor's programme in International Business.

    Programme outline and selection procedure

    Download the info sheet

    Fixed curriculum
    Please note that all SBE network programmes (including the Dual Degree programmes) have a fixed curriculum. It is not possible to switch/waive /cancel any of the courses offered in these fixed programmes. If for some reason you still want to make changes to the curriculum, you will have to submit a well-documented request (including a thorough description of the alternative course) to both SBE and the host university.

     

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