The Joint Degree in political Economy (Advanced Master at ULB) requires the successful completion of 60 ECTS courses (US 30 course credits) in the programme. All students in the programme matriculate in a fall semester at Solvay Brussels School and take four required courses (microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and data analysis) in the fall semester. In addition, students are required to take three elective courses in the spring semester and three elective courses in the summer semester, thus completing the program in one calendar year. The programme kicks off with a refresher course (“bootcamp”) in mathematical methods of 3 ECTS, which does not count towards the 60 ECTS requirement for programme completion.
  • Application Form
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • All diplomas and academic transcripts from the institution(s) where previous degree studies have been completed
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a faculty member of a higher education institution.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score: International applicants must have at least a 100 on the TOEFL or a 7 on the IELTS as required by Georgetown’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Personal statement (maximum length of 500 words) explaining what unique abilities the applicant would bring to the Program and how obtaining the joint degree would contribute to the attainment of the applicant’s personal and professional goals.For more information on application procedures please visit:
An undergraduate degree in economics is not a requirement for admission to the programme.  However, substantial coursework in economics is one factor that tends to strengthen an application for admission to the programme. In addition, economics is a highly quantitative discipline. For that reason, substantial coursework in mathematics, probability and statistics, and other quantitative subjects is another factor that can strengthen an application for admission.

No minimum GRE score is specified for admission to this programme.

Foreign applicants must provide proof of English Language Proficiency to be eligible for admission. This proof may be provided in several ways specified by the Graduate School, including a TOEFL score or an IELTS score. The Department generally requires a TOEFL score of at least 100 or an IELTS score of at least 7.0.

The Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for admission.

Programme students may be able to enroll for a small number of course credits in other departments with the permission of the academic directors of the programme and the permission of the other department. However, such courses do not count toward the credit requirement for the degree. In addition, permission of the Dean of the respective school may be required.
The deadline for applications for non-EU students is 30 April 2017, for reasons related to visa procedures for Belgium. The deadline for applications for EU students is 30 June 2017. Nevertheless, we encourage you to submit your application in a timely manner to allow for a proper scrutiny of your file, and avoid any delays in the administrative process later on.
Neither partner institution publishes data regarding acceptance rates to this programme.
Students must successfully complete 60 course credits in the programme in order to graduate. Tuition costs amount to $50,000 for the 2016-17 academic year. Solvay alumni discounts are not applicable in this case.
At the moment, neither partner university is offering fellowships, scholarships, or teaching or research assistantships to students enrolled in this programme.
The Joint Degree in Political Economy does not have an internship programme at the moment, nor is course credit granted for participation in internships.
The policy of the programme is to not permit the transfer of course credits from another academic institution. All credits toward the Joint Degree in Political Economy must be earned through courses offered in the programme.
The programme manager of the programme on behalf of Solvay Brussels School will provide an accepted applicant with an official acceptance letter, as well as additional information and any relevant documents requested by the respective accepted applicant for their visa procedure for Belgium. We cannot undertake the procedure on the students’ behalf.

Students are responsible for contacting the relevant authorities in their country and for following up their visa procedure in a timely fashion. Please contact the nearest Belgian embassy or consulate for any visa-related queries. Additional information on the visa procedure can also be found here. The programme manager is at your disposal for any queries and relevant documents: Roxana Dude (

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Practical information: Summary

  • Starting date: 21 August 2017
  • Location: Brussels & Washington, D.C.
  • Format: Full-time
  • Language: English
  • Tuition: $50,000
  • Length: 12 months
  • Application deadline: 30 April 2017

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