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Advanced Master in Political Economy

Postgraduate course in Political Economy for Master students or junior professionals, in partnership with Georgetown University in Washington DC.
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Brussels & Washington
Solbosch Campus (ULB) & Georgetown University Washington DC
1 year
Every Day, Monday to Friday
Fall & spring term in Brussels and summer term in Washington
$ 50.000
The fee does not include accommodation, travel and living expenses.
Registration deadline: 31/05/2021 | Programme start: 02/08/2021

Who is the programme aimed at?


This program seeks Master students or junior professionals with a degree in economics, political science or statistics (but also in other disciplines - such as maths, management or finance), with strong academic background, the intellectual curiosity and discipline that are necessary to succeed in a very demanding environment and willing to take up global political and economic challenges.

Key admissions criteria

Eligibility criteria
  • Bachelor or Master or equivalent (4 or 5 years of study overall)
  • 3-year Bachelor (180 ECTS), followed by 2 years of work experience
  • Proficiency in English is a must

Your benefits

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 and design better government regulations by the investigation of corporate stakeholders and their motivations.

The Brussels-Washington joint degree in Political Economy is an innovative one-year program combining the strengths of two internationally-renowned institutions. Learn from expert decision-makers in Europe and North-America and explore the specificities and differences between the approaches taken on each continent, their impact in various geopolitically crucial regions around the world and the complex relationships with other actors within this global governance architecture.

Every year, we organise for the students of the Advanced Master in Political Economy on-site meetings that guide students through the inner-workings of international institutions, both in Europe and the US, such as at the European Commission, the World Bank, the OECD, the IMF and various think tanks.

Develop strong new competencies and acquire a toolbox which will help you rigorously analyze both the economics and the politics behind the key policy questions of the 21st century. Develop your soft skills and become more prepared and self-confident to face recruiters.

Experience our teaching methods which are very hands-on and participant-centred. Courses are mainly structured into real case studies, assignments, essays, simulations, company visits and on-the-job learning.

Classes are limited to small cohorts (max 30 students), ensuring maximum participation and easy access to the faculty and the advanced masters academic or administration team.

The faculty comprises Solvay, Georgetown and ULB professors bringing in their theoretical insight and the latest research expertise from their respective fields, as well as top-level practitioners and regulators shaping the evolution of economic policies around the world, driven by a real passion for education bringing in their practical insight and on-the-field experience. Top-of-the-line guests are also invited for additional workshops or sessions.

Diversity in class in terms of gender, academic background and culture enhances your student experience. Benefit from 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.

Our career service will help you in building your career thanks to our strong connection with the business sector and to our dynamic team who will accompany you into the professional world. From self-assessment to networking opportunities, our team assists you to realise their full potential. Through a wide range of seminars, coaching sessions, workshops, events and other resources, we help you to discover the career path best suited to your personal fulfilment.
85% of our students find a job within 3 months after graduation!

Become part of one of the largest business networks in Belgium (Solvay Alumni), members of which are actually present in more than 65 countries around the world and access the wide and active alumni network of Georgetown University as well. Participate in the events organized, expand your network and never stop learning and evolving.

Overview of the programme

The Advanced Master in Political Economy aims at providing you the knowledge and the skills needed to evaluate and address global and local economic challenges, which require a solid understanding of the institutions and political settings in which they arise.




  • Math Bootcamp


September - December

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Political Economy
  • Data analysis



January – April

Select 3 electives:

  • International trade and EU trade policy
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Industrial and development policies: EU, US, and beyond
  • Policy workshop: competition policy in the single market


May – August

Select 3 electives:

  • Time series analysis
  • Public economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Energy economics
  • Law and economics
  • Monetary theory and policy
  • Development economics
  • Open-economy macroeconomics
  • Labor market institutions and policies
  • Urban economics

More programme features


1- Complete and submit the online application form together with the required documents.
2- Receive feedback from the Academic Committee.
3- Have a personal interview with the Academic Director.
4- Receive feedback on your admission. If positive, please note that you will have two weeks to finalize your registration by paying a deposit of $2000.


  • Online application form
  • Non-refundable application fee ($90)
  • Academic statement of purpose (max. 500 words)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (one must be from an academic)
  • GRE exam (GMAT not acceptable)
  • Resume/CV in English
  • Official Transcripts (all prior institutions)
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 on 4.0 (U.S.) scale where available.
  • TOEFL score of at least 100 IELTS score (7.0) is also acceptable. The test is waived if a previous degree has been obtained at an English-speaking university.


The programme taught me a new way to think about the intersection of public policy and economics. It forced me to dive deeper into the intersection of the two and changed my understanding of how, and often times why, certain policy decisions are made. It was an all around amazing experience and has helped me excel in my career.

I wouldn’t have been able to obtain this job without this masters. Of course, the data analysis skills and understanding of micro/macroeconomics are directly relevant to my position. But perhaps more importantly, I think the uniqueness of this degree really set me apart as an applicant.

In studying a diverse curriculum taught by numerous brilliant professors from two world-class institutions, I had the opportunity to study under a number of circumstances. By gaining such a wide range of experiences in just twelve months, I am now more adaptable to different environments.

3 Km

From EU Institutions

300 Km

From major European cities (London, Amsterdam, Paris)

85 %

Of our graduates find a job within 3 months after graduation


Micael Castanheira

Senior research fellow Belgian National Science Foundation, Academic Director Political Economy Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

Academic Director

Brian Madigan
Department of Economics at Georgetown University
Director of the Master’s Degree Programs in Economics and Professor of the Practice

Academic Director

Patrick Legros 
Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management
Member of ECARES and Professor


The economy is increasingly globalised. Our Advanced Master is a unique offer for those who want to think beyond borders.
Micael Castanheira
Academic Director

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this master, you can look forward to job opportunities with a faster advancement potential in a broad range of institutions and companies, including:

  • International institutions (EC, WTO, World Bank, IMF, OECD, NATO, ETC.)
  • Multinational enterprises (lobbying and consulting firms, investment banks)
  • Governmental institutions (regulatory agencies, central banks, foreign affairs)
  • Global NGOs & Think Tanks
  • Higher Education (through PHD programs)

Any questions?

Contact us
Programme Manager Advanced Masters
  • Merit-Based Mobility Scholarships for EU students: EU candidates applying before ​April 16th​,​ 2019 can ​apply for ​one of two 2 ​mobility ​scholarships​, worth 10.000$ each.
  • Instalments option for the tuition fees available. Contact us for more info.
  • 15 Postgrad Solutions study bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply.

Upon successfully completing the program, each student will receive::

  • a "Masters of Arts in Political Economics" from Georgetown University
  • an "Advanced Master in Political Economy" university certificate delivered by Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management - Université libre de Bruxelles

which will bepresented side by side. Both documents will reference both degrees and will include the name of the other institution.

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