Advanced Master in Innovation
and Strategic Management

Fast-track your career: develop your strategic thinking skills
and innovator's mindset to thrive in disruptive times.

 

 🔔 Applications are open for the September 2024 intake.

Location

Duration

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Frequency

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Tuition

Application deadline

Programme start:

27

MAY

Info session

Advanced Master in Innovation & Strategic Management
Online

18h00 - 19h00

25

JUN

Networking event

Solvay's Advanced Masters: Early Access Open Day
On-site

15h00 - 18h30
Leading Belgian Business School
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Who

Who is the programme aimed at?

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Our hands-on, practical and intensive post-graduate programme welcomes recent graduates from all disciplines who have a passion for business, innovation and entrepreneurship and are willing to accelerate their careers - on our campus in the heart of Brussels and the Belgian entrepreneurial epicentre.

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Key admissions criteria

  • English proficiency
  • Master's degree from a recognised institution (you can apply during your final year of study) OR Bachelor's degree from a recognised institution combined with work experience

Benefits

What's in it for you?

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Boost your skills and confidence

Tackle real case studies, learn from the successes and failures of some of the world's most innovative organisations, and practise your skills through hands-on projects guided by experienced professionals.

 

Thanks to our small-class setup, we offer a safe environment for you to try new things and grow. This program will boost your self-assurance, equip you to make smart decisions, and inspire innovation whether you're working within a company or leading your own venture!

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Boost your career opportunities

Our personalized coaching guides you through your transformational journey. By offering our unique, experience-based insights and connecting you to Solvay’s curated professional network, we ensure your achievements and success both during and after the programme. 


After graduation, an unlimited range of job opportunities will be accessible to you.

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Join the network!

Be part of an incredible network of 35.000+ Alumni to never stop learning and evolving. The Solvay Alumni network is one of the largest business networks in Belgium, and its members are present in more than 65 countries around the world.

As Solvay Schools alumni, you can be part of a unique and effective community to grow both personally and professionally.

Why Solvay Brussels School

What makes the programme unique?

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Learn from the best

Passion is contagious! Get inspired by our outstanding faculty of academics and top-level practitioners bringing in their insight and on-the- field experience. Top-of-the-line guests are also invited for additional workshops or sessions.
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Meet top-notch innovators

Meet cutting-edge innovators in Brussels, from Belgium and Europe. Thanks to Solvay’s deep relationships with some of the most active entrepreneurial ecosystems as well as with teams from some of the world’s most innovative companies, get inspired and connected with the actors of transformation and disruption.

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Focus on sustainability

You will become a driver of positive change for planet, society and business. Familiarise yourself with the main concepts, jargon and frameworks and develop a systemic vision to lead sustainable transformation.

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Small class, big experience

Take part in small and diverse international classes (max. 35 students), ensuring maximum participation, easy access to the faculty and personalised follow-up. Classes are also diverse in gender, academic background and culture, which enriches debate and teamwork.

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Top-ranked programme

 

Our Advanced Master in Innovation and Strategic Management is ranked 56th globally in the Business Masters category of the QS World University Rankings. 

“Experiencing the world is the only way to learn about it! Solvay’s unique curriculum and renowned faculty create an agile and international learning environment to develop management, innovation and leadership skills and give you all the opportunities to practice new business thinking.”

 

Arnaud Devleeschauwer

Arnaud Devleeschauwer

Academic Director | Advanced Master in Innovation and Strategic Management

Ready. Set. Go.

Curriculum and Minors

The programme consists of 15 core courses articulated around 4 main areas, a personal development track, as well as 2 minors to choose from:

 

  1. Entrepreneurship The minor in entrepreneurship prepares the students to act as entrepreneurs and innovative leaders. It consists of 2 exclusive courses and an incubator project (sponsored by StartLAB).

  2. Strategy The minor in strategy highlights the importance of developing a strategic approach to solving complex business and radical innovation issues. It consists of 2 dedicated courses and a business field project.

 

Core curriculum
15 courses articulated around 5 main areas:

  1. General Management
  2. Entrepreneurship
  3. Reasoning and Analytical Skills
  4. Innovation and Technology

Individual path
Personal Development Track

Comprised of 2 specific modules and personalised coaching.

Minor 1
Entrepreneurship

2 exclusive courses:
  1. Growing Entrepreneurial Ventures
  2. Financial Analysis
+ an incubator project where you will be required to act as an entrepreneur to create your business from scratch!

Minor 2
Strategy

2 dedicated courses:
  1. International Strategy
  2. Advanced Strategy
+ a business field project where you will be required to act as a consultant!

The programme in numbers

What you need to know

Some key insights about our students.

76

%

are recent graduates.

2

years

is their average work experience.

24

%

are junior professionals.

90

%

of our students find a job within 3 months after the end of the classes

42

%

are international students and faculty members

25

years

is the average age of our students

Testimonials

What our students say

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Dimitra Pappa
Senior Account Executive
HubSpot

“I will always feel grateful to Solvay as it pushed me to reinvent myself. Coming from a different background, I knew the programme would be a steep climb, however, my professors inspired me and helped me apply my core strengths to the field of Strategy and Innovation. Midway through this journey, I realised that I wasn't just coping with the courses...I had actually developed a passion for the field..."

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Romain Jeannaud
Transversal Strategist
BNP Paribas Fortis

“The Advanced Master programme is a blend of everything you need to start a career in business. The focus on directly actionable knowledge makes the learning curve very steep but also very enjoyable. You will be challenged and you will like it.” 

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Benita Lukusa
Social Entrepreneur
Alumna

“What makes this programme stand out is the school's international and multicultural environment and the fact that our lecturers are people with outstanding experiences.”  

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Yan Christiaens
Senior Consultant
Roland Berger

“To be prepared to enter your professional life, you need the best education and a curious mindset that can help you face this path and make it as enjoyable as possible. After a few months, I can say that Solvay Brussels School with its teachers is the best choice that I could make. The atmosphere, the network and all the people studying there are very friendly and always eager to help. A tremendous year on both personal and professional development.”

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Laurens Boeckx
Project Manager Digitalisation
Umicore

“Apart from the countless group projects, presentations and company visits, the programme has allowed me to develop essential entrepreneurial abilities, master key managerial concepts and build the right team-player mindset to cope with a continuously changing environment. I’ve had the honour to be carefully guided in creating my own venture with a fellow student, to lead a group-based three-month internship at a fast-growing digital marketing scale-up in Brussels and to be part of a consulting project for EY. ”

How to get started?

Admission Procedure

Steps

  1. Complete and submit the online application form (there is no application fee). Deadline for EU students: 31/07/24
    Deadline for non-EU students: 31/05/24 (recommendation related to visa procedures)
  2. Have an interview with the admission team
  3. Write a short essay relating to the minor of your choice
  4. Receive feedback on your admission!

Required documents

  • CV in English
  • Copies of University degree(s) and all academic transcripts that you already have
    *Students who are in the process of obtaining their Master's degree and have not yet are also welcome to apply.
  • Copy of ID/Passport
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You can also support your application with:

  • Letters of reference
  • Proof of English proficiency for non-native speakers
  • Any other certificate (GMAT, GRE, etc.)

 

More info?

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Learn everything there is to know about the programme before you embark on this transformation with us:

 

  Full curriculum
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Degree Awarded

Upon completion of your studies, you will receive an “Advanced Master in Innovation & Strategic Management” university certificate delivered by Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management – Université libre de Bruxelles.

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Financial Aid
DISCOUNTS
  • Early bird: Early bird applicants who submit their applications before the end of the early bird date will receive a discount on the tuition fees.
  • Alumni of the Solvay Brussels School, Solvay Lifelong Learning, Université libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel benefit from a 10% discount on tuition fees. 
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
We offer numerous scholarships each year to promote diversity in the classroom, and equal access to learning. You can check if you're eligible for the scholarship here.

  • SUBSIDIES & FINANCIAL AIDS
    Subject to renewal of the regional agreements

     

    • Brussels Region - Paid Training Leave: Paid educational leave allows workers (private sector) to train during the day or in staggered hours while retaining their salary. Employers receive reimbursement from Brussels Economy and Employment, based on certain criteria. The employee must submit the certificate of enrolment (specific certificate for educational leave issued by the school) to his employer within 20 days of the start of the course. This certificate must be delivered to the employer either by registered mail or with an acknowledgement of receipt. In case of a late registration after the launch of the programme at the latest within 8 days of the registration. (for more information: Economie-Emploi)

    • Flanders Region - SME Wallet: The SME e-wallet is oriented towards practitioners of ‘liberal professions’ and SMEs whose operational headquarters are located in the Flemish Region. You have to submit the subsidy application within 14 days of the start of the programme/module/course. (for more information: VLAIO)

    • Flanders Region - Paid Training Leave: Under certain conditions, employees in the private sector are entitled to Flemish training leave. They are allowed to be absent from work to attend training or to prepare for evaluations, while their wages continue to be fully paid. The employer can be reimbursed a lump sum as compensation for the wage costs. You have to submit the subsidy application within 14 days of the start of the start of the programme/module/course. (for more information: Vlaanderen)

    • Flanders Region - Training Vouchers: You are an employee or you work as a temporary worker and you live or you work in Flanders/Brussels. You can request your training voucher via the WSE counter and you should preferably request the cheque before your registration, so that you can use it to pay your registration fee. (for more information: Vlaanderen)