Master of Science in Business Engineering (Finance)

A business engineer possesses a thorough knowledge of the discipline of business administration and related technologies, i.e. technological products and processes. In this respect, a business engineer may act as a mediator between technical and business economic positions to conduct data analysis, modelling and decision-making. You are trained to develop and implement business solutions from model to business process and to develop and implement solutions for business problems. You also model the real business situation in a (-n abstract) presentation, take relevant decisions based on the model and translate these decisions into business processes.

Master's Programme
2 year 120 credits
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
English
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What

The Master of Science in Business Engineering is a business administration programme that focuses on (data-driven) management science, business processes and technology. These three disciplines are educated throughout the two-year master programme through theoretical lectures, practical case studies and business games as well as guest speakers and company projects. The master's programme teaches these disciplines both in a theoretical and a practice-oriented way.

While the Bachelor of Science in Business Engineering mainly focuses on providing a (quantitative) foundation, the Master’s programme studies different aspects of the subdisciplines mentioned above in a more applied manner. The specific content of the study that links business analytics and business processes with technology helps to translate processes into business models, and organisational structures into information systems. By means of data analysis techniques , conceptual or mathematical modelling techniques and decision-making techniques, we study the business operations within a single company and between companies in a supply chain thoroughly. Such business operations include the processes and the logistical flow of products, services and/or information. These techniques support the efficient organisation of resources in companies for them to work towards their common goals and objectives.

By way of specialisation, students can choose one of three main subjects: Data Analytics, Finance, or Operations Management.

The Finance main subject analyses the financial decisions of businesses, as well as of investment managers who may invest in shares or derived financial instruments. A business engineer’s quantitative background enables them to draw up complex financial models, for example with regard to risk management in businesses, the planning of financial requirements, optimal investment portfolios, etc.

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For whom

The admission requirements vary. Depending on your prior education, you are either able to enrol directly, or there are additional requirements.

Structure

The link between management science, business processes and technology is a recurring feature throughout the Master’s curriculum. In this respect, the focus is on the management of an organisation, its resources and its business processes in the form of course units like Strategic Management, Human Resource Management, Business Process Management, etc.

Our programme’s technology component is widened by course units such as Technology for the Circular Economy and System Dynamics. The interrelation between these technology course units and business management is treated in the course units such as Financing High Tech Entrepreneurial Companies, Technology Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management and Enterprise Architecture.

Different principles from management science are discussed and maintained throughout these course units, including mathematical modelling, simulation, statistics and numerical algorithms to improve an organisation’s ability to pursue rational and meaningful management decisions

In addition to the (domain) Master’s programme described above, you can also choose a Master’s Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: Educatieve Master). Find out more at www.ugent.be/educatievemaster (in Dutch).

It is possible to participate in a double degree programme with the Université de Liège or the University of Porto. In a double degree programme students receive a degree of both the home and the host university. More information can be found on https://www.ugent.be/eb/en/degree-students/double_degree_programmes.

Labour Market

A Business Engineering diploma leads to various career paths. With their strong foundation in business economics, their broad knowledge of new technologies and their strong focus on quantitative analytics in production, services, logistics, marketing and finance, business engineers understand how to improve the efficiency in the various parts of a company’s logistic chain better than anyone else .

Our graduates end up in jobs where they deal with managing production processes and services, with analytical and quantitative tasks to improve it’s a company’s overall efficiency. As a bridge builder between business economists and engineers, they are able to optimise the decision-making process at various levels of the company, ranging from operational decisions on the work floor to strategic decisions at board level . As economic agents, they are familiar with the company processes in order to perform cost price calculations, but as engineers they also have a much wider view of the company’s logistic processes and its potential for improvement. With their essential knowledge of the latest technologies and their strong background in business analytics, business engineers rely on the state-of-the-art ICT concepts to optimise the business processes. This essential skill is embedded in almost every course unit in the Business Engineering curriculum and will be key in today’s modern international business strategy.

Some specific examples of jobs our graduates in Business Engineering pursue: production manager, logistics director, production planning expert, business consultant, business analyst, process engineer, research & development manager and customer relations manager.