A Review of the Curricula of 135 European Pre-Experience Master Degree Programmes


Between June and November 2008, a review of the core curricula of 135 Master degree programmes, taught in English and offered by 39 different institutions across 10 European countries was carried out by Cito, the Dutch Institute for Educational Measurement. This paper builds upon their initial analysis and seeks to answer the following questions:

  • What are the most common majors offered in pre-experience master degree programmes?
  • How many core courses are typically required by programmes within each study major group?
  • What subjects are required within each study major, and what does this indicate about the curriculum?
  • What similarities and differences exist among programmes focused on each of the most common study majors?

The study was guided by a similar analysis of MBA programs and Executive MBA programs conducted
by Sheikh in 2006 and 2007.