Last update:
August 25, 2020

European Microfinance Programme

Applications for 2021-2022

 The applications for 2021-2022 are now closed!

Check the page

"Admission and Application" 

for more information.


Launched in 2005, the EMP (Master de spécialisation en microfinance) has been designed by microfinance experts to offer a unique blend of theory and practice. Since 2007, students graduating from the EMP obtain a full Master degree (European Master in microfinance).

The purpose of the programme is to develop future professionals in microfinance who will contribute to the strengthening of microfinance institutions worldwide, in accordance with the highest international standards.

The EMP provides students with a professional, multi-disciplinary approach to the challenges the microfinance sector is facing today, through:

  • a solid theoretical foundation, taught by professors from three European universities in Belgium (Université libre de Bruxelles; Université de Mons) and France (Université Paris Dauphine);
  • insights into the latest techniques used by international microfinance institutions, provided by practitioners from the NGO partners ADA, BRS, CERISE and SOS Faim;
  • opportunities to participate in seminars and conferences addressed to microfinance experts;
  • a compulsory two-to-fourth-month internship in a developing country to obtain the necessary knowledge of daily realities of micro-finance on the field.

With more than 68% of students coming from the South, 17 nationalities and experts from all parts of the world, the EMP is a particularly international Masters programme, which allows to create and keep new (professional) networks.