European Microfinance Programme

Advanced Master in Microfinance

with the support of




From the Global South


Nationalities of students


Nationalities of professors

Since 2005


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 (Advanced 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

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 worldwide microfinance institutions and provided by practitioners from the NGO partners ADA, BRS, CERISE and SOS Faim;


to participate in seminars and conferences addressed to microfinance experts;

A two-to-fourth-month internship in a developing country

to obtain the necessary knowledge of daily realities of micro-finance on the field.

The EMP delivers a professional education that combines academic excellence and real-world experience and aims at broadening our understanding of development and the role that microfinance can play in fighting poverty.

Topics covered by the European Microfinance Programme :

  • Management and governance of microfinance organisations

  • Digital finance

  • Tools for financial analysis

  • Social development and regulation

  • Rural and urbain microfinance institutions

  • Gender and environmental issues

Accessibility through two different Master programmes:

  • A one-year programme: Advanced Master in Microfinance (Master de spécialisation en Microfinance): for candidates having already obtained a Master’s Degree

  • Second year of the Master en Développement durable appliqué (Université Paris Dauphine)

Applications for 2024-2025