The Master's programme in Business Administration aims at students who have acquired a broad knowledge at bachelor level in the field of Business Administration and offers them the opportunity to become a specialist in one of its areas. As the programme is an academic one, it provides the student with rigorous academic training and acquaints him with state-of-the-art theoretical background.
For talented and ambitious students, the programme also offers an MSc Honours Programme in Business Research. This prestigious programme (20 additional EC) offers students the chance to look beyond the scope of their own specialization and to tackle and experience a broad variety of organizational and managerial issues.
The master's programme takes one year and consists of six specializations. Although these specializations are in fact presented as separate programmes, they are part of the common master’s programme MSc Business Administration. Thus, all specializations are based on the same general programme structure, they pay ample attention to research skills and all have a multidisciplinary focus. In addition, students may participate in the Honours Programme in Business Research (ABRI), on top of the regular programme, provided that they meet the requirements. The specializations Financial Management and Management Consulting even offer excellent students an Honours programme of 84 EC, in replacement of the regular programme.
Each specialization pays ample attention to research skills. To this end, two so-called Research Seminars are organized, in which attention is paid to academic skills, research methodology, research types relevant to the specialization etc. It is also possible that a research seminar is devoted to integration or casework, e.g. by scheduling a ‘Managerial Integration Project’, in which various disciplines have to be combined in the analysis and solution of a concrete business problem. The contents of the research seminars may form a continuous programme or may be scheduled separately. The number of credits reserved for the Master thesis is 15. When also the optional course Capital Selecta is included, total Master thesis time may even add up to 21 credits. Note, however, that Capita Selecta as well as the research seminars are independent courses that are graded separately.
The programme has a multidisciplinary focus. Thus, students start by specializing in a particular business process and study this using knowledge from several disciplines. To give an example, students opting for the programme Human Resource Management may study the personnel process and have to use their knowledge from economics (e.g. management accounting) and social sciences (e.g. organizational behavior modification) to analyze or improve this successfully. For another example, students opting for the specialization Information and Knowledge Management focus on information and knowledge processes in organizations and use knowledge from for instance technology (e.g. building and maintaining Web services) and marketing science (e.g. online advertising).