Business Administration (MSc)

The Master's programme in Business Administration aims at students who have acquired knowledge at Bachelor level in the field of Business Administration or a related field, 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. At the same time, learning to solve complex practical problems is also a key part of this programme.

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 in Business Administration contains eight programmes: Digital Business Innovation, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, International Management, Leadership and Change Management, Management Consulting, Strategy and Organization, and Transport and Supply Chain Management. Although these programmes are all unique, 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, the HRM, IM, LCM, MC, and S&O programmes are closely related and offer opportunities of taking each other’s courses. Students in any of these programmes may participate in the Honours Programme in Business Research (ABRI), on top of the regular programme, provided that they meet the requirements. Also, a Duisenberg Honours Programme in Financial Markets and Regulation of 84 EC exists, available to selected students.

Research Skills, Thesis, and Internship
Each programme pays ample attention to research skills. To this end, a Research Seminar: Research in Business Administration is organized, in which attention is paid to academic skills, research methodology, and research types relevant to the specialization. This Research Seminar runs parallel to the Master thesis and aims to support that process. The number of credits reserved for the Master thesis is 15. Students can also do a either a research or practical internship – under the umbrella of a capita selecta course – which can provide 6 ECs.

Multidisciplinary Focus
The BA 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 people analytics and have to use their knowledge from Psychology (e.g., motivation, learning) and Accounting (e.g., running statistical models with big data) to analyze this successfully. For another example, students opting for the specialization Digital Business Innovation might 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).

The MSc Business Administration is a one year full-time programme, is taught in English, comprises 60 EC, and consists of several specializations. In addition, there is a Duisenberg Honours Programme in Financial Markets and Regulation of 84 EC.

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