Business Administration: Transport and Supply Chain Management

A unique combination

MANAGE, ANALYZE AND IMPROVE SUPPLY CHAINS AND TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS

The Transport and Supply Chain Management specialization offers a unique combination of education in transport economics and in supply chain management. The main focus of our programme is on professional services industries, making this an unrivalled degree specialization in the Netherlands and in Europe.

The full-time Master’s specialization in Transport and Supply Chain Management is a one-year internationally oriented programme taught in English. During your course work you will investigate supply chains and transportation networks both at micro (supply chain) level (e.g. management of global supply chains and transportation networks, supply chain strategy development) and at macro level (e.g. impact of government regulations or transport policies on the environment). To prepare you for your professional career course work is strongly focused on data analysis and optimization using tools commonly used in the logistics industry, including Excel and R.

Business Administration: Transport and Supply Chain Management courses in study guide

You must possess at least an accredited Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Dutch university Bachelor’s degree), including courses in Operations Management or Operations Research, Supply Chain Management and/or Transport Economics. We are looking for highly motivated students with a strong work ethos and strong analytical skills. A solid command of English is required.

The career opportunities for graduates of the TSCM specialization are excellent and have proven to be independent of economic cycles. Typically students have a job offer within 3 months after graduation, with many students already receiving job offers while still studying. Students may become operations and supply chain managers or consultants in a variety of industries ranging from manufacturing, assembly, wholesale and retail in amongst others fast moving consumer goods, fashion, electronics and food. Students who are more attracted to transport policy may be involved in assessments of (large) infrastructural projects in cities, seaports and airports and support transport decision making from a wider cost-benefit perspective either as a policy maker or a consultant.

Various national and international studies list the Netherlands as one of the leading logistics regions in the world. The presence and support of ambitious companies and our
strong track record in applied research offer you the right academic and professional environment for education. You will learn tools and techniques to manage analyze and improve supply chains and transport networks taking into account impacts on people, planet and profit. The combination of supply chain and transport economics coursework makes this an unrivalled MSc degree in the Netherlands and in Europe.

Learning goals

Have the advanced and original academic and research skills to contribute to the body of knowledge
In the MSc programme we focus on managing supply chains rather than individual entities in a supply chain and on making you capable of executing academic research methods to support professional decision-making.

Have thorough knowledge of relevant theory and methods
The programme starts with examining contemporary issues in the fields of supply chain management and transport economics. Consecutive blocks discuss theories on specific supply chain or transport economics topics such as network analysis, geographical information systems, or supply chain optimization problems. From January onwards coursework focuses on data analytics and applied research methods related to company cases, projects and to the master thesis.

Have an academic approach to solving complex business/economics problems
Course materials and methods are inspired by real-life problem settings. You will be confronted with practice through guest lectures, stylized case studies and real-life practical problems presented by companies. You need to apply their knowledge and skills to these problems and use tools in solving these problems.

Have the professional social skills to interact with other professionals
You will present assignments and pitch solutions to an audience of peers, to managers from case companies and to academic staff, for example to present assignments on company-specific issues during course work or to report findings of an internship.

Have a horizon beyond the professional area
You take part in colloquia on specific TSCM related themes. If you are a top-student, you get the opportunity to perform your thesis in collaboration with a company.

Be a self-reflective professional
You provide a broad reflection on course work and colloquia in a portfolio.

Rutger Kroon

Master’s graduate, Data Quality Coordinator with JF Hillebrand Group AG

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"Here’s what made me choose TSCM: it’s dynamic, tangible and down-to-earth … in the end it’s about getting products from A to B and keeping both the economy and society up and running."

Overview Business Administration: Transport & Supply Chain Management

Language of instruction

English

Duration

1 year

Tuition fee

Application deadline

15 July via www.vu.studielink.nl (students with direct admission) / International degree students: 1 April (different deadlines may hold for other category students)

Start date

1 September

Study type

Full-time

Specializations

Specialization in Business Administration

Field of Interest

Economics, Business and Law

Sharina Estrada

Master’s graduate, entrepreneur and owner of TryOnline BV

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"Each division has a vital role to play in a company. Where would we be without ICT and finance, for example? But if you are not able to deliver goods or services on time, then it is virtually impossible to operate or even survive in the world of business. Every company needs a firm focus on Transportation & Supply Chain Management."

Dutch students

We welcome ambitious students that possess at least an accredited Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, including sufficient training in supply chain / operations management / operations research and in economics. Experience in using Excel and R is recommended. The study programme is demanding and interactive. We therefore aim for high quality and strongly motivated students to guarantee study success and maximize learning outcomes of business games, case studies and company projects.

Admission requirements Master's programme Business Administration, specialization Transport & Supply Chain Management:

The admission criteria are set by the Admissions Board, which also decides on individual applications.

  • Applicants who have gained a Bachelor's degree in (International) Business Administration at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are admitted directly to the Master's programme.
  • VU applicants who have gained a Bachelor's degree in Economics or Econometrics and Operations Research have access to the Master’s programme provided they meet the general criteria and have also successfully completed the following courses from the VU-curriculum:
    • Managing and Improving Quality
    • Procurement and Supply Management
  • Applicants with at least a Bachelor's degree from another accredited university are admissible if they have a specialization in Business Administration, witnessed by thorough knowledge of supply chain / operations management / operations research and economics.
  • Applicants with at least a (VU) Bachelor's degree in other relevant specializations (e.g., Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology) can be admitted to the Master if they have a sufficiently matching profile, which they can show by providing an overview of courses completed.
  • Applicants with a Dutch higher vocational (HBO) degree need to enroll in our premaster programme, which is specifically designed to bridge the gap between higher vocational education and university-level education. Please note that you will need to provide at least a score of 550 on the GMAT, and that the premaster programmes are taught in Dutch. Students who have successfully completed the VU premaster’s programme in Business Administration Transport and Supply Chain Management are automatically entitled to admission for the Master’s specialization Transport and Supply Chain Management. More information regarding the premaster programme (in Dutch).

If you did not take your Economic or (International) Business Administration Bachelor's degree (IBA students, see paragraph for IBA students below) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you must submit a request for admission to the admission board. You have to fill out the Form Evaluation Admission Master and add to it the following documents: a description of the subjects you passed, your transcript, the study load and a list of the literature studied.

You can send your request per email until 1 May to toelating.feweb@vu.nl.

A (video) interview is a mandatory part of the admission procedure.

The Admission board will then decide whether you can be admitted directly to the Master's or whether you first need to compensate for any mismatches between your qualification and our admission requirements. Possible outcomes of your application are direct admission to the Master's programme, admission under the condition that you must also pass one or more Bachelor's courses, admission to one of the pre-Master's programmes or admission to one of our Bachelor's programmes.

More information regarding registration WO-bachelors (in Dutch).

Students with direct admission from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Applicants who have gained a Bachelor’s degree in (International) Business Administration at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are admitted automatically to the Master’s programme. To be admitted you need a new enrollment in Studielink.

Services for international (IBA) students / Residence permit
If you are planning to continue your studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam after your IBA, please contact the Central Admission’s Support Team of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for further information and specific questions about the offered services for international students like extending your residence permit. You will need to apply for extension of your residence permit if you continue your studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Depending on your higher vocational qualifications (Dutch HBO or equivalent) you can gain admission to one of our Pre-master's programmes. In order to do so, you also have to score at least 550 on the GMAT. These Pre-master’s programmes are designed to bridge the gap between higher vocational education and university level.

Please note: these Pre-master's programmes are taught in Dutch only. For more information about the Pre-master's programmes see 'Master na HBO'.

Students who have successfully completed the VU premaster’s programme in Business Administration Transport and Supply Chain Management are automatically entitled to admission to the master’s specialization Transport and Supply Chain Management.

More information regarding registration HBO-bachelors (in Dutch).

Deadline for an admission request is 1 May.

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International students

We welcome ambitious students that possess at least an accredited Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, including sufficient training in supply chain / operations management / operations research and in economics. Experience in using Excel and R is recommended. The study programme is demanding and interactive. We therefore aim for high quality and strongly motivated students to guarantee study success and maximize learning outcomes of business games, case studies and company projects.

The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. If you have read the admission criteria below and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

Please note: Applicants who have gained a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are admitted automatically to the Master’s programme. To be admitted you need a new enrollment in Studielink.

Step 1: Meet admission criteria
In order to gain admission to our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 EC or equivalent.

Admission requirements for the MSc programme Business Administration specialization in Transport, Supply Chain Management:

Applicants must possess at least an accredited Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, including sufficient training in supply chain / operations management / operations research and in economics. Experience in using Excel and R is recommended. The study programme is demanding and interactive. We therefore aim to select high quality and strongly motivated students to guarantee study success and maximize learning outcomes of business games, case studies and company projects. A video interview is therefore a mandatory part of the selection procedure. Your written application will need to include an overview of all courses followed in your bachelor programme with the associated grades per course. Submitting a GMAT score is recommended.

English language proficiency

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can already apply online without having the test results. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores:

IELTS (academic)

  • Minimum general score 6,5
  • Minimum score writing 6,0


TOEFL

  • Paper based test 580
  • Internet based test 92-93


Cambridge English

  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C


The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers the TOEFL ITP English-language proficiency test. The test is offered by the VU Taalloket. You can find more information and register for this test at www.taalloket.nl.

Please refer to the language requirement page for the general requirements regarding the English language test.

Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online
Please prepare the following documents and arrange the payment of the application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. In Studielink you can apply for the Master in Business Administration and in VU net you can select your choice of specialisation. All documents should be provided in English.

  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript of records
  • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing)
  • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
  • A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education


After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. After you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.

Step 3: Await decision on admission
The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. What to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at VU Amsterdam!

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As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries.

Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl

Some international students are happy to tell you about their experiences with living and studying in Amsterdam. These Student Ambassadors come from all over the world and have attended various bachelor's and master's programmes.

Our student ambassadors are listed on the webpage below. Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at VU Amsterdam!

Information for international students > International degree holders > Contact our student ambassadors

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