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.

Admission and application details

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

BA_Transport_Rutger Kroon 

"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 and Supply Chain Management

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 year

TUITION FEE

APPLICATION

1 April for international degree holders (different deadlines may hold for other category students);
1 June for Dutch degree holders

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

BA_Transport_SharinaEstrada

"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 and Supply Chain Management."

Admission with a Dutch degree

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 highly 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
With a Bachelor's degree in (International) Business Administration, Economics or Econometrics and Operations Research from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you are admissible provided you successfully meet the requirements in this document.

Students are expected to have:

  • A fascination for analysing and solving real-life supply chain challenges
  • Solid background in Operations/Supply Chain Management and Economics
  • Proven empirical and analytical skills
  • Experience in using R and Excel

Application procedure
To enroll in the programme submit your enrolment application via Studielink.

Please note: in Studielink you can apply for the Master in Business Administration and in VUnet you can select the specialization Transport and Supply Chain Management.

Step 1:
Apply for the programme MSc Business Administration via Studielink before 1 June. You can apply for the specialization in VUnet (see step 2)

Step 2:
Please complete your application in VUnet by answering additional questions, affirming  your choice for the specialization Transport and Supply Chain Management and uploading the following documents:

  • A transcript of your grades: you can create a pdf of your grades via the application results on VUnet yourself.
  • A motivation letter in which you explain why you want to pursue the Master programme in TSCM at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam . In your motivation letter you also need to include a 1 page summary of your bachelor thesis or a proposal for a bachelor thesis highlighting the research problem/question, the (intended) methodology and why that fits the research problem/question, as well as (intended) outcomes/results.
  • A recent resume.

Please note: we can only process your application when your choice of specialization is clear and you uploaded all documents. 

Step 3:

You will be invited for a mandatory (video) interview.

More information regarding registration WO-bachelors, see the VU website (in Dutch).

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.

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 highly 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
The specialization Transport Supply Chain Management is open to students with a university Bachelor's degree that provides a thorough knowledge of supply chain / operations management / operations research and economics.
Students are expected to have:

-    A fascination for analysing and solving real-life supply chain challenges
-    Solid background in Operations/Supply Chain Management and Economics
-    Proven empirical and analytical skills
-    Experience in using R and Excel

You need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, summarized below:

1. To get up to speed with Supply Chain Management we expect students to be at least familiar with the contents of chapters 1-4 and 11/12/14 of the book "Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning, and Operation” by authors S. Chopra and P. Meindl;  Global edition (latest edition). Pearson Higher Education.
2. For Transport Economics a good preparation source is "Applied Transport Economics: policy, management and decision making” by Stuart Cole (latest edition, Kogan Page).
3. We use R for data analysis and statistics. Familiarize yourself with the basic syntax and data input/output of this software before the start of our programme (e.g. via Youtube).
4. Make sure your MS Excel skills are at an advanced level.

Approval depends on specific backgrounds and the extent to which you are familiar with the topics mentioned under ‘admission requirements’.

Application procedure
To enroll in the programme submit your enrolment application via Studielink. Please note: in Studielink you can apply for the Master in Business Administration and in VUnet you can select the specialization Transport and Supply Chain Management (TSCM).

Step 1:
Apply for the programme MSc Business Administration via Studielink. You can register for the specialization Transport and Supply Chain Management in VUnet (see step 2)

Step 2:
After application in studielink you will receive a VUnet-ID and password. Please complete your application in VUnet by answering additional questions, affirming  your choice for the specialization Transport and Supply Chain Management and uploading the following documents:

•    An official transcript of your grades
•    A motivation letter in which you explain why you want to pursue the Master programme in TSCM at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam . In your motivation letter you also need to include a 1 page summary of your bachelor thesis or a proposal for a bachelor thesis highlighting the research problem/question, the (intended) methodology and why that fits the research problem/question, as well as (intended) outcomes/results.
•    A recent resume.

Please note: we can only process your application when your choice of specialization is clear and you uploaded all documents. 

Step 3:
You will be invited for a mandatory (video) interview.

Step 4:
The admission committee will assess if you meet the admission criteria and will inform you about the decision via email.

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 highly 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.

If you have a Dutch higher vocational (HBO) degree you need to enroll in a pre-master’s programme, which is designed to bridge the gap between higher vocational education and university-level education. Beside a HBO degree you also need to score at least 550 on the GMAT test. Please note: the TSCM pre-master's programme is taught in English only.

For more information about the pre-master's programmes see 'Master na HBO' (in Dutch).

More information regarding registration HBO-bachelors, see the VU website (in Dutch).

Students who have successfully completed the VU pre-master’s programme in BA / TSCM are automatically entitled to admission to the master’s in BA / TSCM.

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Admission with an international degree

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
In order to gain admission to our Master’s programme, you 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. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. Students are expected to have:

  • A fascination for analysing and solving real-life supply chain challenges
  • Solid background in Operations/Supply Chain Management and Economics
  • Proven empirical and analytical skills
  • Experience in using R and Excel

You need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, summarized below:

  • To get up to speed with Supply Chain Management we expect students to be at least familiar with the contents of chapters 1-4 and 11/12/14 of the book "Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning, and Operation” by authors S. Chopra and P. Meindl;  Global edition (latest edition). Pearson Higher Education.
  • For Transport Economics a good preparation source is "Applied Transport Economics: policy, management and decision making” by Stuart Cole (latest edition, Kogan Page).
  • We use R for data analysis and statistics. Familiarize yourself with the basic syntax and data input/output of this software before the start of our programme (e.g. via Youtube).
  • Make sure your MS Excel skills are at an advanced level.

Please note for students from mainland China: only students from project 2.11 universities are eligible to apply for TSCM.

English language proficiency
The admission board wants to stress the intensity of the programme: reading scientific articles and writing papers will be a key part, all in a very high pace. Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. As you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and for international companies.

Vrije Universiteit 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 for the programme:  

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.


If you have read the admission requirements 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.

Step 1: Prepare documents and apply online
Please prepare the following documents and arrange the payment of the €100 application fee. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

•    Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
•    Curriculum Vitae
•    Transcript of records
•    A motivation letter in which you explain why you want to pursue the Master programme in TSCM at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam
•    Part of a Bachelor's or Master's thesis (written in English). If your previous curriculum did not include the writing of a thesis, any other representable piece of academic writing will serve as an alternative.
•    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. In Studielink you can apply for the Master in Business Administration and in VUnet you can select your choice of specialization. After you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via e-mail. Please refer to our application page to see which application deadline applies for you.

Step 2: 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. After conditional admission, all students will be invited for a mandatory video interview with the programme coordinator. This interview will help the Admission Board to further assess your match with the programme. In this video interview the Admission Board would like to discuss the following topics:

•    Your motivation to start the programme and your expectations
•    Your knowledge regarding the required courses

Following the interview, the Admission Board will give you an advice about your participation in the programme. For example, it can result in an advice to do some additional self-study in certain topics. Also, after discussing your background and expectations of the programme, the Board could recommend to maybe look for a more suitable programme (at a different university).

Step 3: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation what to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

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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 here on this webpage: vu.nl/ambassadors.

Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at VU Amsterdam!
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Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl

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