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
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.
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.
"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."
Language of instruction
1 June via www.vu.studielink.nl (students with direct admission) / International degree students: 1 April (different deadlines may hold for other category students)
Specialization in Business Administration
Field of Interest
Economics, Business and Law
"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."
There are strict admission criteria. These are set by the Admissions Board, which also decides on individual applications. The requirements are split up into Master specific requirements and general requirements (faculty website). Please read them both carefully:
General requirements for holders of a(n):
Specific admission requirements Master's programme Business Administration, specialization Transport and 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, as well as a recommendation letter from a professor. Submitting a GMAT score is recommended.
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 VU 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 could send your request per email until 1 May.
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, see the VU website (in Dutch).
Students with direct admission from VU Amsterdam
If you have direct admission to the Master's programme of your choice you need a new enrollment in .
International IBA students (3rd year students)
Students with a Bachelor's degree in International Business Administration from VU Amsterdam and direct admission to the Master's programme (for Master's specific entry requirements see the related IBA pages) of their choice can go to Apply for Diploma and follow the instructions. Additionally, you will need to register yourself through Studielink as a Master's student. If it is uncertain if you finish your Bachelor before the 1st of September, you need to both register yourself as a Master’s student and re-register as a Bachelor’s student IBA. Once your application for the Master's programme of your choice has been accepted and your registration as a Master’s student is complete, you can cancel your registration as an IBA student. Reminder: you are officially registered as a student if you have filled in your re-registration form and paid the tuition fee.
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When you are planning to continue your studies at VU Amsterdam after your IBA, please contact the Central Admission’s Support Team of VU 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 VU Amsterdam.
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Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.
Specific 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, as well as a recommendation letter from a professor. submitting a GMAT score is recommended.
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:
VU-test English-language proficiency: 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 criteria 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: Meet admission criteria
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.
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. 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 VU Amsterdam!
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