Culture, Organization and Management

Studying organizations from a cultural perspective

Study culture in organizations

Organizations are hubs in society: they support social structures and mediate and channel social and cultural change. The innovative Master’s programme Culture, Organization and Management (COM) teaches students how, in this age of globalization and fast cultural dynamics, organizations can suffer serious economic and social consequences as a result of inherent cultural bias, continuous change programs, and underestimation of the cultural dimension.

Management styles, cultural diversity, organizational identity, cross-cultural co-operations, and inter/national organizational processes are some of the subjects a graduate of the Master’s programme COM is an expert in. This interdisciplinary master’s programme, which examines and delves into organizational culture, offers a unique approach to organization science.

This programme combines anthropological and sociological approaches with research-based knowledge, and applies tools of cultural analysis to the workplace. The knowledge students gain will open new career opportunities in both public and private sectors.

The Master’s programme COM is accredited by the NVAO. After finishing the programme you receive the internationally recognized degree of Master of Science (MSc).
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This one-year-full-time English-language programme provides students with both practical and theoretical skills. 

The first semester seminars provide students with knowledge of contemporary theories of organizational culture and complex cultural processes that influence organizations and society. Moreover, students will also gain in-depth knowledge of qualitative research methods such as qualitative interviewing, participant observation, being a “fly on the wall”, and discursive analysis. All are key to the ethnographic approach adopted in this programme.

In the second semester you apply and deepen this knowledge by conducting three months of fieldwork research for your Master’s thesis. Your research will be supported by cutting-edge supervision by organizational research professionals

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What you can expect from the programme: 

  • Critical analysis of conventional organization and management practices
  • An interdisciplinary and cultural perspective 
  • A strong emphasis on fieldwork in order to get to know organizations from the bottom up and inside out 
  • Intensive training in analytical writing
  • Active tutors and lecturers who are keen to share and discuss their research with students

Culture, Organization and Management courses in study guide.

The prospects for graduates of the Master’s programme Culture, Organization and Management are favourable, with international jobs available in a wide array of sectors. Many graduates become consultants. Others obtain positions with corporations as commercial officers (e.g. in customer relations) HRM officers (e.g. in recruitment), or policy supports officers (e.g. in internal communications). Many corporations are currently engaged in processes of change. In the Master’s programme in Culture, Organization and Management you acquire the knowledge, skills and capabilities to provide you with excellent qualifications to study organizational change and to formulate creative solutions. The non-profit and public sectors increasingly demand COM graduates specifically for interdisciplinary teams.

If you have academic ambitions and want to pursue a career in education and research, you can go on to become a scientific researcher. The Master’s degree adequately prepares students to continue at PhD level, which takes four years in the Netherlands.

This graphic will give you an impression of the sectors in which our graduates find their employment (source: voldoende, maar mag het nog iets beter?)

Field of work


Studying organizational culture

The Master’s programme COM started in 1990. At that moment in time the concept of ‘culture’ had just been introduced into the field of management and organization sciences. It also figured prominently in popular management books and in conversations in boardrooms. Managers and management scholars saw culture as a key success factor and an instrument to create commitment in organizations. This understanding was at odds with anthropological understandings of culture, which have shown that culture controls people rather than the other way around. From the beginning, therefore, it has been the mission of the Master’s programme COM, to teach an understanding of culture in organizations that addresses every day life in organizations, and describes how people are caught in processes of sense-making. Knowledge about these processes is based on up-close and in-depth ethnographic research. To teach students to research organizations ethnographically, the programme has a trajectory that runs through all our teaching in the Master’s, right into the fieldwork period.

Learning from diversity
Members of the COM teaching staff come from diverse backgrounds: anthropology, management science, public administration, corporate history, psychology, development studies and sociology. Students can look forward to training and guidance from teachers who all have extensive international experience in organizational culture research and many of whom are experienced practitioners and consultants.

The Master's programme prides itself to welcome approximately 20% of its students from abroad.

com-sadhana-100 “The Master's Programme Culture, Organization and Management (COM) gives me the opportunity to get a job in consultancy after graduation. With the perspective on consultancy, COM is very broad orientated in Organization Management and the Organization Cultures. This gives me many possibilities in the consultancy world.”
Sadhana Raghoebarsing, student Culture, Organization and Management

 


Fieldwork research

Students gather data for their thesis during three months of fieldwork research. Students may conduct research for their thesis in the Netherlands or elsewhere in the world, for example in (Southern) Africa or the Caribbean. During fieldwork, students are supported by a supervisor and by an online research lab that will help them with interview techniques, storytelling, analysis, and other relevant skills.
Understanding everyday practice in organizations and organizational alliances obviously is a demanding process. COM students will learn to understand complex situations and analyse them from different angles. Guts, social understanding, sharp analytical skills and a healthy dose of human curiosity are the key attributes required to successfully complete field research.

Balk- research fields of academic staff

Some examples of research by academic staff in which students may participate.

Cultural aspects of megaprojects
Large infrastructure projects, such as the construction of metro and train connections or the expansion of the Panama canal, require cooperation between different partner organizations. Differences in organizational culture can have major impacts on the success or failure of such projects. Staff members Prof. dr. Alfons van Marrewijk and Prof. dr. Marcel Veenswijk are researching these processes.

Public-private partnerships
Private sector companies are playing an increasingly important role in nature conservation. Staff member dr.  Marja Spierenburg coordinates a number of research projects in Southern Africa. One of these projects focuses on large-scale, transfrontier conservation areas, where public-private partnerships are expected to contribute to both nature conservation and local socio-economic development.

Diversity in organizations
Cultural and gender diversity in and beyond organizations is considered one of the bigger challenges of our time. Staff members Prof. dr. Halleh Ghorashi and dr. Ida Sabelis coordinate various  research projects in which processes of exclusion and inclusion in organizations are
studied.

 

Due to changes in the semester structure as from the academic year 2011-2012, the educational programmes of the Faculty of Social Sciences are currently being revised. Once the revised programmes are definite, they will be published on our website.

Transnational Entrepreneurship
This theme is studied in the context of globalization and the operation of transnational networks. Organizations – from small businesses to large corporations – are increasingly operating across national borders. They often form transnational networks that bring together people from different cultural or ethnic backgrounds. The people staffing these organizations and networks are thus increasingly diverse, leading to a growing need for the knowledge and insight required to manage such diversity. Entrepreneurs and managers are often ignorant of the culture in the countries where they do business, but cultural understanding is indispensable for the success of partnerships and mergers.

Identity and Diversity in Organizations
This theme is about understanding identity-related processes of equality and inequality, and inclusion and exclusion in organizational life. It encompasses such issues as ethnicity, gender and age, as well as issues related to positions, power and politics. The course reviews the historical evolution of the “management of diversity”, current policies and new developments and perspectives. Specific attention is paid to contextualizing aspects of “sense-making” in organizational life: time-space relations, the importance of organizational language and the relevance or irrelevance of the network society.

The Management of Culture Change
This theme centres on how managers and other members of an organization can give meaning and direction to change processes, and how interventions in such processes are affected. “Culture change” is often cited as a panacea for ailing organizations. But despite high expectations, the results are often meagre. Why is this so? What interventions work and under what conditions do they succeed or fail?

Overview Culture, Organization & Management

Language of instruction

English

Duration

1 year

Tuition fee

Application deadline

1 June for Dutch and EU-students. 1 April for non-EU-students.

Start date

1 September

Study type

Full-time

Field of Interest

Behavioural and Social Sciences

A student’s perspective

Our students

COM explores the world of organizations from an inverted lens. Instead of positioning from a Managerial view, the programme takes a critical stance towards organizations. Departing from a sociological approach, COM treats in depth the power dimension that underlies organizations and introduces ´sense-making´ as the pivotal approach to looking at reality. From there, the programme explores three major topics: diversity management in organization, transnational organizations management, change management in organizations.

The proposal is unique: we are not here to prepare students on how to manage, design and control cultures in organizations. We don´t believe in that. We are here to teach students on how to deconstruct and unravel, think critically, and become agents of change.

The academic research is half the course and constitutes the most important part of it. Our preferred fieldwork method is the ethnographic approach. In this sense, having a curious mind and being passionate for the world of organizations is a defining condition to join the programme.

COM prepares alike those students who are looking to continue their studies in the field of organization sciences towards an academic life and those who want to become critical professionals in the organizational world

Our alumni

Erika-COM-testimonialnieuwErika Guanilo, aged 30
Graduated in 2010 
Human Resources Coordinator at Unilever Peru
and Part-time Professor at the Faculty of
Business Administration at Lima University

What do you do for a living?
I’m employed on two institutions that I really love, since they match my life style and professional expectations very well. On the corporate side, I’m a Human Resources Coordinator at Unilever Peru.  My role combines routine tasks with a Business Partner position. At the same time, I work on Employer Brand projects with university relations and the academic community. This is how I got a chance to also be a professor at Lima University. I work part-time at the Faculty of Business Administration and I’m currently teaching a course called ‘Staffing and Evaluations Management’.

What do you like about your job?
At Unilever I’m involved in developing talent, something I really love doing. My job allows me to help line managers to build teams that will contribute to the success of the strategy in terms of training, staffing and compensations. I also love my job as a professor. I really enjoy teaching. It allowes me to keep updated on my thesis research, that involved the study of Generation Y, and to validate my work in the sense of their career expectations and their motivations for the labor market.

What aspects of your job relate to the Master’s programme you followed at VU Amsterdam?
Being in an international class helped me to think out of the box. My classmates not just had different nationalities but also various professional backgrounds. That enables me to adopt to situations in which I have to deal with international projects and executing international policies to our local needs.
COM also gave me a critical perspective, that now helps me to make my students reflect on their future professional life and their role in the community. That has become a very relevant topic for this generation. I believe that is my duty as a professor to help them find a way to contribute to our community as professionals but at the same time as real conscious citizens.

Did having this Master’s degree help in any way to get your job?
It certainly did, but I also believe that everyone is the owner of his or her own professional development. Getting these jobs was a combination of my previous work experience, my education and my attitude and motivations to take my career to the next level. COM helped me to discover competences I did not know I had, but at the same time made me realize that there is a long way to go for learning and discovering many views of diversity and its impact on companies.

Why did you choose this Master’s, and what job did you expect to find with this degree?
Being a business graduate helps me understand the way a company must work in order to sustain its competitive advantage, but COM gave the outlook to question the purposes of the way of working. In human resources it is key to understand how talent behavior inside teams works, and when I saw that COM offers this sociological perspective that I had missing, I applied.
What I was looking for after finishing the programme, was to match my business background with my obtained social focus. It is crucial to balance those two in order to support a company with the most suitable organizational architecture, is based on committed and talented people.

What should students expect of life after graduation?
From me, it is that critical way of thinking that helps me to question any project that comes to me. This is very valuable on the labour market, since any industry needs people who have learned to think that there is always a different way to go. Personally it will also keep you alert and open to learn, and it is by learning that we grow.

Do you have any recommendations for students for their education or careers?
Be passionate on whatever you decide to do. Keep in mind that your studies will allow you to get your dream job. But it is with passion and commitment that you can go as far as you desire to. You are the owner of your career and responsible to manage and take it as far as you want to. Yes, it is hard work but anything that is worth it will demand sacrifices and falls. But the rewards will be incredible for your life. 


 

Nieuw: ComponentMarieke Veeger, aged 29 
Graduated in 2005
Junior advisor in organisation development for the Bolivian NGO AIPE in La Paz

Marieke Veeger lives and works in Bolivia. She is an advisor for AIPE, a Bolivian non-governamental organization (NGO), for the development of the head office’s organization in La Paz, Bolivia’s capital. Marieke works to strengthen the network that AIPE represents. The NGO is engaged in food security and rural economic development in Bolivia, by lobbying for better policy. For instance, last year they lobbied for the right for adequate food to be included in the country’s new constitution.

“Advising and guiding AIPE’s management is very instructive,” says Marieke. “Organization development sometimes is a sensitive topic and the word ‘change’ itself can be taboo. I need to adjust my style of working to that. It is important to breed trust and have patience; a lot of patience.”

The job fully relates to Marieke’s study programme in Culture, Organization and Management. Marieke analyzes the organization, scrutinizes changes and structures, and gives advice on how things could be better run. The intercultural perspective, which is dealt with in various courses on the programme, is something she continuously needs to keep in mind.

“Working here teaches me a lot. I was extremely lucky to get this job, because it’s very difficult to find a paid job in development cooperation in a developing country when you have only a bit of experience.” She has been posted to Bolivia by ICCO, a Dutch co-financing organization for development cooperation. When she saw the vacancy for junior advisor she lived in Costa Rica, and her job interview had to take place from a phone booth in Arequipa, Peru, where she was on holiday. After a second interview in The Netherlands she was hired and within two months she was in Bolivia.

According to Marieke organization development will increasingly become an important topic for organizations, profit or non-profit. The ever-changing environment of the organization demands it. “An organization that doesn’t want to develop will eventually come to grief,” says Marieke. “And development cooperation is a sector where experts in organization development can play a meaningful role.” 

 
ICCO supports organizations in fifty countries in Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe, and also conducts campaigns in The Netherlands. Moreover, it tries to get young people involved in development cooperation.
www.icco.nl 

Sonia-COM-testimonialnieuwSonia Plaszewska, aged 24
Graduated in 2011 
Research Assistant at ABN AMRO

What do you do for a living?
I work for ABN AMRO as a research assistant in the business-to-business department. I am responsible for the acquisition of new sponsors for the business events. I qualify and recruit new clients, and match them with the needs of our current investors. On a daily basis I track news about trends in the investment market. My main specializations are emerging markets and alternative investments.

What do you really like about your job?
What I like about this job is the international exposure and professional, highly motivated and energetic business environment. I deeply value the opportunity to develop new skills and extend my knowledge.

How did you find your job?
I found the job through the job search portal and after passing all stages of selection process I was selected!

What aspects of your job relate to the Master’s programme you followed at VU Amsterdam?
COM is one of the most relevant programmes that I could have applied for. The knowledge that I gathered about globalization and localization, and shifts in the arena of the global market helps me understand the needs of our sponsors from emerging countries. It helps me in negotiations and brings the conversations on a higher level.

Did having this Master’s degree help to get your job?
The choice for this programme and the work experience that I gained during my studies combined to a huge advantage to get an employment. Nevertheless, in contemporary society, mere degree is not a guarantee of employment. Students have to understand how competitive the market is and what prospective employers require from applicants.

Why did you choose this Master’s, and what job did you expect to find with this degree?
I chose COM because I aim to become an organizational consultant or to open my own consultancy company. I didn’t expect to get a job in that field right after graduation. I came to understand that I need to build up more on my resume to be fitted.
Shortly after I completed my thesis I went to India for a management traineeship. There I learned a lot about the consultancy practice and I could fully adapt and challenge my knowledge of organizational life and management. I had a chance to study organizational behavior, track the merging problems and plan for an intervention strategy. During this managerial practice I could take a full advantage of my degree and specialization.

What should (prospective) students expect of life after graduation?
Life after graduation as for international students in a foreign country is very challenging. While entering the big world, an international alumnus must come to realize the legal requirements of residing in a foreign country.

Do you have any recommendations for (prospective) students for their education or careers?
Prospective students should always follow the programmes which match with their nature, personality and interests. Standing in line for employment, the chances stands for those who are really passionate about the role they have been studied to take.

 

Bas Rozemuller, aged 37 
Graduated in 1996
Technical advisor for the International Labour Organization in Vietnam


Bas Rozemuller is enjoying Hanoi and finds Vietnam - a country in the fight against poverty - a fascinating place culturally, economically and socially. He works for the International Labour Organization (ILO), a UN agency engaged in labour rights.

Since March 2006 Bas has been involved in a development project for Small Business Development. Together with the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce the project offers support to small businesses in a number of provinces in Vietnam. “My job is to support the project director with the daily management of the project and to maintain relations with the project’s many partners,” he explains. “Moreover, we all have our own technical fields to work in, like Business Development Services, entrepreneurship education, policy development for the small business sector, and value chain research; all for small scale business development. The aim is to eventually create employment. In practice we train small businesses in accounting and marketing, through our local partner organizations, we help open up export markets and assist with association building: to form small business networks with a louder voice towards the government.”

Even in his study programme Culture, Organization and Management, Bas focussed on Asia. The programme itself intensively studies organization processes, organizational capacity building, human resource management and the intercultural aspect of organization analysis. Additionally Bas took courses in Chinese economics at the University of Amsterdam and studied Mandarin-Chinese in Leiden. He also did two internships in China and one in Cambodia. “The international orientation of the programme has been very useful. The University has many international connections, which you can make good use of as a student.”

For Bas it lead to a first job in Cambodia, then the ILO head quarters in Geneva, Switzerland, a year in Kabul, Afghanistan, a two year small business project for ILO in Cambodia and Laos, and now his job in Vietnam. “It is a very different world to work in, but the first signs of progress are there. I believe that eventually we will make a difference for the labourers here in Vietnam.”

Admission Dutch students

Afhankelijk van je vooropleiding gelden verschillende toelatingseisen, deadlines en aanmeldprocedures voor de master Beleid, communicatie en organisatie. 

Kies de situatie die op jou van toepassing is:
•    Ik heb een bachelordiploma van de VU
•    Ik heb een bachelordiploma van een andere Nederlandse universiteit
•    Ik heb een hbo-bachelordiploma
•    Ik heb een buitenlandse vooropleiding

Heb je al een masterdiploma?
Let op! De kosten van een tweede master zijn niet gelijk aan het reguliere collegegeld. De aanmeldprocedure is gelijk aan die met een bachelor van de VU, van een andere Nederlandse universiteit of van het hbo.
Meer informatie over tarieven tweede graad
 

Rechtstreeks toelaatbaar

Met de volgende vooropleidingen van de VU word je rechtstreeks toegelaten tot de master Culture, Organization and Management in studiejaar 2017-2018:

•    Bachelordiploma Bestuurs- en organisatiewetenschap
•    Bachelordiploma Culturele Antropologie en Ontwikkelingssociologie
•    Bachelordiploma Politicologie
•    Bachelordiploma Sociologie

Let op: Alle kandidaten moeten voor aanvang van de master voldoen aan de Engelse taaleis met het resultaat zoals vermeld onderaan deze pagina.

Voldoe je niet aan de eisen voor rechtstreekse toelating, maar beschik je over een van de volgende diploma’s, dan moet je een toelatingsverzoek indienen. De Toelatingscommissie FSW beoordeelt je verzoek en controleert of je aan de voorwaarden voldoet.

•    Bachelordiploma Communicatiewetenschap: minimaal twee vakken uit de minor Organizational Culture (of vergelijkbare vakken) + één vak op het gebied van kwalitatieve onderzoeksmethodologie en eventueel een leesadvies.
•    Bachelordiploma Algemene Sociale Wetenschappen: minimaal twee vakken uit de minor Organizational Culture (of vergelijkbare vakken) + één additioneel vak kwalitatieve onderzoeksmethodologie en eventueel een leesadvies.
•    Bachelordiploma Communicatie en Informatiewetenschappen: minor Organizational Culture (VU) of B&O (UU).
•    Bachelordiploma Psychologie: minor Organizational Culture (VU) of B&O (UU).

Als je niet zeker weet of je rechtstreeks toelaatbaar bent of eerst aan aanvullende voorwaarden moet voldoen, dien dan een toelatingsverzoek in ter beoordeling door de Toelatingscommissie.Meld je aan in Studielink. Je ontvangt inlogcodes waarmee je je vervolgens kunt aanmelden in VUnet. Een aanmelding verplicht je tot niets en kan nog tot 1 september kosteloos geannuleerd worden.

Bij je aanmelding in VUnet moet je de volgende documenten uploaden:
•    Motivatie
•    CV
•    Officiële cijferlijst* van de opleiding(en) op grond waarvan je toelating vraagt tot de master
•    Officiële omschrijvingen van behaalde vakken die relevant zijn voor toelating
•    Formulier toelating

*Als je nog geen definitieve cijferlijst hebt, voeg dan een voorlopige cijferlijst toe.

De toelatingscommissie beoordeelt elk verzoek en besluit of je rechtstreeks kunt instromen of dat je (een deel van) de premaster moet volgen.

Algemene informatie over de inschrijfprocedure

Alle kandidaten moeten voor aanvang van de master een taaltoets Engels hebben behaald met het genoemde resultaat (niet ouder dan 2 jaar).
Als je bent toegelaten tot de premaster kun je tijdens het studiejaar aan deze taaleis Engels voldoen.

•    IELTS score minimum 6.5
•    TOEFL score paper based test: 580
•    TOEFL score computer based test: 237
•    TOEFL score internet based test: 92
•    Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B&C
•    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A&B
•    VU TOEFL-ITP: 580 (alleen geldig aan de VU Amsterdam)

Vrijstelling van de taaleis Engels wordt verleend
•    als je bachelor- of masterdiploma op basis waarvan je toelating vraagt aan de VU, is behaald aan een Engelstalige instelling in Australië, Canada, Ierland, Nieuw Zeeland, Verenigd Koninkrijk of de Verenigde Staten.
•    als je een bachelor- of masterdiploma hebt behaald van een door NVAO geaccrediteerde Engelstalige opleiding aan een Nederlandse universiteit.
•    als je een bachelor- of masterdiploma hebt behaald van een geaccrediteerde Engelstalige opleiding behaald in een ander EU-land.

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Deadlines rechtstreeks toelaatbaar
- 31 juli: aanmelding voltooid hebben in Studielink en VUnet.
- 31 augustus: inschrijving voltooid hebben (incl. betaling collegegeld).

Deadlines toelaatbaar onder voorwaarden
- 31 mei: aanmelding voltooid hebben in Studielink en VUnet, incl. indienen toelatingsverzoek.
- 31 augustus: inschrijving voltooid hebben (incl. betaling collegegeld).

Met de volgende vooropleiding word je rechtstreeks toegelaten tot de master Culture, Organization and Management in studiejaar 2017-2018:

•    Bachelordiploma Bestuurs- en organisatiewetenschap
•    Bachelordiploma Culturele Antropologie en Ontwikkelingssociologie
•    Bachelordiploma Organisatiewetenschappen (Tilburg University)
•    Bachelordiploma Politicologie
•    Bachelordiploma Sociologie

Let op: Alle kandidaten moeten voor aanvang van de master voldoen aan de Engelse taaleis met het resultaat zoals vermeld onderaan deze pagina.Voldoe je niet aan de eisen voor rechtstreekse toelating, maar beschik je over een van de volgende diploma’s, dan moet je een toelatingsverzoek indienen. De Toelatingscommissie FSW beoordeelt je verzoek en controleert of je aan de voorwaarden voldoet.

•    Bachelordiploma Communicatiewetenschap: minimaal twee vakken uit de VU-minor Organizational Culture (of vergelijkbare vakken) + één vak op het gebied van kwalitatieve onderzoeksmethodologie en eventueel een leesadvies).
•    Bachelordiploma Algemene Sociale Wetenschappen: minimaal twee vakken uit de minor Organizational Culture (of vergelijkbare vakken) + één additioneel vak kwalitatieve onderzoeksmethodologie en eventueel een leesadvies.
•    Bachelordiploma Communicatie en Informatiewetenschappen: minor Organizational Culture (VU) of B&O (UU).
•    Bachelordiploma Liberal Arts / Social Sciences van een University College (AUC, UCU, UCR,  UCM):  over het algemeen word je rechtstreeks toegelaten, eventueel met een leesadvies, afhankelijk van je specifieke vakkenpakket.
•    Bachelordiploma Psychologie: minor Organizational Culture (VU) of B&O (UU).

Als je niet zeker weet of je rechtstreeks toelaatbaar bent of eerst aan aanvullende voorwaarden moet voldoen, dien dan een toelatingsverzoek in ter beoordeling door de Toelatingscommissie.Meld je aan in Studielink. Je ontvangt inlogcodes waarmee je je vervolgens kunt aanmelden in VUnet. Een aanmelding verplicht je tot niets en kan nog tot 1 september kosteloos geannuleerd worden.

Bij je aanmelding in VUnet moet je de volgende documenten uploaden:
•    Motivatie
•    CV
•    Officiële cijferlijst* van de opleiding(en) op grond waarvan je toelating vraagt tot de master
•    Officiële omschrijvingen van behaalde vakken die relevant zijn voor toelating
•    Formulier toelating

*Als je nog geen definitieve cijferlijst hebt, voeg dan een voorlopige cijferlijst toe.

De toelatingscommissie beoordeelt elk verzoek en besluit of je rechtstreeks kunt instromen of dat je (een deel van) de premaster moet volgen.


Algemene informatie over de inschrijfprocedure

Alle kandidaten moeten voor aanvang van de master een taaltoets Engels hebben behaald met het genoemde resultaat (niet ouder dan 2 jaar).
Als je bent toegelaten tot de premaster kun je tijdens het studiejaar aan deze taaleis Engels voldoen.

•    IELTS score minimum 6.5
•    TOEFL score paper based test: 580
•    TOEFL score computer based test: 237
•    TOEFL score internet based test: 92
•    Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B&C
•    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A&B
•    VU TOEFL-ITP: 580 (alleen geldig aan de VU Amsterdam)

Vrijstelling van de taaleis Engels wordt verleend
•    als je bachelor- of masterdiploma op basis waarvan je toelating vraagt aan de VU, is behaald aan een Engelstalige instelling in Australië, Canada, Ierland, Nieuw Zeeland, Verenigd Koninkrijk of de Verenigde Staten.
•    als je een bachelor- of masterdiploma hebt behaald van een door NVAO geaccrediteerde Engelstalige opleiding aan een Nederlandse universiteit.
•    als je een bachelor- of masterdiploma hebt behaald van een geaccrediteerde Engelstalige opleiding behaald in een ander EU-land.


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Deadlines toelaatbaar onder voorwaarden
- 31 mei: aanmelding voltooid hebben in Studielink en VUnet.
- 31 augustus: inschrijving voltooid hebben (incl. betaling collegegeld).

Admission to the Master’s programmes is open to individuals holding a Bachelor’s degree in higher vocational education (Hbo), providing they successfully completed the pre-Master's course.

Admission to the pre-Master’s course is possible for Hbo holders with a study load of 240 ECTS credits (168 'old' credits), who have also successfully completed a pre-Master’s assessment. The assessment is designed to ensure that students admitted to the pre-Master's (with the intention of subsequently completing the Master's programme) are able to meet the required academic level.

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To apply for the pre-Master students must register via Studielink not later than1 June.

On the registration form, you will be required to specify a preferred date to sit the pre-Master's assessment. Students will then receive confirmation well in advance of the assessment date. Results will be communicated in writing approximately two to three weeks after the assessment has been completed. Successful candidates will also receive a declaration of admission to the pre-Master's course. This should be kept with together with the registration documents students will receive from the Student Admissions after July 1.

Full registration (including payment) should be completed before September 1.

The following information is in Dutch, since the pre-Master's programme is in Dutch and therefore not accessible for students who don't speak Dutch.

Als hbo'er kun je starten met de master Culture, Organization and Management nadat je de bijbehorende premaster met succes hebt afgerond. Ieder hbo-bachelordiploma geeft toegang tot de premaster, mits aan de eisen van het premasterassessment is voldaan.

Taaleis Engels
Alle kandidaten moeten voor aanvang van de master een taaltoets Engels hebben behaald met het genoemde resultaat (niet ouder dan 2 jaar).
Kandidaten die toegelaten zijn tot de premaster kunnen tijdens het studiejaar aan deze taaleis Engels voldoen.

  • IELTS score minimum 6.5
  • TOEFL score paper based test: 580
  • TOEFL score computer based test: 237
  • TOEFL score internet based test: 92
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B&C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A&B
  • VU TOEFL-ITP: 580 (alleen geldig aan de VU Amsterdam)

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Algemene informatie over de inschrijfprocedure

Deadlines
- 31 mei: aanmelding voltooid hebben in Studielink en VUnet (incl. aanmelding premasterassessment).
- 31 augustus: inschrijving voltooid hebben (incl. betaling collegegeld).

•   Het premasterprogramma telt 30 EC.
•   De studielast van de premaster is verspreid over het jaar. In totaal worden er vier vakken aangeboden, per onderwijsperiode één vak, met uitzondering van periode 3 waarin geen onderwijs wordt verzorgd.
•   De colleges zijn verspreid over de gehele week (maandag t/m vrijdag).
•   De premaster moet binnen één jaar worden afgerond. De behaalde resultaten van de premaster zijn geldig tot 1 september van het volgende studiejaar.
•   Elk studiepunt staat gelijk aan 28 uur studie. Een vak van 6 studiepunten staat dus voor 168 uur studie.
•   Het tarief is gelijk aan de helft van het wettelijke collegegeld.

Inhoud studie
The Premaster’s programme COM prepares students for the international Master’s programme Culture, Organization & Management. It is a part-time programme consisting of five courses.
De course Inleiding Bestuur- en Organisatiewetenschappen (in Dutch) provides a broad base in organization studies, which is further developed and focused in the Organizational and Change course. An overview of Social Science research methods is presented in the Introduction to Social Science Research Methodology. In the Fieldwork & Textwork specific qualitative research methods, such as interviewing and observing, are further trained. Academic writing (in English) is trained in the a specific course. The Fieldwork & Textwork course (9 credits) ends with a written literature based paper on a topic of choice within the Culture, Organization & Management Domain.

Bekijkempty het jaarschema van de premaster COM.

Met een HBO-bachelor
Ieder hbo-bachelordiploma geeft toegang tot de premaster, mits aan de eisen van het assessment is voldaan. Om toegelaten te worden tot de premaster moet je je aanmelden in Studielink en je aanmelding voltooien in  VUnet. In VUnet meld je je ook aan voor het premasterassessment. Vervolgens moet je uiterlijk 31 augustus zowel het premasterassessment als je hbo-bachelordiploma hebben behaald.

Met een WO-bachelor
Heb je een wo-bachelordiploma, dan kun je via VUnet een toelatingsverzoek indienen voor de master. De toelatingscommissie beoordeelt elk verzoek. Als je niet rechtstreeks kunt instromen in de master, moet je (een deel van) de premaster volgen. In dat geval hoef je vanwege je wo-vooropleiding het premasterassessment niet te maken.

Premasterassesment
Bekijk alle informatie over het premasterassessment.

Het premasterassessment van FSW toetst:
•    Engelse taalvaardigheid
•    Nederlandse taalvaardigheid
•    Rekenkundige vaardigheden (statistiek)
•    Cognitieve capaciteiten

De onderdelen Engelse taalvaardigheid en rekenkundige vaardigheden (statistiek) zijn bindend.

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Deadlines

- 31 mei: aanmelding voltooid hebben in Studielink en VUnet, incl. aanmelding premasterassessment.
- 31 augustus: inschrijving voltooid hebben (incl. betaling collegegeld).

Hoe schrijf ik me in voor een premaster?
Dat hangt van je vooropleiding af. Informatie over de inschrijvingsprocedure van deze opleiding vind je onder het kopje ‘Toelatingseisen en aanmelden’. Algemene informatie over de inschrijfprocedure op de VU staat op de website.

Word ik met mijn hbo-diploma toegelaten tot een masteropleiding?
Als hbo-bachelor word je niet direct toegelaten tot de masteropleiding, maar volg je eerst een premaster. Om toegelaten te worden tot de premaster moet je over een hbo-diploma beschikken met een studielast van 240 EC. Ook moet je met succes het assessment afronden. Een afgeronde premaster biedt toegang tot de aansluitende masteropleiding.

Ik heb heel hoge cijfers gehaald in mijn hbo-bachelor en werkervaring. Mag ik direct instromen?
Helaas word je niet direct toegelaten tot de master met jouw hbo-bachelor. Alleen een wo-bachelor geeft mogelijk direct toegang. Werkervaring en hoge cijfers tellen niet mee in de toelatingsprocedure.

Mag ik instromen met een premaster van een andere universiteit?
Het is niet gebruikelijk om in te stromen met een premaster van een andere universiteit. De toelatingseisen en de inhoud kunnen verschillen per universiteit en per premaster.

Ik ga mijn hbo-bachelor niet voor 1 september halen. Mag ik toch starten in de premaster?
Omdat halverwege het collegejaar instromen bij onze faculteit niet mogelijk is, moet je je hbo-bachelor vóór 1 september hebben afgerond. Wanneer je je hbo-bachelor niet voor 1 september hebt behaald, kun je niet instromen in de premaster in het aansluitende collegejaar.

Ik ontvang mijn hbo-bachelordiploma niet voor 1 september, maar heb deze al wel behaald.
Uiterlijk 31 augustus moet een kopie van je hbo-bachelor of een bewijs van afstuderen binnen zijn. Je kunt dan je hbo-bachelor later inleveren, maar deze moet gedateerd zijn van vóór 1 september om in te kunnen stromen in september.

Moet ik als premasterstudent ook deelnemen aan matching?
Nee, matching is alleen voor bachelorstudenten.

Hoe sta ik ingeschreven in de premaster?
Als premasterstudent ben je ingeschreven in de bachelor.

Ik wil graag de premaster Political Science volgen, gelden daar aanvullende eisen voor?
Ja, om in te stromen in de premaster Political Science moet je aan aanvullende eisen voldoen. Zie daarvoor ' toelatingseisen en aanmelden ' bij Political Science.

 

PREMASTERASSESSMENT

Moet ik ook een premasterassessment doen? En waarom?
Het assessment is verplicht voor hbo-bachelors die met de premaster willen starten en is verplicht voor alle masteropleidingen bij de Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen. Met het premasterassessment wordt getest of je beschikt over voldoende specifieke kennis en vaardigheden om de premaster te volgen.

Wat toetst het premasterassessment van de Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen?
Het assessment bestaat uit:

  • Tekstbegrip en leesvaardigheid in de Nederlandse taal
  • Tekstbegrip en leesvaardigheid in de Engelse taal
  • Rekenkundige vaardigheden en wiskunde/statistiek
  • Cognitieve capaciteiten

Wat kost het premasterassessment?
De kosten voor deelname aan het assessment bedragen 110 euro.

Hoe meld ik mij aan voor het premasterassessment?
Meld je via Studielink aan voor de premaster en doorloop de stappen van de aanmeldingsprocedure. Je komt dan vanzelf op een punt dat je je moet aanmelden voor het assessment.

Wanneer vindt het premasterassessment plaats?
Data voor het premasterassessment kun je vinden op www.vu.nl/premasterassessment.

Is de uitslag van het premasterassessment bindend?
De onderdelen Engels en Wiskunde zijn bindend. Wie voor deze onderdelen geen voldoende haalt, kan niet starten met een premaster. Het is niet mogelijk om het premasterassessment over te doen.

Ik wil graag op een ander moment het premasterassessment maken. Kan dat?
Neem hiervoor contact op met de studentenbalie.

Ik heb een diploma van het vwo. Moet ik ook het premasterassessment maken? Ik heb toch al bewezen dat ik het niveau aankan?
Ondanks je vwo-diploma moet je het premasterassessment maken en behalen. Dit om na te gaan of je nog steeds op het gewenste niveau zit.

Als ik het premasterassessment niet behaal, mag ik dan herkansen?
Nee, helaas kun je het premasterassessment niet herkansen.

Als ik het premasterassessment niet heb gemaakt/behaald, krijg ik dan het geld terug?
Nee, dit bedrag is niet restituteerbaar.

Wanneer krijg ik de uitslag van het premasterassessment?
De uitslag wordt binnen drie weken na afname van het premasterassessment per post verstuurd naar het postadres wat je hebt opgegeven in Studielink.

Mag ik de premaster als minor volgen in mijn hbo-bachelor?
Helaas is het niet mogelijk om de premaster als minor te volgen. Om toegelaten te worden tot de premaster moet je in het bezit zijn van een hbo-bachelordiploma. Je kunt als hbo-bachelor wel een paar keuzevakken volgen tot 20 EC.

Kan ik na het behalen van mijn premaster een jaar wachten met instromen in de master?
Nee, de premaster geeft uitsluitend toegang tot de instroom van de master voor het collegejaar daarop.

Lees meer over het premasterassesment, voorbereidingstips en afnamedata

If you have any question after reading this website, please view the frequently asked questions. When your answer is not there, please send an email to studiekeuze.fsw@vu.nl.

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Admission International students

Applicants with an international Bachelor’s degree  
The Master’s degree programme in Culture, Organization & Management is an international programme. To gain admission, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university in Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Organization Science, Communication Science (from a Social Sciences perspective), Organization Psychology, Social Psychology, or Business Administration. You must have had research methodology. Those who hold another degree (particularly in the Humanities) can be admitted if their study programme shows sufficient affinity (course content and research methodology). You also need an excellent working command of English.

How to apply
To apply for the 2017-2018 programme, you need to register in Studielink. Once you have completed your registration in Studielink, you will receive log in details for the portal in VUnet. You must complete your application in VUnet by uploading the following required documents:

  1. Certified copy of your original Bachelor’s degree certificate. The certified degree must be in English or be translated into English by your university or a sworn translator. If you have yet to obtain your degree, you can ask the registrar of your university to provide an official statement to the effect that your are certain to graduate before 1 September.
  2. A transcript of the grades you obtained in your Bachelor’s programme. The certified transcript must be in English or be translated into English by your university or by a sworn translator. If you have followed or are following a master’s programme and/or more than one bachelor’s programme, please include transcripts of all these programmes.
  3. A clearly legible copy of the page(s) in your passport (or ID-card if you are an EU student) that contain(s) your personal data. A copy of a passport / ID card that is no longer valid will not be accepted.
  4. A curriculum vitae, including your personal details, and listing your previous education and relevant work experience.
  5. A Bachelor's or Master's thesis (in English). Or if you have not finished your thesis yet, a sample of an academic writing in English (at least 10 pages in length). The writing sample should be relevant for the programme and clearly demonstrate your academic skills. We will check your sample for plagiarism as one of the first steps of the evaluation procedure.
  6. A description of the courses you have taken during your bachelor’s programme, you can either copy this from the study guide or type 5-10 sentences for each course yourself (written in English). Emphasize the ones that you think are relevant for the proposed Master Programme. If you have not yet graduated, please also include an overview of courses with course descriptions which you are following or going to follow before graduation.
  7. A letter of motivation (no more than 2 pages in length, in English). Also, if applicable, please specify in this letter, the name of the specialization you are applying for.
  8. The results of an English language test. To be admitted to the master’s programme all applicants must meet the following results in the English language test (no older than 2 years):
  • IELTS score with a minimum of 6.5 
  • TOEFL score paper based test: 580
  • TOEFL score computer based test: 237
  • TOEFL score internet based test: 92
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B&C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A&B
  • VU TOEFL-ITP: 580 (only valid for VU Amsterdam)

IELTS = test given by the British International English Language Testing Service
TOEFL = American Test of English as a foreign Language

Exemptions from the language test requirements are granted in the following cases:
•    if your bachelor's or master's diploma on the basis of which you ask for admission at the VU Amsterdam, was obtained in an English-language university programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK or USA.
•    if your bachelor's or master's diploma was obtained in an NVAO-accredited English-taught programme at a Dutch university.
•    if your bachelor's or master's diploma was obtained in an NVAO-accredited English-taught programme in a different EU-country.

Please note that the options for taking this test are limited, especially during the summer holidays. Remember to upload the result of your test as soon as possible, but at the latest June 1st (for non-EEA students) or August 31st (for EEA students).

Application fee & deadlines
All students seeking admission to an international Bachelor’s or Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.

Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here.

For more information, international students may also contact the admission officer: admissionsfss@vu.nl.

Scholarships
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

Scholarship for former exchange students

The Faculty of Social Sciences of VU Amsterdam offers a small scholarship to students who have studied at the Faculty of Social Sciences of VU Amsterdam as an exchange student, and who wish to pursue an international master’s degree programme at the same Faculty.

The scholarship amounts to:

  • € 500 (in total) to former exchange students from EEA countries
  • € 3.000 (in total) to former exchange students from non-EEA countries

We award this Social Sciences Scholarship to a maximum number of 10 students, selection (if necessary) is based on merit. You can apply for this scholarship by submitting your application for the master, and then sending an e-mail to admissionsfss@vu.nl to remind us that you are a former exchange student.

Below you'll find answers to frequently asked questions from international students.


What is the definition of an “international student”
All students who have followed their previous education outside the Netherlands are considered to be international students. This includes Dutch students who have obtained their bachelor’s degree outside the Netherlands. It does not include students with a foreign nationality who did a bachelor’s degree programme in the Netherlands.

Dutch students with a Dutch bachelor click here.

How do I apply for a Master’s programme?
International students should apply for Master’s programmes through the online application system at www.vu.nl/en.

Is it possible to apply when I have not yet obtained my Bachelor’s degree? 

You should submit a copy of your most recent transcript of grades and a declaration from your present university that you are expected to graduate before the start of the master programme. Please also submit a list of courses you are still following or going to follow before your graduation. If you are admitted to the master, you will be admitted conditionally, with the condition that you have to submit certified copies of your degree and final transcript of records before the start of the programme. You will only be admitted unconditionally when all conditions have been met.

Is it possible to apply when I have not yet obtained my English language test result?
It is possible to apply if you have not yet passed an English language test. You should indicate in the online system when you are planning to take the test, and send us the test result as soon as you can. If you are admitted to the (pre)master, you will be admitted conditionally, with the condition that you have to submit an English language test result with sufficient result before the start of the programme. You will only be admitted unconditionally when all conditions have been met.

What criteria does the examination board use to decide on my admissibility to a master?
Once your application file is complete the board of examiners will decide if you will be admitted to the master’s programme. The Examination Board evaluates each application on the basis of individual achievement. To gain admission, you must hold a BA or BSc honours degree or equivalent in the field of the master's programme or in a related discipline. You must have had Social Sciences research methodology.

I have received my admission letter, what happens next?
If you have been admitted (un)conditionally to a Master’s programme, you will receive an offer letter. This offer letter contains information concerning application procedures for accommodation and visa, and how to confirm your participation in the programme. It explains exactly which steps you have to take next. It may take up to three months (if you apply several months before the official deadline) before you receive the offer letter after your acceptance to the programme.

Is it possible to study for a Master course part time?

No. All Master's programmes are full-time only.

Is your question not on this FAQ?
Send an e-mail to admissionsfss@vu.nl. Our Admission Officers will answer your questions.

Dutch students can contact us at studiekeuze.fsw@vu.nl.

For further questions about admission requirements, please contact the International Student Advisor by e-mail (admissionsfss@vu.nl)

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