Entrepreneurship

We make you feel entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is a state of mind. It's about turning opportunities into action

Entrepreneurship has become an independent and mature academic discipline with its own theories, models and tools. Research shows that entrepreneurship encourages innovation, increases social mobility and enhances labour market flexibility, and is indispensable to economic prosperity. In addition, it can solve social problems and sustainability challenges.

Responding to these developments, VU Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam (UvA) have joined forces to establish a joint one-year full-time MSc programme in Entrepreneurship. Students will take classes at both universities and be taught by UvA and VU lecturers.

We see entrepreneurship as the processes of creating and exploiting opportunities by means of novel combinations of resources leading to new (social, societal and economic) value. Creativity plays a key role in these processes. We study entrepreneurial processes in all contexts where they occur: in new firms as well as existing ones (both small and large), and in various institutional contexts. You will learn to appreciate the complexity and the challenges associated with the highly rewarding entrepreneurial activities in all kinds of firms and institutions and even beyond: entrepreneurship as lifestyle.

For a detailed description of the joint Entrepreneurship programme please refer to the programme website (UvA).
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Dr. Karen Verduijn

Programme Director

Verduijn, Karen

"I am a senior lecturer in Entrepreneurship at VU Amsterdam. I abide by the view of those who see entrepreneurship as something deviant from small business ownership. Rather than being about running a (small) business, entrepreneurship is about value creation, and renewal. This philosophy is also being incorporated in the master’s programme. Entrepreneurs thrive on situations that are instable, or ‘unfixed’, and can make a huge difference with their initiatives. They can literally – on a small(er) or larger scale – create ‘new worlds’. This is why we have built a programme in entrepreneurship that combines world-class academic quality with hands-on entrepreneurial competences, so that our students can acquire the real and profound knowledge that will prepare them for entrepreneurial practice."

The MSc Entrepreneurship is a joint programme offered by VU Amsterdam in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The programme is worth 60 credits and takes one year to complete.

Programme outline

Period 1
(Sept - Oct)
Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice (ETP – 12 EC)
Period 2
(Nov - Dec)
Entrepreneurship Research Skills  (ERS – 6 EC)
Choice between three specialization courses:
  • Enterprising for a Better World  (EBW – 6 EC)
  • Entrepreneurship, Institutions & Corporations  (EIC – 6 EC)
  • New Venture Creation & Development (NVCD – 6 EC)
Period 3
(Jan)
Social Dynamics in Entrepreneurship (SDiE – 6 EC)
Period 4
(Feb - March)
Entrepreneurial Finance (ELF – 6 EC)
Choice between three specialization courses:
  • Entrepreneurship in Science & Technology  (EST – 6 EC)
  • Entrepreneurship in the Services Industry (ESI – 6 EC)
  • Cultural Entrepreneurship (CE – 6 EC)
Period 5 and 6
(April - June)
Electives and Thesis

For more information about the Entrepreneurship curriculum, please refer to the programme website.

Entrepreneurship courses in study guide.

The MSc Entrepreneurship provides academic and entrepreneurial skills as well as knowledge of and insight into entrepreneurship issues. Accordingly, graduates are equipped to analyze entrepreneurship issues from a range of perspectives (social, societal, economic, ethical), are able to be critical about theoretical and practical solutions chosen, and can develop their own alternatives with solid foundations.

Graduates from this Master’s are able to assess and bring to life innovative, viable, high-quality ideas in a number of contexts (a new firm, an existing organisation, profit-oriented/social/mix, diversity of industries). The programme gives you an academic work and thought level, as well as the high level of knowledge and skills needed to accomplish such efforts.

Best of both Worlds
The MSc in Entrepreneurship is a joint master’s programme offered by VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Both our universities enjoy a reputation for teaching and research excellence and have invested in a growing group of researchers dedicated to entrepreneurship. United in the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship, we work closely with the private sector, NGOs, and the Municipality of Amsterdam, ensuring that our work focuses on the most pressing issues of business and society. The intensive cooperation between these two leading institutions enables you to benefit from the best of both worlds. Upon graduation you will be awarded a joint VU-UvA Master’s degree. This degree is recognized internationally.

Network-building opportunities
Having a solid network is an important resource for entrepreneurs. Because of our close contacts with real-world entrepreneurs and the linking of knowledge to practice throughout our courses, the Entrepreneurship programme gives you an excellent opportunity to start building your network while working on your Master’s degree.

Overview Entrepreneurship: joint degree VU and UvA

Language of instruction

English

Duration

1 year

Tuition fee

Application deadline

1 May via University of Amsterdam / International degree students: 1 April (different deadlines may hold for other category students)

Start date

1 September

Study type

Full-time

Field of Interest

Economics, Business and Law

Dutch students

There are strict admission criteria. These are set by the Admissions Board, which also decides on individual applications. Applicants are required to have an academic knowledge basis in Business Administration as well as basic knowledge of research methodology and sufficient analytical and statistical skills. For more information about the admission criteria please refer to the programme website.

Application to the MSc Entrepreneurship is done by submitting an online application on the UvA website. For all applicants with a Dutch (academic) degree the deadline is 1 May.

VU students with a BSc (International) Business Administration or Economics and Business Economics have direct access to MSc Entrepreneurship and only need to register via Studielink.nl before 1 June.

 

Contact details

Please note that for practical reasons the University of Amsterdam will process applications for both institutions.

If you have any questions regarding application and admission, please contact our Admissions office of the UvA

Information days

You are very welcome to visit us during our Masterdays. The programme director will give an introduction to the programme and students will tell you about their study experience. The next Master's evening at the VU will take place on 6 December 2016.

International students

There are strict admission criteria. These are set by the Admissions Board, which also decides on individual applications. Applicants are required to have an academic knowledge basis in Business Administration as well as basic knowledge of research methodology and sufficient analytical and statistical skills. For more information about the admission criteria please refer to the programme website.

Application to the MSc Entrepreneurship is done by submitting an online application on the UvA website. The application deadline for all international students is 1 April. For all applicants with a Dutch (academic) degree the deadline is 1 May.

For more information about the application procedure please refer to the programme website.

Applicants to the MSc Entrepreneurship have a number of scholarship options.

VU Amsterdam awards its own scholarships to outstanding students joining our international Master's degree programmes:

The University of Amsterdam also has a scholarship programme. More information can be found on the UvA website.

Contact details

Please note that for practical reasons the University of Amsterdam will process applications for both institutions.

If you have any questions regarding application and admission, please contact our Admissions office of the UvA

Information days

You are very welcome to visit us during our Masterdays. The programme director will give an introduction to the programme and students will tell you about their study experience. The next Master's evening at the VU will take place on 6 December 2016.

Han Dieperink

Managing Director Dutch Institute for Medium Sized and Small Enterprises

Dieperink, Han

"Entrepreneurship is not just about pursuing opportunities. It is also about cruising in mine fields, also known as business risks in a highly dynamic marketplace. That applies to large corporations as well as to small businesses, like the coffee shop around the corner.  Too many entrepreneurs fail unnecessarily because of a lack of knowledge. It is a proven fact that understanding the elements of entrepreneurship is an effective contributor to business success. Basic business knowledge is vital against business failures. So the best investment strategy for entrepreneurs is investing in relevant knowledge and that is what the MSc in Entrepreneurship is all about."

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