Entrepreneurship

We make you feel entrepreneurship

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

Welcome to the MSc in Entrepreneurship

During this exciting program you will dive deeper into the world of entrepreneurship. The combination of gathering thorough academic knowledge on entrepreneurship and the immediate application of your knowledge to practice makes this program truly unique. The program also offers ample space to be filled in by yourself, in the form of electives, internships or entrepreneurial endeavors. The lecturers are highly motivated and very experienced, with an open mind for the combination of theory and practice. The successful completion of this MSc guarantees a challenging career, be it as an entrepreneur or as an employee in an entrepreneurial organization.


Amsterdam is the perfect setting for this MSc in Entrepreneurship as it hosts a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. This perfect setting is enforced by the joint character of the MSc, as it is jointly offered by two renowned universities: the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We are convinced that you will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills that prepare you for a bright and entrepreneurial future, anywhere in the world.

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

Admission and application details

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Programme Directors

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Prof. dr. Enno Masurel                        Dr. Bram Kuijken

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.

I want to send my application form to apply for a Master's programme before the first of April. I expect to graduate before the end of this academic year. Is it possible to apply without having my Bachelor's diploma yet?
Yes, that is possible. Your eligibility can be assessed without the actual diploma. After (conditional) admission to one of our MSc programmes, we will contact you and ask for the original and official documents for registration at the university. One of these documents is the official diploma (or certified copy of it).

I have graduated from a Dutch HBO. Is it possible for me to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
Unfortunately, if you hold a HBO BSc diploma you cannot get direct admission to one of our Master's programmes. We have a specific Premaster’s programme for some of our Master’s programmes. The Premaster’s programmes are entirely Dutch taught, you need a NT2-2 certificate to get admission and your GMAT score has to be at least 550. Some Master’s programmes have other entry requirements if you hold a Dutch HBO. Please check ‘admission and application’ on the Master’s page to see if there is a specific Premaster’s programme available.

Is it possible to study one of the Master's programmes part-time?
All Master's programmes open to international students are full time programmes, which means that you are expected to spend at least 4 days a week at the university. There are two part-time Master's programmes both taught in Dutch.

Can I apply for a MSc programme starting in February?
No, all our Master's programmes start in September.

Can I apply online?
International students can apply online. See the webpage "Admission and application" of your respective master's programme for more information.

Application deadline
International degree students: 1 April (different deadlines may hold for other category students). Dutch degree students: Application in Studielink before 1 June.

Do you require work experience to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
No, we do not require work experience. Sometimes it might help to have some work experience to get admission if your Bachelor's diploma does not cover all the academic requirements (see admission requirements in the left menu).

Do you require GMAT or GRE to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?       
In some cases we might require a GRE or GMAT. For the Master’s programmes in Economics and Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics a GRE might be required. The admission board will let you know if a GRE is required. At other Master’s programmes a GMAT or GRE is not required. This does not mean that we do not pay any attention to your grades. If you have obtained a good GMAT or GRE score it is recommended to mention this in your application and to enclose a copy of the results. 
 
Please note: To be admitted to one of our specific Dutch taught pre-master's programmes you have to score at least 550 on the GMAT. 

Is it possible to pay the tuition fee in installments?
Yes, that is possible. The registration period is in August after your arrival in the Netherlands. You can pay the tuition fee either at once before 1 September or you can choose to sign a contract that you will pay it in installments during the academic year.

Overview Entrepreneurship: joint degree VU and UvA

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 May for Dutch degree holders, via University of Amsterdam

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 Day at the VU will take place on Saturday 10 March, 2018.

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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