Marketing

Prove yourself where it matters

Study at the heart of marketing

The best marketers prove themselves where it matters: at the heart of the business world. This is where your Master’s in Marketing at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam begins.

Each of your seven courses kicks off with a briefing at a leading national or international organization – such as Heineken, Microsoft, SuitSupply, FrieslandCampina and TUI. These global brands will present their current challenges and ask you to provide a solution.

As a team, you will tackle the most pressing issues of the day. How can Microsoft Office 365 compete when almost everyone uses a free service such as Google Docs? What sales and product strategy should FrieslandCampina adopt for its Chocomel brand in France, Germany and China – markets where chocolate drinks are perceived very differently?

Get to grips with the real issues

You will be given the state-of-the-art knowledge and marketing theory you need to make a genuine difference in the field of marketing. You will be taught by the very best: leading experts who publish in the most prestigious international marketing journals. They will help you find your own way in the world of branding & advertising, digital marketing, geomarketing, marketing strategy, consumer marketing, retail and e-commerce, and cross-cultural consumer research.

Become a specialist, a critical thinker with a mind of your own and the academic skills to get to grips with complex issues. Learn to operate effectively in a team, to give inspiring presentations and above all to develop keen powers of observation: the ability to see what’s really going on in a company and to pinpoint precisely what needs to be done. This is what VU Amsterdam calls “Looking further”.

Top 3 Best Teachers

The teachers of the Master’s in Marketing have been named among the best teachers in the Netherlands by students in the category for large master's and research master’s programmes. This is from Elsevier magazine’s ‘Best studies 2017’ publication and is based on students’ evaluations of their teachers in the National Student Survey. In this survey, they assessed their teachers on competence, commitment, accessibility and guidance. Personal attention, availability outside of scheduled hours, and getting to know the students are characteristics of ‘good’ teachers, according to the study.

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The one-year master's programme is divided into six periods, with the following compulsory and elective courses.

Infographic MSc Marketing

Marketing Strategy
Effective marketing strategy leads to a sustainable competitive advantage. Explore how to create value, brand and relationship equity to generate the greatest financial return. Discuss state-of-the-art knowledge about market orientation, innovation, branding, customer loyalty and customer lifetime value.

Consumer Marketing
Knowing the customer is key to success in the marketplace. Understand and solve consumer marketing problems by applying consumer behaviour and psychology theory.

Customer intelligence
Familiarize yourself with the fundamental and state-of-the-art approaches to marketing decision-making to collect, analyse and act on customer information.
Learn to work with different types of customer intelligence data and obtain rigorous knowledge of the data analysis techniques for solving salient customer intelligence questions.

Digital Marketing
The world is getting more digital every day. Catch up with the latest theories about digital consumer behaviour and psychology, digital marketing strategy, the digital marketing mix, strategic digital and multichannel communication and digital relationship management.

Retail and e-commerce
The world of retail – online and offline – has never been so challenging. Understand and solve offline and online retail problems by applying consumer shopping behaviour and retail management theories.
Discuss basic retail concepts, browsing behaviour, store and website management and more. And step into the future by looking at retailing in 2020.

Management Integration Project
Apply your knowledge of Marketing Strategy and Consumer Marketing to a number of real-life business cases presented to you by professionals.

Branding and Advertising
How to build a brand? Discuss literature about brand strategy and management, brand-related consumer behaviour and focus on topics such as internal branding and brand positioning, equity, extension, communication and communities.

Sales and Product Management
Effectively apply sales and product management theories to understand real-life marketing problems and to design better market-based product strategies. Focus on themes such as product decisions, going to market, pricing decisions, sales promotions, communication decisions and managing customers.

Experimental research
Which concepts and tools do you need for planning and designing laboratory experiments and for collecting and analyzing behavioural data? Learn to create conceptual and statistical hypotheses about the relationship between independent and dependent variables.

Cross-Cultural Consumer Research
Understand why people in different countries are less or more willing to, for example, buy products or to appreciate advertising messages. Apply cross-cultural frameworks to understand and solve real-life international marketing problems, and gain a critical understanding of the challenges in cross-cultural survey research.

Geomarketing
Spatial (market) information is essential for many strategic and operational marketing decisions like assortment planning or micromarketing, location planning and direct marketing/CRM.
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are an important tool for carrying out such analyses.

Wondering what your career potential could be after graduation? A Master of Science in Marketing at the VU Amsterdam opens many different career opportunities*:

Marketing management

- Many bachelor students believe that marketing mainly serves the creative industry and industries related to communication services. However, many of our alumni come to work in fast moving consumer goods, consulting, and banking industries.

Marketing manager

- Most alumni are active in management positions going from management traineeships to brand -, account -, process -, product -, project - and general management. Further, our alumni population is also well represented by positions in consulting (e.g. data analyst, intelligence manager, research consultant and  sales & marketing analyst).

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- Many of our alumni work for large organizations, (e.g. ABN AMRO Bank N.V., ING Group, PostNL, Henkel and FrieslandCampina), but also many alumni decided to start their own company after graduation.  

*Source: LinkedIn, group “VU Marketing Alumni”.

More than a Master’s degree
Digital, sustainable and diverse – this university embraces the key themes of the modern world with a view to building a better future. You will feel right at home with the benefits of our campus university and the personal approach of our dedicated staff. Find inspiration in our international setting and the cosmopolitan buzz of Amsterdam. Working on different teams for each course, you will quickly get to know students from many different countries and backgrounds.

During your studies, you will receive all the support and career guidance you need to become the master of your own destiny. The countdown to your future begins here; in one year you will be where you want to be, as a professional and as an individual. You will graduate with a first-rate degree and gain a strong alumni network, reinforced by interesting events and masterclasses we organize every year. After all, one of the keys to marketing is taking care of your personal brand!

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: Admission request before 1 May, 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 Marketing

Language of instruction

English

Duration

1 year

Tuition fee

Application deadline

1 June / International degree students: 1 April (different deadlines may hold for other category students)

Start date

1 September

Study type

Full-time

Specializations

Digital Marketing, Branding & Advertising, Sales & Product Management, Retail & e-Commerce, Cross-Cultural Consumer Research, Geomarketing, Experimental Research

Field of Interest

Economics, Business and Law

Tailor-made career training

Christine Dräger

Alumna

Dräger, Christine (small)

"Students in the Master of Science in Marketing are encouraged to look beyond the surface: Professors teach them not to be satisfied with the most obvious and simple answer, but challenge them to reflect on different solutions and to evaluate carefully before drawing a conclusion."

Admission with an international degree

We welcome and look for motivated and ambitious team players, who are actively developing themselves and are aware of their position and role in society. In order to be successful in this programme you will need a solid academic basis in, for instance, Business Economics, Business Administration, Communication Sciences or Psychology with a number of marketing specific courses in your program. However, given the importance of diversity in perspectives in our programme, students with other backgrounds, too, are strongly encouraged to consider this programme, provided they have a sufficient foundation in Marketing and in Statistics.

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.

You need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of a) at least 18 EC in course work on Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, and b) at least 12 EC related to statistics (to a level of being able to use techniques such as (multiple) regression, ANOVA and factor analysis). We expect the students to understand the underlying intuition as well as the application of these methods in marketing research. Statistics in the master will build on this level covering more advanced techniques like MANOVA, Logistic Regression and Conjoint Analysis

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.

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 for the programme:  

IELTS (academic):
•    Minimum general score 7,0
•    Minimum score speaking 7,0
•    Minimum score listening 7,0
•    Minimum score writing 7,0
•    Minimum score reading 7,0

TOEFL:
•    Paper based test 600
•    Internet based test 100

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 application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. 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
•    Thesis (or another sample of academic writing)
•    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. 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. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

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!

Further information about:  
Accommodation  
Visa 
Tuition fees
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!

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


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Central International Office
For detailed questions about the Master’s programmes or the application procedure contact your International Student Advisor at the International Office:

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Tel +31 20 59 83032
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Tel +31 20 59 88739
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Amu Shrestha
Tel + 31 (0)20 598 3944
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For general information about VU Amsterdam:
Please phone us at +31 (0)20 598 5000 (Monday – Friday, 10:00 to 12:00).
You may also e-mail us at study@vu.nl.

Admission with a Dutch degree

We welcome and look for motivated and ambitious team players, who are actively developing themselves and are aware of their position and role in society. In order to be successful in this programme you will need a solid academic basis in, for instance, Business Economics, Business Administration, Communication Sciences or Psychology with a number of marketing specific courses in your program. However, given the importance of diversity in perspectives in our programme, students with other backgrounds, too, are strongly encouraged to consider this programme, provided they have a sufficient foundation in Marketing and in Statistics.

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 (will be provided soon).

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

Step 1:
Apply for the MSc programme Marketing via Studielink before 1 June.

Step 2:
Please complete your application in VUnet by answering additional questions and uploading  a recent transcript of your bachelor grades. (You can create a pdf of your grades via the application results on VUnet yourself.)
 
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 and look for motivated and ambitious team players, who are actively developing themselves and are aware of their position and role in society. In order to be successful in this programme you will need a solid academic basis in, for instance, Business Economics, Business Administration, Communication Sciences or Psychology with a number of marketing specific courses in your program. However, given the importance of diversity in perspectives in our programme, students with other backgrounds, too, are strongly encouraged to consider this programme, provided they have a sufficient foundation in Marketing and in Statistics.

Admission requirements
The masterprogramme Marketing is open to students with a university Bachelor's degree that provides a sufficient foundation in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour.  You need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of a) at least 18 EC in course work on Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, and b) at least 12 EC related to statistics (to a level of being able to use techniques such as (multiple) regression, ANOVA and factor analysis). We expect the students to understand the underlying intuition as well as the application of these methods in marketing research. Statistics in the master will build on this level covering more advanced techniques like MANOVA, Logistic Regression and Conjoint Analysis

The programme attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds, reflecting the diverse nature of the profession (product management, branding and advertising, digital, big data, strategy, etc). Typical bachelor programmes of our students will include Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics, Communication Science and Psychology, but we are open to any bachelor student with at least 18 EC in Marketing plus 12 EC in Statistics.

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

Step 1:
Apply for the MSc programme Marketing via Studielink before 1 June.

Step 2:
After applying for the programme in studielink you will receive a VUnet-ID and password. Please complete your application in VUnet by answering additional questions and  uploading a formal transcript of your bachelor grades.
Please note: we can only process your application when your transcript is uploaded.

Step 3:
The admission committee will assess your application and decide whether you are admissible. You will be informed about this decision via email.

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

We welcome and look for motivated and ambitious team players, who are actively developing themselves and are aware of their position and role in society. In order to be successful in this programme you will need a solid academic basis in, for instance, Business Economics, Business Administration, Communication Sciences or Psychology with a number of marketing specific courses in your program. However, given the importance of diversity in perspectives in our programme, students with other backgrounds, too, are strongly encouraged to consider this programme, provided they have a sufficient foundation in Marketing and in Statistics.

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 pre-master's programme is taught in Dutch 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 Marketing are automatically entitled to admission to the master’s in Marketing.

Contact our Programme Coordinator

Boter, JaapProf. dr. Jaap Boter
T +31 (0)20 598 7145 

Any questions about the content of the MSc Marketing? E-mail me!

Any other questions? Take a look below for contact details.


Please visit the Study guide Master Marketing for detailed information about the various courses.

Find out more about the Master Marketing programme by visiting the SBE Information Days

Would you like to receive a brochure from the Master in Marketing programme or do you have unanswered questions about the Master in Marketing? Send an e-mail to:

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Master's Evening
Thursday 7 December 2017

Marketing alumni

Dräger, ChristineDeutsche Telekom - Commercial Manager Conferencing & Collaboration Solutions
Nationality: German

Class of 2011

“I always really liked the atmosphere at the VU. I totally enjoyed the international environment and working in international teams with classmates from all over the world.”

“I was deeply impressed by the accessibility of the staff, as most instructors keep their doors open and are willing to help if students have questions or concerns. This is very special.”

During my Bachelor studies of “International Business & Languages”, I noticed how I was the most passionate about courses and topics related to Marketing. As a result I specialized in Marketing for my Bachelor Thesis and also absolved two internships in the field of Marketing. I learned that Marketing is one of the most powerful tools to attract and keep customers on the long term. Innovative companies that deliver the highest value to their customers are the ones that survive in the market. Good Marketing is crucial to a company’s success and therefore a good Marketing strategy is essential. However, despite the internships I never clearly understood what it is that makes a Marketing strategy a good one. Since I absolved my Bachelor at a university of applied sciences, I got to know more the practical side of Marketing. However, I knew that theory is indispensable so I wanted to deepen my theoretic knowledge and find an answer to my question what it is that distinguishes a good Marketing strategy from a bad one. I found out about the Master programme at VU Amsterdam and I did not hesitate long time before I applied to the Pre-master in order to join the Master one year later. I was optimistic that the Master Programme at VU Amsterdam would help me to fill my knowledge gap and I was not disappointed at all.

All courses are very interesting and highly relevant. Next to all essential courses (B2B, B2C, Marketing, Strategy) innovative topics are covered as well (e.g. GeoMarketing). In that way students receive an excellent overview of the different areas that shape the field of Marketing. The quality of the classes is also very high as all the instructors are very experienced and passionate about their field of expertise. During the year students are equipped with essential theoretic knowledge and they also learn how to carry out good research. Moreover, VU Amsterdam aims to fill the gap between theory and practice by cooperating with well-known companies. In 2011, for example, we worked in small teams on a project task given to us by Henkel. Within the framework of the project we had to translate our theoretic findings into practical advice that could be implemented by Henkel. By this we learned how to build the link between Marketing theory and everyday Marketing practice. Considering all aspects mentioned above, I can say that the Master Programme covers all important areas of Marketing and serves as an excellent preparation for students’ future careers. 

Within the framework of the master courses students are continuously challenged to be critical and to put any kind of conclusion or finding into question. By this they learn how to work with and analyze scientific material and to view articles from different perspectives. The aim is not to simply scratch the surface but to dig deeper and understand the details. By steadily exercising with important scientific articles, students improve their skills on a continuous basis. However, students do not only learn to review materials in a good way, they also learn how to contribute to the academic community with their own proper research: Throughout the year, students are equipped with all the essential knowledge and skills they need to successfully set up and carry out their own piece of research.


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