The Research Master's programme Business and Management addresses the intricate relationships between business and society, as can be seen in grand challenges posed by e.g. the financial crisis, society’s request for ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility, and the need for sustainability. This programme results from a joint effort of the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) at the University of Amsterdam and the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at VU Amsterdam and aims to educate a new generation of business researchers who will have a profound grasp of the societal trends that are changing the face of business.
With a maximum intake of 25 excellent students, the programme offers you personal supervision and intensive collaboration. You will get the opportunity to learn from and work closely with some of the world's leading scholars in the field of business administration. It's the only accredited Research Master in the Netherlands to address the study of business in its societal context.
BiS is the ideal preparation for progressing to a leading PhD programme at VU Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam or any (inter)national university. We have a large number of PhD positions. It also makes you an excellent candidate for a research-related position in the public or private sector (e.g. strategic advisor, researcher, policy maker).
The two-year Research Master's programme Business in Society: Bussiness and Management will equip you with the knowledge and skills to shape new ways of doing business taking into account how organisations and society affect each other. The programme offers several specialisations in the broad field of business administration (such as: strategy, organizational theory, accounting, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, international business, human resource management, organizational behaviour, and marketing), as well as an overarching perspective connecting these fields, which is necessary to understand the multi-faceted business in society issues. It also provides you with the methodological and theory-building skills needed to conceive of new solutions for the problems related to business in society.
Furthermore, with a maximum intake of 25 talented and highly motivated students, this English taught programme offers intensive interactions with other students and close supervision and collaboration with excellent researchers passionate about understanding complex business problems in their societal perspective. You will learn from, and work closely with, some of the world's leading scholars in the field of business administration.
In brief, the programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed for a successful research-oriented career or a PhD in business administration.
The Master of Science in Business in Society is a two-year programme of 120 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0,5 US credit). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Please refer to the VU academic calendar for the exact dates.
The Research Master’s programme in Business in Society: Business and Management is a new programme and therefore still under development. No rights can be derived from the contents of this website, the brochure or any other information issued verbally or in writing about this programme.
This Research Master Business in Society is the ideal preparation for a leading PhD programme in business administration or a related discipline at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam or another university. The University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam have committed to each offer six PhD positions each year for which our graduates will be prime candidates in an open competition. It also gives you excellent credentials to apply for a research-related position in the public or private sector such as strategic advisor, researcher or policy maker. In short: our alumni possess all the needed skills to be a leader in tomorrow's business research.
As a graduate of the programme, you will be able to:
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam
The overall quality of Dutch higher education places it among the best in the world. According to the QS World University Rankings, no other country in the world can claim that 90% of its universities are ranked in the world’s top 200. Both UvA and VU Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research institutes.
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 taught in English. Apart from you HBO BSc you need a GMAT score of 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. You can find more information on our pre-masters here.
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.
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.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
1 April for international degree holders from non-EU/EEA countries (different deadlines may hold for other category students);
1 June for Dutch degree holders and international degree holders from EU/EEA countries
FIELD OF INTEREST
Economics, Business and Law
Research Master Business in Society
The Research Master's is a selective programme that is geared towards excellent students who want to pursue a research-related position. Admissions are selective and competitive. A maximum of 25 students may enrol each year. The entry requirements and information on how to apply can be found below.
1. Undergraduate degree
You must have at least a Bachelor’s degree (BSc or BA) preferably in the field of business administration, economics, psychology, social science, law, and engineering or a broad Bachelor delivered by a university college. The Bachelor’s programme should have been completed before the start of the Research Master. If your Bachelor’s degree is not in Business Administration the admissions committee will verify whether the content of the previously taken program is sufficient for entering the Research Master. If there are deficiencies regarding the background knowledge in business administration, eligible students will be asked to remedy these deficiencies either by (a) adding courses (e.g. a Minor in Business Administration) to their Bachelor’s or Master’s programme that precedes their entrance into our Research Master or (b) by familiarizing themselves with a ‘required reading’ list, their knowledge of which will be tested before the start of the programme. This is why it is important to orient yourself well in advance.
Please note that we expect you to have a GPA of 7.5 or higher in order to be admissable.
2. Intellectual capabilities, writing skills, and interest in Business in Society issues
Students should be interested in the theme of the Research Master. Such interest will be assessed on the basis an essay on a topic of your choice related to business in society. If you wish, you can enter your essay in the competition for a Business in Society scholarship. Essays should be no longer than 1500 words, excluding tables, figures and references. They should include an abstract (max. 100 words) and a reference list conform APA standards. Layout: Font 12, margins >1 inch, line space 1.5.
3. Strong motivation
Students should be strongly motivated to pursue a research-related career. Such enthusiasm will be assessed by a letter of motivation.
4. Recommendation from two academics
Students should give the name and contact details of two academics who the admissions committee will ask to write a letter of recommendation supporting your capability and aspirations. An interview is likely to be part of the selection process. Other admission criteria being equal, preference is given to candidates who show capacity for higher academic performance.
To enroll in the programme choose Business in Society (Research Master) (Joint degree VU-UvA) in Studielink.
Apply for Business in Society (Research Master) (Joint degree VU-UvA) via Studielink before 1 June.
Please complete your application in VUnet by answering additional questions upload all required documents for application:
• a formal transcript of your bachelor grades. Your transcript must include an average score (GPA).
• a motivation letter in which you explain why you want to pursue a Research Master in Business and Society
• a recent resume
• the names and contact details of 2 academics who can support your capability and aspirations
• 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
• an essay on a topic of your choice related to business in society. Unfortunately it’s not possible to upload the essay yet, you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. After an initial assessment, qualified students will be invited for a mandatory video interview with the programme director. This interview will help the Admission Board to further assess your match with the programme. After this interview, the admission board will make a final assessment and will inform you about its decision regarding your application. Normally this takes about two 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.
Please note: we can only process your application when all your documents are uploaded.
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.
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. You can already apply online without having completed your Bachelor’s degree. After admission, you will have until 31 August to send a proof of graduation by postal mail.
Step 1: Prepare documents and apply online
Please prepare the following documents and arrange the payment of the non-refundable €100 application fee. You can find a more detailed explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English, and preferably in .PDF format.
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 the application page to see which application deadline applies to you.
Step 2: Await decision on admission
After submitting your complete application, the Admission Board will review all your documents to assess your eligibility. In general, we can inform students of the admission decision within 4 weeks. Around deadlines, this can take a bit linger, so we always recommend to apply as soon as possible. If you are admitted, you will receive your letter of conditional admission by email. After that, you can start planning your move to Amsterdam!
Step 3: Finalize your enrolment and move to Amsterdam!
Make sure to finalize your enrolment as a student before the start of the programme. Here on our website, you will find an explanation of all things to arrange after admission. When all enrolment requirements have been met you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!
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