Become more entrepreneurial

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

Welcome to the joint VU and UvA MSc in Entrepreneurship

During this exciting Master’s programme you learn how to be more entrepreneurial. Thinking and feeling like an entrepreneur benefits your career as employee or business owner.

The Master’s programme Entrepreneurship aims to provide students with cutting-edge knowledge on entrepreneurship, relevant skills, and an entrepreneurial attitude. In addition, the students will be able to bridge theory and practice by applying and creating relevant academic knowledge on entrepreneurship in real life settings to solve challenging problems. Accordingly, the student is equipped to assess and successfully develop new business ideas in uncertain environments with limited resources but with decent foundations, in the context of both new ventures as well as established firms. The programme broadly positions the concept by looking at different types of entrepreneurship: new commercial ventures, entrepreneurial activities within organizations, and initiatives that solve social problems. This broad positioning can also be seen in the enrollment of students from various academic backgrounds; not only students with a degree in business or economics are admitted but also students with degrees in different academic disciplines.

As two leading Dutch universities, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) deliver a unique Master’s programme in Entrepreneurship in one of Europe’s most innovative business hubs: Amsterdam. Entrepreneurship has by now become a mature academic discipline. VU Amsterdam and the UvA have combined their expertise in this area to create an internationally relevant Master’s programme. It exposes students to two distinct academic cultures, challenging them to look further and preparing them for the demands of entrepreneurial practice. The joint character of this Master’s programme also reflects in the joint programme management. 

Admission & Application

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.

After you registered for the UvA - MSc Entrepreneurship in Studielink you must apply for admission to the programme by submitting an online application on the UvA website. The deadline is 1 July.

If you hold a Bachelor's degree from a Dutch university of applied sciences you cannot be unconditionally admitted to the Master's programme in Entrepreneurship. For HBO Bachelors a pre-master's programme is available at the VU university. Visit the VU pre-master website for more information.

VU students with a BSc in (International) Business Administration, in Econometrics & Operations Research or in Economics and Business Economics have direct access to MSc Entrepreneurship and need to register in Studielink.nl for the VU - MSc Entrepreneurship programme before 1 July.


Generally speaking, students must complete their Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s before starting on their Master’s programme. This is known as the ‘BSc-before-MSc rule’. Due to the corona crisis, however, some students have had to partially stop their studies, resulting in an unfortunate delay.

Master’s programmes at VU Amsterdam have therefore examined how an exception to the rule can be made possible, so that students do not get stuck in the transition from Bachelor’s to Master’s because of the corona crisis. This is a one-off measure. 

Transition from BSc programs to MSc programs – national and EU 

In accordance with the agreements made with the Dutch government, the VU has developed guidelines for the so-called “zachte knip” (soft cut, i.e., transferring from BSc to MSc program without completing the BSc yet.) An overview of these guidelines and their background are presented in the document “VU RICHTLIJN ‘MASTERTOELATING ZONDER AFGERONDE VOOROPLEIDING’”. 

Based on these guidelines and previous experience with the “zachte knip”, the following requirements have now been developed: 

Students are allowed to miss a total of 18EC of their BSc degree program (10% of the total of 180EC than can be obtained), provided that: 

1. a)  The student has completed his/her BSc Thesis 

2. b)  The general qualitative entry requirements for the specific program are met (as stipulated with other academic degree holders), rather than specific courses (as is now the case for our own BSc students). 

The remaining 18EC need to be completed before September 1, 2021. If not, students will not be able to apply for their MSc degree. We have opted for the 10% maximum of missing EC, as it would be unlikely for students to have a reasonable chance of completing their MSc program otherwise. Even with 18EC missing, this is challenging. Students that start with a deficiency will therefore proactively be invited by the academic advisors to discuss their situation and see if they can offer help where needed. 

Requesting exceptional admission

Do you meet these conditions or do you expect to meet these conditions by 31 August at the latest? If so, you can request exceptional admission no later than 1 August. You can do this by completing and submitting the form.

Note: for non-EEA students, the regular rules apply 

UvA students with a BSc in Actuarial Science, in Economics and Business/Economie en Bedrijfskunde or in Econometrics and Operations Research have direct access to MSc Entrepreneurship and need to register in Studielink.nl for the UvA - MSc Entrepreneurship programme before 1 July.

Programme Directors

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Prof. dr. Enno Masurel                        Dr. Bram Kuijken

Overview Entrepreneurship: joint degree VU and UvA




1 year



1 May (the original deadline of 1 April has been extended due to COVID-19) for international degree holders from non-EU/EEA countries (different deadlines may hold for other category students);  
1 July for Dutch degree holders and international degree holders from EU/EEA countries

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