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Companies and People: how they work, what roles they play

Are you interested in the process behind business? Are you motivated to find out what drives people? And do you want to be equipped with the right tools to understand how you can bring the two together?

Then the MSc programme in Business Administration is the programme for you!

Check if you meet the programme requirements and sign up

  • I have a School of Business and Economics Degree from VU Amsterdam

    Please visit the curriculum page to see what additional requirements apply to your specific specialization and then follow the steps below.

    We welcome motivated and ambitious students 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, (International) Business Administration, Economics, Industrial Engineering & Management or related disciplines.

    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 are strongly motivated and successfully meet the requirements in this document

    Services for international (EBE, EOR,IBA) students / Residence permit:
    If you are planning to continue your studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam after your SBE Bachelor, 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.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor’s degree, VU premaster or bachelor’s degree at another university)

    Admission requirements
    Please visit the curriculum page to see what additional requirements apply to your specific specialization and then follow the steps under the head ‘’Application procedure with a Dutch degree’’.

    Apply for your preferred master programme via Studielink and complete the application via VUweb to receive an admission decision. This is completely without obligations. If you need to complete additional courses in order to become admissible, the admission decision will explain how you can do so.

    With a Bachelor's degree in (International) Business Administration, Economics or Econometrics and Operations Research from a Dutch university you can review your admissibility here.

    Please note: the information in the abovementioned table is only meant as an indication of your admissibility. No rights can be derived from this table. This document is based on the obligatory courses and does not take electives into account. Students are recommended to apply for the Master via Studielink (without obligation) to find out if additional courses need to be completed. Every application will be reviewed individually by the Admission Board. The final admission decision may differ from the indication in this table. If your programme is not listed, please feel free to apply.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) bachelor’s degree

    You will gain direct admission after completing the premaster programme; this is a full-time programme with courses on at least three days per week.

    Premaster programme

    The premaster programme is a deficiency programme that provides the necessary knowledge and prepares you for this master's programme. It is a 30 EC program that takes place in the second semester, from February through July. These courses involve both content as well as academic skills and knowledge, and research methods.

    Course details in the study guide

    Admission requirements

    In order to be admitted to the premaster’s programme you must have:

    - a bachelor’s degree from a business or economics faculty from an NVAO accredited institute of Higher Education

    AND

    - a GPA of 7.5 or higher, calculated over the last three years.

    If you do not meet these admission requirements you can remedy / eliminate these deficiencies by submitting a recent GMAT with a score of 550 or higher, or an equivalent GRE test. 

    GMAT

    If you don’t meet the admission requirements of GPA and faculty, you can be admitted to the premaster programme by submitting a ‘Graduate Management Admission Test’ (GMAT) with a combined score of at least 550 for the parts Verbal and Quantitative.

    Also note the following:

    - The score may not be older than five years, counted from the date you start with the premaster

    - The Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment score do not count for admission

    Please fill in the test that 'Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam' may receive your score. The official score will be sent by GMAT to VU. Please note that it may take up to 20 calendar days for the VU to receive your GMAT score, so plan GMAT on time.

    You can also submit a ‘Graduate Record Examinations’ (GRE) score for the parts Verbal and Quantitative to satisfy the GMAT score requirement. To convert your GRE score to its GMAT equivalent, use the GRE Comparison Tool!

    The School of Business and Economics (SBE) offers a course in preparation for the GMAT, the GMAT preparation course. The preparation course starts each year in August. For more information, please visit the website of the GMAT preparation course.

    Costs premaster

    Tuition fee 2022-2023: EUR 1.105,00

    Deadlines and application

    The programme starts each year in February, you must have completed your application before 31 January.

    Apply now

  • Application procedure with a Dutch degree

    Applying with a School of Business and Economics Degree


    To enroll in the programme submit your enrolment application via Studielink. Please note: in Studielink you can apply for the Master in Business Administration and in your VU dashboard you can select your specialization.

    Step 1:
    Apply for the MSc programme Business Administration via Studielink before 15 July. You can apply for the specialization in your VU dashboard (see step 2)

    Step 2:
    Please complete your application in your VU dashboard by answering additional questions and affirming your choice for the specialization. Furthermore you need to upload:

    • a formal transcript of your bachelor grades. Your transcript must include an average score (GPA).
    • a motivation letter in English in which you explain why you want to pursue a Master’s programme in this Business Administration specialization (max 1 A4)
    • a recent resume in English

    Please note: we can only process your application when your choice of specialization is clear and your documents are uploaded. 
     
    More information regarding registration WO-bachelors, see the VU website (in Dutch).

    Applying with a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor’s degree, VU premaster or bachelor’s degree at another university)

    Step 1:

    Apply for the MSc programme Business Administration via  Studielink before 15 July. You can apply for the specialization in you VU dashboard (see step 2)

    Step 2:

    After applying for the programme in studielink you will receive a VUnet-ID and password. Please complete your application in your VU dashboard by answering additional questions and affirming  your choice for the specialization. Furthermore you need to upload:

    -    a formal transcript of your bachelor grades. Your transcript must include an average score (GPA).

    -    a motivation letter in English in which you explain why you want to pursue a Master’s programme in this Business Administration specialization (max 1 A4)

    -    a recent resume in English

    Please note: we can only process your application when your choice of specialization is clear and your documents are 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).

  • I have an international degree

    Admission requirements

    Please visit the curriculum page to see the additional requirements that apply to each specialization, and then follow the steps below to apply.

    English language requirements

    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, however, begin your application without having the test results. Exceptions are made for students who have completed a bachelor or master in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

    The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to this Master's programme are:

    IELTS (academic):
    - Minimum general score 6.5 
    - Minimum score writing 6.0 
    - Minimum score listening 6.0
    - Minimum score reading 6.0
    - Minimum score speaking 6.0
    TOEFL Internet-based test: 92 overall
    Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C

    Please note that students who need a study visa must submit their English test results before 1 June. All other students have to submit the test certificate before 31 August (preferably sooner).

    TOEFL and IELTS tests must have been completed no more than two years before 1 September of the year in which your course starts. Note that TOEFL MyBestScore is not accepted. Our institution code is 7947.

    You can upload your English test score in the Application Form Template or, after conditional admission, send your test results by email to: masters.sbe@vu.nl.
    The general requirements regarding language proficiency are found here.

  • Application procedure with an international degree

    Applying with an international degree

    Please note: you will need to upload all required documents in one PDF file, using this Application Form Template.

    If you have read the admission criteria 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 original documents are required.

    Step 1: Review the admission criteria

    Step 2: Prepare your documents and apply online  
    Please prepare the required 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.

    Step 3: Await the 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 are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. 

    Step 4: Finalise your registration!
    Make sure to finalise your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on what to do after you are admitted. When all of the conditions are met, you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam! 

    Application fee & deadlines

    All students seeking admission to an international Bachelor’s or Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here.
    For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisor: masters.sbe@vu.nl.

    Grants and scholarships

    International students can apply to several scholarships. For all VU scholarships, please see www.vu.nl/scholarships. Any available external grant or scholarship can be found through www.grantfinder.nl.

    International Student and Alumni Ambassadors

    Our International Student and Alumni Ambassadors are happy to tell you all about their experiences with studying at VU Amsterdam and living in Amsterdam.

    • Our Student Ambassadors are current students at VU Amsterdam that represent a wide variety of programmes and countries.
    • Our International Alumni Ambassadors are VU Amsterdam graduates who are currently either working in the Netherlands or abroad, or doing a PhD or (second) Master's.

    You will find the full overview of our Ambassadors here: vu.nl/ambassadors. There you can chat with them directly.

  • Premaster programme for international students

    All international students are required to apply for the Master's programme of their choice first. If you do not meet the admission requirements directly, you could gain admission after completing the premaster programme.

    The premaster programme is a deficiency programme that provides the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare you for this Master's programme. It is a programme of 30 ECTS that is offered in the second semester, from February through July. Content details of the offered premasters can be found here.

    Admission requirements for the premaster programme

    • You have a Bachelor's degree from a non-Dutch university or from a non-Dutch university of applied science (which is equal to at least a Dutch Hbo degree).
    • You have a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) combined score of at least 550 for the parts Verbal and Quantitative. Also note the following:
      • The score may not be older than five years, counted from 1 February
      • The Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment scores do not count for admission
      • You can use a Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score for the parts Verbal and Quantitative to satisfy the GMAT score requirement. To convert your GRE score to its GMAT equivalent, use the GRE Comparison Tool
    • You can demonstrate sufficient English proficiency by meeting the same requirements as for the Master’s programme (see Admission requirements with an international degree)

    More information on the requirements, including GMAT preparations, can be found on the central SBE premaster website.

    Deadlines and application
    The programme starts 1 February. Because of visa application deadlines, non-EU citizens must have submitted their application before 1 November. EU citizens or students with a valid residence permit for the Netherlands have until January 31st to complete their application. However, to make sure everything is arranged before the enrolment deadline it is advised to submit your application well before this date.

    Note: When applying, you can find the premaster programme in Studielink after selecting Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and by entering ‘premaster’ in the search bar.

  • FAQ for students with a Dutch degree

    Can I be admitted into an SBE Master with my Dutch university degree?

    The admission board can make a decision regarding your admissibility based on several documents. Apply for the Master via Studielink and complete your application in VUweb by uploading the required documents. Some Master programmes require additional documents such as an English CV and motivation letter, as well as your transcript of records. You will receive an admission decision within a couple of weeks after completing your application. Registration for the Master via Studielink is without obligation and does not commit you to anything yet.

    I have a higher vocational (HBO) degree. Do I need to complete the premaster before I can start with an SBE Master?

    Yes, we require all students with an HBO higher vocational Bachelor degree to complete the corresponding premaster before they can start with the Master. More information on the premaster can be found here.

    I have a higher vocational (HBO) degree and wish to start with an SBE Master that does not have a specific premaster (MSc Econometrics & Operations Research, MSc Economics, MSc Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics). How do I apply?

    Please send your transcript of records directly to admissions.sbe@vu.nl/ toelating.sbe@vu.nl. Make sure the name of your education and institution are visible.

    I have a higher vocational (HBO) degree and wish to start the premaster. Can a high GPA grant me exemption from the GMAT?

    No, the admission board does not take your GPA into account in the admission process for the premaster. All students who wish to start the premaster are required to complete the GMAT first. No exceptions can be made.

    I do not want to start with a master in the next academic year, but the year after. How do I know if I am eligible?

    You can still apply for the Master that starts in the next academic year via Studielink. Registration for the Master is without obligation and does not commit you to anything yet. If you need to complete additional courses in order to be admissible, you can do so during the next academic year. Because the admission decisions are valid for one year, make sure to check in advance if the admission requirements have not changed.

    I am already completing a Master at a Dutch university. Can I be directly admitted into one of the SBE Masters?

    You cannot be automatically admitted into one of the SBE Masters. First, your application needs to be reviewed by the admission board of the Master in the same way as all Bachelor students. Please apply for the Master via Studielink and upload all required documents. You can use an online PDF merger to upload both your Bachelor grades and (preliminary) Master grades.

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    As a result of the COVID pandemic, both our current as well as prospective students may have encountered study delays. To facilitate transitions within programmes (BSc) as well as to new programmes (MSc) a number of policies have been developed again for the upcoming academic year 2022-2023 in collaboration with the government and other universities.

    Please note that if you already made use of the so-called ‘Zachte Knip’ or ‘Soft-cut’ for the academic year 2021 – 2022 and are still in the same study phase as then, you will not be eligible to use it again

    For questions about the ‘soft cut’ for international students, please contact your International Student Advisors on masters.sbe@vu.nl. 

    1. Transition from BSc programs to full-time MSc programs – national and EU

    In accordance with the agreements made with the Dutch government, VU Amsterdam has developed guidelines for the so-called “zachte knip” (soft cut, i.e., transferring from BSc to MSc program without completing the BSc yet.)

    Based on these guidelines and previous experience with the “zachte knip”, the following requirements have now been developed for admission to SBE full-time programs:

    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:

    • The student has completed his/her BSc Thesis
    • 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 above does not apply to admission to the part-time program in Accounting and Control, as this program starts twice a year.        

    For example, the MSc Marketing requires, in general terms:

    • A university Bachelor's degree that provides a sufficient foundation in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
    • Successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of
      • at least 18 EC in course work on Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, and
      • at least 12 EC related to statistics (to a level of being able to use techniques such as (multiple) regression, ANOVA and factor analysis).

    Requests for exemptions can be submitted via the usual procedures (examination board). The remaining 18EC need to be completed before September 1, 2023. 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.

    Click here to apply for the exceptional admission to a Master’s programme.

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

    2. Transition from premaster programs to respective MSc programs

    Note: this applies to the premaster programs of the MSc in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Transport and Supply Chain Management, Finance, Marketing, Digital Business and Innovation and the full-time MSc Accounting and Control. There is a separate policy for the transition from the premaster to the part-time MSc Accounting and Control.

    Students are allowed to miss a total of 12EC of their premaster program (40% of the total of 30EC than can be obtained), provided that the student has completed his/her Academic paper.

    This 40% deviates from the VU guideline of 10-20% EC not completed. This is motivated by the fact that:

    • Our pre-master program only starts in semester 2 (contrary to most other programs at the VU) and our students are therefore disproportionally affected by the crisis;
    • The premaster program, for a substantial part, consist of courses that are part of larger scale programs. In replanning all assessments, the planning for the core program takes preference over the premaster, which in some cases might lead to less favourable circumstances for the premaster students (despite customized measures being taken as well).
    • In normal circumstances, many of our premaster students perform well, both in the premaster as well as in the master program. Hence, we are less concerned about the students that are not sufficiently ready to start the master will gain access via this route after all.

    The remaining 12EC need to be completed before September 1, 2023. If not, students will not be able to apply for their MSc degree. Also here, students that start with a deficiency will proactively be invited by the academic advisors to discuss their situation and see if they can offer help where needed. 

    Note: for enrolment in the premaster starting in February 2023, the regular procedure and requirements will be applied, given that this program only starts in semester 2.

    Click here to apply for the exceptional admission from a pre-Master’s programme to a Master’s programme.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Send an email to contact@vu.nl

Are you a Dutch student? Please send your admission questions to toelating.sbe@vu.nl / admissions.sbe@vu.nl or call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 15:00h and 16:00h: Tel. 020 5985873. For practical questions (tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on vu.nl) please contact studentdesk@vu.nl.

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

Do you have any questions about the application or admission procedure? International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.sbe@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme.

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on VU.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl

Contact

  • Leanne Schrijver
  • International Student Advisor
  • School of Business and Economics
  • masters.sbe@vu.nl
  • Marita Visser
  • International Student Advisor
  • School of Business and Economics
  • masters.sbe@vu.nl
  • Wouter Tuijnman
  • International Student Advisor
  • School of Business and Economics
  • masters.sbe@vu.nl
Wouter Tuijnman
  • Alissa Hiegentlich
  • International Student Advisor
  • School of Business and Economics
  • masters.sbe@vu.nl