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Solve today's complex business problems: from data to answers

Are you ready to harness the power of data, algorithms and machine learning to achieve business success?

Do you have excellent quantitative skills that you want to hone further? And do you have a Bachelor's degree in Business Analytics, Mathematics, Econometrics, Computer Science or a related discipline?
Then the Master’s in Business Analytics may be the programme for you. 

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor’s degree, VU pre-master's or Bachelor’s degree at another university)

    The Business Analytics programme is open to both Dutch and international students with a Bachelor’s degree in the same or an equivalent field and who are in possession of sufficient mathematical and computer skills. Those who have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Mathematics, Mathematics or Econometrics from a university or an institute of higher education will be admitted if approval of the Admission Board is obtained. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. 

    In order to gain admission to the Business Analytics Master’s programme, you will 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 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. 

    Specific requirements for the Business Analytics master’s programme 
    For admission to the Business Analytics programme, a Bachelor's degree in Business Analytics or a closely related Bachelor is required. In general, we expect the following subjects to be part of your Bachelor's programme:

    • 90 ECTS or equivalent of Mathematics/Econometrics/Computer Science courses at the Bachelor's level, of which:
    • 45 ECTS or equivalent of Mathematics courses at the Bachelor's level, including a Probability Theory course (6 ECTS) and a Statistics course (6 ECTS), and
    • at least one course (6 ECTS) of programming in Java, Python, C++ or another formal programming language that covers the OOP paradigm

    A Dutch 3-year Bachelor of Science contains a total of 180 ECTS (3 x 60 ECTS). This means that in order for a student to meet the first requirement you need to have at least ~1.5 year’s worth of Mathematics/Econometrics/ Computer Science courses at the Bachelor's level.

    Having 45 ECTS of Mathematics is the minimum. If you apply with less than 45 ECTS or equivalent of Mathematics, please explain in your motivation letter why you may still be eligible. In order to have a better insight into the level of mathematics in this master’s programme, please see these sample exams. 

    It is mandatory for all Business Analytics applicants to use this format for the Course Description. When naming courses, please specify clearly what the workload was per course (in ECTS credits or hours). Other formats, such as complete course syllabi, will be rejected.

    Please be advised this programme is fundamentally mathematical and not suitable for students from a business or management background. If your previous degree was in (a field related to) business or management and you do not meet the above requirements, your chances of admission will be very small. Please be aware that in these cases the pre-master's option will most likely not be available either. We would thus encourage these applicants to have a close look at the programmes offered by our School of Business and Economics.

    Admission to the dual programme
    Admission to the dual Master's programme is granted to those who have a Business Analytics Bachelor's degree. For those with another university level Bachelor's degree, such as Mathematics, Econometrics, Computer Science, or a Bachelor's degree from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO), admission may be granted on an individual basis. Those seeking admission to the dual Master's programme should realise that admission also depends on obtaining suitable employment. Business Analytics has contacts with a number of companies that are interested in participating in this programme. 

    Please note, that courses in the dual programme are to be followed in the standard course schedule (and hence, during the day): a special schedule for dual students does not exist. It is usually necessary to visit the university several days per week to follow the programme. For more information, contact the master’s coordinator. 

    Due to visa restrictions and limits to issue work permits to students from abroad by the Dutch immigration authorities, the dual programme is only open for students living in the Netherlands. 

    For more information concerning the dual Master's programme, contact the coordinator for the external Master's project: Annemieke van Goor, h.j.m.van.goor-balk@vu.nl. Or contact the programme coordinator: Joost Berkhout: joost.berkhout@vu.nl.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree (pre-master's)

    A Bachelor's degree obtained at a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO)  in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).

    Holders of a University of Applied Sciences Bachelor's degree (HBO) that is closely related to Business Analytics (i.e., with a strong focus on applied mathematics and computer science such as Business Mathematics (HBO) and Applied Mathematics (HBO)) are admitted first to the one-year pre-master’s programme. For further information regarding procedures on composing the pre-master's programme for Dutch University of Applied Sciences graduates see also this page.

    The pre-master's programme
    The pre-master's programme Business Analytics enables you to gain admission to the Master's programme Business Analytics (if the deficiency can be addressed in a program of at most 30 ECTS). You'll follow a customized individual programme that is mainly composed of Business Analytics Bachelor's courses. You have to complete the pre-master's (30 ECTS) within 1 year. After you have finished the pre-master's programme you can be admitted to the Master's programme Business Analytics. 

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Enthusiastic about this programme? And do you meet the admission requirements? Find out how to apply.

    If you want to apply for a Master's programme at VU Amsterdam, the application procedure depends on your previous degree and whether you obtained your degree in the Netherlands or abroad. You find all information about the application procedure with a Dutch degree on the application page

    The application deadlines are:

    • 15 July for holders of a Dutch bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality)

    *non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit can still apply until 15 July.

  • I have an international degree

    The Business Analytics programme is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. 

    In order to gain admission to the Business Analytics Master’s programme, you will 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 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

    Specific requirements for the Business Analytics Master’s programme 
    For admission to the Business Analytics programme, a Bachelor's degree in Business Analytics or a closely related Bachelor is required. In general, we expect the following subjects to be part of your Bachelor's programme:

    • 90 ECTS or equivalent of Mathematics/Econometrics/Computer Science courses at the Bachelor's level, of which:
    • 45 ECTS or equivalent of Mathematics courses at the Bachelor's level, including a Probability Theory course (6 ECTS) and a Statistics course (6 ECTS), and
    • at least one course (6 ECTS) of programming in Java, Python, C++ or another formal programming language that covers the OOP paradigm

    A Dutch 3-year Bachelor of Science contains a total of 180 ECTS (3 x 60 ECTS). This means that in order for a student to meet the first requirement you need to have at least ~1.5 year’s worth of Mathematics/Econometrics/ Computer Science courses at the Bachelor's level.

    Having 45 ECTS of Mathematics is the minimum. If you apply with less than 45 ECTS or equivalent of Mathematics, please explain in your motivation letter why you may still be eligible. In order to have a better insight into the level of mathematics in this master’s programme, please see these sample exams. 

    It is mandatory for all Business Analytics applicants to use this format for the Course Description. When naming courses, please specify clearly what the workload was per course (in ECTS credits or hours). Other formats, such as complete course syllabi, will be rejected.

    Please be advised this programme is fundamentally mathematical and not suitable for students from a business or management background. If your previous degree was in (a field related to) business or management and you do not meet the above requirements, your chances of admission will be very small. Please be aware that in these cases the pre-master's option will most likely not be available either. We would thus encourage these applicants to have a close look at the programmes offered by our School of Business and Economics.

    Are you applying with an international degree?
    You can find more information about the required documents on the application page (see Required documents). Once you have completed the application, our International Student Advisors will contact you via email.

    English language requirements
    If you are applying for one of our English-taught Master's degree programmes you will have to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by submitting English test results. 

    Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted.

    You can find which test types and scores are accepted, the deadlines for submitting test results and all other relevant information on our application page under the Language Proficiency Requirements tab.

  • Application with an international degree

    Required format and required documents
    Please note: you will need to upload all required documents in one PDF file, using this Application Form Template.
    Please check here which documents you need to submit for this specific Master's programme.

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure.

    For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisors: masters.fs@vu.nl.

    Grants and scholarships
    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

    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.

    The application deadlines are:

    • 1 February for international students applying for one of the VU scholarships
    • 1 April for non-EU/EEA students*
    • 15 July for non-Dutch EU/EEA students

    *non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit can still apply until 15 July.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Science for questions and practical information: toelating.beta@vu.nl

For questions about the programme, please send an e-mail to programme coordinator Eduard Belitser: e.n.belitser@vu.nl.

For more information concerning the dual Master's programme, contact the coordinator for the external Master's project: Annemieke van Goor, h.j.m.van.goor-balk@vu.nl.  

For more general questions, please send an e-mail to contact@vu.nl

Call us on +31 20 5985020 (Mon – Fri: 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 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.fs@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

Also, make sure to take a look at our FAQ page - you might already find your question answered there.

Contact

  • Marija Bosnić
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl
  • Sandra van Daalen
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl
  • Jasper Oosterveld
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl