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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. 

Academic year 2021-2022
VU Amsterdam expects all students to be able to attend classes on campus again as of September. We look forward to meeting you on campus. If you live abroad and are unable to come to the VU Amsterdam campus due to strict travel restrictions, there will be an online alternative for lectures and exams for this study programme up until October 2021. We expect everybody back on campus from November 2021 on.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    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.

    There has been examined how an exception to this BSc-before-MSc rule can be made possible for Master’s programmes at VU Amsterdam. This means that, under certain conditions, students who are lacking credits for no more than a few courses including their bachelor project, will still be able to start their Master’s at VU Amsterdam next year. This is a one-off measure. The missing credits must be completed during the 2021-2022 academic year, in other words no later than August 31 2022. Please read carefully below which rules apply for admission into this Master’s programme.

    The following rules apply this year for admission into this Master’s programme:

    Target groupNumber of EC at least achieved / % EC achieved
    Bachelor students at a Dutch University (incl. VU)150 EC
    Current pre-Master students24 EC
    HBO Bachelor students210

    Please note that, apart from the rules above, the following passages are still applicable and must be met to be considered for admission into the Master’s programme:

    • Admission criteria / requirements that are not EC related
    • English language proficiency requirements

    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. 

    Do you want to start a Master’s programme in September?  Then complete the form for exceptional admission to a Master’s programme.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor’s degree, VU premaster 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 Probability and Statistics, 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 premaster 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: Eduard Belitser, e.n.belitser@vu.nl

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

    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-Masters' programme for Dutch University of Applied Sciences graduates see also this page (Dutch).

    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 (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. 

    General language proficiency requirements
    The general requirements regarding language proficiency are found here. You can send a copy of your English test to the following address: toelating.beta@vu.nl.

  • Application with a Dutch 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.
    • 45 ECTS or equivalent of Mathematics courses at the Bachelor's level, including Probability and Statistics.
    • at least one course (6 ECTS) of programming in Java, Python, C++ or another formal programming language that covers the OOP paradigm

    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: Eduard Belitser, e.n.belitser@vu.nl

    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
    • 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 Probability and Statistics, 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 premaster 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.

    Please note: you will need to upload all required documents in one PDF file, using this template.
    Please check here which documents you need to submit for this specific programme.

    English language requirements
    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 their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

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

    IELTS: 6.5 overall
    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.

    Your English test results can be included in your application file or sent to the following email (for non-Dutch degree holders): masters.fs@vu.nl
    The general requirements regarding language proficiency are found here.

  • Application with an international degree

    General application information
    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here. You will also find an explanation for each required application document on this page. After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure.

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

    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

    Student Ambassadors
    Some International students are happy to tell you about their experience 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.

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

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

International diploma applicants

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.

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