You can apply to the Master’s programme in Culture, Organization and Management (COM) with one of the following Bachelor’s degrees:
- Business Administration
- Management and Organisation Science
- Organisation Studies
- Psychology track Social- or Work and Organisational Psychology*
*please add proof of the track you follow(ed) to your VU-application portal
Furthermore you are admissible to the Master’s programme in COM with any Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree including a minor programme in organisation sciences, such as the VU FSS Minor Bestuurswetenschap (30 EC) or the Minor Organisatiewetenschap (30 EC).
NUFFIC regularly compares universities around the world in order to estimate academic levels of the universities abroad in relation to the acquired level of the Master’s programmes in the Netherlands. The Admissions Committee relies on the list provided by NUFFIC in order to estimate whether your level of academic writing and methodological training is expected to be sufficient. If your level of academic writing and/or methodological training is deemed insufficient, you must complete a bridging programme which consists of courses in academic writing and/or methods and techniques. You may decide to take this course at any university. FSS-VU offers courses in academic writing in the pre-Master’s programme in Culture, Organization and Management (PM Tutorial Academic Writing COM and PM Fieldwork) and in methods and techniques (see below).
*Please be aware that international students should not apply for the premaster’s programme directly.
The Admissions Committee will refer you to the premaster’s, in case you are not directly eligible for the Master’s programme.
You are admissible to the Culture, Organization and Management (COM) with other academic Bachelor's or Master's programmes after finishing a bridging programme of max. 30 EC.
Depending on the degree you are finishing, this bridging programme consists of academic courses in the field of (quantitative and/or qualitative) methods and techniques of social scientific research (minimum 12 EC) and/or academic courses in the field of organization science (minimum of 6 EC).
The Admissions Committee of the Master's programme in COM will determine which additional courses you will have to take. These courses can be taken at any Dutch university, but you can also choose to take them at FSS-VU.
At FSS-VU the following relevant courses are offered in the field of methods and techniques of social scientific research:
- Social Research Methodology (S_SRM): introduction to the process of social scientific research, including its key methods (qualitative and quantitative) and approaches (interpretative vs positivist).
- Ethnographic Research Methodology (S_ERM)
- Methoden en technieken van kwalitatief onderzoek (S_PMMTKOZ): to acquire knowledge and skills in the field of qualitative methodology.
- Pre-Master Fieldwork (S_PMF): to acquire qualitative research skills.
FSS-VU offers the following relevant subjects in the field of organisation science:
- Kernthema’s bestuurs- & organisatiewetenschap (S_KBO)
- Sociaal Kapitaal en Netwerken (S_SKN)
- Organizational Culture and Change (S_OCC)
In case your previous education has no connection at all with the Masters’ programme, the Admissions Committee might refer you to the pre-Master’s programme in Culture, Organization and Management.
In individual cases exemptions for part of this programme may be appropriate and applied for, consult with the Admissions Committee if you think this applies to you.
To prepare for the Master’s programme the Admissions Committee advices you to read the following titles:
- Alvesson, M., Understanding Organizational Culture. London: Sage.
- Neyland, D., Organizational Ethnography. London: Sage.
- Grey, C., A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations. London: Sage.
It is to your advantage to read these titles before starting the Master’s programme, but it is not a binding condition and therefore will not be tested.
English language requirements
To be admitted to the English-taught Culture, Organisation and Management Master’s programme, students must meet the following results in the English language test (no older than 2 years):
- IELTS score with a minimum of 6.5
- TOEFL score internet based test: 92-93
- VU TOEFL-ITP: 580 (only valid for VU Amsterdam)
- CAMBRIDGE CERTIFICATE in Advanced English (CAE): A or B
- CAMBRIDGE CERTIFICATE of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B or C
Exemptions from the language test requirements are granted in the following cases:
- Your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma was obtained in an English-language university programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK or USA.
- Your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma was obtained in an English-taught programme at a Dutch university.
- Your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma was obtained in an English-taught programme in a different EU-country.
- You have a Dutch vwo-diploma (level 6 vwo-nieuw).
- You are a premaster student and have passed the premaster’s assessment before entering the programme.
Make sure to register on time at Taalloket for the VU TOEFL-ITP, as the possibilities are limited, especially during the busy summer period. If you have a Dutch Bachelor's degree obtained at a Dutch university, the first take of the VU TOEFL-ITP is free of charge.
Please send a scan of the result of your test by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your name and student number.
The deadline for non-EEA students is 1 June. EEA students can send their test results before 31 August at the latest.