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Meet the business challenges of the digital age

Follow a unique programme like no other university offers.

Do you want to dive deeper into the world of information systems, innovation management and learn skills that are highly relevant in today’s job market?

Then the Master’s in Digital Business & Innovation is the programme for you! 

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and sign up

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

    We welcome and look for 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, Social Sciences, Economics, Computer Sciences, Industrial Design, or another discipline with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 7.0 or higher (or an equivalent GPA score for international students).  

    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 have a GPA of a 7.0 or higher and you successfully meet the requirements in this document

    Beyond these formal requirements, we look for hard-working and motivated students, who are dedicated to understand the domain, have a critical attitude, and a drive to make a change. Extra-curricular experiences, ranging from business experience, entrepreneurial experiences to volunteering are appreciated. We stimulate a collaborative attitude and are proud of a rich diversity among students. 
     

    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 pre-master's or bachelor’s degree at another university)

    We welcome and look for 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, Social Sciences, Economics, Computer Sciences, Industrial Design or another discipline with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 7.0 or higher (or an equivalent GPA score for international students).  

    Admission requirements  
    The Digital Business & Innovation programme is open to students with a university Bachelor's degree that provides a thorough knowledge in Business Administration, and in particular Information Systems and Innovation Management. You need to have a GPA of 7.0 or higher and successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of): 

    At least 30 EC Business Administration courses, including at least 6 EC Information Systems, 6 EC Innovation Management, and 6 EC Research Methods (apart from statistics). 

    Innovation Management:

    • Tidd, J., & Bessant, J. R. (2018). Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change.
    • Hislop, D., Bosua, R. & Helms, R. (2018). Knowledge Management in Organizations: A Critical Introduction

    Information Systems:

    • Valacich, J. & Schneider, C. (2018). Information Systems Today: Managing in the Digital World.
    • Laudon, K.C. & Laudon, J. (2019). Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm.

    Research Methods:

    • Saunders, M., Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. (2019). Research Methods for Business Students.
    • Blumberg, B., Cooper, D. & Schindler, P. (2014). Business Research Methods.

     
    Other Business Administration courses might include (but not limited too):
    •    Strategy 
    •    Organization Theory 
    •    Business Economics

    Additional requirements
    Beyond these formal requirements, we look for hard-working and motivated students, who are dedicated to understand the domain, have a critical attitude, and a drive to make a change. Extra-curricular experiences, ranging from business experience, entrepreneurial experiences to volunteering are appreciated. We stimulate a collaborative attitude and are proud of a rich diversity among students.

    Generally admissible 
    Applicants with at least a Bachelor's degree from another accredited university are admissible if they have a specialization in Business Administration, witnessed by thorough knowledge of the standard literature described above (or its equivalent) and a GPA of 7.0 or higher.

    If you do not meet the requirements with regard to courses completed, you might be admissible on the condition that you follow (an) additional course(s) to remedy deficiencies.

    With a Bachelor's degree in (International) Business Administration, Economics or Econometrics and Operations Research from Dutch Universities you can review this document. Any additional admission requirements can be found on the Curriculum page of this website.

    Please note: this information 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 but contains enough relevant courses, please feel free to apply.

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

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

    Pre-master's programme

    The pre-master's 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 pre-master’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 pre-master's 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 pre-master's

    - 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!

    Costs pre-master's

    Go to this page for more information about tuition fee rates for pre-master's.

    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

    Step 1:
    Apply for the programme MSc Digital Business and Innovation via Studielink before 1 June

    Step 2:
    Please complete your application in your VU dashboard by answering additional questions and uploading the following documents:

    • A transcript of your grades with your GPA
    • A motivation letter in English in which you explain why you want to pursue a Master’s programme Digital Business & Innovation at VU Amsterdam
    • A recent resume in English 

    Your GPA has to be determined by taking the weighted average of all bachelor courses completed up to the moment of application. In case an additional degree has been pursued beyond the bachelor programme, the associated grades may be included in the calculation of the GPA, if that is beneficial for the GPA.

    Please note: we can only process your application when you uploaded all documents. 

    Step 3:
    The admission committee will assess if you meet the admission criteria and will inform you about the decision via email. 

    For the full description of the registration procedure see the VU website.

    Applying with a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor’s degree, VU pre-master's or bachelor’s degree at another university)


    To enroll in the programme submit your enrolment application via Studielink

    Step 1:

    Apply for the programme MSc Digital Business and Innovation via Studielink before 1 June

    Step 2:
    Please complete your application in your VU dashboard by answering additional questions and uploading the following documents: 

    • A transcript of your grades with your GPA 
    • A motivation letter in English in which you explain why you want to pursue a Master’s programme Digital Business & Innovation at VU Amsterdam 
    • A recent resume in English 
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education, with the main literature used for these courses. Please use this format

    Your GPA has to be determined by taking the weighted average of all bachelor courses completed up to the moment of application. In case an additional degree has been pursued beyond the bachelor programme, the associated grades may be included in the calculation of the GPA, if that is beneficial for the GPA.

    Please note: we can only process your application when you uploaded all documents.  

      

    Step 3:

    The admission committee will assess if you meet the admission criteria and will inform you about the decision via email. 

    For the full description of the registration procedure see the VU website.

  • I have an international degree

    Admission Requirements

    We welcome and look for 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, Social Sciences, Economics, Computer Sciences, Industrial Design or another discipline with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 7.0 or higher (or an equivalent GPA score).  

    In order to gain admission to our Master’s programme, you 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 EC or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score (but encourage you to submit if you have one). You need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of) at least 30 EC in Business Administration courses, including at least 6 EC Information Systems, 6 EC Innovation Management, and 6 EC Research Methods (apart from statistics):

    Information Systems courses

    • Valacich, J. & Schneider, C. (2018). Information Systems Today: Managing in the Digital World.
    • or: Laudon, K.C. & Laudon, J. (2019). Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm. 

    Innovation Management courses

    • Tidd, J., & Bessant, J. R. (2018). Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change.
    • or: Hislop, D., Bosua, R. & Helms, R. (2018). Knowledge Management in Organizations: A Critical Introduction

    Research Methods courses

    • Saunders, M., Lewis, P. & Thornhill, A. (2019). Research Methods for Business Students.
    • or: Blumberg, B., Cooper, D. & Schindler, P. (2014). Business Research Methods. 

    Other Business Administration courses might include (but not limited too):
    •    Strategy 
    •    Organization Theory 
    •    Business Economics 


    Beyond these formal requirements, we look for hard-working and motivated students, who are dedicated to understand the domain, have a critical attitude, and a drive to make a change. Extra-curricular experiences, ranging from business experience, entrepreneurial experiences to volunteering are appreciated. We stimulate a collaborative attitude and are proud of a rich diversity among students. 

    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.

    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 an overview of all accepted tests and scores that can be used to demonstrate your English language proficiency on the language requirement page.

  • Application procedure with an international degree

    Application documents

    To apply you are required to provide the following documents:

    • Scan of your passport or national ID card (ID for EEA students only) valid at the start date of the programme
    • Master Application File please download the correct file from this page. In this file you can see which documents are required to apply for your programme.
    • Proof of English language proficiency (if already obtained): upload your proof of English language proficiency or English language test results. Please find the English language requirements here.

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

    Application fee & deadlines

    All students seeking admission to an international 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

    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.

  • Pre-master's programme for international students

    Applying for the pre-master's programme directly is not possible. 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, the Admission Board might refer you to the pre-master's programme. After completing the pre-master's programme you are directly eligible for the Master's programme.

    The pre-master's 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 pre-masters can be found here.

    Admission requirements for the pre-master's 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).
    • The Admission Board might request to hand in GMAT. This will be stated in the invitation to apply for the pre-master's programme you will receive from the Admission Board after you applied for the Master's programme. Do you want to know more about the GMAT? See GMAT ® - More about - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (vu.nl)

    More information on the requirements, including GMAT preparations, can be found on the central SBE pre-master's 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 pre-master's programme in Studielink after selecting Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and by entering ‘pre-master's’ in the search bar.

    The programme starts in the second semester, around the first of February. To make sure everything is processed in time, we recommend to submit your request well before the deadline.

    • 1 November 2023: Non-EU/ non-EAA students who need visa/residence permit. November 1 is the deadline to apply. Once you are conditionally admitted you have till December 1 to hand in a valid English Language test and GMAT (if applicable)
    • 31 January 2024: EU/EAA students
  • 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 on your VU dashboard 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 pre-master's before I can start with an SBE Master?

    Yes, we require all students with an HBO higher vocational Bachelor degree to complete the corresponding pre-master's before they can start with the Master. More information on the pre-master's 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 pre-master's (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 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.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

For questions about the programme or course content, please contact the Programme Director Prof. dr. Bart van den Hooff (b.j.vanden.hooff@vu.nl) or Programme Coordinator Dr. Maura Soekijad (m.soekijad@vu.nl). See also www.kinresearch.nl. For more general questions, please send an e-mail to Studentdesk@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.

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.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, stating your student number.

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

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