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Enter a New Era of Corporate Finance

Finance: Duisenberg Honours Programme in Corporate Finance

Do you have a financial background in Finance or Business Economics? Are you highly motivated, ambitious and up for a challenge? And you want to gain in-depth knowledge about corporate finance and the world behind it?

Then the Duisenberg Honours Programme in Corporate Finance 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

    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. Typically, students in this programme are successful if they have an intrinsic curiosity for financial decision making and for financial markets and if they have obtained their Bachelor’s degree with above average grades for courses in the areas of Financial Management, Financial Markets & Institutions, Corporate Finance or Accounting.

    Admission requirements

    BSc Bedrijfskunde:

    • Financial Modelling and Derivatives (E_IBK3_FMD, P4)
    • International Financial Management (E_IBK3_IFM, P5)
    • Not a strict requirement but recommended: Financieel Management 2 (E_BK2_FINM2, P5), formerly known as Finance II (E_BK2_FIN2)

    Notes: Completion of the Minor Risk Management for Financial Institutions replaces the required course International Financial Management (E_IBK3_IFM, P5)

    BSc Economics and Business Economics:

    • Finance II (E_EBE2_FINA2)
    • Financial Markets and Institutions (E_EBE3_FMI, P4)
    • Not a strict requirement but strongly recommended: Corporate Finance (E_EBE2_CF, P5)

    Notes: Completion of the Minor Risk Management for Financial Institutions replaces the required course Financial Markets & Institutions (E_EBE3_FMI, P4)

    BSc Econometrics and Operations Research / Econometrics and Data Science:

    • Finance II (E_EBE2_FINA2)
    • Not a strict requirement but strongly recommended: Corporate Finance (E_EBE2_CF, P5)

    AND Choose between:

    • Financial Markets & Institutions (E_EBE3_FMI, P4)
    • International Financial Management (E_IBK3_IFM, P5)

    Notes: Completion of the Minor Risk Management for Financial Institutions replaces the required course Financial Markets & Institutions (E_EBE3_FMI, P4) or International Financial Management (E_IBK3_IFM, P5)

    BSc International Business Administration:

    • Financial Modelling and Derivatives (E_IBK3_FMD, P4)
    • International Financial Management (E_IBK3_IFM, P5)
    • Not a strict requirement but recommended: Corporate Finance: A Sustainability Perspective (E_IBA2_CFSP; P5), formerly known as Corporate Finance in Emerging Economies (E_IBA2_CFEE)

    Notes: Completion of the Minor Risk Management for Financial Institutions replaces the required course International Financial Management (E_IBK3_IFM, P5)

    Check this document for a complete overview of all the requirements.

    Additional requirements

    • Strong motivation and commitment to the high study load of 84 EC in one year
    • Outstanding performance in the completed preceding bachelor programme
    • Sufficient entry knowledge in the core disciplines finance and accounting and sufficient quantitative skills (see below)

    The admission board can review your application with the following documents: Transcript records, CV, motivation letter, sample of academic writing. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


    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 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. Typically,  students in this programme are successful if they have an intrinsic curiosity for financial decision making and for financial markets and if they have obtained their Bachelor’s degree with above average grades for courses in the areas of Financial Management, Financial Markets & Institutions, Corporate Finance or Accounting.

    Admission requirements 

    The admission board can review your application with the following documents: Transcript records, CV, motivation letter, sample of academic writing. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    The Duisenberg Honours Programme in Corporate Finance is open to students with a university Bachelor's degree that provides a thorough knowledge in Financial Management, Financial Markets & Institutions, Corporate Finance or Accounting.  You need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of):

    Financial Management      

    Berk, J. and P. DeMarzo, Corporate Finance, Pearson. Latest edition.

    or

    Brealey, R.A. & Myers, S.C. and F. Allen, Principles of Corporate Finance, Mcgraw-Hill. Latest edition.

    Financial Markets and Institutions

    Mishkin, F.S. and S.G. Eakins, Financial Markets and Institutions, Pearson. Latest edition.

    Business Statistics  

    Berenson, M.L., Levine, D. M. & Krehbiel, T. C., Basic Business Statistics, Pearson. Latest edition.

    Accounting Knowledge

    Bhimani, Horngren, Datar and Rajan, Management and Cost Accounting, 6th edition.

    Aerts, W. and Walton, P., Global Financial Accounting & Reporting : Principles and analysis, Cengage. Latest edition.

    Furthermore students need to show:

    1.    Outstanding performance in the completed preceding bachelor programme.

    2.    Strong motivation and commitment to the high study load of 84 EC in one year.

    Approval is in most cases given to students who hold a Bachelor’s degree with sufficient courses in Finance in:

    •    (International / Technical) Business Administration

    •    Economics and Business Economics

    •    Econometrics and Operations Research

    •    Industrial Engineering and Management

    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 (pre-master's)

    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. Typically,  students in this programme are successful if they have an intrinsic curiosity for financial decision making and for financial markets and if they have obtained their Bachelor’s degree with above average grades for courses in the areas of Financial Management, Financial Markets & Institutions, Corporate Finance or Accounting.

    If you have a Dutch higher vocational (HBO) degree you need to enroll in a pre-master’s programme, which is designed to bridge the gap between higher vocational education and university-level education. Beside a HBO degree you also need to score at least 550 on the GMAT test. Please note: the pre-master's programme is taught in Dutch only.

    For more information about the pre-master's programmes see ' Master na HBO'.

    More information regarding registration WO-bachelors, see the VU website.

    Students who have successfully completed the VU pre-master’s programme in Financial Management are automatically entitled to admission to the master’s Finance specialization Financial Management. To enroll into the Duisenberg Honours Programme Corporate Finance: see the additional admission requirements. For questions about enrollment into this programme:  toelating.sbe@vu.nl.

  • 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 Finance and on the VU dashboard you can select your specialization.

    Step 1:
    Apply for the MSc programme Finance via Studielink before 1 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 which you explain why you want to pursue a Master’s programmes in BA, Duisenberg Honours Programme in Corporate Finance (max. 1 A4)
    • a recent resume

    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.

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

    Step 1:

    Apply for the MSc programme Finance via Studielink before 1 July. You can apply for the specialization on the 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 on 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 which you explain why you want to pursue a Master’s programmes in BA, Duisenberg Honours Programme Corporate Finance. (Max. 1 A4)

    -    a recent resume.

    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.

  • I have an international degree

    Admission requirements

    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. Typically,  students in this programme are successful if they have an intrinsic curiosity for financial decision making and for financial markets and if they have obtained their Bachelor’s degree with above average grades for courses in the areas of Financial Management, Financial Markets & Institutions, Corporate Finance or Accounting.

    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. You need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of):

    • Financial Management - Berk, J. and P. DeMarzo, Corporate Finance, Pearson. Latest edition.
      or Brealey, R.A. & Myers, S.C. and F. Allen, Principles of Corporate Finance, Mcgraw-Hill. Latest edition.
    • Financial Markets and Institutions - Mishkin, F.S. and S.G. Eakins, Financial Markets and Institutions, Pearson. Latest edition.
    • Business Statistics - Berenson, M.L., Levine, D. M. & Krehbiel, T. C., Basic Business Statistics, Pearson. Latest edition.
    • Accounting Knowledge - Bhimani, Horngren, Datar and Rajan, Management and Cost Accounting, 6th edition.
      and Aerts, W. and Walton, P., Global Financial Accounting & Reporting : Principles and analysis, Cengage. Latest edition.

    Furthermore students need to show:

    • Outstanding performance in the completed preceding Bachelor's programme.
    • Strong motivation and commitment to the high study load of 84 EC in one year.

    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 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 procedure with an international degree

    Applying 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 template. Please download the template to check which documents are required for this programme

    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 an admission notification via 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 Study in 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.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

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.

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.

Call +31 (0)20 59 85020 (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
  • Alissa Hiegentlich
  • International Student Advisor
  • School of Business and Economics
  • masters.sbe@vu.nl