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Graduates occupy leading positions

Executive Master of M&A and Valuation

The Executive Master of M&A and Valuation is a unique M&A programme at an academic master level, covering the entire M&A process from strategy to integration. The programme matches the educational demands of a rising number of M&A professionals.

The programme provides you with the training you need, to have true impact in deals and valuation and drive your career forward. The career path of our alumni, many of which have gained leadership positions, clearly demonstrates that the programme offers what it what it takes to move ahead in M&A.

Graduates of the programme occupy leading positions as corporate M&A directors, CFOs, deal partners at ‘Big-4’ firms, senior investment bankers, private equity partners and senior M&A lawyers. The Executive Master is officially accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).

RUG and VU Amsterdam join forces in the Executieve Master M&A and Valuation

The part-time executive master's programme for M&A and Valuation professionals is jointly offered by the business schools of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Ultimately, this Executive Master programme may be converted into a joint degree programme with an MSc from both the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.  The training location will remain in the financial district of Amsterdam and the language spoken will remain English.

Executieve Master M&A and Valuation at a glance

Duration: 15 months (part-time)
Location: Amsterdam (Zuidas)
Start: September
Tuition fee: € 24,950
Degree: MSc
Language: English

For more information, get in touch with our programme manager Marit Luiting-Drijfhout.
T: +31 6 11 91 94 28

Drive your career in M&A forward

The growing importance of M&A gives you a major career opportunity. The Executive Master of M&A offers what it what it takes to move ahead in M&A.

  1. You will learn M&As as a multidisciplinary practice. M&As involve many functions including corporate strategy, industry economics, finance, valuation, accounting, organization and change management, as well as legal and tax expertise. You will learn to apply these skills coherently in the M&A field.
  2. You will learn M&As as a multistage process. Successful M&A requires flawless execution of every stage of the process, from strategy formulation in the pre-deal stage to the deal stage and the integration or separation stage. You will learn the relevant aspects of each stage, how the stages build on each other and the crucial linkages.
  3. You will become proficient in the thorough valuation skills required for successful M&A. M&A is about gaining a competitive edge and creating value. Skills in valuation and value creation analysis are therefore indispensable for M&A professionals. You will develop valuation skills firmly embedded in the M&A process, with a tailored focus on each individual stage.
  4. Case-based teaching means that you can apply the knowledge you are acquiring from day one. Teaching is case-driven, with unique real-world case studies designed specifically for our programme. The practical real-world setting means that you can apply the knowledge you acquire immediately.
  5. A mix of authoritative lecturers from both professional practice and academia provide you with a balanced perspective.

You will be taught by a mix of practitioners, all of whom are respected authorities in their fields, and world-class academic staff. The practitioners will provide you with insights into real-life practical aspects of M&As, while the academics will offer insights that will outlast the latest trends and current fads.


“What it takes to give a deal the best possible chance of success”

“What it takes to give a deal the best possible chance of success”

Stewart McCrone is Head of Strategy, M&A and Partnerships at Philips International BV. He is also a lecturer in the M&A programme.

“As many will have seen, M&A has had a ‘front seat’ role in the recent transformation of Philips from a more diverse industrial conglomerate to a focused Health Technology company.

I find it essential that our M&A team has a strong technical foundation in M&A, from valuation skills to modelling, deep understanding of the legal side, integration challenges and the rest. While the old industry adage ‘every deal is different’ also holds true at Philips, there are also a lot of ‘the basics’ that you see back in every transaction. Truly mastering these basics frees up time to focus on the really different elements of the acquisition, investing time and energy ‘where it matters’ to give the deal the best possible chance of success.”

Stewart McCrone

Change your world, study the Executive Master of M&A and Valuation

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
School of Business and Economics Executive Education
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