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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Business Administration at University of Groningen

Would you like to gain the knowledge and skills required to deal with complex problems in management? Then you should choose one of the specializations of this degree.

**Best general MSc Business Administration in theNetherlands - HigherEducation Guide Masters2017**

In the Master's Degree in Business Administration you learn todeal with complex management issues. There are five tracks that allspecialize in one particular area of business administration:

The programme is intended for students with an academicbackground in Business, Management, Finance or Marketing.
Each specialization has high academic standards and is researchoriented. Therefore, all your lecturers are researchers. You willwork intensively in small groups. Occasionally, a guest lecturerfrom a company is invited to speak about their expert experiencesin the world of business administration. All specializations areinternationally orientated.

Would you like to gain the knowledge and skills required to deal with complex problems in management? Then you should choose one of the specializations of this degree.

**Best general MSc Business Administration in theNetherlands - HigherEducation Guide Masters2017**
In the Master's Degree in Business Administration you learn to dealwith complex management issues. There are five tracks that allspecialize in one particular area of business administration:

The programme is intended for students with an academicbackground in Business, Management, Finance or Marketing.
Each specialization has high academic standards and is researchoriented. Therefore, all your lecturers are researchers. You willwork intensively in small groups. Occasionally, a guest lecturerfrom a company is invited to speak about their expert experiencesin the world of business administration. All specializations areinternationally orientated.

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate, you are qualified to work in national and international companies, non-profit organisations and governmentinstitutions. Think of positions such as management trainee,internal or policy consultant, financial or control officer andorganisation advisor. Because all our programmes are EQUIS andAACSB accredited, your degree will be highly valued on the labourmarket.

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As a graduate, you are qualified to work in national and international companies, non-profit organisations and governmentinstitutions. Think of positions such as management trainee,internal or policy consultant, financial or control officer andorganisation advisor. Because all our programmes are EQUIS andAACSB accredited, your degree will be highly valued on the labourmarket.

FEB Careers Company
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Careers Company empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. Check: FEB CareerServices

Job examples

  • Change Management

    Graduates of Change Management are much in demand. They areflexible and can develop in many directions, for example throughconsultancy projects. Some job examples are:

    • Management trainee
    • Internal consultant
    • Policy consultant
    • Member of a project team in profit as well as non-profitorganizations

    You could also start work as a management trainee, internalconsultant, policy consultant or member of a project team in profitas well as non-profit organizations.

    A quarter of all graduates finds a job in consultancy.

  • Organizational and Management Control

    Graduates in Organizational and Management Control are qualifiedfor various types of jobs may find jobs in national and international companies, non-profit organizations or governmentinstitutions. The programme provides you with a solid grounding in the field of financial management and information gathering andprocessing for decision-making purposes.

    Some examples:

    • Assistant manager/management trainee, project manager,eventually leading to general manager
    • Financial officer, internal control officer or relatedcontroller positions, eventually leading to financial manager
    • Junior organization advisor in the field of quality management,financial management or change processes in organizations
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship

    Graduates may find employment in, for example, one of the following positions:

    • All-round SME manager
    • Independent entrepreneur
    • SME Consultant
    • Employee of a large organization selling services to SMEs (for example banks, accountancy offices, etc.)
    • Employee of a large organization recruiting staff with anentrepreneurial attitude
  • Strategic Innovation Management

    Career perspectives for graduates in Strategic InnovationManagement are bright. As the programme focuses on a field which isof growing importance across industries internationally, you canchoose between many different career paths. The programme is theideal choice when you are interested in a career in strategic orinnovation management, business development, or in consultancy.

  • Health

    As a graduate of MSc BA Health, you will have the academicskills crucial in analysing and intervening in the organisation ofcare and issuing advice about its economic environment.

    Future employment opportunities may include (inter)nationalhealthcare organisations, consultancy agencies, insurancecompanies, or (semi-)governmental organisations.

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Business AdministrationAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Business EconomicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Econometrics and Operations ResearchAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Economics and Business EconomicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
International BusinessAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
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  • knowledge minimum
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Sufficient command of English

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

GMAT/GRE: for specific scores (and exemptions), see http://www.rug.nl/(...)ication/intl-route/1

grade list

A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation.

language test

TOEFL internet based (IBT): 90, IELTS Academic: 6.5; for specific scores see: http://www.rug.nl/(...)ication/intl-route/1

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: BusinessEconomics, Business Administration, Econometrics and OperationsResearch, Economics and Business Economics, International Business,Technology Management.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, the Admissions Board will considerthe level and curriculum of your previous studies and the gradesyou have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/(...)ication/intl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/(...)rt/admissions-office

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: BusinessEconomics, Business Administration, Econometrics and OperationsResearch, Economics and Business Economics, International Business,Technology Management.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, the Admissions Board will considerthe level and curriculum of your previous studies and the gradesyou have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/(...)plication/nl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/(...)rt/admissions-office

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing5.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based575
TOEFL internet based90

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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