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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 Small Business and Entrepreneurship at University of Groningen

Are you interested in small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurship? Then this Master programme is for you.

**Best general MSc Business Administration in the Netherlands - HigherEducation Guide Masters 2017**

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) comprise over95% of businesses in many countries. SMEs are renowned for theirentrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial activities allow firms to remaincompetitive, and they can create economic growth and solve societalproblems.
You learn to understand the role SMEs are playing in themodern entrepreneurial economy and, more importantly, the strategicand managerial challenges small business owners and entrepreneursface. Many management programmes focus on large businesses, whereasSMEs and entrepreneurial firms have specific characteristics. You will learn about them and how small business owners andentrepreneurs can effectively manage their businesses.
You will link the specific theories on SMEs andentrepreneurship to practice by means of assignments and guestlectures. The programme has an international group of enthusiasticlecturers with research experience and contacts in the professionalfield. Besides, the relatively small group of students results in apersonal approach.

Are you interested in small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurship? Then this Master programme is for you.

**Best general MSc Business Administration in theNetherlands - HigherEducation Guide Masters 2017**

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) comprise over 95% ofbusinesses in many countries. SMEs are renowned for theirentrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial activities allow firms to remaincompetitive, and they can create economic growth and solve societalproblems.
You learn to understand the role SMEs are playing in the modernentrepreneurial economy and, more importantly, the strategic andmanagerial challenges small business owners and entrepreneurs face.Many management programmes focus on large businesses, whereas SMEsand entrepreneurial firms have specific characteristics. You willlearn about them and how small business owners and entrepreneurscan effectively manage their businesses.
You will link the specific theories on SMEs and entrepreneurship topractice by means of assignments and guest lectures. The programme has an international group of enthusiastic lecturers with researchexperience and contacts in the professional field. Besides, therelatively small group of students results in a personalapproach.

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate of the MSc programme Small Business &Entrepreneurship, you may find employment in positions likeall-round SME manager or SME consultant. Because all our programmesare EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only 1% ofuniversities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

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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: http://www.rug.nl/feb/career-services/

As a graduate of the MSc programme Small Business &Entrepreneurship, you may find employment in positions likeall-round SME manager or SME consultant. Because all our programmesare EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only 1% ofuniversities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

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

  • 'All-round' manager in an SME
  • Entrepreneur: start your own business
  • Consultant for SMEs and entrepreneurial firms
  • Manager in large organisations (corporate entrepreneurship)
  • Manager in large organisations that deal with SMEs and entrepreneurs, such as banks, accountants,
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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

Entry requirements

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, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you 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: BusinessAdministration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics andBusiness Economics, International Business.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you 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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