Business Administration: Leadership and Change Management (MSc)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam the Netherlands

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The award

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2083 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
EUR 14600 per year

All study options

About Business Administration: Leadership and Change Management at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Leadership and Change Management programme is a traveler’s guide for frontrunners (change agents and change crews) in organizations. In this specialization you will acquire evidence-based knowledge about the complexities of (planned) strategic interventions from multiple perspectives and in various settings including private companies, public organizations, and large-scale institutions.

All of the courses offered in the Leadership and Change Management specialization are taught with both macro (e.g., organizational/institutional) and micro (e.g., individual, behavioral) perspectives on the subject matter. At the same time you will learn about the complexities of implementing change ‘on the ground’, where plans and standard operating procedures usually provide little help and where leaders rise must to the occasion. By learning project management, rhetoric and political skills, and – last but not least – by becoming comfortable with your personal story, growth and vision (as ‘reflective practitioner’), you might learn to become that frontrunner (and, thus, ‘leader’) of change.

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 study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2083 per yearInternational course feesEUR 14600 per year

Entry requirements

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 we do take into account your motivation, prior relevant work experiences, and any relevant volunteering experiences and/or citizenship behaviors. Furthermore you need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of): 

Organizational Behavior: 
•    Sinding et al. (2014). Organisational Behaviour. 5th edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill 
•    Brehm, S. S. Kassin, S. M., & Fein, S. (2002). Social Psychology. 4th edition. New York: Houghton Mifflin 

Organization Theory / Strategic Management: 
•    Jaffee, D. (2001). Organization Theory: Tensions and Change. London: McGraw-Hill 
•    Hitt, M. A., Ireland, D. R., & Hoskisson, R. E. (2014). Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalization – Concepts and Cases, 11th Edition. Stamford: South-Western College Pub 

English language proficiency
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. 

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can already apply online without having the test results. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the programme:   

IELTS (academic):
•    Minimum general score 6,5 
•    Minimum score writing 6,0 

•    Paper based test 580 
•    Internet based test 92 

Cambridge English
•    Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C 
•    Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C 

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