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Business Administration

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.

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

The programme is intended for students with an academic background in Business, Economics, and related academic fields.

Each specialization has high academic standards and is research oriented. Therefore, all your lecturers are researchers. You will work intensively in small groups. Occasionally, a guest lecturer from a company is invited to speak about their expert experiences in the world of business administration. All specializations are internationally orientated.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Business Administration
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60644
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Economics and Business
AACSB AccreditedEQUIS
Why study this programme in Groningen?

All five Business Administration tracks combine sound academic knowledge with practical relevance. Besides, it is an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Programme

In the Master's Degree in Business Administration there are five tracks that all specialize in one particular area of business administration:

  • Change Management
  • Health
  • Organizational & Management Control
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Innovation Management
Programme options
Change Management (graduation track)
Health (graduation track)
Organizational and Management Control (graduation track)
Small Business & Entrepreneurship (graduation track)
Strategic Innovation Management (graduation track)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

All tracks facilitate but do not organize an international exchange.

Entry Requirements

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: Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Technology Management.

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

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/nl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Research universities

Via a pre-master

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
More information:

Sufficient command of English

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

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

GMAT/GRE: for specific scores (and exemptions), see http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/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/feb/education/admission-application/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: Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Technology Management.

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

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (voormalig CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing6.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 June 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 June 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time
After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate, you are qualified to work in national and international companies, non-profit organisations and government institutions. Think of positions such as management trainee, financial or control officer and organisation advisor. Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

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

Job examples

  • Change Management

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

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

    You could also start work as a management trainee, internal consultant, policy consultant or member of a project team in profit as 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 qualified for various types of jobs may find jobs in national and international companies, non-profit organizations or government institutions. The programme provides you with a solid grounding in the field of financial management and information gathering and processing for decision-making purposes.

    Some examples:

    • Assistant manager/management trainee, project manager, eventually leading to general manager
    • Financial officer, internal control officer or related controller 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 an entrepreneurial attitude
  • Strategic Innovation Management

    Career perspectives for graduates in Strategic Innovation Management are bright. As the programme focuses on a field which is of growing importance across industries internationally, you can choose between many different career paths. The programme is the ideal choice when you are interested in a career in strategic or innovation management, business development, or in consultancy.

  • Health

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

    Future employment opportunities may include (inter)national healthcare organisations, consultancy agencies, insurance companies, or (semi-)governmental organisations.

Research

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. From the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and pre-professional development, since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.


Research institute related to the MSc programme:

Innovation and Organization

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								Testimonial of Jaap Hofstee

    Deciding not to take the beaten track

    – Jaap Hofstee
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    After my BSc in International Business I decided not to take the beaten track. I wanted to investigate another subject area and opted for Change Management.

    This academic year I'm combining the MSc in Change Management with an administrative internship at UniPartners Groningen, an organization affiliated to the University that tries to bridge the gap between higher education and industry by involving students in consultancy projects in companies. Combining studies and administration means I have to work particularly hard, especially since the studies are very demanding. A lot is expected of you, and the lecturers are critical of everything. The backbone of the MSc programme for me is the Field Course, which deals with developments in Change Management, the things that influence it, and project management. Your level of thinking goes up by leaps and bounds because you have to take a critical approach to the subject matter. I hope to graduate in six months' time. I'm not sure what I shall do then. I want to have a good think about it in the summer: whether to continue my studies somewhere else or to start working. There's a good chance I shall go into consultancy, where I'd like to do something with people, as they often play an important role in organizational change.

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  • 
								Testimonial of Tjeerd Manussen

    Thinking about starting my own business

    – Tjeerd Manussen
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    The nice thing about the Master's degree programme in Small Business and Entrepreneurship is that it has a very practical orientation.

    I heard about the Master's degree in Small Business and Entrepreneurship at a University of Groningen information meeting and I was immediately enthusiastic, partly because I have been interested in entrepreneurship for a long time and I am thinking about starting my own business. The nice thing about the Master's degree programme in Small Business and Entrepreneurship is that it has a very practical orientation. There is a strong focus on concrete aspects such as legislation, entry barriers and issues of succession, for example in family businesses, and students are assessed very critically on the characteristics that an entrepreneur should have, according to the literature, such as determination, being prepared to take risks and having pluck. I am currently doing an internship at AM Energy, the 'sustainable development department' of the property developer AM, where I am investigating the possibilities for exploiting sustainable energy in the Netherlands. I am very interested in the world of real estate. It's a market with relatively few big players and a good few smaller ones, there's lots of money involved and the output is visible. I think I will end up in this market after I graduate. Many students of Economics and Business want to work for multinationals, but I am more interested in SMEs. After I graduate I will first travel around Australia and New Zealand for about a year and then find a job. I would advise new Master's students not to underestimate the first six months. It's a busy time. There are no shortcuts and it's hard work, but it's definitely worth it!

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  • 
								Testimonial of Ana Quintana

    Innovation and Strategy in one programme

    – Ana Quintana
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    "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 again be on a flight to Groningen."

    "Ana Quintana, graduate in Strategic Innovation Management" "I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to follow a 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. Innovation is a specialization not usually offered in Mexico and the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme eventually directed me to Groningen. 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. My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. 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 Queens 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 again be on a flight to Groningen."

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Study associations

EBF

The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/

Risk

Risk is the study association for Accountancy, Controlling, Finance, and the financially interested student at the University of Groningen.
Risk has set itself the goal to close the gap that exists between theory and practice in the areas of Finance, Accountancy & Controlling, Organizational & Management Control, and International Financial Management.
https://www.verenigingrisk.nl/
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Study support

Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself. But successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert to discuss your study progress and personal circumstances that influence your studies. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.