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Business Administration

Study business administration in Groningen and choose from one of the five profiles in change management, strategic innovation, management accounting, health and entrepreneurship.

Would you like to gain the knowledge and skills required to deal with complex problems in management? In the Master's degree in Business Administration, you learn to deal with complex management issues. There are five profiles that all focus on one particular area of business administration:

The programme is intended for students with an academic background in Business, Economics, and related academic fields. Each profile has high academic standards and is research-oriented. A unique feature of the programme in Groningen is that 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 profiles 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 profiles combine sound academic knowledge with practical relevance.
  • The programme has been internationally accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS, ensuring a high-quality education, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide.
  • You can specialize in one of the five different profiles: Change Management, Health, Management Accounting and Control, Small Business and Entrepreneurship or Strategic Innovation Management.
Programme

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

  • Change Management
  • Health
  • Management Accounting and Control
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Innovation Management
Courses
Programme options
Change Management (profile)

What are the characteristics of the most suitable change approach: planned or emergent, participatory or directive, top-down or bottom-up?

Responding to the ever-changing market and new developments is essential for the survival of today's organisations. That's why change is crucial for organisations. This creates a need for change experts who know how to design and manage change processes.In the MSc Business Administration - Change Management, which is both academically rigorous and societally relevant, you will learn to deal with the complexity of organisational change as a dynamic interplay of organisational, technological, cultural and human factors. You will develop a solid understanding of the diversity in paradigms, theories and approaches that characterise the international scientific and professional field of change management as well as critical academic thinking as core elements of your professional toolkit. The programme offers you a diverse and challenging environment in which you actively and responsibly co-create your learning experiences. You will be a member of a lively learning community of dedicated students (approx. 75), staff and expert practitioners that prepares you for a career in a globalising world.

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Health (profile)

Make a difference! Add value to health and care. How can healthcare improve health outcomes and patient experiences while containing costs and guaranteeing access for all?

In the MSc Business Administration - Health, you develop the key competences to understand and make a difference in this highly relevant sector. The course offerings combine healthcare management and health economics. You are provided with options to develop a more managerial or a more economic focus. Yet, you also look beyond the managerial or economic perspective: how to take the clients', clinicians', carers', and insurers' positions into regard?High-quality healthcare is a critical foundation for individual well-being and a well-functioning society. Healthcare systems require maintenance, improvement and innovation on all levels. Healthcare managers need to cope with societal challenges and deploy technological opportunities without disrupting ongoing care delivery. One challenge is our ageing society with its growing demand and rising expectations, while fewer hands are available to provide care and the costs need to be contained. How can we reconcile these tensions? The managerial challenges require a strategic vision and coordinated efforts within healthcare companies as well as with other players in this dynamic field. This creates a demand for multidisciplinary educated professionals with both analytic and managerial skills, and a crisp understanding of the social-economic environment.

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Double Degree Master Chinese Economy and Finance (Shanghai) (specialization)

Are you interested in an international career in or involving China?

Study in Shanghai after your FEB Master's programme in Groningen and gain first-hand knowledge and experience of China and the economy, finance and culture.

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Management Accounting and Control (profile)

How to support managers when they are pursuing the organizational strategy? Which information is useful to them, and how does this information affect the behaviour of employees?

The MSc Management Accounting and Control concentrates on enabling managers to achieve organizational goals. During this programme, you will gain knowledge about management accounting and financial management techniques. These techniques are used to provide (non-)financial information for decision-making and to develop planning and control systems. You will also develop the skills needed to communicate the information in an effective manner. The techniques will be placed in a context of broader issues, such as strategy, human behaviour and culture, and special attention will be paid to changes in accounting systems. You will explore subjects like management accounting, financial management, management control and management of change. Therefore, the Management Accounting and Control programme will enable you to connect the information needs of managers to state-of-the-art knowledge about human behaviour.Did you know you can also study accountancy and controlling in Groningen? Find out more about our MSc Accountancy and Controlling.

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Small Business and Entrepreneurship (profile)

How can small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurial firms be managed so they can be successful in the entrepreneurial economy and add value to society?

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) comprise over 95% of businesses in many countries. SMEs are renowned for their entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial activities allow firms to remain competitive, they can create economic growth and innovation, and they can solve societal problems.You learn to understand the role SMEs and entrepreneurial firms are playing in the modern entrepreneurial economy, more importantly, the strategic and managerial challenges small business owners and entrepreneurs face. Many management programmes focus on large businesses, whereas SMEs and entrepreneurial firms have specific characteristics. You will learn about them and how small business owners and entrepreneurs can effectively manage their businesses in an increasingly complex business environment.You will link the specific theories on SMEs and entrepreneurship to practice by means of assignments and guest lectures. The programme has an international group of enthusiastic, highly-reputed lecturers with research experience and contacts in the professional field. Besides, the relatively small group of students (about 50 each year) results in a personal approach with possibilities for customization.

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Strategic Innovation Management (profile)

How do you build an organisation geared to innovation? How and with whom do you collaborate to bring new innovations to the market? And how, in a globalized world, do you protect your innovation, to make sure that you profit from it?.The MSc Business Administration - Strategic Innovation Management (MSc BA SIM) deals with these challenges. It considers the whole strategic process of managing innovations within companies and between companies. The programme is structured around the following four topics: (1) where does innovation come from; (2) how can a firm organise its activities for innovation; (3) how and with whom should a firm cooperate to maximise innovation; and (4) how can firms capture value from innovation? In doing so, the aim of this programme is to teach students how to manage a firm's innovation activities, to help turn ideas into profitable new processes, products, services and business models.The MSc BA SIM is a strongly research-oriented programme since all our courses are designed and taught by a small group of top academic researchers. By introducing students to the state-of-the-art in academic research, the aim of the programme is to give students the necessary tools to properly understand, evaluate and solve real-life cases, and to conduct their own research.

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Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

All tracks facilitate but do not organize an international exchange.

Entry requirements

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Universities of applied sciences

Via a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:
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

Admission requirements

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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, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc.

other admission requirements

Not meeting the pre-education requirements for direct entry? Please read more about our pre-Master programmes .

Registration procedure

Students with a Dutch diploma can apply directly to Studielink. More information on the  steps to apply .

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023

Admission requirements

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certified competences

A GMAT/GRE test is required from all candidates who obtained their bachelor's degree from a university in a non-EU/EEA country. For specific scores and exemptions, please see https://www.rug.nl/feb/gmat-gre.

  • Both GMAT and GRE are now being offered by mba.com and ETS as an online option to take from home worldwide. Please check their websites for more information.
language test

IELTS Academic overall score 6.5 (Speaking 6, Writing 6.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 24); Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (overall score 176, Speaking 169, Writing 176).

  • ETS is offering the TOEFL tests as an online option to take from home worldwide. Please check their website for more 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, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc.

If you have any questions concerning admission to this programme, please contact our Admissions Office: https://www.rug.nl/admissions.

other admission requirements

Not meeting the pre-education requirements for direct entry? Please read more about our pre-Master programmes .

Registration procedure

Students have to apply via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. After you apply for the programme of your choice, the Admissions Office will evaluate your educational background and assess your eligibility. Your application will be assessed on an individual basis. More information on how to apply.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2021-2022€ 1084full-time
non-EU/EEA2021-2022€ 14816full-time

Practical information for:

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. As a graduate, your degree will be highly valued in the labour market. The Faculty of Economics and Business is internationally accredited and belongs to the 1% of business schools around the world accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB.

FEB Career Services
When you become a student at the faculty, we want to support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills. You can count on a dedicated on-campus Career Services team offering you a wide range of courses, workshops, events and career-related support during your studies. Everything you need to enter the labour market.

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.

  • 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.

  • Management Accounting and Control

    Graduates in Management Accounting and Control (the new name of the current Organizational & 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.

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.

The research Institute related to the MSc programme is Innovation and Organization.

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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/
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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.