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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.

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
  • Management Accounting and Control (the new name of the current Organizational & Management Control)
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Innovation Management
Programme options
Change Management (track)

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 CM, 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.

Health (track)

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?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? Which trade-offs need to be made? 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.In the MSc BA 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? MSc BA Health Graduates have solidly prepared themselves to contribute to the multifaceted world of healthcare and prevention.

Management Accounting and Control (track)

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?

MSc Management Accounting and Control (the new name of the current Organizational & Management Control) concentrates on enabling managers to achieve organizational goals. It involves studying the effectiveness and other implications of control practices. During this programme you will gain knowledge about accounting and financial management techniques. These techniques are used to provide (non-)financial information 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 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. A combination of teaching and assessment methods is used. Every year, around 60 students follow the programme.Important to knowAs of September 1, 2019, the name of the Organizational & Management Control profile of the MSc Business Administration will change to Management Accounting and Control. With this name change, the goal is to provide you with a clearer understanding of what this master programme has to offer. The MSc BA Management Accounting and Control will enable you to connect the information needs of managers (i.e. Management Accounting) to state-of-the-art knowledge about human behaviour (i.e. Management Control). The new name highlights the accounting content of the programme, which is valued strongly by employers. Moreover, as the new name is more similar to that of comparable programmes, it will be easier for employers to recognise it. Therefore, the new name will add value to your diploma in the labour market. Please note that the content of the study programme will remain the same. This means that you will still be able to decide for yourself if you select financially-oriented electives, or choose a more general business orientation.

Small Business & Entrepreneurship (track)

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.

Strategic Innovation Management (track)

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 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 the firm organise internally for innovation; (3) how and with whom should the firm cooperate to maximise innovation; and (4) how can the firm 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 profit.The MSc BA SIM, like all of our courses, are designed and executed by a small group of top academic researchers, and our programme is, therefore, strongly research oriented. By introducing students to the state-of-the-art in academic research, the aim of the programme is to give student the necessary tools to properly understand, evaluate and solve real-life cases, and to conduct their own research.

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: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc

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

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 https://www.rug.nl/feb/gmat-gre

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: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc

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: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: https://www.rug.nl/admissions

Language requirements

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

Registration procedure

Students have to apply via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. You need to apply for the programme of your choice in order to for the Admissions Office to evaluate your educational background and assess your eligibility. Your application will be assessed on an individual basis.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 June 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-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. 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.

  • 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 (the new name of the current Organizational & Management 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.

Research Institute related to the MSc programme:

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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 the financially interested students at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
Risk has set itself the goal to close the gap between theory and practice in the areas of Finance, Accountancy and Controlling, Management Accounting and Control, and International Financial Management. Risk also organises activities to enhance the contacts between its members, the academic personnel and businesses.
https://www.riskgroningen.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.