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Change management

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.

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 Accredited
Why study this programme in Groningen?

The programme offers a richness in theoretical approaches and acknowledges the complexity of organisational changes as a dynamic interplay of organisational, technological, cultural and human factors. Besides, dedicated, staff, students and expert practitioners form a lively learning community that prepares you for a career in a globalising world . The programme, ensures high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Programme

To fulfill the programme requirements, you need to follow:

1) four mandatory courses (5 EC each, 20 EC in total):

  • Theories and Approaches of Change Management
  • Change & Human factors
  • Managing Technological Change
  • Agents and Instruments of Change

2) three electives of 5 EC each which enables you to specialise further in fields such as healthcare, strategy and ICT.

3) You should write and successfully defend your Master's thesis.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Agents and Instruments of Change (5 EC)
Change and Human Factors (5 EC)
Electives MSc BA Change Man (15 EC)
Managing Technological Change (5 EC)
Master's Thesis BA Change Management (20 EC)
Research and Skills for MSc BA (5 EC)
Theories and Approaches of Change Man (5 EC)

Curriculum

During the MSc CM programme you will learn about different change strategies that have been developed to deal with the complex reality of organisational change, including intervention tools that are helpful for implementing those strategies. You will develop a solid understanding of the diversity in theories and approaches that characterise the international scientific and professional field of change management as well as the competence of critical academic thinking.

Check for in-depth info on all courses: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=2022

Programme options
Digital Business Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Digital Business and gain specialised knowledge in the field. There are two steps to the Digital Business Focus Area-

1) complete two of eight chosen electives 2) write and round off a MSc thesis on a digital business topic

More information about this option

Energy Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Energy and open up extra career opportunities. There are two steps to the Energy Focus Area-

1) complete two of four chosen electives 2) write and round off a MSc thesis on an energy topic

More information about this option

Master Internship (specialization)

Opportunity for an internship between February and June. You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the first semester of your next study year.

More information about this option

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 Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business 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/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

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 Administration,Business Economics, 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, and the grades that 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 (formerly 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/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate of Change Management you are much in demand, both in for-profit and non-profit organisations. You are flexible and can develop yourself in many directions, for example through consultancy projects. A quarter of all graduates of Business Administration find jobs in consultancy. Graduates of Change Management are particularly well equipped for this.

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

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is research driven and incorporates the latest developments in the field. You will be taught by renowned researchers who actively conduct research into various aspects of organizational change and change management in diverse sectors.

Important topics are, for example, stakeholder and issue management, duality management, leadership, change implementation strategies, continuous improvement and post-adoption behaviour. Students’ thesis subjects can be related to staff research projects.
However, the aim of the program is, primarily, not to train researchers. The main objective is to work with and to discuss academic research as a means to develop state-of-the-art knowledge, an analytical and critical mind as well as problem-solving capabilities that are key to any career students aspire.
Next to that, through case-based assignments, simulation, guest lectures, and other activities, students apply what they learn to practical change situations. In this way, you actively co-produce your development as a future professional.

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								Testimonial of Jaap Hofstee

    Deciding not to take the beaten track

    – Jaap Hofstee
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    After my BSc I wanted to investigate another subject area and opted for Change Management. The programme deals with developments in Change Management, the things that influence it, and project management.

    This academic year I'm combining the MSc in Change Management with an administrative internship at UniPartners Groningen, an organisation 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. After my BSc in International Business & Management I decided not to take the beaten track. I wanted to investigate another subject area and opted for Change Management. 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 organisational change.

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								Testimonial of Melissa Hulscher

    "There is an active Master's Community that organizes many activities where you can get to know fellow changers and create a bridge between theory and practice."

    – Melissa Hulscher
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    "After finishing my HBO Bachelor's in Human Resource Management and my pre-Master's, I started the Master's in Change Management. I learned a lot about business, but most importantly about how people behave in business and in related change projects and how you can get employees to support the change.
    The course units are given in small groups and interaction is encouraged, also in larger lectures. The lecturers are enthusiastic and they encourage you to be critical of the lecture material. The Master's is highly academic but because of this interaction and the use of cases it also has a practical orientation. There is an active Master's Community that organizes many activities where you can get to know fellow changers and create a bridge between theory and practice. If you're looking for a Master's programme with a strong business focus as well as a human side, with critical, inspiring and enthusiastic professors and a dynamic field that never gets boring, then Change Management is the one for you."

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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/

Master Community - Change

Make the most of your master by getting to know your fellow students and prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/mc-change/
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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.