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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 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.

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 has been internationally accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS, ensuring a high-quality education, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide.
Programme

To fulfil the programme requirements, you need to follow:

1) five mandatory courses (5 EC each, 25 EC in total):

  • Theories and Approaches of Change Management
  • Change and Human factors
  • Managing Technological Change
  • Agents and Instruments of Change
  • Research and Skills for MSc BA

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 Management (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 Management (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.

Programme options
Sustainable Society Focus Area (specialization)

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

1) complete two electives from a predetermined list 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on a sustainable society topic

More information about this option

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 to gain work experience by doing an internship in the second semester of your study.

You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the third semester.

More information about this option

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

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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 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. 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 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. 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

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.

Job prospects

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 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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Contact

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  • Dr. Isabel Estrada Vaquero (Programme coordinator)
    Email: i.estrada.vaquero rug.nl

Study associations

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/committees

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.