MSc in Business Administration

Radboud University

Program Description

MSc in Business Administration

Radboud University

Our Master's programme in Business Administration- unlike other similar programmes - emphasizes the social processes that constitute organizations. How do social processes determine the ways in which organizations and management operate and perform? In addition, in Nijmegen we have chosen an integrated approach. This attention for the whole, including social relationships is what creates a better understanding of the importance of good management and can eventually increase the performance of organisations of all kinds.

Theory and action-based learning

This programme is closely associated with the research carried out within the Institute of Management Research, where the focus is on research into relationship management, institutional dynamics, decision making and innovative management. You will become familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of your special subject.

The programme combines a thorough training in methodology with action-based learning: you apply the theory you have learned to concrete cases and learn to develop appropriate solutions. And, in our Visa Skills Lab, you can use computers to make scenario analyses and simulate decision-making processes within organisations.

Truly international

The education and research training we provide are internationally oriented. You have the opportunity to take part in a Master’s level project on European Human Resource Management, a cooperative venture among six leading European business schools and universities. Here, you will work in a multi-cultural team and follow a consultancy in-company project in one of the six countries involved.

Career prospects

Graduates will find themselves in the most diverse range of management and policymaking positions in the business community, the government and the non-profit sector. They may advise administrators and managers, they may design plans and organisational models and may be involved in implementing them. In addition, some of our graduates will apply for a job as a researcher at universities and research institutes.


Before the programme starts, you will choose a specialisation:

  • Business Analysis and Modelling
  • Flexible Master's programme: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • International Management
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Design and Development
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management

The Master’s programme is structured as follows:

  • Five courses of the chosen specialisation (30 ECs)

  • Two elective Business Administration courses (12 ECs)

  • Master's thesis in the chosen specialisation (18 ECs)

An academic year consists of 4 blocks, each block has up to 3 courses, and the exams are at the end of each block:

  • Block 1: September – beginning of November

  • Block 2: November – January

  • Block 3: February – middle of April

  • Block 4: April – middle of June


Specialisation: Business Analysis & Modeling

  • Computer models and organisational decision making
  • Group Model Building I and II

  • Research Methodology
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Two elective courses
  • Master's Thesis

Specialisation: International Management

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Organisations & Society

  • Research Methodology of your choice

  • Brand Management

  • Elective course
  • Global Corporate Communication
  • International HRM
  • Master's thesis

Specialization: Marketing

  • Marketing Management
  • Buying Behaviour
  • Methodology in Marketing and Strategy Research
  • Product Management
  • Brand Management
  • Two elective courses
  • Master's Thesis

Specialisation: Organisational Design & Development

  • Organisations and Society
  • Intervention in Organisations

  • Organisational Research Methods
  • Organisation Design
  • Organisational Change
  • Two elective courses
  • Master's Thesis

Specialisation: Strategic Human Resource Management

  • A Critical Approach of Strategic HRM
  • Gender and Diversity in Organisations

  • HRM Research and Methods
  • HRM and the Flexible Workforce

  • High Performance Work Systems
  • Two elective courses
  • Master's Thesis

Specialisation: Strategic Management

  • Corporate Strategy

  • Strategic Change
  • Methodology in Marketing and Strategy Research
  • Strategy and Nonmarket Environment
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Two elective courses
  • Master's Thesis

Admission requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related area. Ideally, your Bachelor's degree should cover the following courses: •Organisation Theory

  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Finance
  • Statistics
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • Bachelor’s thesis of 12 EC

2.Proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • Has successfully completed a three-year Bachelor's programme at a Dutch university.
  • Is a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Bachelor's programme that was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: EU/EEA-countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America.
  • Has successfully completed a Master's programme from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO).

All other students need one of the following certificates (TOEFL and IELTS certificates may not be older than two years). No other certificates will be accepted:

  • A TOEFL score of >90, with subscores not lower than 18
  • A IELTS score of >6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

Deadlines Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April.
  • EEA students: 1 May.
Pre-master for international academic students If you do not meet the requirements set for direct admission, it is possible to be admitted to the one-year (60 ECs), pre-master’s programme. Finishing this programme grants direct access to the Master’s programme in Business Administration.

Quality label

Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have now designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.

Last updated March 24, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 1, 2016
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
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EU/EEA, 01/04/2015 - non-EU/EEA (each year)
Start date Sept. 1, 2016
Netherlands Nijmegen
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EU/EEA, 01/04/2015 - non-EU/EEA (each year)
End date Aug. 31, 2017
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA - 9,232 EUR for non-EEA students