Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics

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Maastricht University (UM)

The most international university in the Netherlands, stands out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook. With 16,000 students and 4,000 staff, Maastricht University offers a wide choice of academic programmes, all of which are designed to bring out the best in its students.

Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (UMSBE)

You want a master’s degree recognised around the world. And you want skills and experience that will prepare you for further studies or a successful career. At the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (UMSBE), you’ll find all this and more.

Innovative and dynamic

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is the methodology for which we are famous. This means small tutorial groups, close contact with your tutors, and a highly interactive style of learning. PBL trains you to be an active and independent participant. These skills are a huge plus in today’s job market.

Practical and professional

Employers like our graduates because they are trained in valuable, real-life skills: managing yourself and your team, giving and receiving constructive criticism, meeting deadlines, producing concrete results, and taking responsibility, but also taking risks. To prepare you for the international labour market, we have initiated the International Classroom Development Programme, in which you will learn to work in teams composed of various different nationalities. We also put you in direct contact with employers through internships, recruitment events and company visits. Career services are incorporated into all programmes. And our alumni circles organise regular networking opportunities.

Research and reputation

At SBE, you learn from the best. Our research is consistently rated first or second in national peer reviews. What’s more, we are among the 52 business schools worldwide that have been granted the prestigious Triple Crown accreditation (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA). They also consistently get high praise in the Dutch, German and international rankings.

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In short, SBE provides the highest quality education and a springboard to the next step. You’ll find that the knowledge, skills and experience from your SBE master’s will put you on the best possible footing. We look forward to welcoming you here.

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MSc Econometrics and Operations Research: Actuarial Sciences (full-time)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

Actuarial Sciences is a 1-year, full-time programme and is taught entirely in English. Graduates will a master's degree in Econometrics and Operations Research with a specialisation in Actuarial Sciences. [+]

MSc Econometrics and Operations Research: Actuarial Sciences (full-time)

The role of actuaries is changing. Until recently, actuaries have concentrated on mitigating risk. Now, their role is broader and more proactive: they study market demand and manage return on investment, both in the short and long terms. To do this, they must take a balanced view of both assets and liabilities. The Actuarial Sciences track at Maastricht University is one of only three such studies in the Netherlands, putting it at the cutting edge of its field. Become a ‘financial engineer’: take Actuarial Sciences.

 

What will you learn?

 

Keys skills that you will learn include problem solving and the ability to see those problems from more than one point of view. You will also learn how to communicate your opinions and solutions professionally and clearly in order to persuade others of your viewpoint.... [-]


MSc Econometrics and Operations Research: Econometrics (full-time)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Econometrics track uses not only academic theory, but also hands-on case studies in order to give you a well-rounded education in how to solve economic problems. [+]

MSc Econometrics and Operations Research: Econometrics (full-time)

 

The Econometrics track looks at three major areas:

 

• statistical analysis of economic data• finance – including financial theory• asset liability management

 

What will you learn?

 

In pensions and investment funds, investors need predictions of how their portfolio will develop over time. Econometrics will give you the tools to predict this for them, making you an extremely valuable human resource in the investment sector. Econometrics will provide you with the know-how to get to grips with new information quickly, in order to be able to solve problems. Fast.... [-]


MSc Econometrics and Operations Research: Mathematical Economics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Mathematical Economics track looks in-depth at theories such as Game Theory and Equilibrium Theory, including industrial organisation, in order to solve real-world problems. [+]

MSc Econometrics and Operations Research: Mathematical Economics (full-time)

Mathematical methods can be used to solve a whole range of business problems, from a company’s finances to the organisation of its people. In order to do this strategically, the Mathematical Economics track looks at theories and models that can help you make the right decisions.

 

What will you learn?

 

Mathematical Economics is certainly a theoretical track. But it’s also about solving real business problems, which means that you’ll learn about more than just the academic theories. You’ll also learn about business issues such as resources (both human and material), finance and organisational structure (both internal and external).... [-]


MSc Econometrics and Operations Research: Operations Research (full-time)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

Operations Research is a 1-year, full-time programme and is taught entirely in English. Graduates will a master's degree in Econometrics and Operations Research with a specialisation in Operations Research. [+]

MSc Econometrics and Operations Research: Operations Research (full-time)

Business and economic problems can use several methods to solve them. In the Operations Research track, you will use optimisation techniques, such as algorithms, for this purpose. You will also use computer technologies and programming techniques to reach solutions.

What will you learn?

 

Operations Research is about using technology but, more importantly, it’s about applying that technology in business situations to solve real problems. The track will give you the means not only to use computer programming to your advantage, but also to communicate your proposed solutions to the business decision makers effectively.... [-]


MSc Economics: Competition and Regulation

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Competition and Regulation track will train you in the analysis of market arrangements. It will provide you with the skills needed to analyse the behaviour of firms and to monitor [+]

MSc Economics / Competition and Regulation

The Competition and Regulation track will train you in the analysis of market arrangements. It will provide you with the skills needed to analyse the behaviour of firms and to monitor the effects of competition laws and regulatory policies. There are two major features of competition policy:

1. to look for unlawful behaviour, such as the abuse of dominance, collusion, merger control and so on, and how this affects competition2. to shape the market and influence its conditions, such as through the auction of licences. For example, telecoms firms compete for licences; competition policy makers decide how many to issue in order to retain competitiveness... [-]


MSc Economics: European Economic Policy

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The EU faces many challenges in today’s global economic climate: taxation and monetary policies for the European Economic Area, labour market reforms, globalisation, sustainable growth, [+]

MSc Economics / European Economic Policy  

The EU faces many challenges in today’s global economic climate: taxation and monetary policies for the European Economic Area, labour market reforms, globalisation, sustainable growth, competition regulations and the relationship between the EU and emerging market economies are just a few. You will study all this and more in the European Economic Policy track.

What will you learn?

The European Economic Policy track requires you not only to assess existing European policies and identify existing challenges, but also to absorb different arguments and form your own opinions about them. You will develop skills in interpreting different models and communicating your opinions about them to others in a persuasive manner.... [-]


MSc Economics: Global Innovation Economics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The major problems facing the world today, such as poverty and a lack of development, global warming, and the financial crisis, have strong links to International Economics. This program gives you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge about [+]

MSc Economics / Global Innovation Economics

 

The major problems facing the world today, such as poverty and a lack of development, global warming, and the financial crisis, have strong links to International Economics. This program gives you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge about International Economics and prepares you for your career. The Maastricht way of addressing these issues starts from a broad international and macroeconomic perspective, and puts innovation at the core of the analysis. The program combines relevant theoretical knowledge with applied economics work, and has a strong link with UNU-MERIT, a Maastricht-based institute of the United Nations University with a world-class reputation in research about innovation and development.... [-]


MSc Economics: Public Economics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

Are you curious about how we should deal with issues like climate change, international terrorism, decision-making in democracies, migration, an ageing population, social and health insurance? Do [+]

MSc Economics / Public Economics 

 

Are you curious about how we should deal with issues like climate change, international terrorism, decision-making in democracies, migration, an ageing population, social and health insurance? Do you wonder whether the market can always regulate itself, or whether policy is sometimes required to step in? Don't you dare to ask questions that don’t have straightforward answers? The Public Economics track offers you the possibility to do just that.

 

 

Study with the experts

Public Economics examines decisions in the public sector – from individual to social behaviour, from government decisions to policy changes  – and its effect on the private sphere, individuals, the community, and markets. In this track you study, using a unique three-pronged learning approach: it works through a combination of formal theoretical reasoning, behavioural and experimental examinations, and empirical policy evaluation. In other words, the track provides you with applicable scientific knowledge to tackle important real-world problems. Your lecturers are active researchers and experts publishing their work in international journals, which means you’re learning ‘first-hand’ in an exciting, evolving field.... [-]


MSc Economics: Social Economics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

Is training and formal learning reflected in workers’ wages? Does more health information lead to better health? What are the effects of segregated neighbourhoods? Through the Social Economics track, you will ask questions relating to the cultural [+]

MSc Economics / Social Economics

 

Is training and formal learning reflected in workers’ wages? Does more health information lead to better health? What are the effects of segregated neighbourhoods? Through the Social Economics track, you will ask questions relating to the cultural and market forces that drive behaviours. You will then analyse these questions both theoretically and empirically in order to generate solutions. The track will provide you with a ‘toolkit’ through which you will be able to carry out empirical analysis. This will consist of three essential elements: economic theory, econometric tools, and ‘policy in practice’.Your thesis, optional internship and research can also be used to tackle real-life issues.... [-]


MSc Financial Economics: Asset Pricing (full-time)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Asset Pricing track will give you the tools to give the best advice to your future clients. [+]

MSc Financial Economics: Asset Pricing (full-time)

 

Asset Pricing combines economic theory, finance and econometrics. The financial employment market needs specialists who are familiar with all of these things. This is because individuals and businesses now have a huge range of choice as to what financial products they buy. They need advice from asset pricing specialists in order to make those choices. The Asset Pricing track will give you the tools to give the best advice to your future clients.

What will you learn?

 

You will learn how to make forecasts of financial trends in order to make better investment decisions. You will also be able to recognise, analyse and solve financial economic problems, in relation to the larger regulatory and economic environment in which they exist.... [-]


MSc Financial Economics: Banking (full-time)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Banking track offers you something that is broader than just asset pricing but narrower than investment. This track is unique in that there are very few other European institutions that offer it. [+]

MSc Financial Economics: Banking (full-time)

 

Banking isn’t just about high-street banks and credit cards. It’s also about investment banking, risk management for financial institutions, derivatives, the effects of monetary policy return on financial assets and their relationship to macroeconomic developments. The Banking track will cover all this and more, giving you the best start to your future career.

What will you learn?

 

Banking is about making the best financial decisions for your customers. So knowing your customers’ needs and forming relationships with them is the first step towards doing this. Only then will you be able to put into practice the quantitative and decision-making skills you will learn during your studies.... [-]


MSc Financial Economics: Financial Analysis (full-time)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Financial Analysis track brings four disciplines together – monetary economics, finance, econometrics and accounting – in an international environment. [+]

MSc Financial Economics: Financial Analysis (full-time)

The Financial Analysis track brings four disciplines together – monetary economics, finance, econometrics and accounting – in an international environment. This unique approach makes graduates of this track particularly attractive to employers of financial analysts. The Financial Analysis track aims to prepare you for further qualification as a Chartered Financial Analyst. However, the track is also suitable for anyone looking to gain international experience in making investment decisions and solving financial problems.

 

What will you learn?

 

Financial Analysis will give you the tools to make better investment decisions, either as a buy-side analyst or a sell-side analyst. You will also be able to recognise, analyse and solve financial economic problems, bearing in mind their macroeconomic implications.... [-]


MSc Fiscal Economics (full-time)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

Fiscale Economie is a challenging multi-disciplinary track that combines elements from taxation, economics and law. You will study relevant areas such as accountancy... [+]

MSc Fiscal Economics (full-time)

Fiscale Economics is a challenging multi-disciplinary track that combines elements from taxation, economics and law. You will study relevant areas such as accountancy, finance, corporate and value-added tax, tax management and European tax law. As this track is taught in both English and Dutch, it is ideal for Dutch students or foreign students with a high level of Dutch who want to specialise and work in the specific tax environment of the Netherlands. The Fiscale Economie track aims to give you the tools to give strategic tax advice to senior managers, as well as to make sound tax decisions based on the knowledge you will gain.

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MSc Global Supply Chain Management and Change (full-time)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Global Supply Chain Management and Change programme has been developed to meet the growing demand for supply chain experts who understand the importance of innovation in business success. [+]

MSc Global Supply Chain Management and Change (full-time)

The Global Supply Chain Management and Change programme has been developed to meet the growing demand for supply chain experts who understand the importance of innovation in business success. The programme is taught in Venlo, an entrepreneurial city about 80km from Maastricht, giving you the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice in the region’s industrial heart.

 

What will you learn?

 

Global Supply Chain Management and Change takes elements from different disciplines to give you a comprehensive understanding of global supply chains and their wider position in global business and economics. You will acquire the skills to maintain a ‘big picture’ overview of every link in the supply chain, while having the leadership skills to drive change processes that will benefit a business’ bottom line.... [-]


MSc in Business Intelligence and Smart Services

Campus Full time 2 semesters September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The big data revolution is having an enormous impact on society, organisations and daily life. The data explosion is a tremendous source of new opportunities for companies and individuals. [+]

From big data to smart services The big data revolution is having an enormous impact on society, organisations and daily life. The data explosion is a tremendous source of new opportunities for companies and individuals. It enables them to make better, more customer-oriented, more targeted, more cost-efficient decisions. Business intelligence specialists have become an essential asset to any company and any public institution. The MSc Business Intelligence and Smart Services is a new, innovative programme that studies service design, business intelligence systems and business analytics. The knowledge you’ll gain is directly applied to real-life company projects. Upon graduation, you will have a wide variety of career options available to you, such as service designer, business intelligence consultant, or big data architect. The industries you could end up working in are equally varied as companies, governments and research organisations are all looking for people like you. Why this programme? The big data revolution is having an enormous impact on society, organisations and daily life. The data explosion is a tremendous source of new opportunities for companies and individuals. It enables them to make better, more customer-oriented, more targeted, more cost-efficient decisions. Business intelligence specialists have therefore become an essential asset to any company and any public institution. On the other hand, companies have started to develop so-called smart services: product and service innovations that directly capitalise on data and technology, offering added value to customers. New business models centered on the development of smart services are being introduced to meet this demand. As a master’s student in Business Intelligence and Smart Services, you’ll learn how to analyse big data, make business decisions in data-rich environments and design data-driven smart services. What careers await you? Big data is a rapidly growing field, your career perspectives look equally promising. You’ll be able to find work at large companies, governmental agencies, policymaking and research institutes. You’ll be able to pursue many different positions, including: service designer service engineer smart service consultant service manager service delivery manager business intelligence consultant big data analyst big data architect [-]

MSc in Business Research

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

How does Business Research differ from many of the other master’s programmes on offer? Business Research is one of two two-year research master’s programmes, which means that you’ll go into your chosen area of specialisation in more depth, especially [+]

 

MSc in Business Research

 

How does Business Research differ from many of the other master’s programmes on offer? Business Research is one of two two-year research master’s programmes, which means that you’ll go into your chosen area of specialisation in more depth, especially in your second year. Your programme will be tailor-made to cover the business areas that interest you the most.

Research Assistant Grant

To lighten the financial burden of studying as well as to facilitate the transition from research master’s student to PhD candidate, Maastricht University School of Business and Economics offers Research Assistant positions for which you may receive a grant. You can apply for a Research Assistant position (and the grant) prior to the start of the second year of your MSc Economic and Financial Research.... [-]


MSc in Economic and Financial Research

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

How does Economic and Financial Research differ from many of the other master’s programmes on offer? Economic and Financial Research is one of two two-year research master’s programmes. The first year will offer you high-level courses in economics, while your second year will allow you to specialise. The content and [+]

MSc in Economic and Financial Research

 

How does Economic and Financial Research differ from many of the other master’s programmes on offer? Economic and Financial Research is one of two two-year research master’s programmes. The first year will offer you high-level courses in economics, while your second year will allow you to specialise. The content and scope of these courses adheres to the American standard, which will kick-start your successful career in research. It will also enable you to enrol for a PhD in the United States (or an American PhD offered elsewhere) or work internationally.

Research Assistant Grant

To lighten the financial burden of studying as well as to facilitate the transition from research master’s student to PhD candidate, Maastricht University School of Business and Economics offers Research Assistant positions for which you may receive a grant. You can apply for a Research Assistant position (and the grant) prior to the start of the second year of your MSc Economic and Financial Research.... [-]


MSc in Economics: Managerial Economics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

There’s a vacancy in your company, and 500 applicants all want the job. What formula can you use to choose the best candidate? Resources are scarce – so how to negotiate with your fellow managers for more money or new staff? You want to reward your [+]

MSc in Economics / Managerial Economics

There’s a vacancy in your company, and 500 applicants all want the job. What formula can you use to choose the best candidate? Resources are scarce – so how to negotiate with your fellow managers for more money or new staff? You want to reward your workers, but what sort of bonus scheme is best? And how do you pay them in the first place: per hour, or for the products they produce? In this specialisation, future managers learn how to use economic theories to optimise in-company business practices.

 

This is the sort of economics you can really use on the work floor of an organisation. But in contrast to management studies – and uniquely to this specialisation – you take a more abstract, meta-level approach. Imagine that there’s a problem in your organisation. You see it from a bird’s-eye view, placing it in the broader theoretical context of the class of problems to which it belongs. You are then able to connect this to a certain class of solutions, which you can subsequently implement in practice. In other words, your strength is in making the transfer from practice to theory, then back to practice again.... [-]


MSc Information and Network Economics (full-time)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The master's programme in Infonomics is a 1-year, full-time programme taught entirely in English. Graduates will receive a master's in Infonomics. [+]

MSc Information and Network Economics (full-time)

Infonomics is one of the few academic programmes in the world to combine economics and business, with a focus on information technology. Having the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be able to cross these disciplines is becoming increasingly important. This is because Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are developing rapidly and companies often do not know how to keep up with them or how best to integrate them for maximum productivity and performance. Infonomics will equip you with the theoretical and practical skills to develop policies and strategies that address ICT challenges in a business environment.... [-]


MSc in Human Decision Science

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

We live in a highly complex, interdependent world, and the number of decisions we need to make is exploding. Due to increasing knowledge and scientific progress, we also have more and more information at our disposal to make these decisions. At the same [+]

MSc in Human Decision Science

 

We live in a highly complex, interdependent world, and the number of decisions we need to make is exploding. Due to increasing knowledge and scientific progress, we also have more and more information at our disposal to make these decisions. At the same time, we face growing uncertainties like financial crises, climate change, migration and international terrorism on the one hand, and more individual freedom and autonomy on the other.

 

Under these circumstances it is increasingly difficult – yet also increasingly important – to understand how to make smart individual and strategic decisions. Such decisions form the cornerstone of the proper functioning of institutions, organisations and markets, on which our very wellbeing depends. To understand what good decisions are and how we can make them, this programme gives you a thorough understanding of the cognitive and social aspects of human decision-making.... [-]


MSc in Management of Learning

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

In a competitive business environment, companies need to innovate in order to stay ahead. This means that knowledge is becoming a key business asset. Coupled with this, it is becoming increasingly [+]

MSc in Management of Learning

 

In a competitive business environment, companies need to innovate in order to stay ahead. This means that knowledge is becoming a key business asset. Coupled with this, it is becoming increasingly difficult for organisations to find and retain qualified employees. As a result, the effective use and development of human capital is a strategic decision that companies can no longer ignore.

 

Management of Learning challenges you to think about learning in a (global) business environment and to find effective, potentially far-reaching solutions. It is a multi-disciplinary programme, which combines elements from economics, business, human resource management and learning sciences.... [-]


MSc International Business: Accountancy (full-time)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

As a graduate of Accountancy, you can become a Financial Consultant, Auditor or many other positions in the financial world. [+]

MSc International Business: Accountancy (full-time)

 

Interpreting information for better business decisionsCompany decisions, such as how many employees to hire, how many products to make and so on, require financial information. Financial consultants interpret information, enabling resource allocation decisions that are necessary to taking decisions and meeting targets. Auditors, on the other hand, check the reliability of that information.

 

 

Programme information

 

Accounting is the backbone of any company; without it, profit, people and products cannot exist. Financial information needs to be gathered, interpreted and checked in order to be able to make business decisions. As a graduate of Accountancy, you can become a Financial Consultant, Auditor or many other positions in the financial world.... [-]


Msc International Business: Accounting And Control (part Time)

Campus Part time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

Accountancy and Controlling is a two year part-time specialization in size. You will acquire knowledge of the major international accounting and management control principles. [+]

MSc International Business: Accounting and Control (part time)

 

Accountancy and Controlling is a two year part-time specialization in size. You will acquire knowledge of the major international accounting and management control principles. The specialization is part of the MSc International Business. Below is a brief indication of the teaching, review, and the weekly study load you can expect within this specialization.

 

Accounting is the backbone of any business, without it profit, personnel and products simply do not exist. Financial data must be collected, interpreted and checked to business decisions to be taken. If you opt for Accounting and Controlling, you can go in different positions in the financial world, as financial advisor, accountant, controller, and many others. ... [-]


MSc International Business: Controlling (full-time)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

Being a Controller means having an overview of a business situation: on the one hand, they understand the accounts; on the other, they have a grasp on the managerial side of the business. [+]

MSc International Business: Controlling (full-time)

 

Being a Controller means having an overview of a business situation: on the one hand, they understand the accounts; on the other, they have a grasp on the managerial side of the business. Controllers bridge the gap between management and accounting, which means they make excellent decision makers in businesses.

 

 

What will you learn?

 

Your education will focus on management and internal control, but it will also give you an overview of financial accounting principles. The opportunity to choose electives will allow you to tailor your master’s programme to your own interests.... [-]


MSc International Business: Entrepreneurship and SME Management

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Entrepreneurship and SME Management track is a true exercise in ‘learning by doing’. As well as theory courses, you will take an empirical skills training course... [+]

MSc International Business: Entrepreneurship and SME Management

 

The Entrepreneurship and SME Management track is a true exercise in ‘learning by doing’.  As well as theory courses, you will take an empirical skills training course; the latter means that you have the chance to put the former into practice.

Work experience – as part of your studies

 

As part of the ‘empirical’ nature of the track, you will have the opportunity to gain experience whilst studying in one of two ways:

 

• Setting up a student company – the skills and expertise of an accountant and a business coach, who has set up several companies, will be available to you• Helping the management team of an existing SME – you will have the opportunity to work with a company in Germany, Belgium or the Netherlands, due to Maastricht’s geographical location. This adds to the internationalism of the track... [-]


MSc International Business: Finance

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The track covers essential topics such as corporate governance and risk management and introduces you to the investment industry and financial research methods. [+]

MSc International Business: Finance

 

Globalisation means that business is becoming ever more international. And as result, so is finance. Today’s corporate managers are faced with a range of financial problems ranging from investment to salary issues that they need to be able to understand and manage. The Finance track will provide you with essential business skills and extensive financial knowledge to be able to operate in this global environment.

 

 

What will you learn?

 

Finance gives you a solid grounding in the financial processes that take place in today’s international businesses. The track covers essential topics such as corporate governance and risk management and introduces you to the investment industry and financial research methods.... [-]


MSc International Business: Information Management and Business Intelligence

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

Information Management and Business Intelligence is designed to teach you how to solve business problems using contemporary IT and decision support systems. [+]

MSc International Business: Information Management and Business Intelligence Information Management and Business Intelligence is designed to teach you how to solve business problems using contemporary IT and decision support systems. In today’s knowledge society, information is an increasingly important business resource, and thanks to new technologies, knowledge can be stored more efficiently and disseminated faster than ever before. Businesses also face the challenge of having to protect their information and adapt to ever-changing technologies. This specialisation gives you insight into the role information plays in the productivity and competitiveness of today’s companies, and how it can be strategically managed and integrated into business processes. You also gain a thorough grounding in business intelligence and quantitative reasoning, providing you with the tools to make intelligent operational and strategic decisions about the future of your business. The focus is on real-life cases and practical skills in data management and modelling. You take a business problem, such as demand forecasting, turn it into a mathematical model, identify the data needed, and extract that data in an automated, efficient way such that you can solve the problem. Techniques such as these are already being used, for example by hedge fund managers and in merger and acquisition situations. In today’s economic climate, sound information management and business intelligence is vital to staying ahead of the competition. What will you learn? to apply business intelligence techniques to solve a wide range of business problems to address the challenges involved in managing information technology Internships Would you like to gain professional experience while still studying? The School considers doing an internship during your studies a highly valuable experience, and helps you gain this advantage by offering the possibility of an extracurricular internship. This means that the internship is an addition to your master’s programme, and therefore cannot be used to replace any part of your programme. To qualify, the internship should last at least 8 but no more than 20 weeks full time. The internship may only take place after you have completed at least two courses in your master’s programme. Since it is an extracurricular part of the programme, an administrative fee of €250 will be charged. To assist students in finding an internship that matches their interests, SBE maintains an extensive database with internship opportunities that are perfectly suited to the various fields of study offered at SBE. In addition, the SBE Internship Office is on hand for guidance and counselling. Exchange The opportunity to gain experience abroad gives you a great advantage in today’s job market, and will broaden not only your career but also your personal horizon. A master’s exchange is in addition to your regular study programme, which means that you take an extra semester at one of the School’s top partner institutions. Students from every full-time SBE master’s programme (except for the two-year fulltime research master’s) can apply for a master’s exchange semester. However, a master's exchange will only be possible on condition that you have a 100% study progress; students who will be doing their exchange in a third, extended, semester will take priority over students who will run into more study delay. The administration fee for going abroad in your SBE master’s programme is €500. This fee will be charged as soon as you have confirmed your allocated study place abroad. Study progress requirement for international students with a residence permit International students who study at UM with a residence permit (for the purpose of study) are held to a lawful study progress requirement. This requirement must be met for each year of study at UM. Students who do not meet this requirement may lose their residence permit. The study progress requirement does not apply to exchange students. Career prospects This specialisation will open many doors for you. Recent developments in the global economy mean that information managers and business intelligence analysts are becoming ever more important to international organisations, regardless of sector. And despite this strong global demand, there is a shortage of qualified professionals. Your analytical, practical and interpersonal skills will make you the ideal candidate for a position that requires you to interact with all levels of a company. In addition, this specialisation will provide you with quantitative modelling, IT, corporate strategy, decision-making and management science skills. Through case studies, internships, research contracts and informal seminars, the specialisation also has direct links with firms such as DSM, Vodafone, AirFrance KLM and Sabic Europe, providing you with access to great job opportunities. Many of our students find jobs even before graduating. Typical starting positions include information analyst, business analyst, systems analyst, IT consultant and project manager. There are also plenty of opportunities for career advancement, with positions further down the career path including Information Manager, Chief Information Officer and Chief Knowledge Officer. Graduates have found positions in: consultancy firms, e.g. Cap Gemini, KPMG and Accenture IT companies such as SAP and Google multinationals such as Shell and Philips governmental and non-profit organisations. Application Deadlines February start Non-EU (entrance visa): 1 October EU / non-EU+Dutch residence permit: 1 December September start Non-EU (entrance visa): 1 May EU / non-EU+Dutch residence permit: 1 June [-]

MSc International Business: Marketing-Finance (full-time)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

By bringing the finance and marketing approaches together, this unique track shows how you can create an environment in which both financial performance and customer value can be integrated. [+]

MSc International Business: Marketing-Finance (full-time)

 

Finance often focuses on the ‘technical’ pre-conditions for the success of an organisation or financial product and ignores the ‘target’ from a marketing perspective, which focuses on stakeholder needs. By bringing the finance and marketing approaches together, this unique track shows how you can create an environment in which both financial performance and customer value can be integrated.

 

 

Outstanding resources

 

As a student following the Marketing-Finance track, you will benefit from the outstanding academic and teaching resources available at two of Maastricht University’s departments. Through a dynamic mix of theoretical courses and empirical projects, you will explore areas including financial decision-making, product development, relationship marketing and shareholder value.... [-]


MSc International Business: Organisation, Management, Change and Consultancy

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The programme integrates fundamental and cutting-edge knowledge on leadership and management with expertise on learning and change in organisations. [+]

MSc International Business: Organisation, Management, Change and Consultancy (full-time)

This programme combines insights from management, organisational behavior, and psychology. The programme integrates fundamental and cutting-edge knowledge on leadership and management with expertise on learning and change in organisations. The programme sheds light on the actual work of managers and provides answers to the question of how leaders can be effective. This knowledge-intensive programme invites you to rethink and critically reflect upon what we actually know about organisational change and the creation of learning organisations. Together, this programme sharpens your analytical skills and helps you become an academically trained business professional.... [-]


MSc International Business: Strategic Marketing

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Strategic Marketing track explores a range of marketing components, such as brand management, product development and international marketing. [+]

MSc International Business: Strategic Marketing

 

Consumers have an ever greater amount of choice. This means that marketing needs to be increasingly strategic in order to capture and retain consumer attention and loyalty. The Strategic Marketing track explores a range of marketing components, such as brand management, product development and international marketing. These are all studied from the perspective of how they create value for customers and help build relationships with them. These are essential if companies are to remain competitive.

 

What will you learn?

 

This track combines both theoretical and practical learning. This will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of marketing, before moving on to applying what you have learned in a strategic manner. You will explore important aspects of international marketing such as brand recognition and management as well as the psychology and emotional sides of marketing. In other words, you will learn how to build relationships with your clients, so that you can involve them emotionally in your brand or product.... [-]


MSc International Business: Strategy and Innovation

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Strategy and Innovation track is founded on the top research conducted at Maastricht University in the fields of innovation and technology. [+]

MSc International Business: Strategy and Innovation

 

In a rapidly changing business environment, an organisation’s strategy and ability to innovate are essential for its future viability and competitiveness. This challenging track, which combines an analytical understanding of the strategic decisions facing today’s companies and the importance of innovation with the practical application of your knowledge through group work and case studies, will prepare you for leading positions in international business.

What will you learn?

 

This track covers a broad range of topics crucial to a deep understanding of the strategic and innovation decisions international businesses need to make. At the strategic level, you will learn how to conduct a competitive analysis of a company’s market environment, study the advantages of mergers and acquisitions and consider areas such as marketing, logistics and investment. At an innovative level, you will look at the process of innovation and entrepreneurial ventures. You will learn to think critically and creatively about strategic business problems and be able to see them in context within the wider organisation. You will learn to do this without getting lost in the details.... [-]


MSc International Business: Supply Chain Management

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

The Supply Chain Management track thus devotes a great deal of attention to value creation. This means not only optimisation of purchasing, logistics and marketing processes [+]

MSc International Business: Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management covers all aspects of creating customer value in the global competitive economy. This includes new product development, the management and planning of international supply chains and cooperation with other parties in the chain such as suppliers and distributors. You will gain the theoretical, practical and managerial skills to be able to interpret customer wishes and translate these into supply chain improvements that will keep companies competitive.

What will you learn?

 

Supply Chain Management’s focus on every link in the supply chain will show you how each link is interconnected. Courses such as Purchasing Management, Distribution and Retailing and the unique Supply Chain Metrics course for measuring the value of a supply chain will give you a systems view and the analytical skills to evaluate where processes are weak or could be improved.... [-]


MSc International Business: Sustainable Finance

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Netherlands Maastricht

This specialisation focuses on how financial institutions and organisations can implement sustainability in ways that allow them to reach their strategic goals. [+]

MSc International Business: Sustainable Finance

What duty do financial institutions and corporations have to engage in long-term sustainable development? How can they balance this with the wishes of shareholders, when these are focused on the short term? How can benchmarks on the sustainability performance of investments lead to higher returns? And crucially, how can sustainability challenges be turned into competitive advantages? This specialisation focuses on how financial institutions and organisations can implement sustainability in ways that allow them to reach their strategic goals. You take a multidisciplinary approach – management, corporate strategy, accounting, reporting, marketing and more – to issues such as sustainable banking, investing, real estate and microcredit. You consider how the financial market is organised and how, within this mainstream framework, companies can be more sustainable. How can sustainability profitably be achieved today and in the future? Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics (SBE) is the world leader in sustainable finance. The Finance Department is internationally recognised for the cutting-edge research it was doing in this field long before it landed on the agenda of America’s Ivy League schools and other European institutions. The department also founded two leading institutes for sustainable finance research: the European Centre for Corporate Engagement (ECCE) and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). These institutes collaborate with pension funds, rating agencies, corporations, and regulators to conduct research and develop tools that matter to practitioners. In a nutshell, SBE was the source and remains the hub of this field worldwide. In this specialisation, you will participate in mandatory courses and skills training, choose an elective in finance, business or sustainability, and write a master’s thesis. You receive guest lectures from expert practitioners, work on case studies and other practical assignments, and acquire the necessary techniques and tools to conduct financial research, all by way of our hands-on PBL method. In short, you will be equipped with the latest academic theory as well as the skills to apply it in practice.... [-]


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