There is increasing recognition of the fact that small and young ventures account for economic growth, and that entrepreneurship can be an important source of innovation. In the Entrepreneurship specialization, we see entrepreneurship as the processes of creating and exploiting opportunities by means of novel combinations of resources leading to new (social, societal and economic) value. Creativity plays a key role in these processes. We study entrepreneurial processes in all contexts where they occur: in new firms as well as existing ones (both small and large), and in institutional contexts. You will learn to appreciate the complexity and the challenges associated with the highly rewarding entrepreneurial activities in all kinds of firms and institutions and even beyond: entrepreneurship as a lifestyle. The Entrepreneurship specialization is part of the Master’s program in Business Administration at VU University Amsterdam. The specialization will be mentioned in your diploma supplement. This degree is recognized internationally.

Why VU University Amsterdam?

Unique content

The Master’s specialization in Entrepreneurship is unique in its broad interpretation of entrepreneurship (broader than ‘just’ new venture creation); entrepreneurship is something that occurs in many more contexts and at all levels of society.

Academic approach, yet practice-based
Even though the program is aimed at disseminating and developing academic knowledge, this knowledge is grounded in practice throughout the program. Most courses are designed around a practical assignment that will help you link theory to actual practice.

Broadly embedded
The Master’s specialization in Entrepreneurship has been developed in close association with the prestigious Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (, a platform for entrepreneurs, students, and academics.

Network-building opportunities
Having a solid network is an important resource for entrepreneurs. Because of our close contacts with real-world entrepreneurs and the linking of knowledge to practice throughout our courses, this specialization gives you an excellent opportunity to start building your network while working on your Master’s degree.

Career prospects

As a graduate, you will have a profound knowledge of the world of entrepreneurship and you will have further developed your entrepreneurial competencies. Graduates from this Master’s specialization go on to become:

  • founders/owners of their own companies
  • enterprising in their behavior: taking proactive, innovative and bold action
  • social entrepreneurs: solving societal problems and initiating social change
  • ‘intrapreneurs’
  • managers aiming to create an entrepreneurial culture
  • consultants specializing in advising entrepreneurs

Most of our students do not start up their own ventures straight after graduating. Most of them initially wish to acquire more working experience. Luckily for them, more and more companies are looking for ‘entrepreneurial employees’, giving our graduates a distinct advantage in the labor market. Last but not least, this program can put you on a pathway to obtaining a Ph.D. degree, becoming an entrepreneurship researcher or otherwise pursuing an academic career.

Admission requirements and application

Applicants with at least a Bachelor's degree from another accredited university are admissible if they have a specialization in Business Administration, witnessed by a thorough knowledge of the standard literature described below (or its equivalent):
Strategy and Environment De Wit, B., Meyer, R. (2004) Strategy: Process, Content, Context. An International Perspective. 3rd edition, London: Thomson
Organization Design Jones, G.R. (2007) Organizational Design and Change. 5th edition, Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall
Research Methods Saunders, Lewis, & Thornhill (2007). Research Methods for Business Students, 4th Edition. Edinburgh: Pearson Education Limited/Prentice Hall

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