Human Resource Management (MSc in Business Administration)


Program Description

The program’s focus is on the development and control of the human factor in a working context that is becoming increasingly diverse. These elements are reflected in the courses Careers & Organizations, Performance Management & Control and Diversity in Organizations.

If you take the Master’s specialization in HRM, you will be awarded a degree in Business Administration with mentioning of your specialization in the diploma supplement. You will specialize in processes of personnel performance and human development. This will not only prepare you for a career in human resources, but also as a management trainee or business consultant with a special knowledge of these areas.The Master’s specialization in Human Resource Management at VU University Amsterdam is structured around three key human resource processes and contemporary issues:

  • Employee commitment and development: the extent to which employees feel committed to their employer, their own performance and developing their own job-related knowledge and skills. This is discussed in the Careers & Organizations course.
  • Managing and controlling performance: the HRM-related models and tools used to measure and manage employee performance. This is the focus of the Performance Management & Control course.
  • Managing organizational diversity: a key issue for many employers and employees today. This is the focus of the Diversity in Organizations course.

Why VU University Amsterdam

Comparative HRM
At VU University Amsterdam, you will learn all about effective HRM by comparing and applying theories and practices at a micro level (individual behavior, such as employee motivation), meso level (organizational HRM practices, such as performance management) and macro level (contextual factors, such as national culture). This wide-ranging and multi-level approach is a cornerstone of this unique program.

Critical Developments
You will be encouraged to hone your critical and analytical skills by assessing current HRM theories and practices in light of their suitability over time and how they relate to various aspects of social, political and technological progress. You will look into whether traditional HRM theories are still relevant when applied to contemporary HRM issues, such as the aging workforce in Western countries or the shifting balance between work and family commitments.

Contemporary research
Not only will you learn to conduct your own research, but you will also utilize, apply, and reflect on contemporary research in the field of HRM, both fundamental and empirical.

Career prospects

As a graduate of the Master’s specialization in Human Resource manager you will probably find a job as

  • a human resource manager
  • a consultant (possibly with a specialization in HRM-related issues)
  • a manager or management trainee.

Having successfully completed the Master’s specialization in Human Resource Management, you will enter the job market as a graduate in Business Administration with a specialist knowledge of human resource performance and development.

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):
Organizational Behavior Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. A. (2007). Organizational Behavior. New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.
Fred Luthans (2007) Organizational Behavior (11th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill
Human Resource Management Noe et al. (2006) Human Resources Management. Gaining a Competitive Advantage. 5th edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill
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