MSc Sustainable Entrepreneurship

General

Program Description

Ever considered a career in sustainability and management? This Master's program will teach you everything you need to know about Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

The global economy is undergoing a transformation towards a sustainable society in which the interests of people, planet, and profits together are the driving force, rather than neoclassical industrial economic systems. This transformation needs academic professionals who can demonstrate that sustainable entrepreneurship is key. Our program trains these professionals.

Are you interested in:

  • Developing a new perspective?
  • Circular business models?
  • Learning from real entrepreneurs?
  • Developing your leadership and management skills and academic knowledge about sustainability?

Then join us at Campus Fryslân in Leeuwarden in the Master’s program in Sustainable Entrepreneurship!

Why study this program in Groningen?

Leeuwarden is the capital and the economic and cultural center of the greenest and most beautiful province of the Netherlands; Friesland. Leeuwarden is gaining popularity among students which makes sense since there's plenty to do in the historical center.

Unique about our program:

  • developing a new perspective
  • learning from real entrepreneurs
  • multidisciplinary education
  • intellectual challenge combined with personal growth

Program

Year 1

Our program takes 12 months (one year) of full-time study. We coach your academic, leadership and entrepreneurship ambitions in four blocks of 10 weeks each. During these 12 months, you will become an expert in all elements of the successful business model of sustainable entrepreneurship.

You will learn how to design (block 1), implement (block 2) and successfully manage performance (block 3). In block 4 you will develop your sustainable ambitions in your personal Leadership project.

You will be hosted by one of our regional, national or international companies from Campus Fryslân's network. You may also adopt one of the UN's challenges of sustainability or a personal sustainability challenge. We are an international program. Sustainable challenges are relevant for all nations, regions, cities, businesses or people. We are open to companies or challenges that will serve as your host during the entire program.

Courses

  • Foundations (5 EC)
  • Leadership (5 EC)
  • Strategy (5 EC)
  • Alliances (5 EC)
  • Business context (5 EC)
  • Organizations (5 EC)
  • Performance (5 EC)
  • Policy (5 EC)
  • Research methods (5 EC)
  • Qualitative project (15 EC, optional)
  • Quantitative project (15 EC, optional)

Curriculum

In the leadership project, you will conduct independent academic research following your own design, focusing on solving a problem relevant to a corporate sustainability challenge. You can choose one of the two options in the Leadership project; A. The database project B. The case study project

Depending on your individual entrepreneurship ambitions and leadership profiles, you will work with regional, national or international sustainable organizations. You will develop and present your leadership project for supervisors, peers, and stakeholders on the Circular Minds Conference.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test

An English Language Proficiency test may be required.

Previous education

To be considered for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's degree and have knowledge/experience in sustainability, leadership and/or entrepreneurship and be familiar with conducting scientific research.

University of Groningen: Students with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or International Business of the University of Groningen have direct access to the Master Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

Other universities and degree programs: Students with a Bachelor's Degree in Econometrics and Operational Research, Economy and Business Administration, Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning, Spatial Planning and Design, Industrial Engineering & Management, University College Global Responsibility, and Leadership or comparable bachelor degree's from the University of Groningen or another Dutch University may be admitted. Please submit an application to the SE Admissions Board. P

Dutch students with an HBO degree in Business Administration or International Business or a comparable bachelor”s degree may be admitted. Please submit an application to the SE Admissions Board.

After you complete your application, the SE Admissions Board will assess whether your educational, academic and/or professional background meets the specific program requirements. The primary consideration is whether you will be able to complete the program in the time allotted (one year). A strong indicator, therefore, is the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades you have obtained, together with work experiences and relevant skills in the subject area(s).

The Admissions Board will then determine whether:

  • You are (provisionally) admitted. (All conditions have been fulfilled but we might still need to receive certified documents).
  • You are conditionally admitted. You will be admitted, provided that you meet certain conditions. You will find the conditions of your admission in your decision letter.
  • You are not admitted. You are not admitted, because you do not meet the program's entry requirements. The reasons will be clearly stated in the decision letter.

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test

Sufficient English language proficiency. With a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (internet-based) with a minimum of 21 for all items, IELTS: a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 on all items, or Cambridge English; C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180, or a certificate from the University of Groningen Language Centre; Minimum section score C1 (writing) and three B2's allowed. The only exception could be made for students with a BA/MA diploma from a University in an officially English speaking country, this decision is up to the Admission Officer.

Previous education

To be considered for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's degree and have knowledge/experience in sustainability, leadership and/or entrepreneurship and be familiar with conducting scientific research. Preferably you have a degree from a research university in business administration, international business or a comparable bachelor degree.

After you complete your application, the SE Admissions Board will assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific program requirements. The primary consideration is whether you will be able to complete the program in the time allotted (one year). A strong indicator, therefore, is the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades you have obtained. Together with work experiences and relevant skills in the subject area(s).

The Admissions Board will then determine whether:

  • You are (provisionally) admitted. (All conditions have been fulfilled but we might still need to receive certified documents.
  • You are conditionally admitted. You will be admitted, provided that you meet certain conditions. You will find the conditions of your admission in your decision letter.
  • You are not admitted. You are not admitted, because you do not meet the program's entry requirements. The reasons will be clearly stated in the decision letter.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) C2
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS listening 6
IELTS reading 6
IELTS writing 6
IELTS speaking 6
TOEFL computer-based 237
TOEFL internet-based 90

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 June 2021 01 September 2021
EU/EEA students 01 June 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 01 June 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 15000 full-time

Job prospects

Our labor market analysis shows that employment prospects in functions in the field of business administration are excellent. In the categories of general managers, managers and government officials especially, there is an ever-increasing need for graduates from business programs with a focus on sustainable entrepreneurship.

Sustainability is relevant for careers in multinationals such as Royal Haskoning, Rabobank and Tauw but also in fast-growing niches in biobased and high-tech sectors and start-ups. Policymaking institutes nationwide also increasingly require new employees to define their personal career ambitions in line with sustainable societies. International organizations such as Deloitte consider in-depth knowledge and skills as a prerequisite for trainee programs.

In short: our program prepares for a meaningful career with the perspective of actually solving world challenges.

Job examples

  • Policymaker
  • Project manager
  • Internal consultant
  • SME consultant
  • Sustainability officer
  • Sustainable entrepreneur

Research

Center for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (CSE)

The CSE believes we can balance and preserve our value systems. Sustainable entrepreneurs generate new business models that substantially reduce social and environmental impacts whilst simultaneously improving the quality of societies. The CSE wants to create a circular society. This translates into new programs for university students, business leaders, and academic scholars, whom we provide with all knowledge and competencies they need to make sustainable entrepreneurship successful.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

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The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. Read less
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