***Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label, Keuzegids 2019***
The Research Master in Business provides students with an interest in business with
a more intense, and high-level training in your business discipline of interest;
thorough training in research methodology and analytics, within your business discipline.
This unique combination makes the Research Master in Business especially suited for business students who want to prepare for their Ph.D. training, but also for students who are looking for expert training in research methodology for professional life.
Are you a student with a strong academic record that is looking for a high-end diploma? Then applying for the two-year Research Master’s program in Business will give you the edge. You’ll be taught the latest methodologies for business research and will be able to further tailor your education by choosing one of the six following disciplinary areas:
Supply Chain Management
The courses in this program are coordinated and taught by the best research academics within the school. During your curriculum, you have an opportunity to work with them throughout your coursework, but also during your research internship. Furthermore, our cooperation with top universities worldwide will allow you to follow guest lectures by international experts, putting you at the forefront of the latest academic research.
you’ll be well-trained for research positions in academia, business, and government
you’ll learn the latest research methodologies and the skills to present your research professionally
2-year, full-time master’s, taught in English
starts in September
weekly: 8 hrs classes, 32 hrs independent study
you’ll get an MSc in Business Research
"I was part of a Case Competition team where I presented a business case in front of a Fortune 500 CEO"
---- Ulrike Thürheimer, Business Research
Why this program?
The Research Master program in Business is a high-level program designed for bachelor graduates who wish to further challenge themselves. A limited number of students attend the Research Master in Business which makes participating a unique experience. Because of the small group size, you have intense contact with your fellow students and tutors. Our best researchers and (inter-)national experts are involved in the coordination and education of the courses. Moreover, during your studies, you have the opportunity to further tailor-make your study experience by following courses related to your personal specialty (within the university or elsewhere).
The Research Master program is the ideal preparation for the Ph.D. program. The majority of our research master students, therefore, participate in our teaching activities (first year), and/ or participate in a research internship (second year). Thus, while receiving financial compensation for participating in these activities, you get a first impression of life as an academic professional.
What will you learn?
Your learning experience will cover general research methodologies, including those that are specific to business research. At the end of the program, you will be able to:
research business topics to the highest standards using the latest methodologies
analyze and interpret recent literature in your field of interest
demonstrate how to increase the impact of your research
What skills will you develop?
In this program, you’ll focus on two main skill sets. You’ll learn the methodologies that allow you to contribute to research in business, such as:
methods and software for analyzing data
You’ll also learn the general academic skills needed to succeed in research, including:
academic writing in English
Amazing education opportunities
Premium honors program
Premium gives you that extra edge by offering real-world experience during your studies. As part of a team of students, you’ll build the experience and skills employers are looking for. Work on a real-world assignment for a company, NGO, or educational institution. Create a personal development plan. Participate in intensive individual coaching, masterclasses, and workshops.
Internships give you practical experience that enhances your studies and increases your employability. Many graduates often end up working at the organization where they intern. SBE encourages master’s students to do an extracurricular, 8-26 week internship. The SBE Internship Office has an extensive database of internship opportunities and is on hand for guidance and counseling.
Combine thesis & internship
Rather than face a trade-off between finishing their studies and doing an internship, SBE students have the option of combining the two. During the Thesis-Internship Programme (TIP), your thesis will be written on a topic relevant to a company or organization during a part-time internship. This gives your thesis focus and applicability and gives you practical work experience.
Courses & curriculum 2022 - 2023
The Research Master's program in Business is a 2-year, full-time program taught entirely in English. You choose one of the following six disciplinary focus areas:
Supply Chain Management
EBC4183 Empirical Analysis I
Disciplinary Course 1
EBS4031 World of Research
EBC4134 Empirical Analysis II
Disciplinary Course 1
EBS4001 Data Analysis Skills
EBC4135 Data Analytics in Practice
Disciplinary Course 1
EBC4070 Business Research Strategy
Rankings & recognition
Business Research is 2nd in its category in the national Keuzegids ranking
Financial Times lauded SBE in best practice examples of sustainability, ethics, and social purpose in teaching and education methods
Triple Crown accreditation - School of Business and Economics
UM is the sixth-best Young University in the world
The Research Master's is the ideal preparation for an academic career. The content and scope of this program adhere to the American standard, which will enable you to qualify for a Ph.D. program, at either Maastricht University or any (inter)national university. The majority of our Research Master's students pursue their careers in European and North-American universities.
Furthermore, the Research Master equips students for jobs that require research and analytical affinity. The wave of new and emerging technologies is significantly impacting the utilization of data in addressing research, management, and governmental questions. Being able to analyze and interpret data while having a strong foundation in your discipline of interest offers you thus the best job prospects for the next decade.
Graduates who decided to not pursue a Ph.D., often continue their professional careers in large international organizations, research agencies, consulting, and governmental institutions. Our graduates have found positions such as:
Product manager, ABN-AMRO
Research analyst, YouGov
Associate, Boston Consultancy Group
Statistical analyst, CBS
Traffic safety consultant, Royal Haskoning DHV