Even when consultants are called in to help, it is far from certain that clients will follow their advice, make the right decisions or carry out the measures necessary to implement change. That is what makes management consultancy such a challenging profession. How can you help improve a decision? How can you assist effectively during a change process? How can you manage the expectations of your client and convince them of the best course of action? What consulting role is most appropriate? The specialization in Management Consulting at VU University Amsterdam will prepare you for these challenges by equipping you with the tools you need to succeed in this exciting field and by providing you with the best training available. You will also develop the personal skills consultants need, which will help you become an invaluable partner to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations.
The specialization in Management Consulting at VU University Amsterdam offers a combination of academic research strategies and consultancy approaches to give students the tools necessary for a career as a consultant. It also emphasizes strong personal, research and interviewing skills, which helps students select the most appropriate tools for formulating their arguments, for avoiding pitfalls and for providing their clients with real added value. Once you have passed all the components of the Master’s program, you will be awarded the title of Master of Science in Business Administration, with the mentioning of your specialization in the diploma supplement. This degree is recognized internationally.
Why VU University Amsterdam?
Top-ranking teaching staff
Our teaching staff includes some of the best-known consultants from the top-ten consultancies in the Netherlands. All staff members combine their wide-ranging consultancy experience with their academic work at the faculty.
The focus of our academic research is on management consulting and on the industry as a whole, but we are also engaged in researching change processes and deliberative decision-making, which are both relatively new fields.
Honours track in Management Consulting
Our most talented students will be offered the opportunity to apply for an honors track in Management Consulting. In addition to the standard program components, honors students may also choose courses from other specializations. They will conduct research for a consulting company and write a scholarly article based on this research in addition to their thesis.
The specialization in Management Consulting will prepare you for a job in consulting as:
- a junior consultant or research associate at a consulting company
- a junior policy adviser at a ministry or with local government
- an internal consultant working in business
- a general in-company management trainee
- an academic researcher in the field of consulting
- an independent consultant
To date, the majority of our graduates have started their careers with consulting companies. Some are currently involved in major projects, including the integration of ING and Postbank in the Netherlands. Others have taken up positions in consulting firms with a more specialized focus, such as strategy consulting, IT consulting, project management or marketing research. These career choices often depend on a graduate’s individual talents and interests, and their Bachelor’s specialization.
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
||Jones, G.R. (2007) Organizational Design and Change. 5th edition, Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall
||Saunders, Lewis, & Thornhill (2007). Research Methods for Business Students, 4th Edition. Edinburgh: Pearson Education Limited/Prentice Hall