Master in Culture, Organization and Management

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in Culture, Organization and Management

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Master in Culture, Organization and Management

The masters’ programme of Culture, Organization and Management puts organizational problems in a broader social and cultural perspective. Are you interested in organizations and topics within organization culture, change management and cultural changes? Do you aim to graduate with an university masters’ degree? Then the masters’ programme of Culture, Organization and Management could be just what you are looking for.

Study programme

The programme focuses on qualitative research methods which typify the ethnographic approach. Students may also conduct research for their thesis in the Netherlands or abroad, notably in Southeast Asia, Southern Africa orthe Caribbean.

What you can expect from the programme:

  • Critical analysis of conventional organization and management practices
  • An interdisciplinary and cultural perspective
  • Exploration of organizational and management processes in cultural contexts, within Europe and beyond
  • A strong emphasis on fieldwork
  • Getting to know organizations from the bottom up and inside out
  • Intensive training in analytical writing

Career prospects

Private and public sector

The prospects for COM graduates are favourable, with international jobs available in a wide array of sectors. Many graduates become consultants. Others obtain positions within corporations as commercial officers (e.g. in customer relations) or policy support officers (e.g. in internal communications). The non-profit and public sectors also offer COM graduates opportunities in the policy field.


If you have academic ambitions and want to pursue a career in education and research, you can go on to become a scientific researcher. The Master’s degree adequately prepares students to continue at PhD level, which takes four years in the Netherlands.

Applicants with an international Bachelor’s degree

The Master’s degree programme in Culture, Organization & Management is an international programme. To gain admission, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university in Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Organization Science, Communication Science (from a Social Sciences perspective), Organization Psychology, Social Psychology, or Business Administration. You must have had research methodology. You also need an excellent working command of English, and prove it with either the IELTS test (given by the British International English Language Testing Service; minimum score 6.5), or the TOEFL (the American Test of English as a foreign Language; minimum score 580 paper based, 237 computer based, or 92 Internet based). Exemptions from the language test requirement are only made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 12, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international students
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international students
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA students; €13.400 for Non-EEA