Master in Culture, Organization, and Management

The masters’ program 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 a university masters’ degree? Then the masters’ program of Culture, Organization, and Management could be just what you are looking for.

Study program

The program 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 or the Caribbean.

What you can expect from the program:

  • 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 favorable, 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 a Ph.D. level, which takes four years in the Netherlands.

Applicants with an international Bachelor’s degree

The Master’s degree program in Culture, Organization & Management is an international program. 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.

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