VU University Amsterdam, Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration


VU University Amsterdam is a state-funded university with about 25,000 students and 2,000 academic staff. With more than 50 Bachelor's degree programmes, one of which is taught in English, and almost 100 Master's degree programmes, of which over 70 are taught in English, VU University Amsterdam offers a wide choice of study options. The programmes are of a high quality, the atmosphere is very conducive to study and the teaching staff are easily accessible. The VU provides an inspirational educational setting in which students from the Netherlands and abroad can develop their potential to the full.

The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration seeks to combine quality education with excellent research. The Faculty is the largest faculty of VU University Amsterdam. FEWEB accommodates approximately 4000 students, 1450 postgraduate students and 460 employees. The scientific staff consists of professors, lecturers, researchers and PhD’s, and is connected to the various departments. The supporting staff is accommodated at the Faculty Office. The Faculty Board leads the faculty.

Reputation and ranking

The Netherlands does not have a ranking system for universities, unlike many other countries. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-2012, the Netherlands is the third "knowledge country" in the world, with 4 and 12 Dutch universities in the top 100 and top 200 respectively. A range of studies has shown VU University Amsterdam to be one of the best universities in the country. At VU Amsterdam University, education and research are closely intertwined. High-quality teaching and cutting-edge research have given the university a great deal of recognition, enabling it to attract prominent lecturers from within the Netherlands and abroad. Researchers at VU University Amsterdam such as biopsychologist Dorret Boomsma, cancer expert Bob Pinedo and economist Peter Nijkamp have obtained prestigious prizes and subsidy incentives for their groundbreaking work.


Amsterdam has the largest concentration of students and youth in the Netherlands. Studying or working at VU University Amsterdam offers the opportunity to explore the various cultural, sports and social activities of this city. The total number of inhabitants is about 750.000 and the city has a great deal to offer: a variety of residential areas, international schools, international social clubs, culture, (water)sports, golf courses and many other recreational facilities.

Amsterdam is also one of Europe's leading financial centres, a city where almost everybody speaks English and the quality of life ranks among the best. It's no wonder more than 1,800 foreign companies have already chosen Amsterdam as their European base. The south part of Amsterdam, nearby the motorway A10 where VU University Amsterdam is located, called the 'Zuidas', will be the main business centre of Amsterdam in the nearby future. The headquarters of important Dutch companies like ABN AMRO, ING and the World Trade Centre is already situated there.

For visitors, students and expatriates alike, it is easy to feel at home in a city with these proportions and so well geared to meeting the needs of its many foreign residents. 'Amsterdammers' are friendly, tolerant and at ease with other cultures and languages. As you will understand, this environment is a perfect base for an international Economic and Business Administration Faculty.

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Entrepreneurship (MSc in Business Administration)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Entrepreneurship is a state of mind. It's about turning opportunities into action. [+]

There is increasing recognition of the fact that small and young ventures account for economic growth, and that entrepreneurship can be an important source of innovation. In the Entrepreneurship specialization, we see entrepreneurship as the processes of creating and exploiting opportunities by means of novel combinations of resources leading to new (social, societal and economic) value. Creativity plays a key role in these processes. We study entrepreneurial processes in all contexts where they occur: in new firms as well as existing ones (both small and large), and in institutional contexts. You will learn to appreciate the complexity and the challenges associated with the highly rewarding entrepreneurial activities in all kinds of firms and institutions and even beyond: entrepreneurship as a lifestyle. The Entrepreneurship specialization is part of the Master’s program in Business Administration at VU University Amsterdam. The specialization will be mentioned in your diploma supplement. This degree is recognized internationally. ... [-]

Financial Management (MSc in Business Administration)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

No business without financial management, no financing without a solid business case. [+]

The Financial Management specialization of the Master’s program in Business Administration at VU University Amsterdam will give you the tools and competencies you need for managing, controlling and financing business activities. Financial Management is crucial in all these areas and it plays a dominant role in the banking and insurance industries. As a student in the Master’s specialization in Financial Management, you will study corporate finance, accounting and financial markets (the three-pillar concept) in-depth. This comprehensive overview of the world of finance will give you a thorough understanding of its intricacies and it will give your career prospects a real boost.

Once you have completed these compulsory courses, you will have the option of choosing elective courses to help you even specialize further in either Finance and Accounting or Banking and Insurance. 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 specialization mentioned in your diploma supplement. This degree is recognized internationally. ... [-]

Human Resource Management (MSc in Business Administration)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Managing the very heart of an organization, HRM addresses the personnel process in organizations, from recruitment and selection to promotion, transfers, and departures. [+]

The program’s focus is on the development and control of the human factor in a working context that is becoming increasingly diverse. These elements are reflected in the courses Careers & Organizations, Performance Management & Control and Diversity in Organizations. If you take the Master’s specialization in HRM, you will be awarded a degree in Business Administration with mentioning of your specialization in the diploma supplement. You will specialize in processes of personnel performance and human development. This will not only prepare you for a career in human resources, but also as a management trainee or business consultant with a special knowledge of these areas.The Master’s specialization in Human Resource Management at VU University Amsterdam is structured around three key human resource processes and contemporary issues:... [-]

Information and Knowledge Management (MSc in Business Administration)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

The value of new organizational forms and emerging technologies in organizing and creating a business. [+]

This Master’s specialization in Information & Knowledge Management focuses on the value of new organizational forms (online communities, virtual organizations, networked organizations) and emerging technologies (new e-business applications, social media, augmented reality, virtual worlds) in organizing and creating a business. The field of information and knowledge management is by definition multidisciplinary. It involves insights and practices from Management Studies, Information Systems, Strategy, HRM, Marketing, Innovation, Technology, Psychology, and Sociology. In the program, you will focus on a broad range of information and knowledge processes, both internal and external to the organization:... [-]

Management Consulting (MSc in Business Administration)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Solve management problems, improve performance, implement changes or seize new opportunities. [+]

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.... [-]

MSc in Accounting and Control

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Control the finer points of financial management and financial statements and master the world of accountancy and corporate governance. [+]

Understanding a vital business process

The Master’s program in Accounting and Control deals with all aspects of generating, reporting and using financial data in organizations. The subjects covered include the internal use of financial information, financial planning, financial operations management, preparing published financial statements and financial auditing, as well as the general context of corporate governance of which accounting is a crucial component.

The Master’s program at VU University Amsterdam will deepen your academic knowledge of the practice of accounting and control, and introduce you to the latest rules and regulations in the field, with subjects including Management Control, Management Accounting, Financial Reporting, Auditing and Corporate Law.... [-]

MSc in Business Administration with 7 specializations

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Companies and people: how they work, what roles they play. [+]

A bank and an insurance company. Two businesses in the same sector. Just like a shipper and a hauler. What do they have in common, and what are the differences? How do they complement each other? And why are some more successful than others? If you are curious about the ins and outs of this ‘game’, about the companies active in business services and about the people who work for them, then Business Administration is the Master’s program for you. Because business services is a very wide-ranging industry, so too is this degree. You engage in in-depth analysis of companies from a variety of sectors. You specialize in specific business processes. And you make use of know-how drawn from information technology, economics, and the social sciences.... [-]

MSc in Econometrics and Operations Research

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Management science, optimization problems, mathematical modeling. Economic analysis for today, quantitative forecasting for tomorrow. [+]

Discover a fascinating scientific discipline

Econometrics & Operations Research is a fascinating scientific discipline which develops quantitative resources and applies them to the analysis of economic problems in their broadest sense. VU University Amsterdam trains students by preparing them for a professional career in which mathematics, statistics, and ICT are applied for the quantitative analysis of many kinds of problems, either from the world of business, finance, economics or of a more general nature.


The Master’s Program in Econometrics and Operations Research offers two specializations: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics and Operations Research and Business Econometrics. However, it is not mandatory to specialize; it is possible to combine courses from either specialization to allow students to pursue their own interests. In that case, no specialization will be mentioned on the degree. The two areas of specialization are:... [-]

MSc in Economics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

For the prospective professional economist with an interest in social issues using economic tools to answer important policy questions. [+]

The Master’s in Economics has been developed for the prospective professional economist with an interest in social issues. It teaches you the essentials of modern economic theory and how to apply them to everyday problems in a number of core policy fields. Using behavioural economic models and statistical techniques, economists seek to answer macroeconomic and microeconomic questions. Areas of focus include poverty and inequality, social security, growth and inflation, and environmental policy. You will learn how to take a structured approach to practical problems when applying the economic techniques learned at the Bachelor’s level. As a Master’s student, you will become a versatile, all-around economist with the ability to independently tackle important economic issues. ... [-]

MSc in Finance

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Obtain the knowledge and skills to kick-off your career as an expert in the financial sector. [+]

Learn what it takes to become a true expert in financial economics

If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of how financial management and financial markets work, the Master’s in Finance at VU University Amsterdam is an excellent place to start. This Master’s program provides conceptual frameworks and practical insight, both of which are vital to grasping how management and markets operate in the financial sector. The Master’s in Finance aims to educate you to become an expert in financial economics, employable in the corporate sector, financial industry, government sector and academia. The program’s learning outcomes correspond with the requirements set by the finance profession and academic community, both nationally and internationally. ... [-]

MSc in Marketing

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Superior performance by delivering superior customer value . [+]

More and more companies are realizing that success depends on their ability to offer unique value to their customers: products and services that customers appreciate and that stand out from those offered by competitors. The discipline of strategic marketing concentrates on this process and is therefore of crucial importance to companies. The Master’s in Marketing program takes you on a journey in which you challenge yourself to look further in areas of marketing theory, marketing research, and marketing practice. You will learn to think strategically, thus understanding how superior value can be created for customers and other stakeholders while achieving organizational goals.

Why VU University Amsterdam ... [-]

MSc in Spatial, Transport, and Environmental Economics (STREEM)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Be a versatile economist: tackle spatial, transport and environmental problems. [+]

The MSc in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics is unique in the Netherlands and internationally, because it offers an integrated view of spatial issues, transport and the environment from an economic perspective. The Master’s program is built on input from the research program in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics: a fundamental research program with a strong focus on practical implementation in policy. The spatial economics group is one of the world’s largest university-based research groups in its field.

Our teaching staff actively contribute to policy debates in the Netherlands and their expertise is regularly called upon to implement and evaluate public policy in their fields of specialization. One example is the Spitsmijden project, which studies the effects of rewarding travellers for not driving during the morning rush hour, a strategy which can result in better infrastructure utilization which enjoys greater public support than road pricing systems.... [-]

Strategy and Organization (MSc in Business Administration)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

Strategizing in a changing world: globalization, collaboration and transformation. [+]

In the 21st century, organizations aiming to obtain and sustain a competitive advantage need to achieve global efficiency and local responsiveness, while embracing creative solutions and worldwide learning. The Master’s specialization in Strategy & Organization focuses on these management challenges and is built around three topics: globalization, the connected world and ongoing transformation.As a Master’s student specializing in Strategy & Organization, you will explore the challenges associated with managing the international activities of multinational enterprises and entrepreneurial firms acting across borders. You will be confronted with questions such as: which decision-making processes drive offshoring and nearshoring of R&D, IT and business processes? How do you choose the best location for your production facilities or corporate headquarters? What are the best strategies when gearing up for growth and expansion?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. ... [-]

Transport and Supply Chain Management (MSc in Business Administration

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam

A unique combination of education in transport economics and in supply chain management with a focus on complex trade-offs. [+]

Decision problems in supply chains and transport networks are by default multi-faceted. Interrelationships between actors in a supply chain - businesses, public bodies, non-profit organizations - are extremely complex. Decisions cannot be judged on a single aspect only; focusing just on profit maximization is not enough for achieving sustainable growth.

By studying this program you will gain broad and in-depth knowledge of various areas such as strategy, economics, financial management, human resource management and logistics. This will enable you to solve problems for companies or government agencies, but also to participate in research on transport and supply chain management. As a student in the Master’s specialization in Transport & Supply Chain Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at VU University Amsterdam, you will become thoroughly familiar with the organization of flows of goods and services and related flows of money and information in supply chains and transportation networks. You will study core aspects including the organization, design, maintenance, usage and optimization of supply chain strategy, processes and cooperation in these networks. You will look at supply chains and transportation networks both from a micro and meso perspective (e.g. transport and logistics processes) and at the macro level (e.g. government regulations and the environment). ... [-]