Each academic year has 2 semesters, both divided into 3 blocks. Choose 1 of the tracks in this MSc programme to explore the subject that fits your interests and ambitions. Each track starts with a general introduction to the theory. Next, you will engage in a more in-depth exploration of subjects through specific track courses.
Learn to develop effective and efficient business strategies to solve strategic problems. Unravel the theoretic origins of strategic corporate decisions and learn to find the right strategy for organisations from start-ups to global companies. With this track, you will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to tackle strategic management challenges.
Theories of StrategyPeriod 1Period 26
Obtain knowledge of (competitive) strategy theories that are central to the current debates in the strategic management field. Develop the ability to critically assess these theories and use them to analyse business problems.
Strategy and Organisation DesignPeriod 2Period 56
Explore strategic organisational issues at different levels, from individual behaviour to intercompany relationships.
The Adaptive OrganisationPeriod 2Period 56
Develop an in-depth understanding of how organisations can maintain their connection with the environment to ensure their long-term survival and sustainable competitive advantage.
Digital Business track
Become a proactive leader in the ongoing digital transformation with the Digital Business track. How? By obtaining a solid understanding how to create value with IT, how to lead digital transformations and how to harness digital marketing and analytics. This multifaceted track gives you the expertise to span the boundary between business and IT and lead the way.
Theories of Digital BusinessPeriod 1Period 46
Get a deeper understanding of challenges and opportunities within the digital field, with a focus on creating business value through IT and big data.
Digital Marketing and AnalyticsPeriod 2Period 56
Focus on the concepts, approaches, theories and techniques of digital marketing and analytics. Learn how to apply these for certain business cases and to understand and draw implications from them.
Leading Digital Business TransformationPeriod 2Period 56
Acquire the skills to analyse various organisational and management dimensions of digital transformation in business.
Leadership & Management track
Explore how to attract, develop, and maintain a thriving workforce and how to manage employees and teams effectively. You are challenged to switch between theory and practice, the strategic and the operational level, and the manager’s and the employee’s perspective. This track helps you to hone your leadership and decision-making skills and make you a more effective manager and leader.
Theories of Leadership and ManagementPeriod 1Period 46
Discuss and evaluate theories on the impact of leadership and on the behaviour and performance of individuals, teams and organisations.
LeadershipPeriod 2Period 56
Explore the main current theories and research in the field of leadership. The course addresses the major outcomes of leadership in terms of employee motivation and performance.
Managing People StrategicallyPeriod 2Period 56
Create, develop and enhance your strategic management skills. The effective management of human resources is one of the main levers that managers have to accomplish their organisation's strategic goals.
Business Ethics and SocietyPeriod 1Period 26
Explore business ethics, corporate responsibility, and sustainability. Get to know their core concepts, theories, approaches and examine the interactions of business in society.
Thesis ProposalPeriod 1Period 2Period 3Period 4Period 5Period 65
You will be assisted in the process of formulating and framing your research proposal and receive detailed feedback from your supervisor.
Advanced Management Research MethodsPeriod 3Period 63
Discover relevant statistical techniques used in the area of business administration. Learn how you can apply these techniques using specialised software.
Master's Thesis Management StudiesPeriod 1Period 2Period 3Period 4Period 5Period 612
Conduct research on a subject relevant to your organisation or industry. One of our lecturers specialised in the track of your choice will supervise your work.
Restricted-choice electives: Thesis Research MethodsPeriod 1Period 2Period 4Period 54
The first part of this course focuses on designing and conducting an empirical study using qualitative or quantitative research methodology and data analysis.
Restricted-choice electivesPeriod 1Period 46
Restricted-choice electives: Extended ElectivesPeriod 4Period 56
While the content of the core courses was largely theoretical, in a number of assignments we had the opportunity to conduct case studies and write proposals for challenges faced by real companies.Grace Chen, EVBox Read Grace's testimonial
In addition to the general courses and the track, you will choose 2 elective courses. You have the choice to broaden your business field or to deepen your track. The electives are often taught by lecturers who also work as a consultant, partner or business owner in the corporate world. This gives them a unique position to combine theory with practice.
During the last semester, you will conduct research on a subject relevant to your organisation or industry. Your employer will be able to profit directly from your research results. One of our lecturers specialised in the track of your choice will supervise your work.
Mix of theory and practice
A team of dedicated academic experts teaches the programme. Our academic lecturers actively participate in scientific research and monitor recent developments in their respective fields. Connecting you with the most advanced techniques, practices and insights. On top of that, you meet enthusiastic industry experts who are invited to supervise guest lectures and teach electives.
Guest lectures in unique locations
Each year in September, the general course Business Ethics and Society hosted in one of the great theatres Amsterdam has to offer. Expect C-suite managers of high-profile companies to share the issues that are currently on their table. In the past, students attended guest lectures on contemporary topics such as ‘The future of work’ (by McKinsey and Randstad) and ‘Green Growth’ (by Unilever and Rabobank).
During the intensive programme, you will learn and work together with motivated fellow students. Together, you are a well-balanced mix of nationalities with different views and opinions, who are working in a wide variety of industries. All this will offer you the opportunity to widen your perspective and have a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience.
If you do not meet the admission requirements for the Master’s programme, we offer a pre-Master’s programme. In a maximum time of 6 months, you will gain all the necessary skills and knowledge to start your MSc programme. You can start with the pre-Master’s twice a year, in February and September.
Arshia Ghasempour, Senior Consultant at Deloitte: 'The EPMS programme taught me how to analyse problems and organisational decision-making more effectively. This way of thinking complemented my existing skillset and will undoubtedly help me becoming an effective manager in the future.'