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Executive Programme in Management Studies


Combine work and study in this part-time Executive Programme in Management Studies for ambitious professionals, and earn your MSc title in 18 months. Already have an academic degree but not in Business? Broaden your knowledge of Business Administration and become a leader in your management field of interest. Do you have a University of Applied Sciences (hbo) degree? Have a look at our pre-Master's programme as well.

Learn to solve complex business issues

How should businesses respond to the opportunities of new technology, digital business and globalisation? Why are some companies successful in developing new products and markets while others are not? How can you manage teams and employees effectively?

The field of Business Administration hands us both substantiated models and new management ideas to answer these questions from different perspectives. During your 18 months with us, you will delve deeply into their origins, and discover what their possibilities and limitations are.

Together, we will discover and discuss – through real business cases – how these theories and models can help you to make better decisions on strategic and operational business problems.

The programme

To solve complex business issues, you need thorough analytical skills and the ability to collaborate with other disciplines. This part-time MSc Programme in Management Studies offers you exactly that. By choosing one of three tracks, you can explore the field of management that interests you the most. With your choice of electives from the same or another discipline, you can either intensify or broaden your track.​

  • Choose your track

    This MSc programme gives you the opportunity to explore the subject that fits your interests and ambitions. For each track, you are always initially provided with a general introduction to the theory. Subsequently, you will engage in a more in-depth exploration of primary subjects through specific track courses.

    You can choose one of the following tracks:​

    1. Strategy track
      Learn how to create value and achieve a competitive advantage.
    2. Digital Business track
      Learn how to span the boundary between business and IT.
    3. Leadership and Management track
      Learn how to lead and manage people towards organisational success.
  • Choose your electives

    In addition to the track, you will choose 2 elective courses. With your selection, you have the choice to broaden your business field or to deepen your track. The offer of elective courses is subject to change.

    • Artificial Intelligence Strategy for Business
    • Business Negotiations
    • Change Management
    • Corporate Financial Management
    • Designing Future-Proof Organisations
    • Digital Marketing
    • Management Consulting
    • Innovation and Technology
    • Operational Excellence
    • New Business Models


  • General courses

    In addition to track courses and electives, you also take a number of general courses:

    • Business, Ethics and Sustainability
    • Advanced Management Research Methods
    • Thesis Proposal
    • Thesis Research Methods (quantitative or qualitative)
  • Guest lectures in Royal Theatre Carré
    UvA in Carré entire venue

    Each year in September, the extraordinary Royal Theatre Carré is the location for our Business in Society course (one of our general courses). Expect C-suite managers of high-profile companies who share the issues which are at their table at that moment.

    In recent years, students attended guest lectures on contemporary topics such as ‘Disruptive Technologies, Business and Society’ (by CEOs of Vodafone, Ziggo and Philips) and ‘The Business of Doing Good’ (by the CCO of Tony Chocolonely and the founder of Instock).

  • Thesis

    During the last semester, you will explore a subject relevant to your organisation or the industry in which you work; exciting, since your employer will be able to profit directly from your research results. One of our lecturers specialised in the field (track) of your choice will supervise your work.

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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

Lectures on Fridays

During the programme, you only attend lectures on Fridays between 9:00 and 17:00: 2 lectures, each taking more or less 3 hours. This fact means that you have one day per week where you can fully focus on your studies, together with your fellow students. An academic year consist of two semesters with about 20 Fridays each for attending lectures and making exams. All lectures will be held on the Roeterseiland Campus in the centre of Amsterdam.

Study load per week

Our part-time Master Executive Programme in Management Studies has a duration of 18 months. In total, you will spend aproximately 20 to 22 hours per week on the programme, including the lectures on Fridays. A pre-Master's programme has a duration of a maximum of 6 months with a similar study load or less.

Lectures:                  +/- 6 hours per week

Self-study:                14 - 16 hours

Academic calendar

Each academic year has 2 semesters, both divided into 3 blocks. In a semester there are aproximately 20 Fridays for the lectures and exams.

First semester:         September - January

Second semester:   February - June

Devoted lecturers

A team of dedicated academic experts will teach 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 will meet enthusiastic industry experts, who are invited to supervise guest lectures and teach electives.

Small classes

Lectures are commonly provided to small groups of students, ensuring interactive education and giving you plenty opportunity to ask individual questions as well as discuss answers with lecturers and fellow students. You will also attend lectures given to larger groups.


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.

'I have learned to analyse the strategic impact of a project on the organisation'

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.'