What programme format can I choose?
The Amsterdam MBA comes in 3 different formats:
Full-time Earn your MBA within 12 months. You spend around 40-50 hours per week on your studies. Executive MBA (EMBA) If you wish to pursue an MBA degree alongside your regular employment, we offer the option to study part-time for 2 evenings per week and earn your MBA degree in 24 months. Hybrid MBA In this part-time Hybrid MBA you can follow classes from home (online) but still engage in various on-campus activities. Ideal choice when traveling to our campus on a regular basis does not fit into your schedule. You will study part-time for 2 evenings per week and earn your MBA degree in 24 months.
When does the programme start?
The Amsterdam MBA starts in September.
On which day are classes and lectures held?
EMBA and Hybrid MBA programme
The programme allows you to combine work and study with live online evening classes twice a week on 2 non-consecutive days (18:30 - 22:00), meaning Mondays and Wednesdays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The classes of the Full-time MBA are taught during the day (14:00 - 17:30) from Monday to Thursday, 4 classes a week, apart from the International Consulting Trip. Electives are always taught in the evening, from 18:30 - 22:00.
What is the duration of the programme?
EMBA and Hybrid MBA programme
You can earn your MBA degree within 24 months.
You can earn your MBA degree within 12 months.
What is the workload of the programme?
EMBA and Hybrid MBA programme
Together with class preparation, casework and assignments, this requires about 20-25 hours a week.
The Full-time MBA covers about 50 hours per week. This includes 4 classes a week.
What degree will I obtain?
Upon completing the programme, you will receive an official recognised Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
What accreditation does this MBA have?
The Amsterdam MBA is accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
Amsterdam Business School is part of a select group with a 'Triple Crown', accredited by AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS. Worldwide, only 1% of all business schools/faculties with business programmes have managed to achieve this prestigious status.
Admissions and application
What are the admission criteria?
- A minimum of 3 years post-graduate work experience.
- Bachelor’s degree from a recognised research university (if your degree is international, we verify this on your behalf).
- GMAT / GRE score report.
- English proficiency
How can I apply?
The admissions process is a 3-step process:
- Submit your online application (takes around 2 hours)
- Do the ABS Assessment. This test is taking the online application a step further, where you will be asked to respond to 3 video essay questions and a written question (per question you get 1 minute preparation time and 2 minutes for the answer, in total this takes around 20 minutes).
- Interview with an MBA admissions board member. As a preparation, you are required to complete the Soft Skills assessment first, followed by the actual interview after. During the admissions interview we want to know you even better, we expect you to describe your career plan, your future career goals and how the MBA will help you with that (45 minutes).
After the interview round, you will hear the final decision within 10 working days.
What is the application deadline?
The Amsterdam Business School has a rolling admissions process, meaning that you can apply throughout the year. Your application deadline depends on if you want to apply for a part-time or full-time programme.
Fees, financing and scholarships
What is the tuition fee for the Amsterdam MBA?
The tuition fee is €45,000. The tuition fee is the same to all students, both Dutch/EU and non-EU. The fee covers the whole programme including courses, the international study trip, use of the MBA facilities, coffee, university registration, the enrolment fee and the examination fees. The fee does not cover textbooks and software (approx. €500-750), visa costs, living expenses and accommodation.
You can pay your tuition fee in equal instalments spread across the duration of the programme (a total of 3 instalments for full-time students and 6 instalments for part-time students).
Do you offer any scholarships or discounts?
We offer both scholarships and discounts.
What are the funding possibilities for the tuition fee?
One of the possibilities is the Lifelong Learning Credit (Levenlanglerenkrediet). This is a loan for tuition fees from the Dutch government for local and foreign professionals living and working in the Netherlands.
Another option is to convince your employer to finance your study. Following an MBA does not only have benefits for you as a student, but also for your employer.
What is the difference between the 2 formats (on-campus and hybrid) in which the EMBA is taught?
Both are part-time programmes and the curriculum of the two formats is the same. The Hybrid format is 80% online and 20% on-campus, the on-campus format is 80% on-campus, 20% online.
Do I have to have a job while following the Amsterdam EMBA programme?
Yes, it's mandatory to have a job or own a company while following the Executive MBA programme.
Is it possible to do the EMBA if I do not live in the Netherlands?
If you don't live in the Netherlands you can still follow the EMBA in the hybrid format. However, since you will have to be on campus for 7 to 9 times a year it is advisable to live in a manageable travel distance.
How many times a year do I have to be on campus if I follow the hybrid format?
For the hybrid format you are expected to be on campus approximately 7 to 9 times a year.
Do I need a visa to be able to follow the Amsterdam EMBA programme?
You will not be able to obtain a student visa for the EMBA programme so you need a work permit or different kind of visa to be able to stay in the Netherlands.
Can I keep working full time (100%)?
You can keep working full time while following the MBA programme. We recommend to take into account that the EMBA takes around 25 hours per week, so many of our students reduce the amount of working hours, or negotiate with their company to spend some working hours on their MBA. It depends on your personal situation whether it is possible to keep working 100%.
Can I work while I follow the full-time MBA programme?
If you are from the EU/EEA or Switzerland you are free to work without restrictions. You do not need a work permit and there are no restrictions regarding working hours, other than the restrictions and rules stipulated by Dutch law in the Working Hours Act (ATW).
If you are not from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, there are some restrictions if you want to work alongside your studies. Your employer has to provide you with a personal work permit. You can only work if you have this specific work permit and can either work for a maximum of 10 hours a week during the year, or full time during the months of June, July and August.
Does the university offer housing for students?
The University has a limited amount of studios available for MBA students in downtown city centre. Depending on the type of housing you get (if any) you are eligible for housing allowance. This will be discussed more in depth in case you receive a housing offer through the MBA programme.
How can I obtain a visa?
Your visa application is done through the immigration office of the university. Once you are accepted to the MBA programme your information will be forwarded to the immigration office and they will contact you to start the visa procedure. This is usually done around May/June.
Can I bring my partner and/or children, will it be possible to get a visa for them?
You can bring your partner and/or children to the Netherlands. However, the university does not arrange a visa for your family members. You will have to arrange this yourself through the IND website.