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Business Administration

Course Description

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a one-year Master's programme taught in English. It has an international focus and is designed to provide you with academic knowledge as well as hands-on expertise, enabling you to be successful in international management positions.

Three majors

The International Business Management (IBM) major is a comprehensive programme that provides you with an overview of the many different aspects of management of organisations and companies. Are you planning on launching an international business career? Are you eager to work for a company or an organisation that operates on an international scale? Do you like international (strategic) management, international strategic decision making, international marketing, entrepreneurship, business processes and operations? Then the IBM major may be for you. In terms of study method and study environment, the IBM major is tailored to students seeking a business-oriented, hands-on, critical, and problem-oriented approach to education. Students are challenged to study and work in a multicultural team.

Students considering the Business Information Management (BIM) major have a strong interest in the general operation of industrial processes and the related information technology they require. Business information managers lead IT projects and supervise new IT systems. In the world of ICT, three things matter most: the right information shared in the right place with the right people. Students in the BIM major have an eye for both the overall picture and specific details. They have strong social skills, and excel at building bridges between users, managers and technical ICT experts. These are precisely the skills developed in this major. Students in the BIM are interested and, ideally, well-versed in technology, computers and networks. However, the focus is not on hardware or technical aspects, but on developing and evaluating information systems. There is a high demand in the industry for competent people who are willing and able to think creatively and logically about information systems. You will be trained to find solutions quickly and to explain them clearly to users.

The International Relations (IR) major is embedded in the context of global economics and business life. It takes a practical-analytical approach to the study of multinationals and is embedded in a sound theoretical framework. It covers international management and marketing techniques as well as international socio-economic analysis and monetary economics. Students in the IR major particularly develop insight into the role of governments in international relations and business. The IR major is built on three international pillars: an economic pillar (what is the economic environment in which an international firm operates?); a business pillar (how does an international firm operate in this environment?); and a political/legal pillar (which political and legal aspects does an international firm have to take into account?).

The majors not only deepen the knowledge but also broaden it and offer insight into the selected management domain. In your Master's thesis you will carry out scientific research into a business-relevant or economic subject. The Master's thesis is the conclusion of your degree course. It gives you the opportunity to display your analytical attitude as well as your ability to synthesise and your oral and written communication skills.

This is an initial master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.


The graduate is formed academically and able to develop and implement business solutions, through analytical and synthetical reasoning within the actual globalizing economic and societal context. Furthermore he/ she is capable to be of additional value on the level of business oriented research. The graduate, who builds upon the obtained results of the bachelor:

- Has concerning the chosen specialization advanced knowledge and insights in the concepts, principles and reasoning of the chosen specialization and can relate these to the general managerial framework.
- Can give as an expert, from the insight and knowledge of his specialization - and the familiarity with the general business organization, processes and strategies - purposefully and scientifically funded advice with critical attention to the broad frame of business, the environmental factors and the relevant public players.
- Can organize, plan and monitor business processes from a business contextual perspective.
- Can estimate, on the basis of knowledge and insight in societal, international and organisational developments, estimate the impact of it on business and deal with it in a professional and adequate way.
- Is able, to support (management) decisions, to select the appropriate research methods and techniques for the chosen specialization on a scientific funded reasoning and use them with attention for the applicability in a specific business context.
- Is able to collect and analyze purposefully and responsible information and data and employ it in solving managerial problems within the chosen specialization.
- Is able to devise a business oriented research project within the specialization, schedule and execute it on the level of a beginning researcher.
- Demonstrates management and business skills and can translate these into a business context and implicate the social ethical and durability aspects of business.
- Can work thematically: address interdisciplinary problems, function effectively and efficient in a variety of roles in a multidisciplinary and/or international team.
- Can communicate effectively and convincingly with a public of colleagues and others.
- Can detect, monitor and judge important evolutions and innovations within the specialization and the broader field in complex business contexts.
- Acknowledges the importance of lifelong learning and the necessity of continuous education.

Career paths

Thanks to your general business background combined with your specialism you as a business administrator can work in a wide range of positions at companies or organisations. The international character of your degree programme is an asset.

The International Business Management major prepares graduates for management positions in finance, administration and commerce. Employment opportunities are numerous and diverse. Many graduates choose to pursue a career in the financial sector or in management consultancy firms.

The Business Information Management major prepares graduates for management positions in ICT. The demand for driven managers with ICT expertise continues to grow. Our graduates go on to positions as business consultants, business process engineers, project leaders, system analysts, functional analysts, information analysts, system designers/administrators, network and data administrators.

The International Relations major prepares graduates for management positions in international organisations, NGOs, government, multinational enterprises and local organisations with a global perspective. Graduates have keen insight into international economic and political realities and are thus also well-positioned for careers in banking and international business.

Entry Requirements


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