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Business Administration (MBA)

Course Description

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) full-time programme is targeted at business professionals who want to become tomorrow's leaders and managers, and who are looking for a comprehensive education on business management in a global context.

In this programme students learn to integrate the main business processes of organizations into effective and efficient corporate strategy. In addition, they learn to deal with the diverse and sometimes diverging interests of various stakeholders involved in international business. The programme requires a minimum of 3 years of work experience and prepares graduates for senior and general management positions. The programme focuses on leadership and management in a (inter)national context.

Educational concept

Our educational concept is characterized by small group sizes, and intensive contact between students and staff. Next to lectures and workshops, students work in teams as well as individually on practice-based and experience-based projects and case studies. Students interact with the world of practice through guest lectures by entrepreneurs, senior business executives and knowledge experts, seminars and company visits. Our teaching staff is selected to ensure a interesting mixture of business experience and expertise in applied research. Throughout the programme the integration between different knowledge areas is strongly emphasized. The full programme is taught in English.

Responsible Managers in an International Environment

At the International Business School of Hanze UAS it is our mission to educate our students to become responsible managers who are accountable for the consequences of their ideas, actions and behavior – both as individuals and as part of an organization. Responsibility refers to taking into account the various interests of multiple stakeholders in today’s global environment. We attract students from all over the world, resulting in cross-cultural interactions and a high diversity in our classrooms and during project work. Through our International Business School you will gain access to an extensive network of alumni and business relations.

Career Opportunities

Students graduate to become Area Managers, Consultants, Business Development Managers, Account Managers, etc. Graduates of this MBA enjoy a very high degree of employability in international business, including Asian and East European markets.

MBA partner institutions

This MBA programme is delivered fully in Groningen. Lecturers from our IBS partner institutions (from the UK, China, Thailand, Germany etc.) sometimes lecture is this programme.

Visit the Business Administration (MBA) page on the Hanze University of Applied Sciences website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Muhammad Rivai Abbas (MBA Student from Indonesia)

Discipline and Hard Work
The MBA at Hanze UAS is not easy, as I find it very heavy and challenging. Not only because of the courses which are so solid, but also because the tasks (either group or individual) require a lot of time and attention. I can say that in order to study well and pass the courses, I need to have discipline and work hard. Though, above all, the most important is a strong willingness and motivation.

An Outlook of the 1st Semester: Management Basics
In the first semester, students study the basics knowledge of management in business, such as Financial Management (FM), Human Resource Management, Marketing Management (MM), Operations Management (OM), and General Strategic Management (GSM). In order to ensure the same level of the MBA students, we had to attend a two weeks introduction program before the start-up of the first semester. At the beginning of the introduction week, we were required to do assessment tests of the basic subjects.

Meanwhile, in MM subjects, we studied important concepts of marketing, more particularly related to the use of internet technology in marketing in a global context. The course that inspired me the most is however OM, because we were given the opportunity to visit companies .For instance the Phillips plant in Drachten and FloraHolland in Alsmere where we got acquainted with their production process. During both visits, we were challenged to give suggestions to the problems the companies faced. It was very interesting and it provided a very valuable lesson. As for the GSM subject, we were given a lot of case studies which we had to analyze and apply concepts and business models.

The 2nd Semester: Supporting Knowledge
Unlike the first semester, in the second semester we are equipped with "supporting" knowledge of management and business and managerial skills such as Management Accounting, Scenario Planning, Organizational Dynamics, and Cross-cultural Management. Apart from the tight schedule of the courses, we also have to submit the problem statement of our thesis in early April and the finalize the thesis proposal by the 1st of June. Indeed, it is a challenge and hard work. Given the fact that the programme is tough and solid, the excellent study environment and facilities, and the fact that the university of applied sciences also has good career networks with national and multinational companies makes it all worth it!

(Student Profile)

Juan Viera Andrade (MBA student from Ecuador)

Pursue of "Flow"
During my university research period I came across a premise to create a working environment suitable for these type of employees. Leading companies search to achieve a work environment in pursue of "Flow". Flow is achieved, when workers focus on the product and its needs, rather than the organization or the equipment, so that all the activities needed to design, order, and provide a product occur in a continuous stream.

If you take the flow premise to an individual basis one can observe it when a person solely concentrates on doing a challenging, rewarding task putting all of their efforts in accomplishing that task. Since the concentration needed in working at this task is intense, there is no room for anything else. The individual doesn't have any energy left to worry or think about failure. In short, when working in flow the individual performs at his best, at the top of his or her capacities.

Work at their full potential
It is also true in a larger scale for an organization. The flow working condition demands everyone in the organization to work at their full potential. Actually people want to deliver their best and they struggle to find opportunities to do so. Many people spend energy practicing sports or finding a hobby where they can feel all their concentration is needed. An activity like that fulfils the human need of self realization. It is in the best interest of the organizations to create a working environment favouring flow. In fact, such a full use of workers' capacity can be translated into a, not easily imitated by competitors, competitive advantage.

A constant amount of work at Hanze University Groningen
I, as many people, enjoy working in such conditions and look for ways to do so permanently . During my MBA studies at Hanze University Groningen I deal with a constant amount of work. The courses and the lecturers push you in such a way that all your concentration and resources are needed. And I realized first hand; focusing all of your energy to achieve clear objectives is a source of satisfaction and self realization.


Orange Tulip Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme was first launched in China in 2008 and now also runs in Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico and Russia. The programme is a collection of scholarships offered by Dutch higher education institutions, multinationals and government institutes. The scholarships are managed and promoted by the Nuffic Neso offices in the participating countries. For more information, check http://www.nuffic.nl/en/scholarships/orange-tulip-scholarship-programme

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% Tuition fees reduction


Nuffic Neso offices offers Orange Tulip Scholarship in the following participating countries:
-Brazil Programme
-China Programme
-Indonesia Programme
-Korea Programme
-Mexico Programme
-Russia Programme
-Brazil ProgrammeFor more information, check http://www.nuffic.nl/en/scholarships/orange-tulip-scholarship-programme

Application Procedure

For application procedure, read here: http://www.nuffic.nl/en/scholarships/orange-tulip-scholarship-programme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

- Students must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an approved degree awarding body, university or college (no GMAT required).*Exceptionally, only mature and experienced candidates with a valid GMAT test score of 600 are exempted from having a bachelor’s degree.- A minimum of 3 years of professional work experience in the role of specialist (e.g. Accountant, Financial Analyst, Business Lawyer, Consultant, Policy Advisor), manager or entrepreneur.- A letter of motivation.- References are not required unless specifically requested.- English language proficiency should be proven with an IELTS: 6.0 or a TOEFL: 550.

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