The Master of Science in Management for Professionals

In the Executive programme in Management Studies, you will learn how to approach and solve actual business issues at an academic level. You learn how to apply known models as well as the limitations of these models. You will gain insight into international research in the field of business administration and into the success and failures of managerial solutions.


Resolving business issues always requires input from different fields. That’s why our programme covers a broad range of aspects of business administration with a focus on strategy, digital business and leadership and management.

The academic title MSc (Master of Science) is conferred upon students who successfully complete the Executive Master Management Studies. The University of Amsterdam guarantees the academic quality of the programme.

Lectures only on Fridays

In the Executive Programme Management Studies, we take into account that our students have a busy working week and a private life as well. That’s why all lectures are held on Fridays between 9 am and 5 pm. This means that students don’t have to join intensive lectures in the evening hours after a long and busy day at work. Instead, they can concentrate on their studies during the one day in the week that classes are held.

At the beginning of the academic year, the programme provides students with a detailed schedule for the year so that they can make arrangements in their personal schedule and plan for exam times, lectures, tutorials and seminars.

Please contact us to find out what your study prgramme will look like.

Academic year structure

Each academic year is divided into two semesters and each semester is divided into three blocks. One semester starts in September and continues until February. The other semester starts February and ends in June. Exams are scheduled at the end of each block.

Study load

On average students spend about 20 hours a week on their studies. This means that in addition to the lecture day, you should expect to spend 12-15 hours a week studying, preparing or completing assignments.

During the lectures, material is covered that will be tested in exams or used in assignments. Students will regularly work in groups.

Education focuses on optimal interaction

The Executive Programme Management Studies curriculum is structured to provide for optimal interaction. Tutorials are commonly provided to small groups of students so there is always an opportunity to answer any individual questions students might have. Students will sometimes attend lectures given to larger groups, take part in smaller tutorials and time will also be set aside for individual supervision. Students will have ample opportunity to communicate with each other and with students as they study more in-depth lesson material.

Effective supervision

The programmes academic adviser will be the first point of contact for any matters related to you and your study. Moreover, the programme administration takes care of most administrative and organisational matters so that you can concentrate on your studies.


Upon completing the preparatory track, you will be registered as a student in the University of Amsterdam’s Master of Science (MSc) in Management Studies (in Dutch "Bedrijfskunde in Deeltijd"). In order to obtain your degree, you must meet the same examination requirements as students in regular programmes. The Master of Science is accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO: Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie). The Amsterdam Business School is Triple crown accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.

Duration of the programme: 1,5 years

If you have previously completed an academic programme with a sufficient number of business courses, we are pleased to offer you the option of completing the Master's programme in 1,5 years.

Duration of programme: up to 2 years

Prospective students with an academic degree but not in business or management and prospective students with a University of Applied Science degree first follow a pre-Master's programme. A preparatory phase in one semester, followed by the 1,5 years Management Studies Master’s phase, including the thesis.

Published by  Economics and Business

Executive Programme in Management Studies

19 July 2018