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Business Administration (Amsterdam MBA)

Frequently asked questions

Please find the answers to the most common questions on this page. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact our Recruitment Office.

  • 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.

    Full-time MBA

    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.

    Full-time MBA

    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.

    Full-time MBA

    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:

    1. Submit your online application (takes around 2 hours)
    2. 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).
    3. 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
Full-time MBA
  • Can I work while I follow the full-time MBA programme?

    For EU-/EEA-students

    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).

    Outside Europe

    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.