Our pre-Master’s programme is for ambitious students who do not yet meet the admission requirements for the Master’s programme Business Administration. You can start the pre-Master’s programme each academic year in September. Within 4 months you will have all the necessary knowledge and skills to start your Master's.
Completion of the pre-Master's grants you direct access to the MSc Business Administration. The programme prepares you for further studies in the best possible way. It offers a fixed set of courses that supplement your prior education.
The programme starts in September and it only takes 4 months to complete it. This leaves you with the possibility to start your MSc straight after, in February (choose from 3 tracks). Or you can start the following academic year in September (choose from 8 tracks).
The pre-Master’s programme is selective. Students with an EU/EEA nationality and EU previous education with the best fit and the highest grades are selected first. Students with a non-EU nationality may wish to consider applying for a Master’s-qualifying programme at the Cambridge Education Group.
Depending on your prior education, your 4-month pre-Master's will consist of a maximum of 6 courses related to research methods and/or business.
With an HBO Bachelor’s degree related to Business Administration (e.g. Business Administration, Management, Economics or Commerce, Hotel Management) you will follow the full 30 EC programme and take all 6 courses.
The University of Amsterdam is a research university. Unlike in many other countries, Dutch higher education makes a distinction between research universities and universities of applied sciences (hbo).
Programmes at research universities like the UvA focus more on theoretical aspects of the field of study and prepare students for undertaking independent research. Study programmes at universities of applied sciences prepare students for particular professions and tend to be more practically oriented.
Depending on your prior education, you will follow a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 courses.
Cover the fundamentals of academic research. Learn about different research methods and instruments and carry out and report on a qualitative research project.
Learn about the basic statistical concepts and techniques which are used in the area of management and business administration. Learn how to apply these concepts and techniques by using SPSS software.
Dive deeper in areas like branding, marketing, consumer behaviour and the social-cultural impact of organisations and their strategies. Apply your theoretical insights to business cases and examples.
Examine the concepts, models and theories of leadership and management to explain how to manage individuals and teams effectively.
Learn to understand quantitative and statistical methods and their drawbacks. You will review more advanced statistical concepts and techniques and apply them using SPSS (or R) software.
Cover the most important topics in strategic management and theories, to analyse them. These topics include competitive strategy, corporate strategy, the strategy process and the link between strategy and organisation.
|ECTS:||30 ECTS for HBO/Applied Sciences students|
|10/15 ECTS for university students|
|Start MSc Business Administration:||February of the same academic year (choose 1 of 3 tracks), or|
|start the following academic year in September (choose 1 of 8 tracks)|
You pay tuition fee per ECTS. Calculate your tuition fee
Entry requirements consist of the minimum academic study and mathematics requirements which all candidates must achieve in order to qualify for admission. If you have a HBO Bachelor’s degree (Applied Sciences), you will have to meet the GPA selection requirement.
If you are a student with a non-EU nationality, you cannot apply for this pre-Master’s programme. You may consider applying for a Master’s-qualifying programme at the Cambridge Education Group.