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Business Analytics

How can you use data to predict future demand? And how do you then use this prediction to set prices or make optimal use of capacity? In short: how can you use the power of data science, big data, statistics, and machine learning to help organisations make strategic decisions?

During the Bachelor of Business Analytics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will study every step of the path from raw data to optimal decision.

Organisations today have vast amounts of data at their disposal. To handle all these data, they need professionals who can perform razor-sharp analyses. During the Bachelor of Business Analytics programme, you will learn to optimise business performance by crunching data with algorithms from mathematics and artificial intelligence.

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Admission requirements

Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma apply via the International Office. We check if your previous education meets a number of requirements. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision.

Requirements that apply

A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO-diploma

See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country.

Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.

2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.

3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics

After you apply to the programme and upload the required documents in our student portal, your International Student Advisor will have a look at your transcripts to determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch vwo-diploma and whether your Mathematics level is sufficient.

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Program content

1st year

  • Calculus 1
  • English Language Test
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
  • Introduction to Programming (Java)
  • Calculus 2
  • Project Business Analytics 1
  • Sets and Combinatorics
  • Operations Research
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability Theory
  • Accounting
  • Project Business Analytics 2

2nd year

  • Advanced Programming
  • Statistics
  • Stochastic Modelling
  • Finance
  • Business Simulation
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • Dynamics and Computation
  • Statistical Data Analysis
  • Databases
  • Project Big Data

3rd year

  • History of Science
  • Machine Learning
  • Combinatorial Optimization
  • Bachelor Project: Business Case
  • Philosophy and Ethics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fee for EU: € 2,209
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 12,660

Career paths

Most graduates of the Bachelor of Business Analytics programme choose to continue their studies, but you can also dive straight into the workforce as a data scientist or consultant. Many organisations are keen to recruit professionals with a unique mix of maths, computer science and business economics.

During your studies you learnt to use data to solve complex problems. You can perform rigorous analyses to arrive at innovative solutions. You also have strong consulting and communication skills. In other words, not only are you able to come up with optimal solutions, but you can also persuade people to put them into practice. All this makes you an asset to every organisation that works with data.

You enjoy maths and embrace the challenge of working with large amounts of data. You know how to use models from maths and computer science to make accurate predictions, and based on the innovative solutions you come up with you are able to advise banks and other organisations.

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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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