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Business Analytics: Research Track

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Business Analytics: Research Track

Use the power of data science, big data, statistics and machine learning to maximise your impact.

The Master's in Business Analytics is a two-year programme, divided into four semesters.

In your first semester, you'll take a number of core compulsory courses. During the second and third semester, you'll focus on your own specialisation. Finally, in the fourth semester, you'll spend six months doing an internship at a business or research institute, giving you first-hand experience of the working world.

During the programme, you'll learn all about mathematical modelling and how to apply it in practice (including at financial institutions), how to make predictions using machine learning and statistics, how to analyse data and recognise data patterns and structures, and how to build a complete decision support system as part of a group project.

You'll also learn valuable professional skills, including scientific writing and presentation skills, as well as communication and teamwork as part of an interdisciplinary team. Finally, you'll combine your business analytics knowledge with your professional skills in practice during your traineeship.

The start date of this programme is September 1st.

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Admission requirements

The Business Analytics programme is open to both Dutch and international students with a Bachelor's degree in the same or an equivalent field and who are in possession of sufficient mathematical and computer skills. Those who have a Bachelor's degree in Business Mathematics, Mathematics or Econometrics from a university or an institute of higher education will be admitted if approval of the Admission Board is obtained. The Faculty's Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

In order to gain admission to the Business Analytics Master's programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

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Program content

1st year

First and second semester

  • Optimisation of Business Processes
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Research track

2nd year

Third and fourth semester

  • Optimisation of Business Processes
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Research track

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: € 15,500

Career paths

As a graduate from the Business Analytics Master's programme, you'll be familiar with all the steps from data to solution, including the skills required to communicate to stakeholders and convince them of your advice.

You'll be well-prepared either to focus on a single step in the process – becoming a specialist – or to take a broad view, sitting at the centre of the web in data science projects. In both cases, Business Analytics alumni are extremely valuable to all sorts of organisations.

Both the private and public sectors are constantly looking for ways to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Your skills as a business analyst are in such high demand that you may receive job offers before you graduate or at the company where you completed your internship.

And there's more: even during your studies you could easily find yourself taking on a part-time job as a junior data analyst or programmer. While your fellow students are waiting tables or stocking shelves, you could well be generating extra income while picking up highly relevant work experience.

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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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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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1081 HV Amsterdam
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