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Masters in Business Administration: International Management

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
01 September 2022

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Masters in Business Administration: International Management

How can companies compete in a global environment? What is the best way to do business in an emerging market? What do international teams need in order to overcome challenges and work effectively? How do we prepare individuals and teams to excel in cross-border businesses?

The Business Administration: International Management Master’s programme will combine several teaching methodologies to answer these questions. The right blend of lectures that explore theoretical developments and hands-on experience with real-life cases ensures that you will not only learn the methods it takes to succeed, but also how to apply those methods in practical ways. You’ll be challenged to distinguish yourself among your like-minded colleagues, and will have the opportunity to address real-life, multinational business challenges. You’ll learn how the international context affects different aspects of business, and learn the practical skills necessary to address complex international business challenges. What’s more, you’ll learn what it takes to lead the international business world into the future.

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Admission requirements

We welcome and look for motivated and ambitious students who are actively developing themselves and are aware of their position and role in society. In order to be successful in this programme you will need a solid academic basis in, for instance, (International) Business Administration, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, and other related disciplines. Typically, successful students in this programme have at least a 7 average grade (or an equivalent GPA score for international students) in the third year of their Bachelor’s programme*, or a GMAT score of 600. Prior relevant work experience and experience with volunteering or other citizenship behaviours are encouraged and also taken into account.

Admission requirements

In order to gain admission to our Master’s programme, you 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 EC or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score, but we do take into account your motivation, prior relevant work experiences, and any relevant volunteering experiences and/or citizenship behaviors. Furthermore you need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of):

Standard literature: students are assumed to be thoroughly familiar with the titles below, or an equivalent:

International Management:

  • C. Hill (2014). International Business: Competing in the Global Marketplace. 10th edition, McGraw-Hill Education.

English language proficiency

The admission board wants to stress the intensity of the programme: reading scientific articles and writing papers will be a key part, all in a very high pace. Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. As you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and for international companies.

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can already apply online without having the test results. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the programme:

IELTS (academic):

  • Minimum general score 6,5
  • Minimum score writing 6


  • Paper based test 580
  • Internet based test 92

Cambridge English

  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers the TOEFL ITP English-language proficiency test. The test is offered by the VU Taalloket.

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Program content

Your Master’s degree in International Management from VU Amsterdam combines a variety of teaching methodologies to ensure you emerge as a well-rounded manager with the skills and experience to lead. In addition to your course work, you will participate in workshops that give you hands-on experience with current international business challenges. Your selection from a wide range of electives will allow you to tailor your Master’s to your interest.

To break it down:

  • You’ll take two mandatory courses:
    • International Management – Explore the choices organisations need to make when going international.
    • Culture and International Organisations – Find out how cultures influence managerial decision-making and critical company strategies.
  • You’ll take three elective courses in period 2 and 3; these should include at least two of the following:
    • Doing Business in Emerging Markets – A closer look at emerging markets and their growing influence on global business.
    • International Entrepreneurship – Find out more about the innovative international entrepreneurs of today.
    • Global Organisational Change – Understand the dynamics of effective organisational change.
    • International Consulting Project – Work in groups to advise a company on an international management problem.
  • You’ll take a course in Business Ethics in International Management – Learn different ethical philosophies and how they relate to international management.
  • In your second semester, you’ll learn academic research skills and put them straight into practice by writing your Master’s thesis.
  • You’ll participate in team projects with real-life companies, and act as a management consultant to solve real-world challenges.
  • Whatever your personal career ambitions, you can tailor your Master’s to ensure success. Select from many potential electives and three different types of internships to customise your Master’s. Choose to specialise exclusively in International Management or generalise your degree with other BA courses from Human Resource Management, Management Consulting, Leadership & Change Management or Strategy & Organisation.

Scholarships & funding

With our own scholarship, the VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP), we offer highly motivated students with excellent study results the unique opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree with financial support provided by the university.

The VUFP scholarship is a tuition fee waiver. The Holland Scholarship Programme (HSP) is meant for students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to follow a Master’s programme in the Netherlands. VU Amsterdam embraces diversity as an enrichment to our teaching, research and our contribution to society. This scholarship is specifically intended for excellent students who contribute to the diversity at our campus. As an international student planning to study at VU Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries.


  • Tuition fee for EU: € 1,084
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 15,546


On completion of this program, students will receive a Masters in Business Administration: International Management

Continuing studies

  • How employable will you be after completing the programme?
    • When you complete your Master’s, you’ll be well prepared to start your leadership career in a multinational organisation.
  • What kinds of jobs are available to you?
    • Initially, a Master’s in Business Administration: International Management will prepare you for a career as a business analyst, management consultant, product manager, global brand manager, international sales manager or business development manager. But in the long term, you will be on the path to a future as a CEO or COO of a major multinational.
  • What have alumni of the programme gone on to do?
    • Graduates have gone on to work in positions such as management trainee, business consultant, project manager, business analysts, financial analysts, recruitment consultants for global organizations such as Allianz, Booking, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Hewlett Packard, IBM, ING, KPMG, Kraft Hein, Lufthansa, Nokia, NS, P&G, Phillips, PwC, or UBS.
  • How does the programme help students select the right career path?
    • Know where you want to go? You can tailor your study accordingly. Not sure yet? We’ll help you decide and offer a variety of options to explore along the way. And of course, an internship at an international organisation can help you on your way.

Career paths

With the International Management specialization you are well-positioned to start your leadership career in multinational enterprises with positions such as business analyst, management consultant, product manager, global brand manager, international sales manager, or business development manager.

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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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