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M.Sc. in Transport and Supply Chain Management

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
September 2020
Application deadline: 01 May 2020
2,143 EUR excl. VAT

Program description

M.Sc. in Transport and Supply Chain Management

How do you manage product flows in fast-moving industries such as food or fashion? How does government transport policy impact the environment?

The Transport & Supply Chain Management Master’s programme offers a unique combination of transport policy and global supply chain management insights and tools. On the one hand, you’ll work at micro-level (i.e., the level of an individual company) – for example, in understanding and tackling the complexities of managing global supply chains and transportation networks, and learning about supply chain strategy development. On the other hand, you’ll work at macro-level – for example, when investigating the impact of government regulations or transport policies on the environment. What’s more, you’ll get to grips with the data analysis tools commonly used in the industry (such as Excel and R) so that you’re ready to hit the ground running when you start your first job. And that won’t take long – because most graduates already have job offers before they’ve even finished the programme.

This specialization of the Master's programme Business Administration is expected to be accredited as Master’s programme Transport and Supply Chain Management as of 1 October 2019. 

Admission requirements

We welcome ambitious students that possess at least an accredited Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, including sufficient training in supply chain / operations management / operations research and in economics. Experience in using Excel and R is recommended. The study programme is demanding and interactive. We therefore aim for high quality and strongly motivated students to guarantee study success and maximize learning outcomes of business games, case studies and company projects.

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. Students are expected to have:

  • A fascination for analysing and solving real-life supply chain challenges
  • Solid background in Operations/Supply Chain Management and Economics
  • Proven empirical and analytical skills
  • Experience in using R and Excel

You need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, summarized below:

  • To get up to speed with Supply Chain Management we expect students to be at least familiar with the contents of chapters 1-4 and 11/12/14 of the book "Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning, and Operation” by authors S. Chopra and P. Meindl;  Global edition (latest edition). Pearson Higher Education.
  • For Transport Economics a good preparation source is "Applied Transport Economics: policy, management and decision making” by Stuart Cole (latest edition, Kogan Page).
  • We use R for data analysis and statistics. Familiarize yourself with the basic syntax and data input/output of this software before the start of our programme (e.g. via Youtube).
  • Make sure your MS Excel skills are at an advanced level.

Please notefor students from mainland China: only students from project 2.11 universities are eligible to apply for TSCM.

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.

Vrije Universiteit 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: 


  • Minimum general score 6,5
  • Minimum score writing 6,0


  • Paper based test 580
  • Internet based test 92-93

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

The Master’s programme is made up of a combination of transport economics and supply chain management courses that together will give you the tools and techniques to analyse any transport and supply chain related problem a business may face in your future career. In addition to these courses you’ll learn to apply research methodologies to support data-driven decision making, write your Master’s thesis on a current topic defined in collaboration with industry or government, and prepare for the world of work.

To break it down:

  • You’ll take five mandatory core courses. These include:
    • Supply Chain Data Analytics – The course will furnish you with the statistical skills that are essential for the remainder of the programme. This helps you land that first job by making you proficient in analysing large sets of data using widely available software packages like Excel and R. You’ll put your skills straight into practice by using data to solve real-life industry problems. 
    • Transport Economics & Management – You’ll take a policy perspective on the issues that companies face, and apply economic theories to these issues, including road congestion, the effect of competition on prices, and so on.
    • Decision making in supply chains – This course helps you learn how to use and build spreadsheet models to analyse real-life company data, to develop optimisation and simulation models, to report results and to formulate recommendations to improve supply chain performance.
  • You’ll take three elective courses out of a choice of six – each of which relates to either transport economics or supply chain management.
  • You’ll also write your Master’s thesis on a current topic and you’ll have the opportunity to take an internship.

Tuition fees

The cost of this program for students of EU/EEA countries is €2,143.

Scholarships & funding

With our own scholarship, the VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP), we offer highly motivated students with excellent study results the unique oppurtunity 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


On completion of this program, students will receive a Masters in Transport & Supply Chain Management

Continuing studies

The career opportunities for graduates of the TSCM specialization are excellent and have proven to be independent of economic cycles. Typically students have a job offer within 3 months after graduation, with many students already receiving job offers while still studying. Students may become operations and supply chain managers or consultants in a variety of industries ranging from manufacturing, assembly, wholesale and retail in amongst others fast moving consumer goods, fashion, electronics and food. Students who are more attracted to transport policy may be involved in assessments of (large) infrastructural projects in cities, seaports and airports and support transport decision making from a wider cost-benefit perspective either as a policy maker or a consultant.

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