Strategy & Organization
The Master’s specialization in Strategy & Organization is a one-year programme worth 60 credits. The curriculum is divided into six periods and consists of courses focusing on key topics, research methods and business ethics. You are free to take a number of optional subjects and you can count on expert supervision to help you complete your Master’s thesis.
Period 1 focuses on the challenges of international management and the strategic design and control of organizations. By using a case analysis to explore these challenges, you discover how to make strategic decisions yourself.
Period 2 gives you the opportunity to study these issues in greater depth. For instance, you examine how organizations use boundary-spanning activities, such as alliances, mergers, and acquisitions, to obtain and sustain their competitive advantage. In this period, you also have the opportunity to select an optional course of your choice.
In Period 3 you become acquainted with ethical issues in business and a variety of research methods. These courses help prepare you to design and conduct qualitative and quantitative research projects.
Period 4 enables you to further develop your research skills. Moreover, it features a course on strategic and organizational change, offering you a dynamic perspective on strategy and organization. In addition, you will write a research proposal that forms the basis for your Master’s thesis.
In Periods 5 and 6 you will conduct your empirical research and write your Master’s thesis. You may also take another optional course in Period 5.
Having successfully completed the Master’s specialization in Strategy & Organization, you will be well-equipped to follow a range of promising career paths. Our graduates have embarked on careers as junior consultants with renowned consultancy firms and as business analysts for organizations operating in a variety of industries. Others have set up their own businesses or obtained management positions with multinational companies.
Admission requirements Master's programme Business Administration
- Applicants who have gained a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Economics or Econometrics and Operations Research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are admitted automatically to the Master's programme
- Applicants with at least a Bachelor's degree from another accredited university are admissible if they have a specialization in Business Administration, witnessed by thorough knowledge of the standard literature described below (or its equivalent)
- Applicants with at least a VU Bachelor's degree in other specializations can be admitted to the master, but depending on their degree they will be required to take extra courses with a minimum of 30 credits. In that case, their programme will take at least a year and a half
- Standard literature: according to the specialization of their choice students are assumed to be thoroughly familiar with:
- Strategy and Environment
- Organization Design