Full-time Master of Science in Business Administration (MScBA)

Fulltime Master of Science In Business Administration
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Start- and course dates
September 8, 2022
Utrecht Campus
Duration
1 year
Fees
€ 24500 for the entire master (free from VAT)
Language
English
Study load
40-50 hours / week
Accreditations
AACSB, MSc, NVAO
Full time/part time
Full-time

TIAS Full-time MScBA: the best Master in Management (MScBA) in The Netherlands!

Take the fast track into a successful career!

As an aspiring business professional, you want to accelerate your career, regardless of the state of the world economy. To compete successfully in the job market, you need to have a clear career goal and a passionate ambition to realize it. In addition, you need a broad range of skills, knowledge and know-how to set yourself apart from the rest. Are you a recent bachelor or master graduate (in any subject area) and want to develop yourself quickly to fast-track your career in business? As an aspiring business professional, you want to accelerate your career, regardless of the state of the world economy.

Our One-year Full-time Master of Science in Business Administration (MScBA) program will enable you to act in and engage with different areas of an organization. The program provides a broad business foundation with the opportunity to specialize in a specific area of choice. You will not only acquire the necessary knowledge and skills, but also have many opportunities to practice and apply them in theoretical and practical settings. To further shape you as a responsible business leader, you will also take into account the various social impacts and consequences of business decisions. 

Get the broader perspective with international experience and exposure within a year!
Classes are very diverse with a wide range of geographical, educational and professional backgrounds. About 50% of the students in our program come from abroad, while the other half is made up of internationally minded Dutch nationals. Some have professional experience and some come straight from their bachelor degree.

 

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Continuous debate with your classmates will help you truly understand how cultures other than your own think and act in business. Become challenged by different philosophical, moral, social and cultural views. Our Full-time MScBA encourages you to develop a broader perspective on business, giving you an international foothold and unparalleled career prospects.
 

Why choose TIAS

  • #1 Business School in Executive Education in the Netherlands according to the Financial Times
  • The #1 Master in Management: The Economist ranks the Full-time MScBA as the best in the Netherlands in 2021
  • Internationally recognized MScBA master's degree, accredited by NVAO and AACSB, the most important national and international accreditations for management education 
  • Top-level international academic faculty with business experience, teaching you both academic rigor and practical relevance  
  • Private school environment with personal attention for your academic, personal and career development. 
  • A business school with an extensive network and connections to the job market
    – TIAS has more than 19,000 alumni from +75 countries
    – 96% of the graduates find employment within 3 months after graduation

Studying in the Netherlands

The Netherlands: small country, big opportunities
Did you know that the Netherlands has one of the strongest economies in the world? And, that the Dutch, once again, recently have been named ‘best non-native English speakers in the world’? Education in the Netherlands is known for its international approach and excellent quality. There are international career opportunities at companies where English is the main language. And nice to know:  the Dutch work-life balance is very important and key to success. 

TIAS is centrally located in the Netherlands
The Full-Time MScBA program is offered at our Utrecht campus: With six lecture theaters, seven breakout rooms and one scrum area, the new TIAS building is a modern educational location.  Located in the center of the Netherlands, near to Amsterdam, it is very easy to travel from Utrecht to other European cities. 


Utrecht’s hundreds of monuments give this centuries-old city a unique atmosphere. Utrecht is home to over 25% of the 330,000 students in the Netherlands, making it one of the country’s largest student populations. 

 

The TIAS Experience of Pepijn

“I opted for the Full-time Master of Science in Business Administration at TIAS because the program had a strong reputation and I’d heard some good things about it. The combination of a solid foundation in business and management, an opportunity to specialize and also work on my personal leadership skills was very appealing to me. The professors have a proven track record in the international business world. They bring that experience with them to the lectures. What they have to teach becomes much more interesting, making the subject matter easier to assimilate.”
Pepijn Pieterse 2021 graduate - Junior Financial Reporting Specialist at ABN AMRO

Is this not the program you are looking for? Then check out our other business administration programs.

Accelerate your career: 96% find a job within 3 months after graduation

  • Get a master of science degree in one year with a short premaster program.
  • Take the fast track into a successful career.
        o TIAS scores well on the career prospects of students and alumni. 96% of graduates find a suitable job within 3 months. (Financial Times 2020), and TIAS is Nr. 11 worldwide for Career Development of students and alumni (The Economist, 2021)
        o This program offers a life changing experience where you learn to combine a sound footing in general business and management as well as specialized knowledge with leadership skills and a clearer view on your career goal. 
        o Through our network of alumni and companies you can acquire business connections and practical work experience (Company Day, Student Consultancy Committee, Internship)
  • Both a foundation in business knowledge and a specialization of your choice: TIAS’ Full-time MSc in Business Administration combines fundamental business knowledge with an in-depth study of your choice in Marketing, Finance, Investment Management, Change and Business Management or Business Analytics.
  • Faculty at TIAS provide you with knowledge with an international perspective: The majority of our faculty are visiting professors from other top universities across the globe.
  • All our professors have a significant level of industry work experience (outside of academia). This enables them to effectively apply the imparted theory to real-world situations to foster action-based learning in the classroom.

 

Find the right job with out Personal and Career Development Program (PCDP)

The Personal and Career Development Program (PCDP) is part of the master program. It will help you understand better who you are and what you are capable of, so that you can establish and work towards your ultimate career goal. We do this by providing individual coaching sessions, workshops on personal skills (eg presentation, intercultural and team dynamics, personal branding, negotiation and communication) as well as practical skills for searching and applying for a job. Each individual student is assigned a personal coach and a career consultant, and the career consultant is available for free career advice up to 3 years after graduation.

Develop yourself into an internationally-oriented management professional

The right skill set: The TIAS Master of Science in Business Administration (MScBA) doesn’t only provide theoretical knowledge. We also focus on fostering critical thinking and an inquisitive approach, combined with practical relevance in the business world. In a year’s time, you will have developed into an internationally-oriented business professional, possessing all personal skills and competencies necessary to pursue a successful career. 
Jump-start your career: The Full-time MScBA enables you to complete your master in one year (without a long pre-master) so you can start your professional career very quickly – 96% of our students find employment within 3 months after graduation! 
Start a career abroad: 87% of our international students are able to find a job in the Netherlands. 
Better prepared for an international work field: A better grasp of cross-cultural sensitivities, and the capability to resolve operational problems in an international setting.
Insight and experience in putting theory into practice, with a generous proportion of real-world cases; experimenting in a safe learning environment.
Member of an executive and international alumni network: Our TIAS Connect community portal and Alumni Services help you to establish and maintain your network, even after completion of the program. You receive access to a large network of professionals who share the same drive and ambition. This allows you to expand your network with equally motivated professionals from all over the world.

The TIAS experience of Pepijn

"The Master’s program helped me become smarter and more serious, understand the business environment better and make faster connections, improving the value of my contributions."

Pepijn Pieterse, Junior Financial Reporting Specialist at ABN AMRO

Read Pepijn's whole story here >

MScBA degree: combine fundamental business knowledge with an in-depth study of your choice

Ambition alone is not enough to propel you into a successful career. Without clear goals, or a development strategy, you face stiff competition. Define yourself as an aspiring professional by developing a broad range of skills, a sound footing in general business and management and a deep insight into what drives and motivates business success.

Our Full-time Master of Science and Business Administration is a 4-step program in English, completed over a 12-month period. This course is specifically designed for you to develop the competencies needed to overcome challenges in the business world. Open up international opportunities with broader insights into global economics. Fulfill higher career goals by refining your skill set, defining who you are, what you think is important and who you would like to be as a professional. 

Course outline

The program is built upon 4 stages and offers you the opportunity to combine an internship or exchange program with your study.

Before You Start

If you need additional knowledge in certain areas, our preparatory courses will bring you up to speed before you start the program. Topics include Fundamentals in Accounting & Finance, Quantitative Methods, Academic Writing Skills and Business Research and Reports.

Stage 1: Foundation Stage

The foundation courses provide the fundamentals of business and management. The knowledge and skills gained here are critical for better understanding and dealing with the various functional departmental areas of organizations. During this stage you discover with the help of your personal coach, career consultant and others devoted to the MScBA program, in which area you would like to develop and specialize yourself further.

Stage 2: Specialization Stage

This stage sets you off on a specific specialization track of your choice. Available tracks are: Marketing Management, Financial Management, Investment Management, Change Management and Business Analytics.

Stage 3: Integration Stage

Here you will connect and build upon the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous stages, deepening your understanding and broadening your insight. You will also have an international study trip that fosters the integration of knowledge with a holistic approach.

Stage 4: Thesis Project

The program concludes with a thesis project in the form of a detailed and original academic report on a specific marketing, finance, investment, or business issue. It is an ideal way to test your newly acquired ideas and skills, enhance your career prospects and prove your capabilities.

PCDP
Throughout the four stages of the MScBA program you will continuously work on your personal leadership and communication skills as well as prepare yourself for the job market with a focus on improving your LinkedIn profile, CV, interview techniques etc. through the Personal and Career Development Program (PCDP). 

Internship
Optional: Full-time students have the opportunity to do an internship after the thesis so as to gain workplace experience.

Exchange Program
Optional: Exchange programs are available at partner institutes to ramp up your international exposure.

If you want more information about the content of the modules of these stages, contact the Program Adviser.

Student Associations

During the MScBA program you have the opportunity to join a student association for extracurricular activities that provide you with additional professional experience as well as fun with your fellow students. The student associations at TIAS are:

TIAS Student Association (TSA): is a student-run association that organizes social events for fellow students to celebrate national holidays, exchange cultural traditions and stimulate integration. Within the TSA different subcommittees are formed and assigned to a specific event.

End result: Master's degree

Upon successful completion you will receive the degree title Master of Science in Business Administration (MScBA). In addition, this program has received national NVAO (Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organization) accreditation. The business school has institutional (AACSB) accreditation. The specialization track Investment Management is accredited by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA).

Successful enrollment in our Full-time MScBA is subject to a number of admission requirements. This is to maintain admissions quality. That way you can benefit from a high potential, motivated group of talented individuals to further enhance your learning experience.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor degree in any field
  • An average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 or 7 out of 10, or an overall average of 80 from 100% (B on a scale of A to F)
  • You must take the TIAS Capacity Test (TCT – free, online test available in multiple languages) or the GMAT
  • Proficiency in English, demonstrated by being a native English speaker or your bachelor program must have been taught fully in English.
  • If you are a non-native English speaker, you will need to take one of the following tests:
    • TOEFL (90 iBT)
    • IELTS (6.5 overall band)
  • Depending on your bachelor background and test results, you may be required to attend all or one of the preparatory courses

Upon receipt of your application our Program Adviser will contact you to arrange an interview, and where applicable the TCT. Your interview will take place with a member of the Admissions Board.

Application deadline

We strongly advise you to submit your application as soon as you have made your decision. This will increase your chances of acceptance, particularly if you are an international student and will need to apply for a visa

Preparatory courses

The preparatory courses are designed to bring you up to the required Full-Time MScBA entry level. The recommended courses must be completed before the start of master. The program contains the following modules:

  1. Academic Writing and Study Skills
  2. Basic Accounting and Finance
  3. Quantitative Methods in Business
  4. Business Research & Reports

The costs of the modules are € 400 each. This includes access to our digital learning environment, digital course materials and teaching support during actual classes.

The actual pre-master study load is dependent on your level of academic ability. This will be assessed during your evaluation of your application, the Admissions Board will determine which preparatory courses are required.

Fees and funding

€ 24500 for the entire master (free from VAT)

This price includes:

  • Registration and administration costs (€ 2100)*
  • International study trip (the substantive program)
  • Access to the online learning environment
  • Access to webinars and must-reads on the alumni website
  • Mandatory literature, study books and teaching materials

*  These costs will not be deducted in the event of a cancellation.

Possible additional costs:

  • Premaster(modules), if necessary (€400 - €1600)**
  • Software licenses (if specific software is required)

** During your application, the Admissions and Assessment Committee will determine which premaster modules are required. 

Funding of your MScBA
Pursuing an MScBA is a serious commitment of time and money. It is an investment that needs to be carefully considered and planned for. However, we believe the TIAS MScBA will be an investment in your future with an unbeatable cost-benefit ratio. Most of our students meet the cost of our MScBA program through scholarships, savings, and student loans. Though the responsibility of funding the TIAS MScBA lies with you, your program adviser will be happy to discuss your options. If you have any questions, please contact you program adviser here.

Scholarships 

TIAS School for Business and Society understands the financial commitment of funding an MScBA. Like you, we also know knowledge is power and great education is priceless. This is why we offer merit-based scholarships to qualified candidates to encourage a diverse and inclusive classroom. Most scholarships are essay-based and all essays should reflect your personal point of view expressed in your own words. The quality of the admission application will also be taken into consideration.

Scholarships available for the Full-time MScBA:

Please contact our Program Adviser if you have any questions about applying for a scholarship.

How scholarship decisions are made

When making scholarship decisions, the TIAS admissions board reviews all application materials submitted by candidates and assesses each candidate's overall qualities: academic profile, strength of overall admissions application, quality of admissions interview, and employability.

Loan programs

Prodigy Finance 
Prodigy Finance’s innovative lending model offers community-funded loans to international students at the world’s top business schools, including TIAS Business School. The MScBA loan is offered at an attractive interest rate and is available to candidates who have been accepted to the International Full-Time MScBA program.
Visit the Prodigy's website for more details about the terms and conditions, and how to apply for a loan.

Lendwise - MBA Loans
Lendwise is a specialist loan provider based in the UK which is dedicated to education finance for individuals who are looking to fund their studies at world class universities.

Lendwise’s aim is to enable access to education through its affordable and flexible student loans that come with a fixed interest rate and no early repayment penalties.  Interest rates are personalised and depend on an applicant’s overall profile including future earning potential, and the application process is entirely online. Full time programme students have access to a grace period that allows for repayment to start after graduation.

Candidates applying for the Full-Time MScBA and the Full-Time MBA are eligible to apply for a loan.  UK residents are eligible for a Lendwise Loan and other nationalities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Lendwise directly to apply

Tax deduction

International Full-Time MScBA fees and study-related expenses may be tax deductible. Please contact the local authorities in your country for additional information. For Dutch participants additional information is available on the website of De Belastingdienst.

Professors have affiliations with top universities around the globe. They combine academic rigor with experience in business and with teaching for management audiences. Professors bring their international and business experience to the classroom which creates a true business school environment. Examples of affiliations are University of Cambridge, Bradford University and Cardiff Business School.

Academic Director

Eric Dooms
Associate Professor

Faculty

Jalal Ashayeri
Full Professor
Toni Sfirtsis
Associate Professor
Alfred Slager
Full Professor
Julian Rawel
Chartered Marketer
Khelifa Mazouz
Full Professor
Tim de Leeuw
Full Professor
Ben Jacobsen
Full Professor
Nicky Hekster
Executive Professor

Non-EU students need to apply for a visa and/or residence permit and go through the full process.
EU students only need to register as a new resident of the town where they are going to live.

Your visa application

We are happy to assist you with your Dutch immigration process. Our immigration office will help you with the application for your visa and/or residence permit for study purposes and will guide you through the process. You may not submit a visa application independently. Only an authorized referent may submit your application to the IND. When you are admitted, you will be invited by TIAS to start your visa application via the online application portal.

Immigration fee

The Dutch Immigration Service (known as the IND) charges for the processing of your application, depending on the procedure applicable to you. The amount of that fee is indexed each year.

After you have gone through the entire process in the online application portal, you can make the immigration fee payment online. TIAS Business School will collect this fee on behalf of the IND. Without the payment, we cannot submit your application to the IND. 
Please note the visa/residence permit fee is non-refundable, once the application has been submitted to the IND.

Residence permit

Non-EU students must have a residence permit for study purposes in addition to their visa. A pre-condition for obtaining a residence permit is having valid health insurance. Our Immigration Office will gladly guide you through the process or advise you further.

What we need from you

To successfully process your visa and residence permit application we need the following:

  • a copy of your acceptance letter (provided by us);
  • a copy of all relevant passport pages;
  • proof of sufficient funding, either by you, a third party, such as a parent or a company;
  • proof of health insurance

Sufficient funding: You will have to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your studies at TIAS for a stay of a full academic year.  In addition to the living expenses, you will have to prove that you have sufficient funds to pay for your study costs.

The required amount to live in the Netherlands is indexed each year and can be found under Application for a residence permit for study --> Higher professional education (hbo) or university. 

Health insurance: When living in the Netherlands, you must, by law, have sufficient health insurance. We recommend AON student Insurance package, as the coverage meets all legal requirements in the Netherlands. In case you have questions about health insurance in general you can contact the Zorgverzekeringslijn, see this flyer.

Immigration

Dependent upon your nationality, the immigration office may have additional requirements. We will gladly provide you with further information. It is important to note that under Dutch immigration law a visa obtained through TIAS is always restricted to a stay for the purposes of study only.

You can also find more information about visa, insurance, work permits and other procedures, applicable to your personal situation on the websites of Study in Holland and Dutch Immigration Service (IND).

Orientation year for graduates

If you wish to stay in the Netherlands after graduation at TIAS, you have to apply for a different residence permit. 

As a graduate you can make use of the orientation year for graduates. With your permit for the orientation year you have one year to find a job in the Netherlands, for example as a highly skilled migrant. You can also apply for a start-up residence permit. This gives you one year to start an innovative company. 

The purpose of the so-called ‘Orientation Year’ for highly educated persons is to retain and attract foreign talent for the Dutch labor market. During this ‘Orientation Year’, you can move freely on the Dutch labor market. This means that your employer does not need to obtain a separate work permit for you. 

You can read more about it on our TIAS page: Visas and working in the Netherlands.
You can find more information in the ‘FAQ Orientation year’.

Housing

Utrecht is one of the most popular cities in the Netherlands. Because of this, the demand for student housing in and around Utrecht is extremely high.
Many students find it difficult and time-consuming to search for housing. It is a good idea to anticipate the time and effort it may take you to find a room, and start your search several months in advance, even prior to your admission. Finding a place to stay is very important because you need a legal residence in the Netherlands in order to register with the municipality and obtain a Citizen service number (BSN). 

We are pleased to provide our international full-time students with a number of housing options in Utrecht. TIAS has made arrangements with SSH (shared housing facilities) and Canvas Utrecht (individual studios) for furnished housing with facilities nearby the city center of Utrecht.
If you need assistance with finding accommodation, please contact your Program Adviser.

The Full-time Master of Science in Business Administration (MScBA) for talented higher professional education (hbo) and university graduates who want to develop their management and business skills within a year and fast-track the start of their careers.

Want to know what studying at TIAS is all about? Read the experiences of the MScBA participants on the TIAS blog.

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    Yi-Chun Lin

    One of the most valuable sources that TIAS provides for us is the Personal Leadership and Career Development Program (PCDP) in which we are assigned to an individual coach with whom we can discuss our career planning or share our life experiences. At TIAS, we are offered many bridges by which we can connect with real industries, putting our learning into practice.

    Read the full blog here
  • A year at TIAS: It feels too short!
    Chi Vo

    Prior to joining TIAS, I had been studying and working in Amsterdam for four years. Familiar with the Dutch life and educational system, I had no difficulty in choosing TIAS as the next destination. It distinguishes itself from other business schools with a unique academic curriculum, helpful career services and a top personal development program. Situated near the center of lovely Utrecht, TIAS has offered me both a professional environment to grow and a student-friendly vibe to enjoy.

    Read the full blog here
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    Dang Chau

    TIAS not only organized many events (online and offline) to connect students with its wide network of alumni, companies, and career partners but also proactively connected us to selective cohorts, who have a similar background to share their experience. Besides, I re-built my Linkedin profile to increase visibility and build up professional relationships, especially with TIAS alumni. My first 3 job interviews were referred by my networks and 2 of those were made by TIAS alumni.

    Read the full blog here
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    Pepijn Pieterse
    Junior Financial Reporting Specialist at ABN AMRO
    “I opted for the Full-time Master of Science in Business Administration at TIAS because the program had a strong reputation and I’d heard some good things about it. The combination of a solid foundation in business and management, an opportunity to specialize and also work on my personal leadership skills was very appealing to me.”

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