TIAS Premaster

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Start- and course dates
March 5, 2024
Utrecht Campus
March 5, 2024
Utrecht Campus
June 4, 2024
Utrecht Campus
All start- and course dates
At least 9 weeks
€ 450 per required module (exempt from VAT)
English, Dutch
Certificate of Participation

Develop basic academic knowledge and skills

A premaster enables you to quickly develop basic academic knowledge and skills. This will help you progress smoothly through your master and bring it to a successful conclusion. It is an ideal way to prepare for an Executive Master of Science at TIAS School for Business and Society.

Several intakes every year, personalized solutions

You can start your premaster at different times throughout the year. Your Program Adviser will be happy to work with you to fit the premaster into your busy schedule. We can offer you a personalized program where necessary.

Participant profile

This program is not intended for students of our Full-time Master in Management. For more information about the premaster associated with this study program, please go here.

The premaster is designed for people with a higher professional degree (“HBO”) who are interested in doing a master at TIAS. For such participants, completion of a premaster is compulsory.

Even if you do have a university degree (“WO”), you can also choose to do a premaster voluntarily. That way, you can refresh and update your academic knowledge as needed. 

Furthermore, in certain cases the Academic Director may decide that completion of one or more components of the premaster is required despite your university degree.

TIAS Premaster participants vary greatly with regard to their learning objectives, educational background, work experience and industry. This adds a lot of value in practice; the cohesion and interactions between participants are both motivating and inspirational.

This premaster program is not accredited and is only valid in combination with a master program at TIAS. Obtaining this premaster degree does not grant participants with a higher professional degree (“HBO”) access to a master program at another university.


Why TIAS School for Business & Society?

  • Financial Times top-ranked business school for executive and in-company education.
  • All lecturers are top experts from academia and the business world.
  • Directly applicable scientific and practical knowledge.
  • Flexible programs tailored to your needs.

What can a premaster do for you?

The premaster is intended to ensure that Executive Master participants are on equal footing in terms of basic academic knowledge and skills at the start of the program. This lays the foundation for a successful completion of the master. On completing your premaster, you will receive a certificate of participation. 

TIAS Premaster: a strong, unique format 

The TIAS premaster gives access to the masters of TIAS. As many of our participants are doing their masters part-time alongside their normal work, TIAS premasters are designed to be completed in a relatively short period of time

Our online learning environment makes it possible to prepare for the premaster whenever this is most convenient for you. You can start immediately after registering for the premaster, assuring you of plenty of time to prepare for the lectures. 

This makes the TIAS Premaster a manageable investment of both time and money.

The premaster consists of three different modules:

The premaster is structured as three blocks of three weeks each. The total duration is therefore at least nine weeks. The first three weeks are entirely online and are dedicated to preparations for the lectures. The next block of three weeks is made up of three modules, with two half-days of in-person or online lectures per module. The final three weeks are used to test the knowledge gained from the lectures. 

The three lecture modules are as follows: 

  • Accounting and Finance: this module covers basic academic and analytical knowledge of accounting (external financial reporting) and finance (corporate finance).
  • Quantitative Methods: this module provides basic skills in statistics.
  • Academic Reading and Writing: this module focuses on looking up, reading, evaluating and editing scientific literature. 

Your study plan

The premaster’s Program Adviser is happy to help you draw up a study plan based on your learning objectives. This plan will be custom-designed in consultation with the Academic Director and take into account your educational background, intended master and relevant work experience.

TIAS Premaster Executive Masters

As soon as you have registered for your premaster, you will have access to our online learning environment. This ensures you have plenty of time to prepare for the lectures.

The premaster's lectures have various start and intake times each year. After your registration, the Program Adviser will contact you to draw up a study plan together with you that takes into account sufficient study time, your (work) schedule and your learning ambitions. 

TIAS also offers an additional (non-mandatory) information session for premaster participants two weeks before the start date. Interested? Please contact the Program Adviser.

Dates and locations 

The table below lists the various start times for the different premasters. For on-site premasters, only the first day is in person; the other two days take place online. 

The Premaster can be purchased modularly. If you opt for the full premaster program, it is recommended to reserve at least three weeks for preparatory work before you start the program. Want to learn more about what is involved in these preparations? Please contact the Program Adviser.

NameLocationStart date
Preparation: February 6, 2024 - College dates: 5, 12 & 19 March 2024 (EN)Utrecht CampusMarch 5, 2024
Preparation: February 6, 2024 - College dates: 5, 12 & 19 March 2024 (NL)Utrecht CampusMarch 5, 2024
Preparation: May 7, 2024 - College dates: June 4, 11 & 18, 2024 (NL)Utrecht CampusJune 4, 2024
Preparation: August 20, 2024 - Lecture dates: September 17, 24 & October 1, 2024 (NL)Tilburg CampusSeptember 17, 2024
Preparation: August 20, 2024 - Lecture dates: September 17, 24 & October 1, 2024 (EN)Tilburg CampusSeptember 17, 2024
Preparation: October 1, 2024 - Lecture dates: October 29, November 5 & 12, 2024 (NL)Utrecht CampusOctober 29, 2024

Cost of the TIAS premaster

The premaster costs € 450 per required module (exempt from VAT) . If participation is not compulsory for you, but you would like to brush up on your knowledge, you can also access the online materials free of charge. If you decide you prefer full participation with lectures, texts, testing and feedback, even though this is not a requirement for you, the standard tuition of EUR 400 per module applies

Faculty TIAS premaster

TIAS School for Business and Society boasts an extensive network of lecturers. The following lecturers will support you during the TIAS premaster:

Academic Director

Ellen Peeters
Assistant Professor


Tim de Leeuw
Full Professor
Dirk Brounen
Full Professor
  • Accounting & Finance: Dr. Dirk Brounen
  • Quantitative Methods and Academic Reading & Writing: Dr. Tim de Leeuw

Apply for TIAS Premaster

Do you have a higher professional degree (“HBO”), and do you want to take an Executive Master at TIAS? Then sign up for a TIAS Premaster below. The premaster’s Program Adviser will then contact you in order to determine the best time for you to start the program in accordance with your learning ambitions.

Emily Franken
Emily Franken
Program Adviser
+31 13 466 86 02

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