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Business Administration

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Language of education
English (100%)
12 months
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The MSc in Business Administration programme teaches you how to apply scientific methods and insights to help generate solutions to complex business problems.

All companies sometimes face complex business challenges. These may involve short-term or long-term strategies, implementing a sound business concept, HRM policy, improving financial services or introducing sustainable innovation or change.

The Master of Science (MSc) degree programme in Business Administration teaches you how to help organizations improve their operations and to solve these kinds of problems. You will work on these solutions in a challenging, high-tech environment by combining state-of-the-art theory with practical application. You will take courses in Accounting & Financial Management, Managing Change & Human Resources, Global Strategy & Marketing and Management of Organization, Operations and Technological Innovation. In addition to the core courses, you can choose from different profiles, each with its own individual range of career prospects. As a student, this gives you unrivalled flexibility and a wide choice of courses.

Aim of the Business Administration program is firstly to offer knowledge of complex business problems within the chosen area of specialization. Secondly to develop the ability to contribute to solutions of complex business problems, based on scientific methods and insights.

The common courses in the Business Administration program include: Organization, Technology and Innovation Management; Accounting, Finance and Management; Human Resource Management and Organizational Development; Dynamics of Strategy: organization and environment. Besides you will follow courses from one of the six specializations: Innovation & Entrepreneurship; International Management; Service Management; Human Resource Management; Financial Management; Information Management.

The common courses are: Organization, Technology and Innovation Management; Accounting, Finance and Management; Human Resource Management and Organizational Development; Dynamics of Strategy: organization and environment. Besides you will follow courses from one of the six specializations: Innovation & Entrepreneurship; International Management; Service Management; Human Resource Management; Financial Management; Information Management.

Business Administration Specializations

Business Administration Students have a choice of the following specializations:

Financial Management
The specialization Financial Management pays attention to starting, small and medium enterprises as well as larger companies and multinationals. Obviously, financial instruments used in managing such different organizations will vary widely. The track will address this variety, by studying cases from organizations of all kinds and sizes. Additionally, some attention will be given to non profit organizations. Generally these organizations will depend for the continuity of activities upon their financial performance as well. However, the absence of the profit objective may induce specific characteristics of performance measurement and results control. Often similar characteristics may be detected in decentralized units of for-profit organizations too. Such units may be framed as cost centers funded by budgets rather than direct revenues from sales on the organization's markets.

You will become thoroughly conversant with the modern theory of finance by applying it to real-life national and international issues and challenges. Important topics studied in this specialization include valuation, investment analysis, corporate financing policies, financial risk management tools, financial reporting and measurement & performance analysis. You will also learn how to analyse the impact of financial management decisions on value/corporate performance.

The autumn semester focuses on the principles of modern portfolio theory, alternative methods of raising capital, the significance of capital structure and venture valuation principles, among other topics. Subjects in the spring semester include accounting principles and standards, financial statements, the pricing of financial derivatives, hedging strategies and enterprise risk management.

Human Resource Management
A well-known statement is that management means getting things done by other people. This means that in practice, management is mainly the management of personnel. Almost all decisions taken in companies and other organizations have important implications for the employees. Examples of these are: the introduction of new products or services that requires new activities and tasks and, in line with that, possibly also the recruitment and contracting of new specialists. It is a big challenge for every organization and for each manager to keep their employees motivated and productive in a healthy way during all these changes. It is the role of internal and external HRM specialists in particular to support line management with their specific knowledge and experience in the effective implementation of these changes.

In the first semester, the accent lies on the contribution of HRM to innovation, and in the second semester on innovation or HRM itself. 

You will learn to understand, search for and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in both large companies and SMEs using HRM principles and techniques. You will become aware of the intricacies of employee competencies for innovation and entrepreneurship and you will be able to analyse and design HR flows for innovation and entrepreneurship. In the spring, the focus will be on understanding, researching and managing IT-enabled HRM transformation processes. You will also become conversant with sociotechnical systems design (STS).

Information Management
The specialization Information Management focuses on (networks of) organizations that increase their value with Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Information and knowledge are the most important production factors in the current era. ICT is an essential enabler of high quality and efficient information management and helps to redesign administrative and intellectual tasks by improving the processing and dissemination of information. Knowledge is the enabler of innovation in organizations. The information management specialization illuminates the organizational requirements that make IT applications a managerial success: both in the internal and external contexts of organizations. In cases, both from research and practice, our international capacity group Information Systems.

Topics to be studied in this area include identifying different types of business information, use and development of valuable business information, processes and systems of organizations; and identifying the organizational requirements of these processes and systems. You will learn how to reduce problems using management methods. But also you will learn how to analyse and design information systems that cater specifically to the needs of the financial industry.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Innovation management focuses on the management of innovation, primarily on the organizational level, but it also addresses the micro level (i.e. individual employees) and macro-level (i.e. social / societal environment) issues to provide a well-balanced view. The relation between operational and strategic innovation processes and the role of innovation in achieving short- and long-term effectiveness is specifically addressed. Entrepreneurship highlights the basic process of recognizing and assessing opportunities and developing and implementing business concepts. Aspects such as market orientation, knowledge management resulting in new business development, understanding market and societal developments and the influence of regulation.

You will study innovation and entrepreneurship in technological and industrial contexts, looking closely at processes such as opportunity recognition, ideation, business development, corporate venturing, and collaboration with customers, suppliers, universities, and others. Relevant topics include continuous innovation, radical innovation, ambidexterity, open innovation, knowledge management, and business model innovation. This specialization features a pronounced international orientation and an emphasis on engaged scholarship, which combines thorough academic research with practical relevance. You will also have the opportunity to enrol in a double degree programme in collaboration with the TU Berlin.

International Management
International Management (INT) is a Master program preparing students with a Bachelor degree for a professional position in the field of International Management. Through a program of coherent courses and practical assignments the relevant theory is presented and applied in practice. It enables you to complement your Bachelor diploma with the necessary scientific and international capabilities that you will need for a successful career in the dynamic international setting. The program is organised by the International Management section of the Technology and Development Group of the University of Twente. The track focuses on Dutch and foreign students with a Bachelor degree wanting to acquire additional skills for operating in the international context and who are looking for international practical experiences. Since the program focus is on the relationship between industrialized and industrializing economies, it offers students, with or without international experiences, the international specialisation they seek.

You will study a broad range of topics with an emphasis on the phenomenon of the global corporation, emerging economies, business and commercial diplomacy, and international entrepreneurship. You will need a proactive attitude and to be willing to participate actively in classroom discussions, assignments, and presentations. You should be able to define what the field of International Management entails and know more about the core topics within the knowledge domain of this field.

Service Management
The number and variety of service organisations has risen dramatically in the past decades. However, most of our management knowledge is still based on industrial settings. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to study the behaviours within service settings as well as the way they typically operate in their nvironments. Service delivery involves intangible experiences of customers, partners or citizens, incl. various forms of contact between service providers and receivers. As a consequence, managing behaviours of employees in a service-type setting differs from managing in an industrial setting. The mastertrack Service Management will focus equally on both the internal and external sides of service-type settings, especially in the private sector. It involves the offering of deep knowledge and insights from the managerial sub disciplines Marketing, Strategy, HRM, and Organisational-Psychology and Organizational-Sociology.

You will focus on the many differences between service work settings and other work settings (especially manufacturing) and the different issues and (change) opportunities for various types of employees (and associated stakeholders) in dealing with customers effectively. You will also become familiar with the typical characteristics of knowledge-intensive work, the various organizational ‘shells’ surrounding it, and the business and behavioural issues and unique (change) opportunities for professionals, professional associations and professional service firms alike.

Business Administration Related Programs

Besides the MSc Business Administration, University of Twente offers a range of other related English taught master programs such as the MSc Public Administration

See which programs are related to the MSc Business Administration

Business Administration Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master Business Administration, will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MSc degree at the University of Twente

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Business Administration master.

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

Relevant BSc. degree

Polytechnic degree

Gerelateerde opleiding zoals de opleidingen Bedrijfseconomie, Technische Bedrijfskunde, Commerciële economie, International Business Management, Personeel en Arbeid, Small Business & Retail Management, Technische Bedrijfskunde.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5

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