Master in Business Administration: Management Consulting


Program Description

Application deadline update

  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 May (the original deadline of 1 April has been extended due to COVID-19)
  • EU/EEA students and students who do not need a study visa/residence permit through VU Amsterdam*: 1 June (the original deadline of 1 May has been extended due to COVID-19)

Want to find out if a career as a consultant is for you? In the Management Consulting Master’s programme, you’ll apply various different disciplines in a project-based environment to prepare you for the next step in your career as a consultant. You’ll also come away with the research, communication and presentation skills you need to become an effective consultant.

Prepare to work hard – just like you would at a consultancy firm. Because you’ll be looking at everything from change management and the development of business models to the ethics of management consulting and the acquisition of clients. You’ll be combining an academic mind-set (learning theories and thinking critically) with consulting in practice (gaining real-life experience with businesses in the field). In order to be a management consultant, you’ve got to do a lot of things – and do them well. And this programme is the place to start.

This is what you will be doing
The Management Consulting Master’s will teach you the theories of management consulting and organisational change, but also hone your skills in communicating your recommendations, developing business models and carrying out consulting projects. In addition to Management Consulting courses, you’ll be able to take electives from other Business Administration specialization programmes.

To break it down:

  • You’ll take two mandatory courses:
    • Management and Practice of Consulting – Uncover your role as a consultant and explore the contemporary challenges of the client-consultant relationship.
    • Strategy Evaluation and Advice – Learn the different criteria for evaluating strategies, and how to apply them to your own advice and second opinions.
  • You’ll take three elective courses in period 2 and 3; these should include at least two of the following three courses:
    • Business Model Innovation – Study an existing consultancy’s business model and look for ways to improve it.
    • Organisation Development and Change – Learn various perspectives on change, and develop your critical thinking on change conduct.
    • Consulting Project – A four-week, group consulting project at a real-life client, such as a bank or consultancy firm.
  • You’ll take a course in Business Ethics in Management Consulting – you’ll interview a consultant about their ethical dilemmas and discuss these issues with your peers.
  • In your second semester, you’ll learn academic research skills and put them straight into practice by writing your Master’s thesis.
  • Whatever your personal career ambitions, you can tailor your Master’s to ensure success. Select from many potential electives and three different types of internships to customise your Master’s. Choose to specialise exclusively in Management Consulting or generalise your degree with other BA courses from Human Resource Management, International Management, Leadership & Change Management or Strategy & Organisation.
Last updated Feb 2020

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,00 ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 122 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Curious about student life at VU Amsterdam? Click here to ask our International Student Ambassadors. Read less