Master in Business Administration

Amsterdam Business School

Program Description

Master in Business Administration

Amsterdam Business School

The Amsterdam MBA programme is designed for ambitious professionals and graduates who wish to pursue a career in the international business world. The Amsterdam MBA students are intelligent, daring, motivated, and hard working. They bring rich experiences of day-to-day professional life to the programme, providing a unique opportunity to share and learn. Their dedication and drive in the classroom sets them up to become confident, inspiring and passionate leaders of the future.

The Amsterdam MBA is located in the heart of Amsterdam, a vibrant and multicultural European hub combining long-standing business tradition with entrepreneurial spirit.

  • The programme is a network-oriented MBA in a multidisciplinary and international environment with close linkages to the Amsterdam business community and international partners
  • It is a team-oriented MBA programme with small and interactive classes led by inspiring instructors with in-depth industry experience and world-class academic reputation
  • Finally, being a customized MBA programme meaning having personalized development plans, an extensive range of electives and trainings tailored to individual career ambitions are offered

Our ambition is to develop leaders in business and society with independent minds, entrepreneurial spirit, and a global mindset.


The curriculum of the Amsterdam MBA consists of four clusters that address key challenges for future leaders in business and society. In addition to having a profound knowledge of general management issues related to an organization’s strategy and operations, top managers require exceptional leadership skills, a profound understanding of the financial side of their business and an in-depth knowledge of emerging trends that sustainably impact both the economic landscape and the broader society. Therefore, we defined the four clusters of (1) Leadership, (2) Strategy & Operations, (3) Finance & Accounting, and (4) Contemporary Management Issues.

Leadership: This cluster is dedicated to the different responsibilities of a leader in navigating a group, team or organization towards a common goal. In addition to managing people in a purposeful way, our MBA students learn how to integrate different perspectives and translate them into well-balanced decisions.

Strategy & Operations: The foundation of managerial leadership is a solid understanding of the organization as a whole. This cluster, therefore, incorporates various functional perspectives to better understand general management issues and their translation into promising business opportunities.

Finance & Accounting: This cluster is about mastering the quantitative economic side of a business and augmenting managerial decision-making by financial information. Key topics are the acquisition of financial resources, the measurement and analysis of accounting information, as well as the attainment to economic goals and performance indicators.

Contemporary Management Issues: Future leaders in business and society will have to deal with challenges that fundamentally change our competitive landscape. Challenges addressed in this cluster include the increasing importance of corporate social responsibility, the growing dominance of emerging economies in the international marketplace and the groundbreaking role of big data and business analytics in redefining our understanding of business.

Full-time programme
Start date: September | Duration: 12 months

In the full-time MBA programme, you’ll have 15 hours of scheduled class time, while preparation, casework and assignments will take a further 30-35 hours per week. In each study period (block), students take four classes in parallel.

Classes are scheduled from Monday to Thursday. Extracurricular activities such as career workshops (which are mandatory for the full-time students) company visits and guest speaker events typically take place on Fridays.

Part-time Programme
Start date: September | Duration: 24 months

The part-time programme is an evening programme designed to allow students to work full-time while completing the programme.

Classes take place two nights a week, taking up 7 hours (3,5 hours per class from 18.30 - 22.00h). Please note that the evenings can vary per block. Class preparation, casework and assignments will demand a further 15-20 hours a week. On Fridays no courses are scheduled. However, please note that exams, resits, career workshops or company visits may take place on Friday during the day or evening.

Course outlines

Core courses

  • Amsterdam Leadership Programme ®
  • Big Data & Business Analytics
  • Capstone Simulation
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Developments in International Business
  • Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Financial Accounting
  • Leading People Strategically
  • International study trip to South Africa
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • The Executive Process
  • Valuation

Elective courses

  • Analyzing and Resolving Conflicts
  • Branding
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation Management
  • Strategy Execution
  • Strategic Performance Management

Mapping your career path

Student support on the Amsterdam MBA does not end with tuition; we want you to graduate with the widest scope of career options available, and have a dedicated Career Office devoted to the task. Make yourself a prime candidate for major recruiters by using the Career Service resources we offer; take control of your future by setting career goals before the end of your MBA.

Whether you wish to accelerate your current career, switch to another industry, set up your own company or to take over the family business, the resources and expertise available here will guide you on your way.

Amsterdam MBA graduates are sought after, as our job placement stats show. Your MBA will both enhance your skills and connect you with potential employers and recruiters.

Admission requirements

Applicants for the Amsterdam MBA programme must have the following:

Academic credentials:

a degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD) from a recognised research university. With a degree issued by a University of Applied Sciences (HBO), you will need to take the Pre-master's programme (20 weeks) first.

Relevant work experience:

a minimum of three years post-graduate full-time work experience

GMAT or GRE report:

a minimum GMAT score of 600 (applicants with a GRE score, please check the GMAT equivalent of your GRE score using the GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools)

Candidates with a quantitative Master’s degree (e.g. MSc in Econometrics or Mathematics) from an internationally recognised research University may be exempt from the GMAT/ GRE requirement. Exemptions can only be confirmed once the MBA Admissions Committee has received and reviewed your full application file.

English proficiency:

a minimum TOEFL of 100 or IELTS of 7.0 is required

You may be exempt from this requirement (1) if you are a native speaker of English; (2) if you have two years of international professional work experience; (3) if you have a Bachelor's or Master's degree taught in English [Please note that your degree certificate or transcripts should mention that the language of instruction was English. If the language of instruction is not mentioned on the transcript or degree certificate, you will need to submit a letter from your higher education institute stating that the curriculum was completely taught in English]; (4) if you obtained a Dutch VWO high school diploma. Exemptions can only be confirmed once the MBA Admissions Committee has received and reviewed your full application file.

An international outlook:

the ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams

Personal skills and qualities:

ambition, leadership potential, drive, dedication, independence, passion and confidence Are you eligible for the Amsterdam MBA?

If you want to check your MBA potential and find out if you meet the admissions requirements, then complete the CV Quick Scan and we will inform you within three business days if you can apply for the Amsterdam MBA.

The Amsterdam Business School institutional codes:

GMAT = DG4-2L-60 (University of Amsterdam institutional code = 0500)
GRE = 6739
TOEFL = 6739

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

  • Full-time MBA programme starting in September 2017: €33,900
  • Part-time MBA programme starting in September 2017: €36,900
Amsterdam Business School

Last updated May 25, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
33,900 EUR
June 30, 2017
Netherlands - Amsterdam
Start date: Sept. 2017
Application deadline June 30, 2017
End date Request Info
Sept. 2017
Netherlands - Amsterdam
Application deadline June 30, 2017
End date Request Info
Full-time: €33,900; Part-time: €36,900

The Amsterdam MBA