About MSM

Maastricht School of Management (MSM) grew out of the Research Institute for Management that was established in Delft in 1952. Today, located in the city of Maastricht, it is an international higher education institution focusing on postgraduate management and incorporated as an independent non-profit foundation (Chamber of Commerce Registration KVK 41145371).

MSM is recognized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in the Netherlands as a Dutch-based legal entity for higher education, which on the basis of the Dutch Higher Education and Research Act has the right to award degrees according to the two cycles of Higher Education Qualifications, as specified in the Bologna Accord and Bergen Communique. As per the confirmation of the Ministry of 21 September 2016 the Dutch Higher Education and Research Act does not prohibit Dutch institutions to award degrees for education or research on the basis of foreign accreditation.

All our degrees for education and research carry prestigious foreign accreditations such as AMBA, IACBE, ACBSP and ATHEA. These are offered in Maastricht and in selected locations abroad, with reputable partner institutions. For more information about our accreditations, click here. For more information about our foreign partners, click here.

Our MBA programs which are offered in the Netherlands also carry the NVAO accreditation which means these degrees are recognized Dutch degrees and included in the CROHO register of Dutch degrees, for both the full-time and the part-time MBA (Isat 75013). Degrees offered outside the Netherlands are not NVAO accredited and these degrees cannot be legalized in the Netherlands as Dutch-degrees.

MSM is committed to the National Commission’s Code of Conduct which applies to full-time* international students in our Netherlands programs. Our commitment to sustainable development and ethics are reflected in being an advanced signatory to the UN-PRME and by supporting the UN Global Compact.

MSM strives to provide to all its students both in the Netherlands and abroad a quality educational experience, the #ExperienceMSM. On this website, you will find information on the programs we offer, including their rules and regulations, where we offer them, to which degrees these lead, by which agencies they are accredited, the value of these programs, the research and capacity building we provide. You will also find information on how to contact us for more information and how to lodge a formal complaint. A dedicated section of our website (click here) is aimed exclusively with practical matters of studying at MSM.

*Note: Residency permits for foreign students to study in the Netherlands for a period of between 3 and 12 months can only be applied for by MSM in the case of full-time students.

MSM Mission

Maastricht School of Management provides education and research for ethical management, inspiring leadership, innovative entrepreneurship and effective public policy, building on our unique history in working together with institutions in emerging economies for better global management. Click here to read more about MSM‹s mission, vision and core values.

MSM History

2010 – Present
2017 MSM celebrates 65-year anniversary!
2016 IACBE re-accreditation
2016 MSM is a finalist for the AMBA Innovation Award
2015 MSM receives AMBA re-accreditation
2015 MSM is a founding member of ATHEA
2014 Finalist for the AMBA Innovation Award
2013 Finalist for the Nuffic Orange Carpet Award for the internationalization of Dutch Higher Education
2013 Partnership with RWTH Aachen University begins
2012 60th anniversary of MSM
2011 MSM ranked 1st in Top Business School category by Eduniversal, both in the Netherlands and in the worldwide ranking
2011 First Annual Research Conference
2010 Eduniversal ranks MSM 1st in Top Business School category in the Netherlands
2000 – 2009
2008 MSM‹s Master of Science in International Business accredited by NVAO (Netherlands Flamish Accreditation Organization )
2008 C.K. Prahalad visits MSM in Maastricht for the ‹Invest in the Future‹ events
2007 MSM organizes the International Management Development Association‹s (IMDA) 16th World Business Congress at its campus in Maastricht
2007 MSM‹s Doctor of Business Administration was accredited by the Association of MBA‹s
2007 MSM receives accreditation by the Association of MBA‹s (AMBA) for its Maastricht Global Distance MBA
2006 The Association of MBA‹s (AMBA) accredits all MSM Outreach MBA and Executive MBA programs
2006 MSM receives NVAO (Netherlands Flemish Accreditation Organization) accreditation
2006 MSM receives accreditation by the Association of MBA‹s (AMBA) for its worldwide MBA programs
2005 Introduction of the Master of Management (MM) program
2005 MSM‹s MBA programs endorsed by the Dutch government
2005 MSM receives accreditation by the Association of MBA‹s (AMBA) for its Maastricht MBA programs
2004 MSM hosts the Symposium “Turkey and the European Union: Looking Beyond Prejudice” in April. Later this year MSM organizes the International Management Development Association‹s (IMDA) 13th World Business Congress at the MSM Head Office and Campus in Maastricht.
2001 The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) accredits MSM
2000 MSM accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
1990 – 1999
1999 Start MBA in China, with partner Nanjing University
1998 Mr. H. van den Broeck, European External Relations Commissioner, opens the new wing
1998 MSM builds a new wing with the Conference Hall, the MSM Information Center and the Office Garden.
1995 First PhD/DBA program
1993 MSM offers its first Executive MBA program
1993 RVB changes its name to Maastricht School of Management (MSM)
1991 RVB launches its first MBA Outreach program
1990 Official opening of the new campus by H.R.H. Prince Claus of the Netherlands
1980 – 1989
1989 RVB moves from Delft to the historic city of Maastricht
1984 Launch of first MBA program in the Netherlands
1970 – 1979
1970 RVB rapidly expands its activities with training courses in Delft
1950 – 1959
1959 Technical assistance and training courses on behalf of developing countries
1955 RVB implements international course on small-scale industries
1952 Foundation of the Research Institute for Management Science (RVB) at the Technical University of Delft (the Netherlands‹ premier engineering school)