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MSM and Nichols College double degree MBA/MM program

The curriculum consists of 12 courses and a final International Project resulting in a total of 44 US/72 ECTS Credits and equivalent study load of 2016 hours.

You could potentially complete both degrees in only 1 year, or you can set your own pace if you want to spread your studies over a longer period (up to a max. of 5 years)

Note: this curriculum is subject to minor changes.

Course Course code Contact hours Educational hours US* credits ECTS**
(online or on campus at Nichols College, USA)
160 560 12 20
Experience Nichols I BUS-610
Experience Nichols II BUS-611
Experience Nichols III BUS-612
Business Communication BUS-615
Current Trends in Leadership BUS-620
Problem Solving & Analysis MBA-750
(online or on campus at Nichols College, USA)
200 700 15 25
Global Marketing and Data Analytics MBA-705
Managerial Finance MBA-710
Operations Management and Cost Control I-II MBA-715 / MBA-720
Strategic Management MBA-800
(on campus at MSM, the Netherlands)
120 420 9 15
Managing cultural diversity MIM22021
Entrepreneurship and innovation MIM22022
Strategy planning MIM22023
Company visits and special lectures MIM22024
Research methods MIM22012
(under MSM supervision)
MIM22998 336 8 12
480 2016 44 72

*The US credit system is based on contact hours. 1 ECTS credit equals 0.6 US credits.

**The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-centered system based on the student workload required to achieve the objective of a program. 1 ECTS corresponds with 28 hours of study (includes both face-to-face and self-study)

Note: this curriculum is subject to change.


The Experience I, II & III
This course leads new students through advantages in the business field, and the resources that are readily available to students. It also guides students through the process of personal development necessary to succeed in the program and today’s business market. This course is designed to be completed as a series of three one-credit segments: The courses take place as the first Session of your program; then 15 credits into your program, and 27 credits into the program) As a result of completing all three parts of this course, the student will:

  1. Identify Nichols community, culture, learning tools, and college resources
  2. Analyze emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, collaboration, and teamwork)
  3. Develop personal learning objectives for maximizing return on investment in a master’s program

Business Communication
Communication is key to success. This course will aid students in developing skills and abilities in the area of communication – personal and business.

Current Trends in Leadership
As business practices evolve to meet the changing demands of the marketplace, leaders must constantly evaluate and make adjustments to stay on top of the field. This course is designed to help students identify, evaluate, and analyze current trends and then to make judgments on the viability and wisdom of those trends.

Problem Solving & Analysis
This course is designed to teach the skills necessary to identify and analyze problems in a business environment, weigh alternatives, and propose solutions. This includes analyzing business models to choose the best course of action in a given situation.

Core Courses

Global Marketing and Data Analytics
Because business operates in a global economic market, it is vital to have the ability to locate and analyze data that will impact business at the local level. This course is designed to guide the student through the processes necessary to make wise business decisions based on rigorous analysis of global trends. Statistical software will be used throughout the course. (pre-requisite BUS 610)

Managerial Finance
General managers require a sophisticated understanding of the contributions and limitations of data analysis. The aim of this course is to enable the student to understand financial issues facing today’s business. (facing businesses today or facing today’s businesses. Students will analyze case studies and apply financial models in evaluating corporate financing and operational decisions. (pre-requisite BUS 610)

Operations Management and Cost Control I and II
This is an integrated two-part course that examines operations models of the organization through a cost savings lens. It introduces new methods and models to analyzing, diagnosing and improving operations for both manufacturing and service firms. The course focuses on key issues that impact competitiveness, including operations strategy, innovation, product and process design and development, supply change management, quality management and sustainable operations. (MBA 715 must be completed before MBA 720)

Strategic Management
This is the capstone of the MBA program and affords students an opportunity to integrate, synthesize and apply the program’s core learning outcomes with simulation experience.

International Specialization (at Maastricht School of Management)

Managing Cultural Diversity
The goal of this course is to provide participants with a conceptual and practical understanding of the role of culture and diversity in the achievement of an organization’s strategy, with specific attention to the complexity of managing people in a cross-cultural environment.

Strategy & Planning
The course addresses the analysis and design of business organization's strategies and the translation of the latter into action, where primary and secondary processes are executed within a larger and more encompassing strategic framework relating to organizational capabilities and resources. Different options for organizational structures will be evaluated and linked to practival case settings.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation
In this course you will learn that entrepreneurial behavior is not limited to those that pursue self-employment. You will also learn that entrepreneurial innovation in a corporate environment is inherently paradoxial.

Company visits and special lectures
Throughout your time at MSM, you will be visiting regional and multi-national businesses and institutions to get a first-hand validation of the topics learned in class.

Research Methods
This course provides an introductory view of approaches to business and management research. It includes research design and the different research methodologies available to undertake both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.