Master in Management

Master Degree
Start Date
25 September 2017
1 year


Are you an ambitious graduate or young professional who aims for a successful career in top management?

The MSM Master in Management (MM) program is a one-year full-time master’s program for aspiring young professionals who want to fulfill their potential to contribute on the very top to the management of their organizations, whether in the private or public sector. Research-based knowledge is combined with a broad interdisciplinary view of management in courses that take an explicitly strategic and integrative view of the management function. Throughout the program, you will develop your analytical, creative and social skills in assignments in which you connect academic knowledge to the real world of organizations.

Our MM provides you with a first necessary step to fast-forward your career to higher levels by providing you with a solid foundation in the practice and theory of management in a fast-changing global world.  During this course you will be provided with the opportunity to understand how to steer your organization to high performance in a diverse and multicultural international business context. You will learn from experienced faculty and stimulating fellow participants from different cultural, business and study backgrounds. The MSM Master in Management will ultimately challenge you to develop your own unique approach to management that inspires.

The MM program targets recent graduates as well as young professionals with the ambition to pursue leading positions in the competitive global marketplace.

Why should you follow the MSM Master in Management?

Connect theory to practice
Besides providing theoretical knowledge, the MSM Master in Management will equip you to put this knowledge into practice. At various stages during the program you will learn how to develop your own approach to solve organizational problems and turn opportunities into business success. At course level you will conduct group and individual assignments where you will actively demonstrate your newly acquired knowledge and skills. You will finalize your Master’s program with an integrative assignment in the form of a business consultancy project or an applied research project.

In your business consultancy assignment you will confront a challenge facing a particular organization and provide a creative and practical business solution through professional application of your newly developed management skills.  If you choose to do the applied research project you will critically study a general challenge facing organizations in a particular industry, sector or country, and propose and defend a new approach for rising to this challenge.

Become a responsible manager
Our MM program is people-focused: organizations are created and exist by people for people. Hence you will gain a deeper understanding of how organizations that are responsibly managed adopt and adhere to ethical standards.  In this regard you will study what works and what does not in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development. We subscribe to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Therefore social responsibility and business ethics are a common theme throughout the program.

Learn and network through diversity
You will develop your management skills in a truly international and multicultural classroom with fellow participants from all over the world. Not only will they represent various cultural backgrounds, but they will also come from different business sectors, study backgrounds and different personal networks. In the global context your personal networks and multicultural leadership skills are vital ingredients of career success.



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The curriculum consists of 16 courses and an integrative final project resulting in a total of 60 ECTS and equivalent study load of 1800 hours.

Note: this curriculum is subject to change.

MM Curriculum

The MM year starts with a two-week introduction. During this introduction you will follow workshops to sharpen your communication and networking skills, including presentation skills, group dynamics, meeting skills and writing skills. These workshops, combined with teambuilding activities will give you the opportunity to get to know your fellow participants.

Foundation courses
The Master of Management program includes two foundation courses. The course ‘Introduction to Leadership and Management’ introduces you to the basic and interrelated concepts of management and leadership. You will learn about the main tasks and roles of management in organizations and the impact of management practices on organizational performance. The second foundation course aims to develop your applied business research skills to support you in developing your final project proposal.

Functional courses
Functional processes in an organization deal with similar types of processes. In the functional courses you will acquire and apply knowledge in six functional management areas: operations management, marketing and relationship management, human resources management, management of information systems, financial management and cost accounting.

Integrative courses
The integrative courses take a more overall managerial perspective on organizations. The four integrative courses reflect the four categories of managerial tasks and skills as identified by the management writer Robert Quinn in his ‘Competing Values Framework’.

Special topics
The Master in Management program is a generalist management program. However it does provide you with an opportunity to go deeper into topics that are currently relevant.  The Foundation, Functional and Integrative courses in the MM program are based on best practices in management that are fundamental and have been proven over time to be important for any manager. However, management is a ‘living’ discipline which evolves over time. In the Special Topics portion of the curriculum, we are able to update the courses from time to time to keep abreast of the most important issues facing managers at any given time. For the academic year 2016-2017 the Special Topics will be in the area of International Business.

Here are some examples of Special Topics that could be introduced in the future*:

  • International business
  • Education management
  • Health management
  • Hospitality and tourism management
  • Public management
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Business, management and law

*please note that MSM does not guarantee these Special Topics will be available in any given year; please note that Special Topics are subject to change.

Final project
The MM program concludes with program integration, an individual project that will require you to prove your ability to integrate the individual core subjects of the MSM MM program to solve an organizational challenge. The final project takes the form of a business consultancy project or an applied research project, and clearly reflects the professional approach in this master’s program.

The business consultancy project involves how to advise a real life organization in solving a specific problem it is facing. Part of the business consultancy project will consist of doing business research to further analyze the problem.

The applied research project involves researching practical problems that organizations are confronted with, and formulating recommendations drawn from the research. Where the business consultancy project focuses on one organization (N=1) and a kind of formal ‘client organization’, the applied research project focuses on a management or business problem encountered by a larger number of organizations (N>1). No matter which project is chosen, the aim is to enhance and improve management practice.



The main prerequisite for admission to the Master in Management is a sound academic background. You must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

Four online leveling courses (Accounting, Finance, Statistics and Economics) are required to be satisfactorily completed after admission to the program, but prior to the start of the program. Alternatively, if you have completed the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) with a score of 600 or higher (or a GRE with an equivalent score), the leveling courses are waived.

Candidates must have a thorough command of written and spoken English.
Applicants whose native or predominant language is not English, or whose previous education has been in a language other than English, must provide evidence of English proficiency by achieving the following minimum scores:

TOEFL scores: (Test of English as Foreign Language)

–      88  for the internet based test
–     230 computer based test
–     570 paper based test
–     570 institutional TOEFL (paper based at a certified test administration site)

IELTS score (International English Language Testing System):

–     6.5 minimum, with no section below 5.5 on the Academic test

TOEIC score (Test of English for International Communication):

–     720, provided applicant has passed both “Speaking & Writing” and “Listening & Reading”

Pearson PTE Academic test of English – minimum score 59

Cambridge CPE English Proficiency test – C

Cambridge CAE English Advanced test – B

Applicants from countries where the official language is English, or who have studied in countries where English is the official language, are exempted from this requirement.

All applicants will be interviewed by an MSM faculty or staff member, or an MSM alumnus. This interview will give the applicant a chance to highlight any motivation or skills beyond the CV and letter of motivation. It will also give MSM a chance to learn more about individual motivations for joining the Master in Management.

Admission procedures
Admission to the Master in Management is on a competitive basis. To apply for the Master in Management, please fill out our online application form.

In order to complete your application, the following documents must be uploaded to your MSM application as soon as possible:

  • Diploma or statement expected date of graduation1
    – If it is not in English, Dutch, French or German, please also provide a translation in English, Dutch, French or German. A copy is sufficient for first evaluation.
  • Transcripts A copy of your (temporary) list of grades.
    – If it is not in English, Dutch, French or German, please provide a translation in English, Dutch, French or German.
    – If your list is temporary, please also submit a list of courses you still have to take to complete your program.
  • A recent passport picture
  • A copy of your passport or your EU identity card (valid on the start date of the program)
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation, and statement from your school (if applicable)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Official GMAT-/GRE score report (if applicable). Do not upload. They are sent to MSM by the test center directly
  • Copy of your language test with sufficient results (if applicable)

Only complete applications will be reviewed. As stated above, diplomas and transcripts can be submitted in English, Dutch, French or German, preferred language is English. Other documents should be in English.

1 If you cannot obtain the required certified documents before the start of your study program, you can also send us a certified statement by post from your school/institution, in which it is stated that you have fulfilled all the requirements of your diploma and mentioning the results obtained, and that only the issuing of the official document is pending. You must have completed your bachelor’s before 15 January 2017.

Also send the certified copy of your diploma and sealed transcripts by regular mail to:
Maastricht School of Management
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 1203
6201 BE Maastricht
The Netherlands

As soon as we have received your online application we will provide you with the details on how to submit the required documents and the non-refundable application fee of € 75.

Applications are processed immediately upon receipt. However, please note that the deadline for applications is 1 July (for non-EU residents) and 1 August (for EU residents) of the respective year in which you wish to enroll. Each application will be processed on an individual basis. The Graduate Admissions Board will make a decision based on the candidate’s prior academic performance, work experience and overall achievements and goals. We will inform you of the Admissions Board’s decision as soon as possible.

MSM reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission if candidates fail to satisfy all requirements or if it is determined that admission was obtained through the use of falsified, altered or embellished information.

Visa and residence permit process
Please also check the page Visas and Permits for more information!

After you have been accepted to a Full Time degree program at MSM

  1. MSM will ask you for at least the following documents:
    copy of your passport. Your passport must be valid for at least one month longer than the duration of the program you are registered for.
    evidence of sufficient financial resources. You must be able to prove that you have at least € 875 per month for rent, food and insurances. MSM will inform you about how you can do that.
    completed consent form. With this you authorize MSM to arrange the application on your behalf.
    completed antecedents form. This is a statement that you have not committed any criminal offence.
    certified, physical copies of Diploma and Transcripts. In case you have only submitted copies or temporary documents during the admissions process.
    proof of first payment. In order to start your Visa process, you will be required to submit proof of payment for the first installment of your tuition as well as any other required fees (exact amounts to be confirmed by the Admissions Office.)
  2. You will receive a message if all of the documents satisfy the conditions.
  3. MSM will start your visa application. The Netherlands Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) needs about 4 weeks to process your application. As soon as this has been done you will receive a notification by email.
  4. You make an appointment with the Dutch Embassy in your country. There you must submit passport photos and have your fingerprint registered. After that you will receive your visa. You will receive your residence permit after your arrival in the Netherlands. Please note! Do not book your trip to the Netherlands until after you have received your visa.

Please note! Do not book your trip to the Netherlands until after you have received your visa.

After your arrival in Maastricht

  1. MSM will inform you about where and when you can pick up your residence permit.
  2. MSM will continue to monitor your academic progress.
  3. MSM can ask the IND to revoke your student visa in any of the following situations:
    a. If you fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress,
    b. If you fail to submit all the required documents to complete your admission to the degree program,
    c. If any of your admissions documents or visa application documents are found to be altered, false or fabricated in any way.
    d. If you are deemed by MSM to be conducting yourself in any way that is not in line with the Code of Conduct for international students in higher education (

After you complete your studies in Maastricht

  1. Before your student visa expires you must either
    a. Apply for the Zoekjaar Visa with the IND in order to prolong your stay in the Netherlands or
    b. Deregister with the city (gemeente) in which you registered.


February intake 2018
Deadline for non EU-residents 1 December 2017
Deadline for EU residents  January 2018
September intake 2017
Deadline for non EU-residents 15 July 2017
Deadline for EU residents 15 August 2017


Full Tuition Fee €   15,500
Application Fee (non refundable) €          75
Study Materials €        300

Please take a look at the available scholarships which are listed under the next section, Scholarships, or check this overview with available scholarships and other program related cost.

Click here for more information about the deferment policy, the refund policy, obtaining a visa and financial suspension.



For more detailed information about the scholarships for and other program related costs, please click here. In this overview you will also find the conditions for the scholarships indicated below.

Dean‹s Development Fund Based on country
Academic Excellence Scholarship 50 %
Women in Leadership 50 %
Alumni Lifelong Learning 50 %
Public Services / NGO Scholarship 50 %
Bosphorus Scholarship 50 %
European Star Scholarship 25 %
Entrepreneurship / Family Business Scholarship 25 %
Orange Tulip Scholarship (for selected countries) 70 % and 90 %
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