2 January, 30 April, 4 September 2018
AMBA, ACBSP, IACBE, NVAO, NEASC
The MSM and Nichols College double degree program is a unique double degree MBA and Master program offered in partnership with Nichols College, Massachusetts (U.S.) and the Maastricht School of Management. MSM and Nichols College offer the best of two worlds. A collaboration between top faculty and leadership experts in a diverse, international and cross-cultural setting on two continents, the US and Europe.
The MSM and Nichols College double degree program is an unique double degree Master in Management/MBA program to optimally prepare you for an international career in management. It will take you only one year to earn the Nichols MBA degree and the MSM Master in Management degree, which will ensure that you stand out from the crowd in the competitive job market. MSM and Nichols College offer you the best of two worlds. A collaboration between top faculty and leadership experts in a diverse, international and cross-cultural setting on two continents, the US and Europe.
Why should you follow the MSM and Nichols double degree MBA/MM program?
|1.||Obtain two highly valued degrees in only one year|
|2.||Enjoy an international and cross-cultural experience|
|3.||Benefit from the flexible learning schedule|
|4.||Use your knowledge and skills right away|
Obtain two highly valued degrees in only one year
It will take you only one year to earn the Nichols MBA degree and the MSM Master in Management degree, which will ensure that you stand out from the crowd in the competitive job market. The high quality of both institutes is reflected in the accreditations. Nichols College has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the MBA program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). MSM is institutionally accredited by ATHEA and its Master in Management degree is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and IACBE.
Enjoy an international and cross-cultural experience
Founded in 1815, Nichols College has built an extensive network of experienced faculty, alumni and industry experts in the US, a valuable network to tap into and to learn from. Located in the heart of Europe MSM gives you access to the European way of doing business. You will be part of MSM’s international and multicultural student body and will be introduced to international companies through work visits. You not only benefit from the international and multicultural learning experience, you also significantly build your international network in Europe, the US and beyond.
Benefit from the flexible learning schedule
Through Nichols HyFlex learning you can choose to follow the Foundation and Core courses either online or at the campus of Nichols College. Each week you can choose where you want to learn—in the classroom or in real time online. You can participate actively in class even if you attend from home. Courses are offered in accelerated seven-week sessions. The 6-week international specialization at MSM in the Netherlands is the only mandatory face-to-face component in the program. This is designed to help you to benefit from the international and multicultural class experience to the fullest. This also means that you can 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.
Use your knowledge and skills right away
The program takes a practice oriented approach focusing on the application of your newly gained knowledge and skills to your daily practice. Through the interactive classes by experienced faculty and industry experts, you will learn how to develop your own approach to solve organizational problems and turn opportunities into business success. You will visit international companies and organizations to learn about their global business practice. You will finalize the program with an International Project – either a Master Thesis, a Business Consultancy Project or a Business Plan – in which you directly apply the knowledge and skills developed during the program.
The curriculum consists of 12 courses and a final International Project resulting in a total of 40 US/66 ECTS Credits and equivalent study load of 1848 hours.
Note: this curriculum is subject to minor changes.
|Course||Course Code||Contact hours||Educational hours||US* credits||ECTS|
|COMMON MASTER LEVEL SKILLS
(online or on campus at Nichols College, USA)
|Experience Nichols I||BUS-610|
|Experience Nichols II||BUS-611|
|Experience Nichols II||BUS-612|
|Cultural Awareness in Global Business Today||BUS-620|
|Current Trends in Leadership||BUS-625|
|MBA CORE COURSES
(online or on campus at Nichols College, USA)
|Global Marketing and Data Analytics||MBA-705|
|Operations Management and Cost Control I-II||MBA-715/
(on campus at MSM, the Netherlands)
|Managing cultural diversity||MIM22021|
|Economics for managers||MIM22013|
|Digital transformations of business||MIM22020|
|Company visits and special lectures||MIM22024|
(under MSM supervision)
*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)
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
Communication is key to success. This course will aid students in developing skills and abilities in the area of communication – personal and business.
Cultural Awareness in Global Business Today
This course will lead the student through discovery, analysis, and utilization of international business practices. In order to complete this course successfully, the student will identify and understand governmental policies, international organizations and competition as well as models for doing business in developing nations using culture in the decision-making process.
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.
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)
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)
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.
Economics for managers
This course introduces economics and seeks to study the functioning of markets, both on micro and macro level. It also seeks to understand the causes and consequences of economic fluctuations and economic growth and tries to understand how the government might influence the economy
Digital transformations of business
Digital transformation is a multidisciplinary process that introduces enormous changes in most, if not all, facets of an organization to revive its game plans, to face the fierce competitions and to capture the new opportunities of the digital world. The heart of this course is about changing the mindsets of the decision makers to realize the important fact that “going digital” is becoming the only option left to cope with the challenges of the digital economy
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.
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university
- Complete four online leveling courses (ask Admissions office for more details) OR GMAT of 600 or higher OR GRE of 600 or higher. (Can be waived for applicants with previous degrees in certain areas. Contact us for more details.)
- Non-native English speaking candidates and candidates whose previous education has been in a different language than English must submit evidence of English proficiency:
*TOEFL score: 88 internet based-test, 230 computer based, or 570 paper based test, oro *IELTS score: 6,5 academic test, or
*TOEIC score: 720, or
*Pearson PTE Academic: 59, or
*Cambridge CPE: C, or
*Cambridge CAE: B
- Motivational letter / Personal Statement
- Personal résumé/ CV
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
|2 January, 2018 intake||Deadline – 1 December, 2017|
|30 April, 2018 intake||Deadline – 31 March, 2018|
|4 September, 2018 take||Deadline – 31 July 2018|
|(note: Maastricht residency takes place October to mid-November regardless of intake)|
The full tuition fee of the program is (USD) $30,000
(the tuition fee includes course and study materials)
Application fee (non-refundable) (EUR) €75
MSM offers attractive scholarships (see tab Scholarships)
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