Online MBA

MBA Degree
Start Date
June & November 2018
2 years


The MSM Online MBA provides you with the same high quality management education as our on-campus MBA programs – the only differences are in its delivery and its flexibility to allow you
to study where you want, and whenever it fits your busy schedule.

The 100% online set-up of the program will save you time and money for travelling abroad. This does not mean that you study in isolation. Through the interactive discussion forum you can stay connected with your peers and professors to share experiences, pose questions, discuss real business cases and initiate debates. You can also choose the blended option by following the specialization courses on campus in Maastricht in July.

MSM’s Online MBA program has been ranked 4th best Online MBA in the world, and the best Online MBA in the Netherlands by CEO Magazine.


Watch this video and learn all about the dynamic features of the MSM Online MBA:

Study at a distance but with unlimited opportunities for online networking
Courses are delivered in 8-weeks modules, in an active learning format. To stay focused and to guide you through the program you will fulfill practice-oriented assignments every week. These assignments can consist of different tasks, all related to the topic of the course and can vary per week. Literature reading, debates in the discussion forum on video cases or journal entries, following lecture casts are all elements of the program. Video cases in the discussion forum will initiate the debate with your fellow students while animated videos will introduce you to the weekly topic. Every two weeks you will discuss journal entries which relate to the topic of the course. You follow online presentations by experienced faculty in the lecture casts. The discussion forum is the place where you connect,interact, share experiences and work together with fellow professionals making you part of a diverse and international virtual classroom. You finalize each module with a final assignment/project. To monitor your progress during a course you will reflect on your performance through self-assessment activities. Our international faculty has a large track record in the delivery of online courses and will guide you through the program. Career services are also included in the MSM Online MBA with career services tips, presentations and webinars.
All these elements are making the MSM Online MBA the ultimate online learning experience.

Choose 100% online or blended
You can follow the MSM Online MBA completely online with no obligations for residential weeks. However if you would prefer to have a face-to-face experience, you can join the specialization courses at MSM in Maastricht. At additional cost we could help you to travel to our campus in Maastricht to take the specialization of your choice in a face-to-face class room setting.

Designed for working professionals preferring online flexibility
The online MBA offers you the flexibility of combining your job responsibilities and/or family obligations with studying an MBA. The format of the program offers you the opportunity to study wherever you want and whenever it suits your schedule. You will have no exams but to keep you focused and on track you will submit weekly assignments. These assignments are very practice-oriented, focused on current developments in business and immediately applicable to your own organization.

Customize your MBA    
To allow you to customize your MBA around your specific study needs and career perspectives, MSM offer a number of specializations. For the Online MBA you can choose from two online specializations:

If you choose to follow the specialization courses on-campus at MSM in Maastricht (2 weeks in July of each year), then you can choose from following specializations:

Business-related specializations:

Industry-focused specializations*:

Click here to download the MSM MBA Specializations brochure.

*some of the industry focused specializations might be subject to additional fees.

Click here for the Education and Examination regulations (EER) of all the MSM programs.

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The one-year full-time 70 ECTS* MBA program consists of eight modular lecturer sessions and the completion of a final project, being either an academic research paper, business consultancy project or business plan.

Phase Course Educational hours** ECTS
Introduction Business Communication 84 3
Understanding Finance Finance 84 3
Accounting for Managers 84 3
Developing a
Business Plan
Digital Transformation 84 3
Entrepreneurship 84 3
Business Research Tools Research Methods 84 3
Decision-Making Tools 84 3
Creating Value Marketing in a Global Context 84 3
Global Supply Chain Management 84 3
Strategic Orientation Economics for Managers 84 3
Global Corporate Strategy 84 3
Changing World Change Management 84 3
Leadership & Organizational Behavior 84 3
Global Responsibility Managing Cultural Diversity 84 3
Corporate Responsibility and Ethics 84 3
Specialization*** Online specialization orOn-campus specialization 252 9
Final paper Academic Research Paper / Business Consultancy Project / Business Plan, including presentation 448 16
Total 1960 hours 70 ECTS

* The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-centered system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a program.

** 1 ECTS corresponds with 28 hours of study (includes both face-to-face and self-study

*** Choose one of the available online specializations or on-campus specializations at MSM. The online specialization modules consist of three courses of 3 ECTS each. The on-campus specialization modules consist of four courses of 3 ECTS each. Online MBA students who choose to follow the specialization module on-campus should follow all four courses of the selected on-campus specialization, but need to complete three of the four specialization course assignments.


Admission requirements and process

Phase 1
Upload the following documents to MSM’s online application portal:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university as well as the transcript
  • Personal résumé / CV demonstrating the minimum requirement of five or more years of relevant working experience, obtained after your bachelor’s degree
  • Two employer letters of recommendation (a reference request can be sent directly via our application portal)
  • A letter of motivation (click here for instructions)
  • Proof of English proficiency: non-native English speaking candidates and candidates whose previous education has been in a different language than English must submit 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.
  • Copy of your passport or your EU identity card (valid on the start date of your program)

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

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 15 July (for non-EU residents) and 15 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.

Phase 2

MSM will conduct an interview (Phone, Skype or in Person).


June intake
Early Bird deadline 1 April
Application deadline 21 May
November intake
Early bird deadline 1 September
Application deadline 22 October


Full Tuition Fee (regular fee) €  31,000
Application Fee (non refundable) €        75

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


Available MSM Scholarships for private sponsorship candidates

Dean‹s Development Fund Based on country
Academic Excellence Scholarship 50 %
Women in Leadership 50 %
Alumni Lifelong Learning 50 %
Public Services / NGO Scholarship 50 %
European Star Scholarship 25 %
Entrepreneurship / Family Business Scholarship 25 %
Holland Scholarship € 5,000
Corporate Discounts 25 – 50 %

For more detailed information about the scholarships and the conditions for these scholarships for privately funded candidates for the Online MBA, and other program related costs, please see this overview.

Life Long Learning Grant DUO
For more information about the Life Long Learning Grant from DUO please click here. (information only available in Dutch).

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