Online MBA

MBA Degree
Start Date
November 2017
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, its opportunity for unprecedented global networking, and its flexibility to allow you to learn while you work, and work while you learn.

The flexibility of our Online MBA enables you to study where you want, and whenever it fits your busy schedule.

The MSM Online MBA is 100% online and is NVAO, ACBSP and IACBE accredited and international accreditation by AMBA is in progress. The curriculum of the MSM Online MBA follows the same structure and content, and has the same learning objectives as the MSM MBA programs conducted in Maastricht.

Why should you choose the MSM Online MBA?

Accelerate your career
The MSM Online MBA gives you a solid foundation in both business fundamentals and entrepreneurial thinking, provided by MSM’s international faculty. Apart from the academic knowledge you will constantly be challenged to develop your leadership and personal skills. Through the online program you will share this learning experience with professionals from around the world, preparing you for confident leadership in global business. With the MSM Online MBA program you develop the knowledge, skills and mindset to advance your career and increase your impact in the global economy. MSM MBA graduates occupy top positions in business, government and academia.

Transform yourself into a responsible leader
You will gain deeper understanding of responsible management. MSM subscribes to high ethical standards in business and strongly promotes corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development. We subscribe to the Principles for Responsible Management
Education (PRME) and promote the role of business in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Study at a distance but with unlimited opportunities for online networking
Courses are delivered through the self-guided “discovery learning” approach. You will get access to a wealth of contemporary resources, like Bloomberg’s Businessweek for your literature-based research. You will become part of a virtual “real-time” class, which means your lecturer can immediately adjust the course content and materials to what is happening in the world. In this virtual classroom you work together with your fellow students and the lecturer has a guiding and moderating role. Next to the standard course materials, the lecturer can add faculty designed video lectures which will guide you through the discovery learning journey. The MSM Online MBA takes a practice oriented approach focusing on putting the theoretical knowledge into your daily practice through case studies and assignments. Additionally you will work with your fellow online students in collaborative projects helping you to develop your skills to work effectively and efficiently in multicultural teams. Through the discussion forum you can stay connected with your peers and professors to share experiences, pose questions or initiate debates. Being part of this truly global community you will significantly expand your international network. Career services are also included in the MSM Online MBA with a number of online career services trainings.

Choose 100% online 
You can choose to follow the MBA completely online with no obligations for residential weeks. This will give you optimal flexibility and will save you time and money for travelling abroad.

Obtain a better rate of return on your educational investment
According to Business Because “online programs can offer a better return on investment, as students don’t have the extra cost of travel, accommodation and, crucially, can continue to work alongside their studies”.

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The MSM Online MBA is a 65 ECTS* MBA program consisting of 10 courses and the completion of an Online MBA project. Your Online MBA always starts with the Business Communications course, which is pre-requisite for all courses, and will end with the specialization course and your Online MBA project, summarizing all you have learned during the program. Other courses may take place in a different order.

Phase Course Educational hours** ECTS
Introduction Business Communications 140 5
Core Principles of Management 140 5
Accounting, Finance and Capital Markets 140 5
Economics 140 5
Marketing 140 5
Global Business  140 5
Specialization Entrepreneurism and Family Business 140 5
Organizational Leadership 140 5
Strategic Leadership  140 5
Methods Research Methods and Statistics 140 5
 Online MBA Thesis The final project summarizes all you have learned during your Online MBA 420 15
Total 1820 65

* 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 to 28 hours of study


The specialization theme offered online is Leadership. At MSM, we know how important it is to make internationally accredited management education accessible. We offer our education and research programs both in Maastricht and cross the world through collaboration with various partner institutions in more than 15 countries, including high growth markets like China, Peru, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. At additional cost we could help you to travel to our campus in Maastricht, to our partners Nanjing University in China, Centrum Católica Graduate School of Business in Peru or any of our other partner institutions across the world to take the specialization of your choice in a traditional classroom setting.

Leadership is an increasingly important subject because of the business challenges which always require forms of leadership. Whether one wants to start a new business, run a family business or change an organization, there is a need to steer, motivate and achieve performance through people, gaining their committed support and ensuring high levels of job satisfaction despite considerable personality and individual differences. On top of the need for change, there is a need to benefit from what is not in change but in continuity, such as the capabilities and competencies that form the building blocks of a new strategy. Organizations consist of people working together in alignment to a common sense of purpose. People interact and cooperate in order to achieve and improve organizational performance. Leadership gives direction and meaning to that process.



Admission requirements
The main prerequisite for admission to the MSM Online MBA is a sound academic and professional background. You must hold at least a Bachelors degree from a recognized university. You should also have at least three or more years of relevant working experience, obtained after your bachelor’s degree.

The GMAT/GRE is highly recommended, but not required for admission to the Online MBA.  The GMAT/GRE is an excellent way to prepare yourself for the rigors of the MBA. In addition, an excellent score on the GMAT (650 or greater) could open scholarship opportunities.

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 the individual motivations for joining the Online MBA.

Admission procedures
Candidates are admitted into the Online MBA on a competitive basis. To apply for the Online MBA, 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
    – 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 list of grades.
    – If it is not in English, Dutch, French or German, please provide a translation in English, Dutch, French or German.
  • A recent passport picture
  • A copy of your passport or your EU identity card (valid on the start date of your program)
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Two professional recommendation letters
  • Letter of motivation (click here for instructions)
  • 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.

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 April for the May intake and and 1 September for the October intake. 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.



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


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 %
Corporate Discounts 25 – 50 %

For more detailed information about the scholarships and the conditions for these scholarships for privately funded candidates for the MSM Online MBA, please click here.

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