Double Degree with Philosophy

Double Degree with Philosophy


Together, the Rotterdam School of Management and Erasmus School of Philosophy offer a Double Degree in International Business Administration and Philosophy. Are you interested in philosophical topics related to International Business Administration and do you want to broaden your academic horizon? Then a Double Degree in International Business Administration and Philosophy might suit your interests very well. Students in this programme obtain two degrees in four years: a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in International Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy of a specific discipline. In this Double Degree programme you will develop philosophical skills such as logical thinking and analyzing or conceptualizing academic issues from different perspectives. You will also develop the ability to express yourself clearly in writing.  On top of that, you will learn more about philosophical topics and ethical issues, and you will gain knowledge about the history and the basic assumptions of your own academic discipline, Business Administration.

Practical information

The Double Degree with Philosophy curriculum contains 90 European credits (EC) with the possibility to use the minor (15 EC) for both the Bachelor in International Business Administration and the Philosophy programme. The obtained grade for the minor counts towards your GPA. To avoid overlap with lectures and seminars of the Bachelor of International Business Administration, most lectures of the Philosophy curriculum are scheduled in the evening. 

For the International Business Administration programme, students are required to complete 20 EC in elective credits. Students of the double degree programme can obtain these credits by following the minor at FW (First Things: The Power of Philosophy of Doing Philosophy of Science) and they are exempt from obtaining the remaining 5 EC. To get this exemption (which will not count towards your GPA), students are obliged to submit a request through the Online request form of the Examination Board of RSM. It is important to submit your request to the Examination Board timely, in order for them to officially grant and process the exemption in time.

You will write a thesis for RSM as well as for FW.

Admission and fees

Students who have successfully completed the first year of their bachelor in International Business Administration can apply for the Double Degree with Philosophy. There are no additional tuition fees as long as you follow a bachelor or master programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In case you finish your Bachelor in International Business Administration before finishing the Double Degree with Philosophy programme and you do not enroll in a Master at a Dutch university you will pay the institutional fee, that equals the statutory fee (€ 2.143,- in 2020/2021).

Learn more

Do you have questions about the programme? Please contact Evaline Bender (