• Application deadline

    15 May or earlier if programme reaches maximum capacity.

    The application form remains open until the 15 May or until the maximum number of applications has been submitted (whichever occurs first). Number of applications allowed before application closes: 450

  • Starting date

    August 2023

  • Format

    Full-time | 12 months

  • Credits

    60

  • Fee

    €2,209 (EEA)* | €21,500 (non-EEA)

    * 2023/2024 fee is still to be determined
    Find more information below

  • Language

    English

Are you ready for an international career in business and IT? In this programme, you will focus on the management of information as a strategic source for improving overall business performance, and become a professional who can combine analytical know-how with business knowledge. You’ll develop both the management foundation and the technical foundation of business information management.

  • 28% international students in programme
  • 98% of graduates employed within 3 months after graduation
  • Examples of your future job position: Information manager; business consultant; IT consultant

What you will learn

You’ll be exposed to current business information management challenges, research, technologies and developments through real-life cases.

In BIM’s core courses, you will investigate information systems, methods and data in business. You then choose an elective track – the Data Science track or the Digital Business track – so you can specialise and differentiate yourself in the competitive job market, for example as data scientist, data analyst, or consultant in digital business and IT. You can also combine electives and create your own track.

There are lots of moments built into your studies for you to meet BIM alumni too. This will show you what opportunities you have after graduation, and sets you up for career success through this network. You’ll connect with these professionals at various points during the programme including at the alumni panel at the BIM academic kick-off, the annual alumni event, guest lectures and company visits.

Strategic value

Investigate the business side of information management for unlocking IT innovations and understand their strategic value

Data and technology

Be trained to harvest, process and analyse data and technology to identify business opportunities

Business models

Investigate next-generation business models so you can make well-founded decisions to develop them

Actionable decisions

Learn how to apply findings and translate them into actionable decisions.

Programme highlights

  • The course portfolio is updated every year

    To reflect the digital transformation and the changing management and IT landscape

  • Direct connection to the job market

    Through guest lectures, company projects and networking events with business and data professionals

  • Top-ranked

    RSM and BIM are consistently ranked well in (international) master rankings, for example in the national student satisfaction survey Studiekeuze 123.
     

  • Faculty

    International instructors who can explain theory and concepts in a clear and engaging way

  • On-campus

    Guest lectures by key people from the industry, interactive learning, and study clubs

  • Off-campus

    International study trips, company in-house days, and internship opportunities

More about the programme

Curriculum

The RSM MSc in Business Information Management programme is one academic year’s duration. Core courses are compulsory and will be offered during the autumn semester (22 EC). Master electives (18 EC) are offered during the spring semester, of which one elective can be chosen from another MSc programme. It is also possible to replace one elective with an internship or business project. During the year, students work on a master thesis project (20 EC).

Please note that certain electives may be very popular. Although we can place most students in the elective(s) of their choice, there are no guaranteed places.

A teacher's story

  View all core courses below:

Information technology (IT) is revolutionizing the way people and firms transact business. This process is only being accelerated with the development of social media and the availability of big data, which has enormous impact on our activities and the way organizations work and compete. This rapid movement towards the new information economy is being led by both established firms such as Wal-Mart, General Electric, and new entrepreneurial firms such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, and Dropbox. As a master student of business information management, you need a thorough understanding of the latest technology trends, how firms embrace disruptive technologies, and what new business models emerge that allows firms to compete and lead in the information economy. This course will devote to the study of the strategic use of information, and provide you with the understanding of the role of information, the closely related role of information technology, major developments of e-commerce, and their implications on economics, marketing, and operational issues. This course will focus on problems unique to information-intensive businesses that you will soon encounter as a consultant, analyst, technologist, or entrepreneur.

The course is a combination of lectures and a high degree of case analysis and discussions. In the class, you will work with real world examples ranging across different industries. The course will cover six themes: information strategy, business model and digital transformation, business-to-consumer e-commerce, electronic markets and auctions, information goods, and platform mediated networks.

Taught by Prof. T. Li.

This course and the accompanying reading materials aim to provide you with the knowledge and skills required for building information systems that drive business success. You will learn about the process of building modern information systems and about the requirements engineering, analysis, and design activities of software engineering. You will learn to identify stakeholders and requirements, to define the structure of an information system, to evaluate competing solutions for a business problem, and you will start to “speak business and IT”. You will gain insight into how important these activities are in creating information systems that are truly aligned with business needs. Throughout the course, you will also learn about selected topics in IT strategy and IT software project management. In your team project, you will develop the idea, the business justification, and the requirements for a novel business application.

Taught by Dr Y. Ghiassi-Farrokhfal.

In today’s economy, data-driven decision making in firms increasingly replaces decision based on gut feelings. As data is becoming increasingly available for firms from sources both internal and external, the need to understand methods to process and analyze data grows steadily.

Therefore, this course will equip students with the necessary tools to extract knowledge from data to succeed in their master theses and ultimately conduct their own research. To this end, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of selected empirical research methods (case studies and econometrics) and selected types of data provenance (observational, experimental, and survey data). Understanding these methods and data types will be essential for the students’ success in their master theses and, not only but especially, when considering pursuing an academic career after their master’s degree in form of a PhD. Students will have hands-on experience with data to acquire expertise in solving practical data-related issues. These skills are not only crucial to the success in this course but are valuable assets in other courses covering data analytics in their master’s programme as well as in their professional lives, of course.

Taught by D. Gutt.

In Business Architecture & Transformation we aim to explain the role of digital and leadership capabilities within organizations and how to assess these capabilities. We will present you with the concept of operating models and demonstrate on real life examples which operating model fits which kind of company. We will explain the difference between digital operations and digital strategy. Further, we will look into how investments in IT can be assessed.   We will point out the importance of IT governance to achieve strategic alignment between IT and business. Finally, we will talk about what really makes a true management leader in IT.
 
While you have looked into how to strategically use information and how to design business applications in the first block of your core courses we try to give you a perspective on how you can manage IT projects on a higher level. We look into the business and management perspective of transformation processes and how strategic decisions on a CIO-level should be made.
 
This course is a combination of lectures, guest lecturers, in class case analysis, and discussions.
Specific course guidelines will be made available via Canvas prior to the beginning of the course and need to be read and understood by each participant. Further, the textbook for the course needs to be purchased prior to the start of the course.

Taught by Dr M. Weinmann.

The exponential growth in data generation and storage creates new business opportunities but also leads to major technical and managerial challenges. New tools, methods, and organizational changes are necessary to take advantage of these growing amounts data, popularly known as Big Data. Major determinants for the surge of Big Data include the amount of information generated on the internet, the evolving strategy of firms to collect data from sources both internal and external along the entire product and process lifecycle, the growth of social media, mobile applications, and the increasing availability of sensor based technologies. 

This course will introduce students to what characterizes "Big Data" (e.g., volume, variety, velocity, and veracity) and to their main challenges. The course will cover the fundamentals of Data Science, including data preparation, modeling, evaluation, and deployment. Specifically, students will learn how to identify data problems and opportunities, and how to structure, design and deploy data-driven solutions that provide value to the business sector. Students will have hands-on experience solving practical cases using Big Data tools and technologies available in the market.

Taught by Dr R. Crisostomo Pereira Belo.

All courses of this track are listed below:

How can information and communication technologies (ICTs) be used to create societal impact and promote social change? The advent of Interned-based communication, such as social media, online platforms and communities, has created new opportunities for organizations and businesses to mobilize large online crowds to exchange information, gain resources, obtain new skills and knowledge, and eventually achieve social change in sustainable development, health, environment, and the social sector. While there are several examples in academic research and practice of the use of technologies for social purposes, it is also important to develop a critical understanding of the effectiveness of these practices and their societal impact.

This course offers a unique combination of topics at the intersection of sociology and business information management to understand new organizational forms produced by ICTs and aiming at social change. We will analyze and discuss how ICTs can be used as a possible way to find solutions to some of the world’s most challenging social problems across a range of domains (e.g., social welfare, health, environment, education, sustainable development, activism). In addition, we will also critically analyze advantages and disadvantages of ICTs use for social purposes.

Why it is important?

  • The driving motivation of this elective is to develop a critical understanding of and ability to design and evaluate the use of ICTs to solve relevant problems and issues of our society.

Practically, this course will offer insights about 

  • How we, as citizens, can directly engage and collaborate in the solution of societal problems via an effective and responsible use of ICTs.
  • How organizations and businesses can make effective use ICTs for social purposes.

Taught by Dr A. Priante.

Many of the most successful companies of the digital age such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft or Amazon can be characterized as platforms. A platform connects distinct user groups, thereby creating value by enabling interactions between these groups. They are governed by market forces such as network effects that are distinct from traditional markets and therefore have attracted the attention of scholars in strategy and economics, but also policy makers and business gurus.

The goal of this course is to introduce students to current research on platforms from the fields of strategy and economics and apply it to management and public policy related questions on platform markets.  

Taught by Dr D. Zegners.

Many choices are made in digital environments, however, not only the sheer number of choices but also their presentation may influence our decisions and distort us, because we have only limited cognitive capacities to cope with lots of choices. In this course, we will focus on digital decisions, made in digital environments such as websites or apps, with emphasis on how these decisions deviate from rational and/or ethical standards. Understanding how digital environments influence our choices can help to improve our decision-making.

This course is taught by Dr M. Weinmann.

Firms need to innovate to stay competitive. Kodak and Nokia are amongst the many examples of companies that paid the price for not keeping up with the market. However, innovation is difficult and while successful innovations promise large returns, many projects fail. This has never been more accurate than in the Digital Age, as fast-paced and complex technologies now permeate businesses and products.

Taught by Dr P. Cornelius.

Foundational information technologies, in particular, Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms, Internet-of-Things (IoT) systems, and Blockchain infrastructure, will create new foundations for business and its interaction among businesses, governments, customers, and the earth. These technologies will create opportunities for circular business models, i.e., to do business within the ecological and planetary boundaries of the earth. Instead of the ‘take, make, and dispose’ attitude of the traditional and linear business, circular business will create value with the design of ‘recycle, refurbish, reuse, and maintain’ processes. Both the circular and digital transformation will influence customer relationships, redefine products and services, change the operations and value chain processes, enable new ways of collaboration in business ecosystems, and will shift the information frontier further, with fresh, fast, and more reliable information relevant for circular business models. Next generation business models will need to develop both the circular and digital capabilities in a holistic configuration of people, processes, and technologies.

Taught by Prof. E. van Heck.

There is a pressing need for innovative information processes which address individual needs while at the same time guiding individual behavior towards the common good of society. For example, by integrating personal information collected from wearable devices with public health services to simultaneously provide self-care guidance and improve healthcare system efficiency. One challenge of information processes like this is to preserve individual privacy while collecting adequate population-level information to effectively guide behavior at scale. This is a complex and challenging problem which requires novel approaches.

This course seeks new ways to address complex behavioral problems by putting human needs at the center of new process development. Students will apply behavioral theories together with business process modeling techniques to create human-centered processes within an assigned problem domain. Students participate in an iterative and hands-on learning process involving presentations, discussions, and assignments. Class participation is mandatory.

Taught by Dr J. Sweeney.

BIM students have the opportunity to combine the writing of their thesis with an internship at a company and replacing an elective course with this internship. The internship must be directly related to the thesis and students can only take this course after formal approval by the thesis coordinator. The company-based research project will be assessed separately from the thesis (on a pass/fail basis) by the thesis coordinator in consultation with the thesis coach and a company supervisor.

BIM students have the opportunity to combine the writing of their thesis with an internship at a company during one of the elective blocks (block 3, 4, or 5) and replacing the free elective course with this internship. This means that:

  • During the CRP elective, students will work ‘full-time’ for 5 days a week at the company (168 hours);
  • In the other two elective blocks students will work at the company ‘part-time’ for 2 days a week (224 hours);
  • The internship must be for a total of 392 hours to qualify for the BIM CRP.

It is also important that the internship is related to the thesis (so only 'content' internships qualify) and students need to decide on an internship in consultation with their thesis coach and the master thesis coordinator. The BIM CRP will be assessed separately from the thesis (on a pass/fail basis) by the thesis coach in consultation with a company supervisor.

 Students need to find an internship company that:

  • Will allow them to work fulltime during one of the elective blocks and max 2 days a week during the rest of the elective period;
  • Will offer them the opportunity to work on a topic that they can write their thesis on. As mentioned, only ‘content internships’ qualify;

Will offer them the opportunity to collect company-specific data (for that specific company) that they really need to write their thesis. 

THIS ELECTIVE COUNTS AS A FREE ELECTIVE FOR BIM STUDENTS ONLY. IN OTHER WORDS: in order to graduate you MUST complete at least two BIM program electives!

Taught by Dr D. Tsekouras.

All courses of this track are listed below:

This course aims to strengthen your abilities as future managers with one of the most important yet mostly missing skills for managers: the art of programming. Managers with programming experience are able to be involved in the decision-making process of their developers. They can also --at high level-- understand whether or not each developer is performing well. In this course, we will focus on one of the most widely used programming languages: Java. This course also lays the foundation for learning other important programming languages. You should not expect to be developers in few weeks. You should rather treat this course as an intense programming tutorial for absolute beginners. It is assumed that the registered students have no previous knowledge of programming. After taking this course, you will learn how to excel in Java even further or to start learning a new programming language from scratch. Java is greatly structured to be an easy-to-learn, yet a powerful programming language..

Taught by Dr. Y Ghiassi-Farrokhfal.

Social Networks shape many aspects of how people and organizations interact, take decisions, and ultimately perform. With the advent of Social Media (e.g., Facebook and Twitter) and with the increasing digitization of all forms of communication and business processes, Network Analytics has become a valued asset to better understand how different agents interact and how to best take advantage of the network structure to increase overall system performance. This course will cover the fundamentals of network science, the methods, theories, and the procedures for data collection and analysis in very large social networks. Covered topics include clustering, information diffusion, organizational design, viral marketing, social media and others.

This course provides the basics of network data analytics, including fundamental network- and node-level metrics, as well as more advanced analysis methods, with attention to the application areas where these can and have been used. Students will engage in in-class projects in which they collect and analyze network data using the tools and methods covered in class. Students will apply these methods to specific networks, such as social media networks (e.g., Twitter), co-worker networks, organization networks, and product networks.

Taught by Dr. R. Crisostomo Pereira Belo.

Advanced business analytics is becoming a key driver of competitive advantage. Only firms that can harness their data and develop strong analytic capabilities across all their business functions will be able to survive in fast-moving modern markets. In this course, students will learn how to use Python to analyse large data sets and apply them to business problems.

To be able to follow this course, students need to have prior coding experience (e.g., BM06BIM BIM Research Methods I).

This course is taught by Dr. P.B. Cornelius.

With the explosion of Big Data from social media and technologies, such as RFID, GPS, and sensor-data, organizations are increasingly confronted with the need to develop analytics capabilities to take advantage of their data. This gives many great opportunities to work on the cutting edge of science and business.
 
In order to design a practical Business Analytics application, we will explain throughout the course how to use the programming language and software environment R to collect, analyze, and visualize relevant data, be they publicly available data (social media or otherwise) or internal data from a company.

Taught by Dr. J. van Dalen and Dr. D. Zegners.

Deep Learning represents one of the most exciting advances in machine learning with many groundbreaking applications being developed in recent years from areas such as image recognition and speech analysis to machine translation and game-play. Underlying these advances are various types deep neural networks and although these can be very technical, in this course we will try to de-mystify them a little bit, so you will be better able to assess the possibilities and limitation in business practice. We will cover three main topics:

  1. Neural Networks
  2. Recurrent Neural Networks (used particularly in text analysis and time series analysis)
  3. Convolutional Neural Network (used particularly in image processing)

The main focus of this course is practical and emphasizes learning-by-doing: you will be doing a lot of coding in R and in the main project go through the whole CRISP-DM cycle from the real, practical problem to the final model results and proposed deployment. We put you in the role of the ‘analytics translator’: sufficiently grounded in both the technical aspects and the organizational aspects to be able to function as a bridge between the pure specialists in these areas, so that you will understand the technical, organizational and ethical aspects of deep learning applications.

Taught by Dr. O. Koppius.

Data is a crucial resource and at the core of many companies’ business models. Hence, collecting, analyzing, and understanding data is one of the key competencies for future professionals in business. This course will consist of seminar sessions that familiarize students with the basic ways of collecting, organizing, and analyzing data to succeed in a data-driven society, be it in academia or in business. This course will mainly use online reviews as an example for these exercises.

This course is taught by Dr. D. Gutt.

BIM students have the opportunity to combine the writing of their thesis with an internship at a company and replacing an elective course with this internship. The internship must be directly related to the thesis and students can only take this course after formal approval by the thesis coordinator. The company-based research project will be assessed separately from the thesis (on a pass/fail basis) by the thesis coordinator in consultation with the thesis coach and a company supervisor.

BIM students have the opportunity to combine the writing of their thesis with an internship at a company during one of the elective blocks (block 3, 4, or 5) and replacing the free elective course with this internship. This means that:

  • During the CRP elective, students will work ‘full-time’ for 5 days a week at the company (168 hours);
  • In the other two elective blocks students will work at the company ‘part-time’ for 2 days a week (224 hours);
  • The internship must be for a total of 392 hours to qualify for the BIM CRP.

It is also important that the internship is related to the thesis (so only 'content' internships qualify) and students need to decide on an internship in consultation with their thesis coach and the master thesis coordinator. The BIM CRP will be assessed separately from the thesis (on a pass/fail basis) by the thesis coach in consultation with a company supervisor.

 Students need to find an internship company that:

  • Will allow them to work fulltime during one of the elective blocks and max 2 days a week during the rest of the elective period;
  • Will offer them the opportunity to work on a topic that they can write their thesis on. As mentioned, only ‘content internships’ qualify;

Will offer them the opportunity to collect company-specific data (for that specific company) that they really need to write their thesis. 

THIS ELECTIVE COUNTS AS A FREE ELECTIVE FOR BIM STUDENTS ONLY. IN OTHER WORDS: in order to graduate you MUST complete at least two BIM program electives!

Taught by Dr. D. Tsekouras.

The BIM Company-Based Research Project (CRP) allows students to replace one free elective course in the program with a full-time thesis / research internship for one of the elective blocks (minimum of 168 hours). During the remaining two elective blocks, the student is recommended to continue working part-time and follow the remaining electives.

The BIM CRP should seek to combine the writing of the thesis with an internship at a company during one of the elective blocks (Blocks, 3, 4, or 5). It is therefore important that the internship is related to the thesis and students will need to decide on an internship in consultation with their thesis coach and the master thesis coordinator. Students must be able to show that the internship will allow them to collect company-specific data (for that specific company), and that it is essential for their thesis project.

The CRP will be assessed separately from the thesis (on a pass/fail basis) by the thesis coach, company supervisor and master thesis coordinator.

If a student opts for the CRP, it will count as a free elective for 6 EC. This will give them the opportunity to work exclusively within the company for a period of 7 weeks. Thesis internships may be agreed for a longer period of time, but a minimum of 168 hours is expected and a maximum of 6 ECTS is credited. During the remaining two elective blocks, the student is recommended to work part-time and follow the remaining electives.

THIS ELECTIVE COUNTS AS A FREE ELECTIVE FOR BIM STUDENTS ONLY. In order to graduate you MUST complete at least two other BIM Programme Electives! Please do not select this elective if you have not signed a contract yet.

Taught by Dr D. Tsekouras.

Firms need to innovate to stay competitive. Kodak and Nokia are amongst the many examples of companies that paid the price for not keeping up with the market. However, innovation is difficult and while successful innovations promise large returns, many projects fail. This has never been more accurate than in the Digital Age, as fast-paced and complex technologies now permeate businesses and products.

Taught by Dr P. Cornelius.

The BIM Honours Programme offers the most talented and motivated students in the MSc BIM program a challenging extracurricular course in BIM research and practice. Participation is by invitation only. A limited group of 25-30 students will be selected to follow an additional course that runs across the 3rd, 4th, and 5th block of their studies. Selected students are the best performing students of the MSc in BIM programme. The small group size ensures that students have many opportunities for interaction with faculty members and participating companies.

The programme features involvement from multiple companies. The sessions will be highly interactive and require a strong preparation. Cooperation is sought with external partners, who introduce a series of challenges that students need to complete (e.g. consultancy project, data analytics challenge, business process training).

Participation will be limited to the best students in the MSc programme of Business Information Management. The first step in the selection process will be a ranking based on all core courses (Blocks 1 and 2, weighted by ECTS). In the second step in the selection process, the highest ranking students will be asked to submit a motivation letter.

  

One of the reasons companies hire university graduates, is because of their academic posture. This includes a critical attitude towards what is presented as “the truth”, the ability to assess the quality of research presented to them, and the competence to study a phenomenon in a structured way. These same qualities are required of you as you design and execute your Master thesis project. This course will focus on the basics of conducting sound scientific research and writing a good master thesis.

Taught by Dr D. Tsekouras.

During the year you will participate in a structured master thesis trajectory. You will start in September, during the core courses, to familiarize yourself with the research being done at our department and the relevant academic literature and topics available. Staff involved in this MSc will present their current research projects, and you will be invited to link your master thesis to one of these projects. Before Christmas you will decide on a final topic and be assigned a coach who is an expert in the subject area chosen. Early January a thesis clinic will provide you with the foundation that you will need to complete your thesis successfully. In February you will deliver your research proposal after which you will implement your research question and finalize your thesis before the summer. Staff and researchers will provide assistance by coaching you through the entire master thesis process.

The following themes are examples of possible BIM Master Thesis topics:

  • The Impact of IT on Business
  • Online Human Behavior
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Social Media and Digital Commerce
  • Green IT and Energy Business

Note regarding taking courses if you are not an RSM master student: RSM does not offer the possibility for non-RSM students (master or otherwise) to take RSM MSc courses outside of official exchange partnerships or other inter-faculty agreements. If you are interested in learning more about corporate social responsibility, sustainability, or business ethics, please refer to our Open Programmes section.

For more information on all international opportunities offered at RSM, visit the website of our International Office.

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Your Future Career

The aim of ‘Your Future Career’ is to prepare RSM students at an early stage in their master's for their careers.

The online modules will help you make crucial steps towards the most suitable career step, whether an internship or a job.

To pass the course, you need to gain a minimum number of points within a few months. You can decide if you want to reflect on your interests and motivations, develop knowledge of the job market, receive peer feedback on application materials, learn to love networking, or attend an interactive alumni career panel or workshop.

See this page for more details.

 

This course is overseen and guided by Dr Maciej Szymanowski and Lisanne Keir

 

 

 

Career Opportunities

An alumnus talks about RSM’s MSc in Business Information Management

A recruiter talks about RSM’s MSc in Business Information Management

There is an increasing demand from companies for graduates with a deep knowledge and understanding of the strategic value of information: the career prospects for business information management students today are excellent. 

The following job descriptions are frequently applied to our graduates working for large or multinational companies or consultancy firms: 

  • Information Managers who analyse and implement information solutions for companies;  
  • Business Consultants who advise managers to develop business applications to create value;
  • Business Analysts who analyse and implement new ways of doing business;   
  • IT Consultants who advise managers on how to develop new IT-enabled solutions;
  • Business Development Managers who develop new IT-enabled business models;  
  • Project Managers who initiate, direct, and manage projects in and between companies;
  • Management Trainees who usually follow a two-year ‘training on the job’ programme and will continue their career in a management position. 

 Graduates work in the following sectors: 

  • Management Consultancy (33%);   
  • Software and Computing Services (19%);   
  • Technology, Multi-media, and Telecom (12%);
  • Banking (9%);   
  • Energy, Oil and Gas Services (6%);
  • Food, Drink, and Tobacco (4%);   
  • Other Sectors (17%). 

Our top employers include: 

  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers (12%);
  • Accenture (11%);   
  • LogicaCMG (11%);
  • EUR (8%);   
  • Solvision (8%);
  • Cap Gemini Invent (7%);   
  • Deloitte & Touch (7%);   
  • ABN AMRO (5%);   
  • IBM (5%);   
  • KPN (5%); 
  • Shell (5%);
  • Akzo Nobel (4%);   
  • ING Bank (4%);   
  • KPMG (4%);   
  • Oracle (4%).

Non-EEA nationals who have earned a diploma from a higher education institute in the Netherlands can apply for a special residence permit called the orientation year after completing their studies. The 'Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment' is a residence permit aimed at retaining foreign talent for the Dutch labour market. During this orientation year you are free to work without a work permit. Participants who find a job during this period can change their orientation year into a residence permit for Highly Skilled Migrants under more favourable terms.

For the most up-to-date information please visit the website of the Nuffic.

Career progress

Many students find positions within multinational firms and organisations, partially thanks to relationships they have developed with representatives from the world of business – as well as peers – during the programme’s corporate and other networking events. Students applying for jobs in their home countries are equipped with knowledge and skills to take with them.

Find the Employment Factsheet for your MSc programme here.

View LinkedIn profiles of our graduates

You can read more about our graduates and their career progress from their public LinkedIn profiles.

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2009-2012

Irina (Peres) Pereslegina
Maarten Smit
Guido Soonius
Sjoerd Diepstraten
Dirk Zeilstra
Paul van Iterson

2014

Claudia Teijgeler
Divya Chawla
Jasperina de Vries
Brian van der Wyck 
Dayenne van Winden 
Decy Wu 
Djon Kleine
Giovanni Fassino
Joost van Lier
Julia Thyt
Loek Landzaat
Lucas Hagemann
Marios Bouras 
Mykolas Petrauskas 
Nils Brosch 
Roel van der Duin 
Ton van Eck

2015

Jeroen Aelen
Bozhidar Bahov
Brent Bodenhorst Meyer
Robert Bouwman
Sezen de Bruijn
Jesper Drenthen
Marco Fodde
Jasmin Grzybeck 
Daan Hage 
Mike Huang 
Veronika Kartovenko
Viktor de Keijzer
Mariska van Keulen
Cheng Bond Kwok 
Julia Laenge 
Fabian Lanz 
Vlad Masek 
Basile Narozniak 
Marc Oldenburger 
Jeroen van Peer 
Axel Persoon
Alessandro Pietrobon
Mart Polman 
Niels Rudolphus 
Stelios Stiakakis 
Dedier Stolk 
Rebecca Visschedijk
Wesley Visser 
Yvo Wander 
Laurens van Wesep 
Luut Willen

2016

Meral Akkurt 
Martins Benkitis
Pieter van Dieren 
Marianne Glas 
Michelle Groenendijk
Jorian Heil
Manon Hoogendoorn 
Nienke Hoogeveen
Barbara Jepma
Őzlem Karakuş 
Erik Klein Geltink
Gaurav Kumar
Vincent Laduc
Thomas Langenberg
Ivar van der Lugt
Ekaterina Marinova
Juliën Mets 
Omar Mayland
Louise Oprel
Jonathan Peene
Laurie Robben
Ruud Schippers
Lennart Schwung 
Jord Sips 
Valentijn Valstar 
Wesley Visser
Stéphanie Visser
Roxanne Vroegindeweij
Niels van der Wolf 
Chyntia Yuen 
Thanasis Zias 
Vincent Laduc

2017

Dan Acristinii 
Layba Agha 
Bibi Bogaarts 
Joeri Boodt 
Stefani Bozadzhieva 
Lukas Braunschweig
Mathijs Gast 
Jeroen Goedhart
Moritz Grassy
Florianne Griffioen 
Ioannis Grigoriadis
Hendrik Hagedorn 
Zsofia Hajnik 
Megan Hoff
Sam Jing 
Yoeri Kok 
Nina van der Lee 
Joanna Malkowicz
Jan Mariniak 
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The RSM Experience

Education for life

Studying at RSM will be a life-changing experience. Your master degree will prepare you for a fulfilling professional life as a capable, self-assured individual. It will make you valuable to business and attractive to employers because it teaches you skills that make the most of your innovative mind. You will be challenged in and outside of the classroom, and you will gain an education based on the latest developments in business. Your master degree from RSM will include RSM’s promise of life-long learning, and membership of the more than 40,000-strong alumni network that is present in more than 110 countries which hosts activities and events all over the world.

Open intellectual culture

Your education at RSM is valuable. You will learn from academics who produce the highest quality research and the most innovative management thinking. In the classroom, sharing and questioning opinions is encouraged – yours and those of your fellow students, as well as the professors’. Many of RSM’s faculty members are young and passionate professors and researchers with outstanding academic credentials. Their work is published in top international management journals.

Engaging environment

Professors’ doors are always open for students who have questions, projects or ideas. Depending on the study programme, students have different opportunities to tailor their programme. This can, for example, take the form of a minors course, an internship, an exchange at one of over 160 partner schools worldwide, elective choices, the participation in a consulting project with a company or public sector organisation, or a thesis project in their specific area of interest. RSM’s strong links with local and international businesses and organisations offer opportunities for practical projects and real-life collaborations.

Rotterdam, a future-oriented city

Living and studying in Rotterdam has never been better. Rotterdam is home to one of the largest and busiest ports in the world and many multinational companies have their headquarters here. The city is famous for its stunning modern architecture, such as the Centraal Station or its covered food market, the Markthal. At the same time, the city authorities are forward-thinking in improving its liveability. There’s no shortage of restaurants, museums and theatres, yet Rotterdam is still an extremely student-friendly city with plenty of affordable student housing, and a bustling nightlife that includes events organised by students associations.

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Fees & Scholarships

The combination of affordable tuition fees and living costs together with quality education and an excellent global reputation make a Masters degree at RSM a clever investment.

Tuition fees 

The 2023-2024 tuition fee for the MSc programmes is approximately €21,500 for non-EEA students. The Dutch government contributes towards this cost for students who hold a nationality from a country belonging to the European Economic Area(EEA). These students therefore only pay the statutory fee (€2,209 in 2022-2023, 2023/2024 is still tbd).  

For EEA nationals who have already completed a master in the Netherlands (and obtained the diploma) the tuition fee for a 2nd master is approximately €12,600.

The MSc International Management - CEMS (18 months) is a longer programme, for which the tuition fee will have to be paid for the duration of the programme. The expected tuition fee for the 18-month MSc International Management - CEMS programme is approximately €32,250 for non-EEA students and was approximately €3,314 for EEA students in 2022/2023 (2023/2024 is still tbd). 

Please note that all these tuition fee tariffs are subject to change.

Scholarships

The number of scholarships is limited and mainly merit based. If a scholarship covers only the tuition fees, be aware that you need to finance your own living expenses (rent, food and insurances) for the duration of your studies. RSM does not offer scholarships for the pre-master programme. We do however offer a maximum of 2 scholarships per academic year to RSM pre-master students enrolling in an MSc programme.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) offers multiple scholarships to prospective students from non-EEA countries who are not entitled to pay the EEA tuition fee, provided their grades are considered ‘excellent’. RSM also offers one scholarship, the Erasmus Trustfonds Scholarship, to students from EEA countries. 

Besides scholarships awarded by RSM, there are also scholarships awarded by the Dutch government or other organisations that are available if you meet certain criteria such as nationality, age, etc We have listed some of them below but we encourage you to use resources such as Grantfinder or the Scholarship Portal to find additional scholarships.

Scholarship tips

  • Contact the Ministry for Higher Education in your home country to see whether there are scholarship options.
  • We have virtual information session covering all you need to know about scholarships and financial aid. Watch it here.

For students from the Netherlands or the EU/EEA, it may be possible to apply for limited funding towards payment of your tuition fees. Find out whether you meet the nationality and age requirements and read more information about the application process here.

Master Application Handling fee

After having filled in all of the necessary application information on the Online Application Form (OLAF) and uploaded the required documents, applicants with a degree obtained outside the Netherlands will be asked to pay a non-refundable €100 handling fee. This fee can be paid online via the Erasmus Payment System which uses either iDEAL (for those with a Dutch bank account) or PayPal (which can be linked to any bank account or credit card worldwide). It is important that applicants complete the payment process as indicated, otherwise the system cannot register the payment.

Additional programme related expenses

The additional expenses in addition to tuition and general living costs (see below) vary per programme and may include:

  • Study materials such as books, readers and business cases
  • Costs involved in kick-off meetings
  • Costs related to travel, international excursions and compulsory exchange semesters or internships abroad

Admission & Application

The application for all programmes starting September 2022 are closed. The application for September 2023 will open 1 October.

Immigration

Important immigration information for NON EU/EEA Full-time BScIBA and MSc students

Depending on your nationality, you might need an Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit for the Netherlands, issued by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).  Students can only apply for an Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit through the RSM/ Erasmus University. Only with a valid Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit you are allowed to study at RSM/ Erasmus University.

Needless to say that RSM/ Erasmus University is not the institution that determines the requirements. The IND is the official governmental body that sets the rules and procedures.

Full-time BScIBA and MSc students who accepted their offer and hold a passport from an EU/EEA country do not need to apply for an Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit.

Full-time BScIBA and MSc students who accepted their conditional or unconditional offer and have a nationality and hold a passport of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, USA or Vatican State. 

Full-time BScIBA and MSc students who accepted their conditional or unconditional offer, have a nationality and hold a passport of one of the countries mentioned in Group III and IV. This procedure also applies to students with a Surinamese nationality.

Note for Chinese students
Obtain a Nuffic Certificate : 
All Chinese students (with the exception of students from Hong Kong, Taiwan and students with a British Overseas Nationality) must register with EP-Nuffic for a ‘Nuffic Certificate’ before their immigration application can be started. The certificate is a document providing an assessment of your English language proficiency and of the authenticity of your educational degrees and diplomas. For more information, see the Nuffic website

Validity Entry Visa
An Entry Visa is valid for 90 days (counted from the day that you pick up your Entry Visa).

Validity Residence Permit 
A Residence Permit is valid for the duration of your study plus three extra months. This means that you do not have to apply for an extension after one year.

I already have a Residence Permit for another EU/EEA Country

NON-EU/EEA students holding a (permanent or temporary) valid Residence Permit (e.g. for study purposes) for another EU/EEA Country no longer need to apply for an Entry Visa for the Netherlands. For these students, the procedure for a Residence Permit application applies. A copy of the EU/EEA-Residence Permit must be uploaded in your application. The Residence Permit must be valid at the time of the application, and still be valid when the student collects his/her Residence Permit in the Netherlands.

I already have a Residence Permit for the Netherlands

NON-EU/EEA students holding already a Residence Permit for the Netherlands (e.g. for study purposes, stay with partner or family, employment), need to apply for Switching InstitutionsChange of Purpose or an Extension of your Residence Permit. Requests can be sent after being completely registered (onwards September 1st) to EUR International Office: immigration@eur.nl or 3 months prior to the expiration of your permit.

The Financial Requirements (determined by the IND)

Before your immigration application is sent to the IND, you are required to prove that you have sufficient financial means to cover your study (only for the first year of your study)

  1. the Tuition Fee (BSc IBA €9,600.-, MSc €18,700.-;
  2. the Immigration Fee (€ 192.-)
  3. the Costs of Living for 12 months (€11,400.-: €950.- for every month of your stay in the Netherlands)

Note: it is not possible to pay your tuition fee in instalments

Contact details for the immigration application

Your main point of contact for the immigration application at RSM/ Erasmus University is Ms. Joyce Maliepaard.

Once you have a conditional or unconditional offer you receive the ‘Immigration application process’ (from mid March on). The guidelines explains the procedure to successfully process your application. After having received the information you will be registered in student registration system ‘Osiris Zaak’ (‘Osiris Zaak’ opens in  April).

After your registration in 'Osiris Zaak' your main point of contact is EUR Internatinonal Office (immigration@eur.nl). The immigration documents and invoice for the payment of the fees will be sent to you in 5 working days

Deadline for MSc students
The deadline for uploading your immigration application documents and your proof of payment in 'Osiris Zaak' is: JUNE 15th. If this deadline is not feasible for you, please send an email to visabscmsc@rsm.nl

Deadline for BScIBA students
The deadline for uploading your immigration application documents and your proof of payment in 'Osiris Zaak' is: JUNE 15th. If this deadline is not feasible for you, please send an email to visabscmsc@rsm.nl

Release date: March 2021

Housing

Looking for housing in Rotterdam? (MSc)

Housing information for full-time RSM students coming to Rotterdam

Although a complete and useful overview of housing information for International Students can be found on the housing pages of the Erasmus University, the information below especially applies to RSM’s first year BScIBA and MSc students coming from abroad. Arranging your stay

As in many major European cities, the demand for reasonably priced housing in Rotterdam is very high. Therefore, make it your number one priority and start searching immediately after being conditionally or unconditionally admitted to our BScIBA or one of the MSc programmes. As campus housing is limited, you may have to look for a room on the private market or seek other alternatives.

The ‘Short Stay Accommodations’ of RSM is run by the housing corporation SSH Student Housing (SSH), specialized in letting furnished accommodation.
For our first year BScIBA and MSc students coming from abroad, we reserve a range of furnished accommodations. Students can only apply for ‘Short Stay Accommodations’ for the first 12 months of their study (it is not possible to rent a room for less than 12 months). After 12 months you have to find accommodation by yourself. The SSH Accommodation is not available for partners or family of the student. 

Important: This message applies to all the students who have registered for the SSH housing for the 2022 academic year!

Please note that RSM has only 130 rooms to be divided among BSc and MSc students. A fair distribution will be made under the students. As SSH housing is limited, not every registration can be approved. Please be patient and waiting any approval. To increase your chances we strongly advice you to look for more housing possibilities here.

It is not possible to correspond about the result, neither by email nor by telephone

Available SSH housing/accommodation for BScIBA & MSc students
The SSH has four dorms you can choose from: one on-campus (Hatta Building) and three off-campus, only 15 minutes walking from the university (D'Blaauwe MolenOverhoningen and Erasmus International House). All rooms/apartments are fully fitted and furnished (not self-contained) and located at Struisenburgdwarsstraat in the district of Kralingen, This district offers everything that a student needs: the Erasmus University, little shops and typical student pubs are around the corner. The centre of Rotterdam and the Kralingse Bos are just a stone’s throw away. In most cases you have communal cooking facilities and sanitary fitting. Accommodations can not be visited in advance, but descriptions of the different buildings are available on the SSH website. Please not that rental prices are re-indexed every year.

When am I eligible to register for a room at the SSH ?
You can register for a room once you have been conditionally or unconditionally admitted to the first year BScIBA programme or one of the MSc programmes.

When and how can I register for a room at the SSH?

BScIBA students:

 

  • Tuesday 12 April 2022 at 12 PM: Start registration
  • Tuesday 21 April 2022 at 12 PM: Start booking

IMPORTANT NOTE: The SSH start the registration for all Bachelor students (Erasmus University students) on April 12th, while the BScIBA students get the outcome onwards April 15th. This means that RSM start approving your registration at the earliest on Thursday 21 April. The date of registration for the MSc students has been changed: 

MSc students:

 

Go to SHH*  and fill in:
City:                                          Rotterdam
Your educational institution:     Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
Type of Resident:                     EUR Full Year Student (15 August 2022 - 31 July 2023) 
                                                    

When and how can I reserve a room at the SSH?
You can reserve a room and only see all the available rooms once your registration has been approved by the RSM. The approval proces for BScIBA students takes place onwards 19 April and for the MSc students on 12 May.

For BSc students: select and reserve a room      
Log in to My SSH to reserve a room within 7 days*:
* If you have not selected a room within 7 days, your application will be set automatically to “not approved”. After this period you can no longer reserve accommodation via SSH (to give other students also a fair chance to apply for accommodation). 

SSH will handle the whole process – from making a room reservation to payments. For more information about the Terms and Conditions, the Rental Guide and the FAQ’s, please visit the site www.sshxl.nl/en. Any questions can be addressed to: Rotterdam@sshxl.nl

Xior Building is a student building right next to the campus of the RSM/ Erasmus University. This 8th floor building upholds 280 studio apartments with all private bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Registration & Reservation opens on:

  • Wednesday 11 May 2022 at 12.00 PM
  • Fixed rental period: 19 August 2022 – 7 August 2022

RSM is not in charge for the rental of these rooms and is only for students coming from abroad. Your registration will be checked by the Real Estate Services Department of the Erasmus University. All your questions can be addressed to rotterdam@xior.nl 

 

The RSM/Erasmus University has a partnership with the companies SSH, XIOR, The Cohesion Cobana, Roomplaza and the Student Hotel. Additional information on the below mentioned housing providers, and many more, are listed on the Erasmus University Housing pages.

International Student Housing Rooms (ISHR)
Is a private initiative to manage shared living properties in The Netherlands. It was founded by former students of Erasmus University Rotterdam, who now work in the financial industry. ISHR is not an intermediary. It is a landlord-owned operating platform, developed based on lessons learned from a decade of interactions between international students and Dutch private landlords.The EUR has agreed on a partnership with ISHR and we have reserved around 40 flat share rooms exclusively for our first year International Bachelor or Master students.

Registration starts on:
Monday 2 May 2022 at 12 PM. Fixed rental period: 10 August 2022 - 31 July 2023

The Cohesion Cobana 
Located in Katendrecht, Rotterdam. Katendrecht is a vibrant part of Rotterdam with a central location. The FIZZ Cobana has a variety of Friends apartments. This unique concept is a great way to share living space of your apartment, but still have all the privacy you want with your own bedroom. As a student of the Erasmus you will have a possibility to live with other Erasmus students in a Friends apartment. It’s a perfect blend of privacy and sociability, whenever you want it. The Erasmus University has reserved for its International students 40 rooms. 
How to register? Please find here all the information.

RoomPlaza 
Offers students the possibility to rent a flat with a group of like-minded people. They have 80 rooms for BSc and MSc students. You can apply as an existing group or use your find-a-flat mate tool to form your own. RoomPlaza has a safe booking process with a 100% guarantee of avoiding scams by fake accommodation providers. How to register? Please find here all the information.

The Student Hotel
A hotel located in Kralingen Rotterdam which offers fully furnished rooms with a private bathroom, shared or private kitchen, WiFi, flat screen TV. Included in the price is a bike, use of the gym, study rooms, lounges and game rooms, 24-hour reception, laundry room and a restaurant/bar 
How to book a room? Please find here all the information. 

Updated: 2 May 2022

 

Hostels in Rotterdam

Some suggestions:

Boat Hotel – a short stay apartment on a historical ship in the centre of Rotterdam.

King Kong Hostel - a very cool hostel that blends industrial design with 21st century contemporary art. It has a superb location in the beginning of Witte de Wittestraat which is in the heart of Rotterdam’s social scene and all the city’s best bars and restaurants are on your doorstep.

Hostel ROOM Rotterdam – located in Rotterdam’s historic Scheepvaartkwartier, near a beautiful little harbour. There are lots of good places for wining and dining in the area and close to the city’s main park.

Hostel Stayokay – this hostel is located in the city centre of Rotterdam in the striking cube houses. Next to Metro station “Blaak”.

As tenancy agreements are often only provided in Dutch (huurovereenkomst), we recommend you to view the additional information on this topic provided on the Erasmus University website.  There you can also find information on Dutch housing terms, and other information on how to arrange your stay and other useful tips, for example on how not to get scammed.

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