In this one-year master programme, you build on your specialised knowledge from your bachelor degree and gain a comprehensive understanding of general management and business administration. An RSM Master in Management degree equips you with the skills and confidence you need to kickstart your career in the business world.  

Throughout this programme, you collaborate with classmates who, like you, come from diverse academic backgrounds. This creates a valuable learning environment where you can tap into each other's experiences and knowledge. Through a combination of academic theory, interactive classroom sessions and team assignments, you evolve into a full-fledged business professional. 

While this full-time programme demands hard work, graduates often describe it as an intense yet highly rewarding experience. The curriculum includes lectures, group projects and assignments. In addition, your instructors encourage open discussions and practical application of business knowledge. You not only gain a strong grasp of theory, but you also learn how to immediately and accurately apply business concepts in real-world scenarios.  

Do you want to study for your master diploma while working? Please consider our part-time Master in Management programme (taught only in Dutch) 

  • 83 average number of students in cohort 
  • 48% international students in programme 
  • 88% of graduates employed within 3 months after graduation 
  • Examples of industries where graduates work: consulting, internet/web services 
  • Examples of graduates’ job titles: digital optimisation specialist, product manager, management consultant 

Master Open Day

On 23 March 2024 we will welcome you again to the Master Open Day. Please note: The MScBA Master in Management application has closed for the academic year 2025/26. Learn more for the 2026/2027 academic year.

Programme highlights

  • One-year general management programme

    An intensive, fast-paced programme that concentrates on main points, quick learning and a comprehensive overview of the field of business administration. 

  • One-classroom approach

    A limited cohort size means a close-knit community of students. Because there are no electives, you and your cohort follow the same set of courses together. You learn from the diverse perspectives of your peers, enrich your educational experience and expand your understanding of the subject matter.

  • Broaden your horizons

    Challenge yourself to combine your previous academic knowledge with the latest business knowledge and skills in an international and diverse classroom, to become a critical and well-grounded business professional.

  • Practical experience

    Real-life consultancy assignments with prestigious organisations put you in direct contact with the real business world. You gain the ability to communicate with businesspeople, and a keenness to go the extra mile as you develop solutions for our participating corporations.  

More about the programme

Curriculum

Do you want to know more about the MScBA Master in Management programme?

The video below will answer the most frequently asked questions about the programme.

Q&A video with students

Overview

The Master in Management specialisation of the MSc in Business Administration is a 60 EC programme and has a duration of 12 months.

RSM is well known for its international outlook and innovative research, with dedicated faculty in seven research departments and numerous interdisciplinary centers working together to explore common research themes.

Can students from outside RSM take our electives?

Please note that core courses and electives are subject to change each academic year. While some electives are very popular and we can place most students in the elective(s) of their choice, there are no guaranteed places.

You start the academic year with the Entrepreneurial Challenge course; a two-week pressure cooker, where you immediately explore and experience what’s needed to take a new business idea and turn it into a successful business. 

After that exciting start, the programme takes you on a comprehensive introduction to the latest in fields of business administration. In the first semester, your courses include Strategic Management and Marketing Management, Psychology & Business, and Accounting.  

During the second semester, you further build your business knowledge with courses on Corporate Finance, Decision Science and Operations, and Corporate Governance. These courses introduce you to the various areas of business through well-structured lectures, taught by experts in each field. The courses also require you to engage with real-life business challenges and cooperate in diverse teams. You learn to appreciate and build on the diverse business and non-business backgrounds and experiences of classmates through group assignments and case studies.  

View all autumn courses below:

Next to the comprehensive overview of the field of business administration, the programme offers training in academic analytical and problem-solving skills. This starts with a course on business analytics in the first semester and culminates in an individual academic thesis trajectory in the second semester, with the possibility for specialisation in one of the domains of business administration.

In parallel, in the second semester your experiential learning trajectory comes together in the team-based consultancy project. Here, you apply theoretical concepts, execute systematic and critical analysis and argumentation, and deal with wicked business problems as you engage with actual business challenges of real companies in diverse teams. 

View all spring courses below:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Research Clinic & Thesis Proposal
  • Decision Science and Operations
  • Consultancy Project
  • Corporate Governance
  • MiM Master Thesis

For a detailed description of all of the courses including electives, please view the course catalogue (for reference only, catalogue continually updated throughout the year).

Learn more

You can get a taste of working life – from large multinationals to fast-growing start-ups – by applying your new wealth of knowledge to a real company problem during your internship, which is optional in your programme. The RSM Career Centre will support you in finding a suitable position. Many students acquire their first job after graduation from the contacts they make during their internship. 

Explore the world and broaden your study experiences by going on international study trips and exchanges at other top schools. RSM has an extensive partner school network of more than 100 business schools and universities worldwide, including top business schools such as ESADE in Barcelona and The Wharton School in the USA. An international exchange is an optional element after you’ve studied for your master for at least one year.

Career opportunities

Your advanced business and management knowledge, combined with your non-business bachelor degree, puts a long list of clear benefits onto your CV. Benefits which are also attractive to prospective employers.  

Top RSM graduate employers last year were Deloitte, Accenture and ING. The biggest industries alumni work in are consulting, internet/web services/security, and business services. Most graduates become analysts, business developers and consultants. 

You have demonstrated your ambition to use your bachelor discipline as a springboard into management. Your studies and the unique learning experience at RSM have given you knowledge of general business administration and demonstrated your aptitude for adapting to new situations. 

With your newly gained international experience and interpersonal skills, you have developed your academic, managerial and social skills through real-life business cases and company assignments. 

You have a thorough understanding of key issues faced by businesses, and your thesis shows that you have investigated one specific functional area in more detail, thus demonstrating an affinity for a future employer. There is also scope within the programme to emphasise certain functional areas of business. You can express an affinity for, for example, finance, marketing, logistics, or HR by carefully selecting your consultancy project, your thesis, or the opportunity for exchange study. 

Curious to see what our alumni are doing?

Explore their LinkedIn profiles. You can filter per programme and graduation year.

Good to know

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 following website.

What's next after your studies? The RSM Career Centre is your guide for an impactful career. Its expertise in the labour market, personal branding and connections with employers will prepare you for your business career. Get ready for some exciting job fairs, workshops, speed interviews and coaching. You may land your first internship or job before you even graduate!

You’re a member of the RSM community from Day 1. After you graduate, you’ll also be a member of the RSM alumni network. The countless benefits include networking events worldwide with local chapters, lifelong learning and professional development, mentoring opportunities and access to the latest business knowledge and research. Your study at RSM is the first step towards being part of this inspiring community that you’ll be part of forever.

Studying at RSM

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Fees & scholarships

The 2024-2025 tuition fee for the MSc programmes is approximately €22,500 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 €2,530 in 2024-2025.

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 €13,200.

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

There are other costs associated with the Master programmes, for more information please review the “Other expenses” section below thoroughly. 

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.

IM/CEMS is a program that - if you are still eligible - entitles you to a maximum of 1 year's use of your DUO entitlements. Students who have received a basic grant and possibly a supplementary grant from DUO in the first year of IM/CEMS and meet the following additional conditions may be eligible for an additional half year (6 months) of financial support, which is equal to the grant received in the last month during the program. Please contact the student counselors for more information.

Conditions Financial Support Fund
Students eligible for financial support due to extended master programmes are those who: 
a) are enrolled full-time in a public funded Erasmus University Rotterdam degree programme, which is extended on the base of article 7.4, paragraph 8 of the Dutch Higher Education and Research Act; 
b) are enrolled as first enrollment (hoofdinschrijving) in the study programme as referred to under a, for which the student pays statutory tuition fee; 
c) for this program, is or was entitled to study finance (prestatiebeurs hoger onderwijs) as referred to in the Wet Studiefinanciering 2000, and during the period corresponding to the study load that exceeds 60 ECs, and is no longer eligible for student finance in the form of an additional grant.

Other expenses

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.

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

Approximately € 300 - 500 (per year), these costs differ per programme.

For a reasonable standard of living in the Netherlands, you should have an income of between €1,235-€1,735 per month depending on your lifestyle. Further information about the costs of living in the Netherlands and related subjects can be found on this website. Below is an example of monthly expenditures:

Furnished accommodation, including gas and electricity €   500-1,000
Medical insurance €   50
Telephone/internet€   15-40
Food€   300
Books, recreation, clothing€   300
Public Transportation€   50
Total€  average 1235 - 1735
Other potential expenses: 
Buying or renting a bike€  100 - 250 (per year)
In private residence (not student housing) yearly municipal and water taxes€  100 - 300 (per year)
Study trip or other study related travel€  300 - 500 (per year)

Please ensure, prior to your arrival at RSM, that you have or will have sufficient funding available to finance your stay at RSM. Finding a part-time job, may be an option, but can not be guaranteed. You should therefore not rely on finding other ways to supplement your income during your studies. For additional information on obtaining a part-time job, visit the website of the Nuffic.

For EEA students there are no formal restrictions in finding work in the Netherlands, but students with a lack of Dutch language skills will find it difficult to secure employment. Non-EEA students are subject to labour regulations, which makes the likelihood of obtaining a work permit very small. We therefore ask students not to rely on this possibility. We do not encourage students to combine studies with the heavy workload from a part-time job.

Admission & application

Application for the September 2024 intake opened 1 October. This is a capped programme, which means that the maximum number of applications we accept is 220. The application form will remain open until 15 May or until the maximum number of applications has been submitted (whichever comes first).

This maximum for the 2024 intake was reached on 11 January 2024 and this application is currently CLOSED. The application for the 2025 intake will open on 1 October.

Immigration & housing

Immigration & visas

Find out everything you need to know about entry visas & residence permits for non-EU or EEA students at RSM.

Housing

Finding housing in Rotterdam can be tricky. To help you in your search for housing, we have compiled some helpful resources

Hear from our current students

I wanted to bridge my previous psychology studies with business, to be able to expand my knowledge in a completely new field. What I enjoy most about the programme is the diversity in the cohort. We’re being pushed to take different perspectives to challenges, and collectively coming to a conclusion. We combine our previous educational backgrounds into creating unique outcomes. MiM truly exposes you to opportunities I thought I would never have. It’s a challenging programme, but I have gained so much insight, and grown so much as a person.

Sanne Iggstrom (MScBA Master in Management 2020)

Sanne Iggstrom

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