• Degree

    MBA

  • Starting date

    January 2025

  • Duration

    Full-time | 12 months

  • Fee

    €65,000.-

  • Language

    English

  • Format

    In person

The International Full-time MBA at RSM builds the critical-thinking, problem-solving, leadership and communication skills you need to launch and sustain a world-class career in business. In any sector, in any management role, anywhere in the world. When you study at RSM, you choose a truly international learning environment with Triple Crown accreditation, and a 12-month search visa to fully explore opportunities in the Netherlands.

  • 97% international cohort, representing 36 nationalities (class of 2023).
  • 61% accepted a job offer by graduation.
  • 98% found a job within 3 months after graduation.
  • 77% of the employed students landed a job in the Netherlands and more than 91% found employment in the EU.
  • Strong alumni network of nearly 50,000 change-makers across the world.

This programme is offered by Rotterdam School of Management b.v.. For more information about the legal structure of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, visit this page.

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Programme overview

Meet our students

Meet current and previous International Full-time MBA students.

Cristina Egocheaga De la Cruz

Full-time MBA Class of 2025

Peruvian

Former position: solutions team leader for NTT DATA in Peru

Felipe Kanegae

Full-time MBA Class of 2025

Brazilian

Former position: relationship manager at Itaú bank in Brazil

Teona Hadi

Full-time MBA Class of 2024

Georgian/American

Former position: client compliance and billing analyst at law firm Cravath

Kartika Handayani

Full-time MBA Class of 2024

Indonesian

Former position: project manager at Medco Power Indonesia

José Miguel Polanco

Full-time MBA Class of 2024

American, Ecuadorian and Peruvian

Former position: Sales development supervisor at Mary Kay Peru 

Stella Ren

Full-time MBA Class of 2024

Chinese 

Former position: Senior Marketing Manager at Space Cycle

Ian Weavind

Full-time MBA Class of 2024

South African

Former position: Finance manager at Ascot Wealth Management

Johntel Greene

Full-time MBA Class of 2023

American

Former position: Education Pioneers COVID-19 Response Fellow at NYC Department of Education

Bing Court

Full-time MBA Class of 2023

American

Former position: Civil engineer in Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Benjamin Zammit

Full-time MBA Class of 2023

Maltese

Former position: Technical Business Consultant at Curmi & Partners Ltd

Lauren Smotkin

Full-time MBA Class of 2023

American

Former position: strategic communications consultant in Washington DC

Joe Oldham

Full-time MBA Class of 2023

Peruvian 

Former position: account manager at Orica in Lima

Natalia Almendariz Perea

Full-time MBA Class of 2022

Peruvian

Former position: key account sales executive at Nestle in Peru

Natalia Almendariz Perea

Georgios Lampridis

Full-time MBA Class of 2022

Greek

Former position: senior consultant at Accenture in Athens

Portrait of Georgios Lampridis

Ananth Sai Reddy Eragam

Full-time MBA Class of 2022

Indian

Former position: founder and portfolio manager of an equity portfolio management firm

Ananth Sai Reddy Eragam

Ivanna Zbrutska

Full-time MBA Class of 2022

Ukranian

Former position: business development consultant and trade representative in Chongqing, China

Ivanna Zbrutska

Why This Programme

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5 things that make the RSM Full-Time MBA unique

Class Profile

The world in your classroom 

The International Full-time MBA is built on diversity. Diversity of thought, of experience, of culture, of background, of perspective. Our students come from all over the world. From a myriad of industry backgrounds. From a vast diversity of roles and functions. Each person brings his or her unique perspective, outlook and experience to a rich and challenging interchange that will upturn your preconceptions and broaden your thinking. 

To view the full class profile of Full-time MBA Class of 2025, please click here.

Curriculum

The International Full-time MBA is a 12-month learning journey that will change you and change your future. You will get into the issues that really matter. You will learn, debate, discuss, exchange, persuade and bring it all together with enough international exposure to pursue your career in any sector, management role and location in the world.

The programme starts with laying the foundations for effective management in an ever-changing and complex world: how to make critical decisions using an analytical approach, how to read and use data, and how to work with and manage diverse teams.

Coursework includes:

  • Financial Management: Accounting
  • Management Science
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Quantitative Platform of Business
  • Personal Leadership Development

Next, we introduce the core business areas. Through case studies and lively classroom discussions, you will explore the most relevant management issues of the day in their proper context. 

Coursework includes:

  • Financial Management 2
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Personal Leadership Development
The Impact Experience

The Impact Experience takes place during the second module, before commencing the coursework. In this practical project you are required to integrate and apply your knowledge. During this project you will team up to tackle major societal challenges. You will formulate a challenge, generate ideas and come up with creative solutions with a positive impact - in a very short space of time.

In Module 3 we bring the core business concepts into clearer focus by adding four layers of context: What is the role of the economic environment, how to facilitate and nurture innovation, and how to manage organisations and processes sustainably.

Coursework includes:

  • Economic Environment of Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Innovation Management
  • Business of Sustainability
  • Personal Leadership Development

Advanced Courses

In this module we dive deeper into specific business areas. During this time, you will choose a career concentration course.

  • Living Management Project
  • Advanced Courses (choice of 1):
    • Advanced Finance
    • Advanced Strategy
    • Advanced Marketing
    • Advanced Supply Chain Management
    • Advanced Sustainability
Living Management Project

In module 4 you are tested on your ability to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired so far. An intense, four-week project that requires you to work in teams to devise a solution to a real business problem within a company and present your recommendations to the company’s executives and other panel members. Experience the typical challenges of a consultancy project – inadequate information and resources, tight deadlines and cultural differences between your team members.

A week abroad, learning about how other cultures do business. This immersive learning experience exposes you to the complexities of global business and gives you the opportunity to explore specific industries and themes.

* Study trips are subject to rules and regulations around international travel.

MBA Electives

Every year we offer around 20 electives which allow you to specialise in topics of your choice. The electives include professional skills and current topics across five streams of specialisations.

  • Electives (Choice of 3)
  • Personal Leadership Development

Integrative Learning, Critical Reflection and Impactful Action

Running across your MBA journey at RSM is an integrative programme that empowers you to re-evaluate each of your core subjects as a function of the whole and critically reflect on how the different pieces fit together and where you will need to apply your own personal touch in order to create holistic and sustainable value.

Leadership is comprehensively integrated across the entire MBA learning experience. We call this Personal Leadership Development (PLD). Every class, every assignment and every project is informed by a leadership development component: a challenge to apply theoretical concepts to real-world scenarios. To make decisions based on what you know and what is in front of you. To think like a real business leader.

The Personal Leadership Development programme will help you build your leadership competencies via dialogue and interchange with inspirational peers and leaders from a broad diversity of backgrounds and cultures.

Spend a term at one of the 40+ leading business schools in RSM’s network.

* Exchange options are offered for those who are interested, at the end of the programme.

Faculty

Big thinkers. Industry experts. Exceptional scholars. 

RSM offers a distinct intellectual culture based on the values of being critical, creative, caring and collaborative, and we are committed to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for our mission. 

We believe that leadership can be taught through a combination of intellectual and practical challenges – like those encountered when working in diverse teams – that can foster creative new approaches in business. And we encourage a flexible, broad and sometimes iconoclastic mindset in business practice and research – from the perspective of being a force for positive change in the world at an individual and organisational level. 

Research and education by our world-class researchers and academics are among the best in the world, perfected at the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). Our think-tank is ranked as one of the top 10 research institutes in Europe. 

At RSM, we are proud to claim:

  • More than 50 years of experience in business and management education

  • One of Europe’s top 10 research facilities

  • A consistent ranking among Europe’s top-ranked business schools

  • A place among the 1% of schools worldwide with Triple Crown accreditation

  • One of the world’s largest and most-cited business school faculty: 250 senior researchers and 150 PhD students

  • 35 research centres and initiatives

  • 150+ International partner schools.

Learning Experience

So much more than a classroom 

The MBA classes are important of course – and ours rank among the top international business schools globally. But standing out in the competitive world of business takes more. You have to step out of your comfort zone and into the world around you. Students come to us from all over the world and from a vast spectrum of industries, sectors and roles. In class, in project work, on campus, on treks – the rich exchange of ideas and approach will push your boundaries and broaden your mindset exponentially.  

Study Tours

Our study tours are immersive learning experiences that expose you to the complexities of global business. Previous international study tours and topics included: 

Lisbon 

Social impact through innovation 

London

Financing of companies over their lifecycles

Dubai

Energy transition

Shanghai

Doing business in China: innovation and entrepreneurship 

Athens

Turning Ideas into Startups

Washington DC

Business and politics

San Francisco

Leading during change and crisis

Costa Rica

Sustainable Business in a (Striving) Sustainable Society

Toronto  

Digital disruption of financial services and artificial intelligence  

Barcelona

Digital Technologies in Operations Management

Frankfurt

Modern Corporate Finance in theory and practice

Prague

Management Consulting

Reykjavik

Green Economy and Sustainability

Tallinn

Digital Ecosystems: strategies for innovation

Reims

The power of the collective: an immersion in champagne

The Living Management Project

Every year, companies come to Rotterdam looking for help with specific business challenges. And every year, they leave with innovative new solutions developed by MBA students at RSM. This intensive, four-week project requires you to work in teams to devise a solution to a real business problem within a company, before presenting your recommendations to the company’s executives and other panel members. You will experience – and learn how to tackle – the typical challenges of a consultancy project, like inadequate information and resources, tight deadlines, and cultural differences between you and your team members. 

Exploring SDGs Game at RSM Erasmus University

International Exchange

As part of the programme you can opt for an international exchange. Spend your fourth term at one of the more than 100 leading business schools in the RSM network. 

Events and Networking

Take full advantage of the unmistakable energy on our campus. Dive into events and networking opportunities hosted by the MBA Student Association and MBA Career Centre.

What is your ‘I WILL’?

RSM’s I WILL movement allows you to define your goals, your ambition, your drive. It’s our forward-thinking community that asks you to say something about your future. Your I WILL statement becomes part of the spirit of RSM’s diverse community of students, researchers, staff, professors, alumni and others related to the school. Making a public commitment to your goal will allow you to achieve it faster and better. What is your goal?

Leadership Development

The transformative journey of Personal Leadership Development at RSM Full-Time MBA

What kind of leader will you be? 

Leadership is comprehensively integrated across the entire MBA learning experience. We call this Personal Leadership Development (PLD). Every class, every assignment and every project is informed by a leadership development component: a challenge to apply theoretical concepts to real-world scenarios. To make decisions based on what you know and what is in front of you. To think like a real business leader. 

The Personal Leadership Development programme will help you build your leadership competencies via dialogue and interchange with inspirational peers and leaders from a broad diversity of backgrounds and cultures. 

Leading knowledge

Our faculty and professional coaches have their fingers on the newest insights and best practices from all over the world. You will have access to all of it through the PLD programme. 

Leading in action

Apply your managerial savvy through active lessons – such as in-class exercises, simulations, group work, peer reviews and mentoring opportunities.

Leading solutions 

Put your critical thinking to the test. For four weeks, you will work in teams to solve a real-world business problem for a real firm, and present your solution to executives. 

PLD helped me define, plan and reflect my learning objectives and new behaviours in a more structured way. Through this process, my classmates supported me to reach my objectives while creating a safe place to do this. I genuinely believe that the course works as a strong base for any professional

Natalia Almendariz Perea - MBA Class of 2022

I was sceptical at first, but PLD is turning out to be the most valuable take-away from the programme. It is uncomfortable, because it involves a lot of self-reflection to discover who you truly are and what it takes to get you where you want to be.

Ananth Sai Reddy Eragam - MBA class of 2022

PLD gives you a sense of self-reflection: how I view myself, how I view others, and how I can combine those two to become a better leader. You can see the progress throughout the year, and then put it all together.

Asimwe Ruganyoisa - MBA class of 2021

PLD is one of the reasons I chose RSM. It’s one of my favourite and most useful things here. It makes you analyse and self-reflect. We learned you’re not going to change your personality or perception, but we’re able to rise up and have a bird’s-eye view and not be biased by your own perspectives and experiences.

Katsiaryna Pakhomava - MBA Class of 2020

Personal Leadership Coaching

Personal Leadership Coaching at RSM

At Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) we define coaching as ' partnering with an individual, teams or groups in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.' Coaching focuses on the transformation from potential into reality and impact. 

In this video Hetty Brand-Boswijk, our Director of Coaching and Lead Coach for the Erasmus Center for Women and Organisations (ECWO), shares the benefits of personal coaching.

The Craft of Management

What is experiential learning at RSM Full-Time MBA

Integrative Learning, Critical Reflection and Impactful Action

Taking your MBA at RSM exposes you to the biggest, most relevant ideas shaping modern, global business and challenges you to dive deep into the theories, the problems and the technical issues that, as a future decision-maker, you will have to navigate. But becoming an impactful manager is not just about mastering the granularity of today’s challenges within specific problem domains. Modern management is also a craft that requires you to be able to step back, critically assess the big picture (using the different tools acquired during your MBA) see the risks and the opportunities ahead and join the dots that connect them.

Running across your MBA journey at RSM is an integrative programme that empowers you to re-evaluate each of your core subjects as a function of the whole and critically reflect on how the different pieces fit together and where you will need to apply your own personal touch in order to create holistic and sustainable value.

The Craft of Management is the red thread during your MBA. Each session invites you to question what you learn in the broader context of today's management challenges and responsibilities. You will be challenged again to reflect on why you are pursuing an MBA, what you hope to achieve and what kind of impact you aim to have after the MBA.

You will explore:

  1. The taken-for-granted assumptions (including your own) that are associated with conventional management thinking
  2. The important and complex roles that organisations and their leadership have in propagating current systems of management—for better or worse
  3. The need to be an open and engaged force for positive impact as a future manager

FAQ

Do you have any questions about our International Full-time MBA (FTMBA) programme? Find answers to commonly asked questions in our FAQ section, covering programme structure, admissions, and more.

We operate on a system of admissions rounds, with specific deadline dates for applications throughout the year. Following each round, interviews are conducted. This year, our admissions rounds fall in February, April, June, August, October, and November. If you apply by the deadline of a given round, your application will be assessed, and if selected for an interview, it will typically take place within two weeks after the round's closing date.

No, our FTMBA only starts in January of every year.

Normally the admissions process can take 4 – 6 weeks but if needed it can be done quicker. It all depends on your schedule and that of your interviewer.

Yes, you can submit your application without a GMAT or GRE score for initial evaluation. However, to proceed with further stages of the application process, such as the online KIRA Talent Assessment and potentially an admissions interview, you'll need to provide a valid score report. Additionally, you'll be required to submit an official score report using one of the following school codes:

GMAT code: QK8-CX-30

GRE code: 0798

Alternatively, if eligible, you may choose to take the RSM Business Admissions Test (BAT). For more information, please visit https://www.rsm.nl/education/mba/international-full-time-mba/admissions/bat/

Generally, it's not mandatory; it's an optional requirement. However, you're welcome to include your TOEFL or IELTS scores with your application to strengthen it. Please note that we retain the right to request proof of English proficiency at any stage of the application process if further verification of your language abilities is deemed necessary.

To access the complete list of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

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