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Business Administration: Duisenberg Honours Programme in Corporate Finance

Do you have a financial background in Business Administration or Business Economics? Are you highly motivated, ambitious and up for a challenge? And you want to gain in-depth knowledge about corporate finance and the world behind it?

Then the Duisenberg Honours Programme in Corporate Finance is the programme for you!

Check if you meet the programme requirements and sign up

  • I have a School of Business and Economics Degree

    We welcome motivated and ambitious students who are actively developing themselves and are aware of their position and role in society. In order to be successful in this programme you will need a solid academic basis in, for instance, (International) Business Administration, Economics, Industrial Engineering & Management or related disciplines. Typically, students in this programme are successful if they have an intrinsic curiosity for financial decision making and for financial markets and if they have obtained their Bachelor’s degree with above average grades for courses in the areas of Financial Management, Financial Markets & Institutions, Corporate Finance or Accounting.

    Admission requirements
    With a Bachelor's degree in (International) Business Administration, Economics or Econometrics and Operations Research from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you are admissible provided you successfully meet the requirements in this document.

    Additional requirements

    • Strong motivation and commitment to the high study load of 84 EC in one year
    • Outstanding performance in the completed preceding bachelor programme
    • Sufficient entry knowledge in the core disciplines finance and accounting and sufficient quantitative skills (see below)

    Application procedure
    To enroll in the programme submit your enrolment application via Studielink. Please note: in Studielink you can apply for the Master in Business Administration and in VUnet you can select your specialization.

    Step 1:
    Apply for the MSc programme Business Administration via Studielink before 1 June. You can apply for the specialization in VUnet (see step 2).

    Step 2:
    Please complete your application in VUnet by answering additional questions and affirming  your choice for the specialization. Furthermore you need to upload:

    • a formal transcript of your bachelor grades. Your transcript must include an average score (GPA).
    • a motivation letter in which you explain why you want to pursue a Master’s programmes in BA, Duisensberg Honours Programme Financial Markets and Regulation (max. 1 A4)
    • a recent resume

    Please note: we can only process your application when your choice of specialization is clear and your documents are uploaded.

    More information regarding registration WO-bachelors, see the VU website.

    Services for international (EBE, EOR, IBA) students / Residence permit:
    If you are planning to continue your studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam after your SBE Bachelor, please contact the Central Admission’s Support Team of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for further information and specific questions about the offered services for international students like extending your residence permit. You will need to apply for extension of your residence permit if you continue your studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor’s degree, VU premaster or bachelor’s degree at another university)

    We welcome motivated and ambitious students who are actively developing themselves and are aware of their position and role in society. In order to be successful in this programme you will need a solid academic basis in, for instance, (International) Business Administration,  Economics, Industrial Engineering & Management or related disciplines. Typically,  students in this programme are successful if they have an intrinsic curiosity for financial decision making and for financial markets and if they have obtained their Bachelor’s degree with above average grades for courses in the areas of Financial Management, Financial Markets & Institutions, Corporate Finance or Accounting. Admission requirements The Duisenberg Honours Programme in Financial Markets and Regulation is open to students with a university Bachelor's degree that provides a thorough knowledge in Financial Management, Financial Markets & Institutions, Corporate Finance or Accounting.  You need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of):

    Financial Management      

    Berk, J. and P. DeMarzo, Corporate Finance, Pearson. Latest edition.

    or

    Brealey, R.A. & Myers, S.C. and F. Allen, Principles of Corporate Finance, Mcgraw-Hill. Latest edition.

    Financial Markets and Institutions

    Mishkin, F.S. and S.G. Eakins, Financial Markets and Institutions, Pearson. Latest edition.

    Business Statistics  

    Berenson, M.L., Levine, D. M. & Krehbiel, T. C., Basic Business Statistics, Pearson. Latest edition.

    Accounting Knowledge

    Bhimani, Horngren, Datar and Rajan, Management and Cost Accounting, 6th edition.

    Aerts, W. and Walton, P., Global Financial Accounting & Reporting : Principles and analysis, Cengage. Latest edition.

    Furthermore students need to show:

    1.    Outstanding performance in the completed preceding bachelor programme.

    2.    Strong motivation and commitment to the high study load of 84 EC in one year.

    Approval is in most cases given to students who hold a Bachelor’s degree with sufficient courses in Finance in:

    •    (International / Technical) Business Administration

    •    Economics and Business Economics

    •    Econometrics and Operations Research

    •    Industrial Engineering and Management

    Application procedure

    Step 1:

    Apply for the MSc programme Business Administration via  Studielink before 1 June. You can apply for the specialization in VUnet (see step 2)

    Step 2:

    After applying for the programme in studielink you will receive a VUnet-ID and password. Please complete your application in VUnet by answering additional questions and affirming  your choice for the specialization. Furthermore you need to upload:

    -    a formal transcript of your bachelor grades. Your transcript must include an average score (GPA).

    -    a motivation letter in which you explain why you want to pursue a Master’s programmes in BA, Duisenberg Honours Programme Corporate Finance. (Max. 1 A4)

    -    a recent resume.

    Please note: we can only process your application when your choice of specialization is clear and your documents are uploaded. 

    Step 3:

    The admission committee will assess your application and decide whether you are admissible. You will be informed about this decision via email.

    More information regarding registration WO-bachelors, see  the VU website.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) bachelor’s degree (premaster)

    We welcome motivated and ambitious students who are actively developing themselves and are aware of their position and role in society. In order to be successful in this programme you will need a solid academic basis in, for instance, (International) Business Administration,  Economics, Industrial Engineering & Management or related disciplines. Typically,  students in this programme are successful if they have an intrinsic curiosity for financial decision making and for financial markets and if they have obtained their Bachelor’s degree with above average grades for courses in the areas of Financial Management, Financial Markets & Institutions, Corporate Finance or Accounting.

    If you have a Dutch higher vocational (HBO) degree you need to enroll in a pre-master’s programme, which is designed to bridge the gap between higher vocational education and university-level education. Beside a HBO degree you also need to score at least 550 on the GMAT test. Please note: the pre-master's programme is taught in Dutch only.

    For more information about the pre-master's programmes see ' Master na HBO'.

    More information regarding registration WO-bachelors, see the VU website.

    Students who have successfully completed the VU pre-master’s programme in Financial Management are automatically entitled to admission to the master’s Business Administration specialization Financial Management. To enroll into the Duisenberg Honours Programme Corporate Finance: see the additional admission requirements. For questions about enrollment into this programme:  toelating.sbe@vu.nl.

  • Admission requirements with an international degree

    Admission requirements

    We welcome motivated and ambitious students who are actively developing themselves and are aware of their position and role in society. In order to be successful in this programme you will need a solid academic basis in, for instance, (International) Business Administration,  Economics, Industrial Engineering & Management or related disciplines. Typically,  students in this programme are successful if they have an intrinsic curiosity for financial decision making and for financial markets and if they have obtained their Bachelor’s degree with above average grades for courses in the areas of Financial Management, Financial Markets & Institutions, Corporate Finance or Accounting.

    In order to gain admission to our Master’s programme, you need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 EC or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. You need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of):

    • Financial Management - Berk, J. and P. DeMarzo, Corporate Finance, Pearson. Latest edition.
      or Brealey, R.A. & Myers, S.C. and F. Allen, Principles of Corporate Finance, Mcgraw-Hill. Latest edition.
    • Financial Markets and Institutions - Mishkin, F.S. and S.G. Eakins, Financial Markets and Institutions, Pearson. Latest edition.
    • Business Statistics - Berenson, M.L., Levine, D. M. & Krehbiel, T. C., Basic Business Statistics, Pearson. Latest edition.
    • Accounting Knowledge - Bhimani, Horngren, Datar and Rajan, Management and Cost Accounting, 6th edition.
      and Aerts, W. and Walton, P., Global Financial Accounting & Reporting : Principles and analysis, Cengage. Latest edition.

    Furthermore students need to show:

    • Outstanding performance in the completed preceding Bachelor's programme.
    • Strong motivation and commitment to the high study load of 84 EC in one year.

    English language requirements

    The admission board wants to stress the intensity of the programme: reading scientific articles and writing papers will be a key part, all in a very high pace. Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. As you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and for international companies.

    VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Exceptions are made for students who have completed a bachelor or master in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

    The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to this Master's programme are:

    IELTS (academic):
    - Minimum general score 6.5 
    - Minimum score speaking 6.5 
    - Minimum score listening 6.5 
    - Minimum score writing 6.0 
    - Minimum score reading 6.0 
    TOEFL Internet-based test: 92 overall
    Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C

    Please note that students who need a study visa must submit their English test results before 1 June. All other students have to submit the test certificate before 31 August (preferably sooner).

    TOEFL and IELTS tests must have been completed no more than two years before 1 September of the year in which your course starts. Note that TOEFL MyBestScore is not accepted. Our institution code is 7947.

    A PDF copy of your English test result can be sent to the following email (for non-Dutch degree holders): masters.sbe@vu.nl
    The general requirements regarding language proficiency are found here.

  • Application procedure with an international degree

    Applying with an international degree

    If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your original documents are required.

    Step 1: Review the admission criteria

    Step 2: Prepare your documents and apply online  
    Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU citizens)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Motivation letter
    • Transcript of records
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education, with the main literature used for those course. You can use this format.
    • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing). If your thesis was not written in English, please submit the original with an added summary of about 3 pages in English.

    Step 3: Await the decision on admission
    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you are admitted to theprogramme, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. 

    Step 4: Finalise your registration!
    Make sure to finalise your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on what to do after you are admitted. When all of the conditions are met, you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam! 

    Application fee & deadlines

    All students seeking admission to an international Bachelor’s or Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here.
    For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisor: masters.sbe@vu.nl.

    Student ambassadors

    Our International Student Ambassadors are happy to tell you all about their experiences with studying at VU and living in Amsterdam. Our student ambassadors come from all over the world and are currently attending various Bachelor's and Master's programmes. The student ambassadors are listed here. Reach out to them and hear their stories about being a VU Amsterdam student!

    Grants and scholarships

    International students can apply to several scholarships. For all VU scholarships, please see www.vu.nl/scholarships. Any available external grant or scholarship can be found through www.grantfinder.nl.

  • Contact for students with a Dutch degree

    Admissions questions
    toelating.sbe@vu.nl / admissions.sbe@vu.nl or on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 15:00h and 16:00h : Tel. 020 5985873

    Practical matters (Tuition fees, Studielink, VUnet)
    studentdesk@vu.nl

    All other questions
    contact@vu.nl

  • Contact for students with an international degree

    Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma? You can contact the International Student Advisors of the School of Business and Economics - Leanne Schrijver, Amu Shrestha, Paul Steeman and Marita Visser: masters.sbe@vu.nl

    International students are also welcome to call the International Student Advisors of the School of Business and Economics: Leanne: +31 20 598 3032, Amu: +31 20 598 4296, Paul: +31 20 598 8739 and Marita: +31 20 598 7325.

    For general information about VU Amsterdam
    Please phone us at +31 20 598 5000 (Monday – Friday, 09:00 to 17:00). 
    You may also e-mail us at study@vu.nl.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you a Dutch student? Please send your admission questions to toelating.sbe@vu.nl / admissions.sbe@vu.nl
For general information about VU Amsterdam, you can send an e-mail to study@vu.nl.

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma? You can contact the International Student Advisors of the School of Business and Economics - Leanne Schrijver, Amu Shrestha, Paul Steeman and Marita Visser: masters.sbe@vu.nl

International students are also welcome to call the International Student Advisors of the School of Business and Economics: Leanne: +31 20 598 3032, Amu: +31 20 598 4296, Paul: +31 20 598 8739 and Marita: +31 20 598 7325.

Do you have any other questions?

Send an email to contact@vu.nl

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367