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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam M.Sc. in Business Data Science (Research)
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

M.Sc. in Business Data Science (Research)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2 Years


Full time

Request application deadline *

Sep 2024

EUR 2,530 / per year


* non-EU/EEA students: April 1 | EU/EAA students: June 1


The Research Master of Business Data Science is a multidisciplinary research program with a central focus on the performance of academic research.

The English-taught Research Master Business Data Science prepares talented and motivated students to enter high-quality Ph.D. programs in Business at one of the three partner universities. It is a joint initiative of the Erasmus School of Economics of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and the School of Business and Economics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

This program is looking for students with strong analytical and quantitative skills.

Unique features

The Business Data Science program distinguishes itself based on the following unique features:

  • The program is a two-year research master (120 EC) aiming to train future Ph.D. students. Students who successfully complete the research master of Business Data Science are assisted in finding Ph.D. positions at one of the three partner universities or elsewhere.
  • It has a strong focus on data science, presented to the students at a higher theoretical level than in a traditional master's program.
  • It ties the foundations of data science directly to different business fields.
  • It is a small-scale program, where students work in close collaboration with faculty. The class-size limit of 30 students guarantees a high level of interaction in the classroom, detailed feedback from faculty, and the support of a strong cohort. Individual field courses will generally have fewer students due to their concentration in the various tracks.
  • It is embedded in the fervid research culture of three leading universities, benefitting from the expertise and research network of top-notch faculty. Not only are the rich variety of topics and methodological approaches covered in this program unique, the broad network employed/drawn on by participating faculty (with connections at MIT, NYU, LBS, and JADS, to name a few) is a valuable asset for future scholars. The cooperation between the three Schools guarantees first-rate education provided by highly qualified scholars, embedded in excellent infrastructure.
  • Students are provided with excellent facilities. Most of the classes are organized in Amsterdam (Zuidas) with assigned classrooms, student workplaces, and IT facilities for Research Master students. Classes will also be offered at the Woudestein Campus at EUR in Rotterdam with good facilities for students. Teachers are ready to offer diverse learning paths aligned to the current context of Covid-19 to our students if needed (in-class, online, blended) while keeping a highly interactive environment.
  • Students are assisted with immigration procedures and housing. Travel costs for coursework are reimbursed. Scholarships are available for selected students.



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