12 months
14762 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
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The Business Administration - Leadership and Change Management programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a traveler’s guide for frontrunners (change agents and change crews) in organizations. 

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In this Business Administration - Leadership and Change Management programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will acquire evidence-based knowledge about the complexities of (planned) strategic interventions from multiple perspectives and in various settings including private companies, public organizations, and large-scale institutions.

All of the courses offered in the Leadership and Change Management specialisation are taught with both macro (e.g., organizational/institutional) and micro (e.g., individual, behavioral) perspectives on the subject matter. 

At the same time you will learn about the complexities of implementing change ‘on the ground’, where plans and standard operating procedures usually provide little help and where leaders rise must to the occasion. By learning project management, rhetoric and political skills, and – last but not least – by becoming comfortable with your personal story, growth and vision (as ‘reflective practitioner’), you might learn to become that frontrunner (and, thus, ‘leader’) of change.

You are in the right programme if you are interested in questions such as: How can I make organizations more healthy and successful based on evidence-based practices? What is the best intervention in a given context? How do I manage stakeholders with conflicting interests? How should a leader best ‘pitch’ planned change to gain buy-in from others? How should a leader of change deal with resistance? Is there a way for a leader to improvise and learn from a change experience and still ‘lead’? Is there a way to connect my own story of learning and personal growth with organizational learning and visionary leadership?

Career Prospects

  • Depending on how you will choose to craft your own career, this programme can ultimately place you as the Chief Officer of Learning, Restructuring, Human Resources, or (in mid- or late career stages) as the CEO. 
  • The programme will be the kick-off to your career as specialist of both leadership and organizational change that, up to 10 years after graduation, may open doors for you as a project manager, a consultant, or a specialist in organizational transformation or change management, or general management in private, public or large-scale institutions.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Perspectives on Organizational Change
  • Intervention & Project Management 
  • Change Rhetoric and Politics 
  • Leadership : Advanced Perspectives 
  • Organizational Change Serious Game
  • Behavioral Strategy
  • Cross Cultural Management 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

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, but we do take into account your motivation, prior relevant work experiences, and any relevant volunteering experiences and/or citizenship behaviors. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14762 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14762 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Business Administration - Leadership and Change Management
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