Business Administration Specialization in Strategic Innovation Management, M.Sc.

Business Administration Specialization in Strategic Innovation Management, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
How do you build an organisation that is geared towards innovation? And how can you transform creative ideas into successful innovations? The Business Administration Specialization in Strategic Innovation Management from the University of Gronignen deals with these challenges.


The Business Administration Specialization in Strategic Innovation Management considers the whole strategic process of managing innovations within companies and between companies. Our programme is structured around the following four topics: (1) where does innovation come from; (2) how can the firm organise internally for innovation; (3) how and with whom should the firm cooperate to maximise innovation; and (4) how can the firm capture value from innovation?

All of our courses are designed and executed by a small group of top academic researchers, and our programme is, therefore, strongly research oriented. By introducing students to the state-of-the-art in academic research, the aim of the programme is to give student the necessary tools to properly understand, evaluate and solve real-life cases, and to conduct their own research.

Job prospects

With the ever increasing demand for innovation, your perspectives as an MSc SIM graduate are bright.

A large number of our graduates have gone on to careers in innovation. We have graduates who work as business developers and innovation managers, working with innovation within the firm; as strategic consultants, advising the firm on their innovation processes; as bankers, evaluating firms and their innovations; and as policy advisors, working on stimulating innovation at the regional, national, and international levels.

A large number of our students have, however, also opted for more general positions. Many of our graduates, for example, now work as general managers, strategists, or consultants, across a range of well-known firms and multinationals, and a number of our graduates have started their own companies.


EQUIS and AACSB accredited

Programme Structure

To fulfil the programme requirements, you need to follow: 

1. Four mandatory courses 

  • Strategy & Innovation Management
  • Organizing for Innovation
  • Cooperating for Innovation.
  • Capturing Value from Innovation

2. Three electives, which enables you to shape your profile, a Research & Skills clinic, which trains and develop your academic, professional and communication skills, and;

3. A Master thesis

For more information, please visit the programme website.

              Detailed Programme Facts

              • Programme intensity Full-time
                • Full-time duration 12 months
              • Credits
                60 ECTS
              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                On Campus

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:


                The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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              • Minimum required score:


                The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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              Academic Requirements

              You only need to take one of these tests:

              • You need the following GMAT score:

                Required score: 500

                The GMAT - or Graduate Management Admission Test - is a frequent requirement for admission at management and business schools across the world. The GMAT score ranges between 200 and 800 and measures the verbal and quantitative reasoning of test-takers. Read more about the GMAT.

              • This programme accepts GRE® scores, however, has not provided a recommended or minimum required score range.

                The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

              • Certified competences - GMAT/GRE; 
              • Grade list - A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation.
              • Language test - TOEFL and IELTS
              • Previous education - To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Technology Management.

                                    Tuition Fee

                                    • International Applies to you

                                      14200 EUR/year
                                      Tuition Fee
                                      Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
                                    • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                      2006 EUR/year
                                      Tuition Fee
                                      Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
                                    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                    Living costs for Groningen

                                    • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
                                      Living Costs

                                    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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