Culture, Organization and Management, M.Sc. | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Culture, Organization and Management

12 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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This Culture, Organization and Management MSc programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam isn’t about desk research or sending out questionnaires. It’s about getting out there in the field, talking to people on the scene, and offering up a mirror to the people and organisations you’re studying. 


In this Culture, Organization and Management MSc programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you'll need the empathy to understand the issues from the inside, but the distance to be able to come up with workable solutions. You’ll need the critical thinking and theoretical baggage to be able to deliver tough messages, but the diplomacy to be able to communicate effectively.

Multiple perspectives, first-hand

Culture, Organization and Management (COM) at VU Amsterdam is like no other. It offers a unique perspective by drawing close to organisational practice. 

We teach you to look behind the scenes and focusing on both individual’s lived experience and the wider social context. No other university in the world offers such an ethnographic perspective on organisation and management, coupled with practical field research, grounded analysis and critical advice.

Entering the job market

Having graduated with a Master’s degree in Culture, Organization and Management, your skills will be in high demand in many sectors.
  • Consultancy firms – you’d be particularly well suited to consultancy firms specialising in a human approach. Some of our graduates have started their own consultancies as well.
  • Management positions and traineeships in major companies – people who are culturally sensitive tend to make better leaders in today’s society.
  • The public sector, NGOs and international organisations – working on international issues like climate change or humanitarian aid, especially a role as policymaker or advisor.
  • Social work and medical professions – the healthcare sector, for example, has many complex issues that require an innovative, qualitative research approach to solve them.
  • Communication and external relations – bringing across complex information to an external audience in a sensitive way.
  • Research and education – in a broad spectrum of knowledge institutions.
  • Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Master's Thesis in Culture, Organization and Management
    • Organization and Power
    • Sensemaking in Organizations
    • From Fascination to Fieldwork
    • From Fieldwork to Future

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 12 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    60 ECTS


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

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

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    You can apply to the Master’s programme in Culture, Organization and Management (COM) with one of the following Bachelor’s degrees:

    • Business Administration
    • Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
    • Management and Organisation Science
    • Organisation Studies
    • Psychology track Social- or Work and Organisational Psychology
    • Sociology

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      16830 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 16830 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      2209 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

    Living costs for Amsterdam

    1000 - 1500 EUR /month
    Living costs

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


    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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