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MSc in Business Administration, specialization Business Analysis and Modelling

Nijmegen School of Management

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MSc in Business Administration,
specialization Business Analysis and Modelling

Since 2011 the master specialization Business Analysis and Modelling is being offered.
Students join classes with the Nijmegen courses of the European Master in System Dynamics.

The Master's track Business Analysis and Modelling focuses on two aspects of managerial decision making: on the one hand the individual and social 'biases and heuristics' leading to suboptimal or even low quality decisions, on the other hand interventions aiming at improving managerial decision making (Group decision support). Decision making involves at least two elements: an 'analytical' part (answering question such as: what is the problem, what are its causes, potential solutions etc.) and a ‘social’ part (answering questions such as: who is involved in the decision making process, who is affected by the decision etc.). Hence decisions can vary in analytic and social complexity. Many Business Administration programmes offer tracks in Operations Research (OR)/Management Science (MS), but more or less automatically focus on operational problems, where an optimal solution can be computed. However, there is an increasing need for Business Administration students who are trained in supporting strategic decision making, rather than operational decisions. Many strategic decision making situations are characterized by high analytic and high social complexity, i.e. large differences of viewpoints on what the problem is, whether there is a problem, what its causes are and what decision needs to be taken. Hence the concept of ‘messy problems’, which require both a modelling and facilitation approach as problem structuring methodology. With OR and MS departments of other economic and business administration programmes this track shares the application of formal methods and modelling. However, consistent with the Nijmegen research profile, it looks at (strategic) decision making from the point of view of the ‘Responsible Organisation’ and thus responsible decision making, focussing not only on the analytical aspect, but also on the social aspects of decision making.

Students will be trained both in analyzing complex problems as well as facilitation skills needed to intervene effectively in decision making processes.

Admission requirements

The International Master’s programmes at the Nijmegen School of Management are demanding programmes, set up to help you develop a critical attitude and a comparative view of the current academic debate on organizational theory, research on organizational behaviour and change. In order for you to be successful at completing the study programme, the Nijmegen School of Management has set some requirements to make sure you have a background to successfully complete our programmes.

We set these requirements to make sure that you are well-informed about the nature of the programme, and so that you know which topics are addressed during the programme.

For admission to all the specializations of the business Administration programme, you need to fulfill a number of requirements. These are:

  • Completed Bachelor degree in Business studies or a related area
  • English Level requirements
  • Background in research methodology

[bw] A completed Bachelor degree in business studies or a related area

As the Master's programme seeks to provide advanced knowledge and skills in the area of international management, design and development management, strategy or marketing, a fundamental requirement for students is a Bachelor's degree in a management discipline.

Because the MSc programmes in Radboud University are programmes that build onto a Bachelor (BSc) programme, the level of education is high. To make sure you are able to follow the programme without difficulties, we require a background in business studies or related. That way, it is assured that you have enough background in the area of business and management studies.

When you send us your documents, your diploma will be assessed by our experts on international diplomas. Based on this advise, the board will determine if you are able to start in the Master’s programme directly, or if you need to follow a pre-master programme first.

For the Master's programmes, professional experience is not required. Anyone with an appropriate study-background is free to apply for admission. Students with a Dutch education have to apply via Studielink. Students with a foreign education have to apply via the university.

We cannot give you a final answer on whether you are admitted or not until you send us either your application via Studielink (for those coming from a Dutch programme) or the university application forms with the necessary documents attached (for those coming from a foreign programme).

[bw] English level

In order to take part in the programme, you need to have a sufficient level of English. This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • has a pre-university diploma (VWO diploma), or
  • has a diploma obtained by completing a secundary education at an institution in the Netherlands or abroad where the language of instruction is English, or
  • has a diploma from Higher Professional Education (HBO), or
  • is admitted by the Examining Board based on passing GMAT test score, or
  • has successfully completed a 3-year Bachelor programme in a Ducht university.

Students who do not meet one of the above conditions must satisfy at least the following: This can be shown by providing us with one of these documents:

  • TOEFL score of  >575 (paper based) or >232 (computer based) or >90 (internet based)
  • IELTS score of >6.5
  • a Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of at least C.

Please include a copy of the diploma or certificate. 

[bw] Background in Research Methodology

All our programmes in Business Administration are based on research, because we are an academic university, involved in many international research projects. This means that the courses mainly involve different management, marketing or strategic theories, how to use them and how to compare them, but also how to test them. To make sure you have enough background to start the programme, please check the list of topics below.

The main methodological concepts used during the programme are:

  • research designs (when to use which research design)
  • constructing questionnaires
  • basic statistical concepts (one and two-tailed tests, type I and Type II errors, effect sizes, statistical power, validity, reliability)
  • descriptive statistics (means, variance, standard deviation, frequency distributions)
  • correlation analysis, analysis of variance, analysis of correspondence, factor analysis
  • (multiple) regression analysis (including models with dummies and testing fro the assumptions)
  • work with SPSS.


Semester 1

Semester 2

Period 1

Period 2

Period 3

Period 4

Computer simulation models and
organizational decision making

Group Model Building I

Strategic Decision Making 

Group Model Building II

Elective I

Elective II


Research Methodology


Niveau WO
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Ja
Doorlooptijd 12 maanden
Type MBA (Master of Business Administration), MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €1350 en €2700
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Provincie Gelderland
Afronding Diploma