Work together with students from different backgrounds and contribute to solutions for complex problems

  • Master
  • Full-time
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Interdisciplinary Business Professional

1 year
Master of Science
Start: September

Do you wish to work in interdisciplinary teams with people from different backgrounds and contribute your expertise and creativity to achieve a common goal? Are you able to think out of the box, accept new, exciting challenges and study problems from all possible angles? Then the English-taught Master Interdisciplinary Business Professional is the right programme for you.

Projects with impact

During your master’s, you will be involved with projects that combine working in research, education and industry. Through applied research you come up with innovative solutions for genuine societal issues. Below, you can find some examples of projects our master’s students engage in.

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  • Patrícia Duarte de Almeida

    Head of Education IBS Masters

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  • Danielle Hendrikse

    Coordinator & Lecturer

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  • Jornt Holtman


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  • Klaske Veth

    Professor Sustainable HRM

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    Educational Support

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About this programme

The Master Interdisciplinary Business Professional is an intensive, ground-breaking one-year international master programme in the domain of business studies, designed for ambitious students who are eager to make a difference. You will contribute to solutions and innovations for complex problems that organisations are facing. These problems are interdisciplinary issues that require innovative and diverse answers for organisations that add value to both people and our planet.

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Three students of the Master Interdisciplinary Business Professional talk about why they chose this master and what they learned in the programme.

Course overview

Semester 1

The master’s programme kicks off with an intensive week where you will meet fellow students and focus on a case study based on a real business issue. In the following weeks you will work in interdisciplinary teams on an assignment centered around one of the themes of the master’s programme. During these weeks you will receive intensive training on your research skills.

Innovation Assignment

Via the Networking Event at the start of the Innovation Assignment (INA) module, you are enabled to do your research project acquisition. In the following weeks you work in interdisciplinary teams on complex issues from the professional field. This module provides a dynamic combination of co-creation with fellow students and the professional field, academic depth provided by (guest) lectures and professorships, and an evidence-based approach with insights from different disciplinary perspectives.

Semester 2

In the second semester of the master's programme, you will work on your master thesis. Your master thesis is the centrepiece of the programme. You will demonstrate that you can execute an applied research project independently in an interdisciplinary professional context. You will complete the full research cycle and prove that you can conceive and apply innovative and relevant solutions. For your thesis you might continue on the theme of your Innovation Assignment and choose a topic of your interest to dive into. You might be able to contribute to a large research project from one of the seven research groups and their partners from the industry involved in the programme: Human Capital, International Business, Marketing/Market-focused Entrepreneurship, New Business & IT, Organisational Design and Change, Sustainable Financing and Entrepreneurship, or Sustainable HRM.

Throughout the year

Throughout the master's programme, you will have sessions with the Community of Learners (CoL), consisting of your fellow students, as well as commited professors and lecturer-researchers. The CoL gives you the opportunity to gain new insights and to learn alternative ways of looking at problems. You will improve your intercultural competences and give feedback to your fellow students on assignments you are working on. In addition, there will be guest lectures and company visits throughout the year, as well as classes on Professional Skills Development & Ethics.

Entry requirements

To enrol for the MSc in Business Studies - Interdisciplinary Business Professional, you will need to provide the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree from abroad within the economic domain and related fields
  • a transcript (grade list)
  • a 2-3 min. video pitch in which you showcase your background, motivation, and research experience

Dutch students don't have to submit an English language proficiency test but do need to demonstrate their proficiency in the video pitch.

Application and enrolment

Once you have made your final choice of degree programme, apply for the degree programme via Studielink before 15 August.

Please note that this master uses multiple application rounds. The deadlines for the application groups are as follows:

  1. Batch 1: 21 January 2024
  2. Batch 2: 31 March 2024
  3. Batch 3: 26 May 2024
  4. Batch 4: 15 August 2024 (EU students only)

Start of the degree programme

The degree programme will start in September. It is not possible to start in February.

Admission procedure

The admission procedure for the MSc in Business Studies (Interdisciplinary Business Professional) consists out of two phases.

  1. You apply via 'Studielink' with a Bachelor degree or an equivalent degree from abroad within the domain business studies and related fields. You also submit the required documents: a Bachelor diploma (if available), transcript (grade list), and video pitch. For more detailed information, please go to the hanze general admissions information page. You can find the master in Studielink by looking for its official name: M Interdisciplinary Business Professional.
  2. Students who pass phase 1 of the admission procedure will be invited for an online admission exam. This exam is to gain an understanding of your critical thinking skills, business research method skills and your academic language proficiency. The admission exam consists of reading a journal article, which you need to critically evaluate. The invitation for the admission exam will include the exact exam question and the journal paper. You will have four days to complete the admission exam. No exceptions will be made; the deadline for uploading your exam is fixed.

The Admissions Committee can request for additional supporting documents or examination in the form of an (online) interview.

Feel free to contact us by sending an e-mail to m[email protected] in case of questions.


Fields of interest

  • Business and Economics
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