Strategic Management

Master of Science (MSc) in Strategic Management

The Msc in Strategic Management from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University focuses on three activities: analysis, formulation and implementation to formulate business strategy and direction.

A broadly-applicable and highly-marketable qualification taking an in-depth look at strategic analysis and the formulation and implementation of strategies, RSM’s MSc in Strategic Management focuses on delivering the skills needed to manage the strategic direction of an organisation

This programme uses scientific knowledge to prepare you for a career in organisational leadership, combining first-hand research insights with an extensive international business network.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University is ranked as a top 10 player by the Financial Times European Masters in Management list. It has the widest selection of one-year MSc programmes in the Netherlands and is located in a city with a truly international flavour.

Why study a Master in Strategic Management in Rotterdam?

Why a Master in Strategic Management?
  • latest insights into managerial strategy from one ofEurope's top 10 business schools;
  • an in-depth look at strategic analysis and the formulation and implementation of strategies;
  • international orientation with latest expertise in international management, and through an international mix of students and staff;
  • practical training for skills, rooted in scientific knowledge.

Career opportunities Master in Strategic Management

Career opportunities Master in Strategic Management

Highly-skilled master graduates in Strategic Management are regularly sought by recruiters for top international companies. Master graduates are qualified to take on a wide range of positions including management consultant, business analyst, strategic advisor, or general manager. Graduates have solid foundation skills that can also be applied to entrepreneurial start-ups.

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Education objectives Master in Strategic Management

Education objectives Master in Strategic Management

You will:

  • learn how to develop the strategic direction of an organisation;
  • acquire the latest scientific and practical knowledge essential for managing multinational corporations;
  • prepare for your future role as organisational leader or senior manager;
  • develop strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;

and gain a MSc in Strategic Management.

Curriculum Master in Business Administration

Curriculum Master in Business Information Management
  • The Strategy Process
  • Strategy & International Business
  • Corporate Development: Strategies for Acquisitions and Alliances
  • Research Clinic
  • Strategic Management Honours class
  • Strategic Management Consulting
  • Corporate Venturing
  • Offshoring and Outsourcing IT and Business Services
  • Governance and Strategic Challenges of Family Enterprises
  • Strategic Management Consulting
  • Corporate Venture Capital
  • Corporate Governance and Strategic Leadership
  • Strategic Management Consulting
  • Organisational Identity
  • Diffusion of Management Ideas
  • International Management

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Mode of education Master in Business Information Management

Mode of   education Master in Business Information Management

In addition to lectures, you will work in small groups on business cases and assignments. Many of the exercises are carried out in teams. Skills training, presentations, visiting lecturers and practitioners are all part of the curriculum. In order to graduate you will be trained in analytical and research skills and must write an individual thesis on a topic of your choice.

Target audience Master in Strategic Management

Target audience Master in

This one-year, full-time master programme is for recent bachelor graduates with a background in business administration, economics, public administration or engineering. It focuses on graduates interested in developing a detailed overview of business strategy. Strategic Management (SM) masters are dynamic, intelligent and motivated and have the ambition to become senior organisational leaders.

Admission criteria Master in Strategic Management

Admission criteria Master in Strategic Management
  • Pre-determined undergraduate degree from a research university
  • GMAT > 600
  • GPA equivalent to 7 out of 10 in the Dutch education system
  • English language requirement (TOEFL / IELTS)

For exact admission requirements please visit RSM’s admission pages.


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Application Master in Strategic Management

Application Master in Strategic Management

You should apply directly to Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) through its online application system (OLAF). Please visit RSM’s admission pages for comprehensive instructions on how to proceed.

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