Business administration

New ways of doing business

Core principles of management

The world is rapidly changing and traditional approaches of management are becoming obsolete. Understanding the new ways of doing business is a challenge, which confronts entrepreneurs, boards of directors, and government representatives. Private companies and public institutes need professional specialists who are able to reconcile a profound understanding of their profession with solid management know-what and know-how. Therefore, the objective of the Minor Business Administration is to educate you in the core principles of management with a specific focus on building, assessing, and implementing (new) business models.

The minor in Business Administration is a 30 EC programme taught in English. 

During the course Foundations of business administration you become familiar with the foundations of business administration: strategy, marketing, finance, accounting, logistics, technology, and human resource management. Using business model thinking, you combine and apply the knowledge from these disciplines to study businesses in the course Business Model Innovation. 

The course Business Professional familiarizes you with different functional management jobs, including CEO, Marketing, HRM, and CTO. Part of doing business is being able to produce and interpret financial data.

During the course Business Model Assessment you become familiar with finance and accounting practices.

During the final course, Business Project, you are asked to apply the knowledge acquired in the other courses, as they are asked to design and conduct a consultancy project for a real-life organization. 

Across all courses a variety of traditional and innovative teaching techniques are used to create a comprehensive learning experience. In addition to academic skills, the programme emphasizes professional skills, including creativity, communication, team working, reflexivity, and consultancy.

For specific information about each course, please visit our study guide.

Admission and registration

The minor in Business Administration is for students in their 3rd year of a university bachelor's programme who want to acquaint themselves with the core principles of business administration. The entrance requirements for the minor in Business Administration are basic knowledge of math and statistics, as provided in the academic core of any academic programme at VU Amsterdam or equivalent. The programme is open to non-VU students as well. Students in the BSc programmes Economics and (International) Business Administration are excluded from participating in this university minor.

If you like to enroll in the minor Business Administration you should submit two documents to before 1 August. One document containing grades and GPA, and one document expressing a motivation why you would like to participate in the minor. You will be notified about your acceptance before 14 August. Late entries, before 8 September, will only be considered if places are available. In addition to requesting admission to the programme you should enroll through VUnet into all minor courses (periods 1-3). This is possible from 15 July. Non-VU students can register as a secondary course student (bijvak) via More information about this procedure can be found on this website in Dutch or in English.

Questions about the programme

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact
Dr. Brian Tjemkes
+31-(0)20 59 86151

Skills for employment market

If you complete the minor in Business Administration you will gain a competitive edge through an acquired ability to use the insights from management and organization in their own field of expertise, such as Law, Medicine, Exact and Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences and other Social Sciences. A minor in Business Administration will also enhance your career opportunities in Management, Policy-Making and Consultancy, among others. If you are planning to pursue a MBA career after their BSc study, the minor will be helpful as well.

Pavlos Xanthopoulos

Student Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschappen

"The minor Business Administration offered me a profound insight in the science and art of business. I particularly appreciated the multi-disciplinary approach, entailing an integral perspective on dealing with business (model) challenges and solutions. The minor also enabled me to deepen my methodological knowledge and skills and stimulated me to apply obtained knowledge to real-life situations. The programme also offered an excellent opportunity to enhance my team skills, as students possessed different cultures and backgrounds. Taken together, the minor turned out to be a great learning experience and in hindsight I think it constitutes an important building block in my academic education."

Samenvatting Business Administration




1 semester (30 EC)


1 September


Economie, Recht en Bestuur
Gedrag en Maatschappij


School of Business and Economics