School Info

Amsterdam Business School

The Amsterdam Business School (ABS) is part of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and its ethos reflects the university’s traditions as an international, entrepreneurial, intellectual and socially responsible community. Building on this heritage, ABS’s educational philosophy is characterised by exceptional lecturers, an international student base, small-scale interactive seminars, workshops and case-based programmes. The Amsterdam Business School offers many benefits thanks to its central location in the heart of Amsterdam, a major financial and business centre and a gateway to Europe as well as the rest of the world.

The ABS has officially acquired triple crown status. With this achievement, the ABS is among the less than 1% of business schools worldwide with ‘Triple Crown’ accreditation from AACSB, AMBA & EQUIS. Additionally, the University of Amsterdam ranks consistently among the best in the world if one looks at global rankings.

Why the Amsterdam MBA?

The Amsterdam MBA is a small-class sized MBA of 25 students in the heart of Amsterdam, a vibrant and multicultural European hub combining long-standing business tradition with entrepreneurial spirit. Having a 96% job placement rate and strong focus on excellence, the Amsterdam MBA is a network- and teamwork-oriented programme with a unique personal touch. The Amsterdam MBA programme is designed for ambitious professionals and graduates who wish to pursue a career in the international business world. The Amsterdam MBA students are intelligent, daring, motivated and hardworking. They bring rich experiences of day-today professional expertise to the programme, providing a unique opportunity to share and learn. Their dedication and drive in the classroom set them up to become confident, inspiring and passionate leaders of the future.

MBA Curriculum

The curriculum of the Amsterdam MBA consists of four clusters that address key challenges for future leaders in business and society. In addition to having a profound knowledge of general management issues related to an organisation’s strategy and operations, top managers require exceptional leadership skills, a profound understanding of the financial side of their business and an in-depth knowledge of emerging trends that sustainably impact both the economic landscape and the broader society. Therefore, we defined four clusters: (1) Leadership, (2) Strategy & Operations, (3) Finance & Accounting, and (4) Contemporary Management Issues.

Programme Info

Type of Course: 

  • One-year Full-time MBA
  • Two-year Part-time/ Executive MBA




University of Amsterdam rankings

• QS: #58 (#2 in the Netherlands)

• THE: #50-59 (Shared #1 in the Netherlands)

Starting Dates:

  • One-year Full-time MBA: 1 September 2020
  • Two-year Part-time MBA: 1 September 2020

Length of Course:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time/ Executive: 24 months

Application Deadlines:

Admissions: Rolling admissions

Deadline: 1 June 2020 (full-time) or 1 August 2020 (part-time)

Student Body

Ratio of applicants to places: 4:1

Number of students: 25 full-time, 25 part-time

Number of nationalities18

Percentage of international students96% with  students from the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, Israel, India, Japan, China, Russia, and many European countries including Norway, Germany, Hungary, Swiss, Italy and the Netherlands:

  • Europe: (20%)
  • North America:  (24%)
  • Central/South America: (16%)
  • Middle East: (8%)
  • Oceania and Asia: (24%)
  • Africa: (8%)

Men/Women Ratio: 60% M/ 40% F
Age range: 26-48

Average Age: 30 (full-time), 36 (part-time) 
Length of Work Experience: Average 6 years (full-time) and 11,5 years (part-time). Minimum 3 years


GMAT: Minimum 630 (average 650)

TOEFL: 100/IELTS: 7.0 (for non-native English speakers)

Optional additional information: 3 steps: online application with documents (including two references), ABS Assessment (video questions) and an admissions interview. 


Tuition fee: EUR 39,900 (no application fee)

Estimate for accommodation/living costs, insurance: EUR 900-1000 per month  


Address: Plantage Muidergracht 12, 1018 TV Amsterdam

Telephone: +31205255655

WhatsApp: +31621380175


Name of a specific person whom the candidates can contact: Jesper van de Vooren (MBA Recruitment Manager)


Dean: Prof. dr. Marc Salomon

MBA Programme Director: dr. Sebastian Kortmann