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    The Master’s specialization in Human Resource Management addresses the personnel process in organizations, from recruitment and selection to promotion, transfers and departures. The programme’s focus is on the development and control of the human factor in a working context that is becoming increasingly diverse.

    If you take the Master’s specialization in HRM, you will be awarded a degree in Business Administration, but you will specialize in processes of personnel performance and human development. This will not only prepare you for a career in human resources, but also as a management trainee or business consultant. The knowledge you acquire will enable you to develop and apply theoretical ideas, while your problem-solving skills will make you effective in all kinds of new or unfamiliar multidisciplinary contexts.

    Viewing personnel processes in the context of a real organization with existing structure, strategic position, logistic systems and so on, the HRM specialization takes other business processes into account, drawing on a variety of disciplines, including psychology, law and economics. There is also an emphasis on formulating and corroborating judgments that are informed by ethical considerations. In the field of human resources, the ability to communicate and apply analyses and actions to specialists and non-specialists alike is essential.

    Career prospects

    As a graduate of the Master’s specialization in Human Resource manager you will probably find a job as

    • a human resource manager
    • a consultant (possibly with a specialization in HRM-related issues)
    • a manager or management trainee.

    Having successfully completed the Master’s specialization in Human Resource Management, you will enter the job market as a graduate in Business Administration with a specialist knowledge of human resource performance and development. As such, you will be extremely well qualified to pursue a career in HRM, but many other opportunities will also be open to you, for example in general management or consultancy.

    The Master’s specialization in HRM adds a critical, contemporary, and (most importantly) comparative component to your general Business Administration knowledge and skills. In other words, after finishing this Master’s specialization, you will be able to understand and manage the very heart of an organization: its human resources.

    The Master’s specialization in Human Resource Management at VU University Amsterdam is structured around three key human resource processes and contemporary issues:

    • Employee commitment and development: the extent to which employees feel committed to their employer, their own performance and developing their own job-related knowledge and skills. This is discussed in the Careers & Organizations course.
    • Managing and controlling performance: the HRM-related models and tools used to measure and manage employee performance. This is the focus of the Performance Management & Control course.
    • Managing organizational diversity: a key issue for many employers and employees today. This is the focus of the Diversity in Organizations course.

    The Master’s thesis enables you to apply what you have learned about HRM (and Business Administration in general) to an empirical study of an HRM-related business issue. Your thesis will be based on a research project in which you will collect quantitative and/or qualitative data to answer your own research question on a Human Resource Management topic.


    Program requirements

    Written request: request for admission to the admission board, see www.feweb.vu.nl/masterhrm > Admission and application Knowledge minimum: Please make sure you also read the general requirements and application procedure. Language test: VU University Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. In order for you to be admitted unconditionally you must send us a certificate from a recognised authority concerning your proficiency in English including the writing/composition test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate Advanced English (CAE) and Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE). Written request: No decisions on admission can be made until the admissions office has received the complete online form, the application fee and the required documents as mentioned on the general website. Additional language requirements:IELTS overall band: 6.5IELTS writing: 6TOEFL paper based: 580TOEFL computer based: 237TOEFL internet based: 92 English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test: 92

     

    Scholarships / Grants:

    Neso Indonesia:
    StuNed Scholarships for Master studies, short courses and customized training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least two years work experience in a development-related organization.
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    Nuffic:
    The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme supports promising Taiwanese graduates and young professionals intending to pursue postgraduate degree programmes at a Dutch higher education institution.
    For additional information: Website

    VU University Amsterdam:
    VU University Amsterdam awards its own scholarships to outstanding students joining our international Master's degree programmes. The VU Fellowship is an amount of money between 2.500 and 15.000 Euros to cover a part of the study expenses. The general criteria for selection are excellence, motivatio
    For additional information: Website

     

    Accreditation

    Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands

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