Extended Master Organization Studies

Combine the Master's thesis trajectory with gaining in-depth work experience

The Extended Master Organization Studies will be offered again in 2018-2019 for about 30 to 40 students. Students who are admitted to the Master Organization Studies (i.e. completed the bachelor program or the premaster program) can apply for the Extended Master Organization Studies, which takes 18 months.

The Extended Master combines academic education and scientific research during the Master's thesis trajectory with in-depth work experience in an organization to an extent that is not possible in the one-year Master's program.

Program Extended Master Organization Studies

  • In the first semester, students follow the same courses as the regular Master's program.

  • In the second and third semester of the Extended Master, students follow a junior traineeship in one of the partner organizations of the Department of Organization Studies.

  • During the junior traineeship, students spend an average of 50% of the week on their Master's thesis research. The other half of the week, students carry out (project) activities for the partner organization.

  • Students thereby become acquainted with different stages and aspects of the consultancy process (as either an external or an internal consultant, dealing with processes of organization change and development), and add a year of real working experience to their CV.
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The Extended Master Organization Studies:

  1. broadens the students' knowledge of organizational life;

  2. broadens the empirical basis of the students' Master's thesis, helping to implement theoretically-based research questions in a practical way;

  3. acquaints students with practical situations in which they have to apply scientific theories and methods to resolve practical problems;

  4. broadens the knowledge of students who would like to enter the field of consultancy;

  5. supports the transition from an academic program to a professional career.

Partner organizations and application procedure

For more information about the Extended Master Organization Studies, please have a look at the document Extended Master Organization Studies 2017-2018 (for students who are interested in starting the master's program in the fall of 2017) in which the organizational setup and application procedure is explained (for Master students 2017-2018, the Manual is available on the MSOS/MTOS Blackboard page). More information on the Extended Master 2018-2019 will follow soon on this webpage.

In addition, students can look at the profiles of the participating partner organizations. New partner organizations are currently being recruited and the overview will be updated when new partnerships have been agreed upon.

If you are interested in the thesis of last year’s Extended Master students, please take a look at their summary’s (in Dutch).



Student of the Extended Master Organization Studies

Malva Verbeek MSc

"The helicopter view of Organization Studies attracted me. I decided to study Organization Studies at Tilburg University because of the inclusion of the junior traineeship."

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Student of the Extended Master Organization Studies

Fieke Balt MSc

"There are always exceptions to the theory, and I think you experience this best by working within organizations." 

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