Master's students at their graduation ceremony

Management of Cultural Diversity

1 year English Starts end of August

Become an expert in managing a culturally diverse workforce within companies and organizations. Work on policies solving important societal challenges, such as equal opportunities in the labor market, the educational or the healthcare system and the participation of refugees in society. Learn how to develop cooperation strategies for the customers of organizations, and for citizens with diverse life styles, identities, orientations, and world views. This is a track of MA Culture Studies.

Education as of September 2022

All education takes place on campus again, now that the coronavirus measures have been scaled back. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. Therefore, a few basic measures still apply. For the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation, see our FAQs for prospective students.

international students

(of all students who started in September, 2021)

of our current students is (very) satisfied with their program

National Student Survey, 2021 | n=55 (Culture Studies, all tracks)

different nationalities

Alumni report, 2021 | n = 502 (Culture Studies, all tracks)

Program and courses

Besides learning how to neutralize risks, you will also learn to see the opportunities cultural diversity brings and how organizations and society can benefit from these opportunities, for example through strategies and policies. Understand and manage important organizational and societal challenges, such as:

  • What does it mean to a hospital when patients with various religious beliefs need tailor-made care?

  • What are the consequences when citizens representing different identities, traditions, languages and beliefs send their children to mixed schools?

  • Do people with different ethnic backgrounds get equal opportunities in the labor market?

  • How can employers deal with challenges related to working with quotas regarding the composition of their workforce?

  • What should managers and policymakers do to make diversity work?

  • What does it mean for the performance of a company or team when employees with all kinds of backgrounds have to cooperate?

  • How can a company customize its services to customers from all over the world?

  • How can organizations train expats to prepare them for working and living in a totally different cultural environment than they are used to?

Internationally oriented, with a combination of methods from sociology, psychology, human resource management, and sociolinguistics.

This is a track of MA Culture Studies. You specialize by following one of its tracks.

Typical courses are:

  • Cultural Identity and Diversity
  • Cultural Diversity Management
  • Cultural Diversity Policies

More on the program and courses

  • Bruno Boj

    Bruno Boj

    Master's student

    "The program was an eye-opener as it taught me to look at the multicultural societies from a broader perspective. It prepared me to manage the diversity of people in organizations in a way everyone gets equal chances and opportunities."

Career prospects

Upon graduating you will have obtained the following title (as stated on your diploma): MA Culture Studies, specialization Management of Cultural Diversity.

Because of the explicit international orientation you can expect to find a job in a variety of countries within Europe and beyond. Either focus on management of a culturally diverse workforce within companies and organizations (for-profit and non-profit) or work on policy development and implementation regarding issues of cultural diversity in society within governmental organizations or NGOs.

Some of our graduates' jobs:

  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Human resource advisor
  • Organization advisor
  • Policy advisor

Alumni facts

  • Average time between graduation and first paid job is 2.5 months
  • 84% of our alumni find a job within 2 months

Source: Alumni of Culture Studies (all tracks), National Alumni Survey, 2020 | n = 6

More on your career prospects

Students on campus enjoying the good weather

Application and admission

This program starts:

End of August (both the Master’s and the Pre-Master’s program)

Best preparatory programs:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in general Culture Studies, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Religious Studies, Communication Studies/Modern Language, Sociology, Anthropology, Business studies, HR studies, Organization studies.
  • The academic background of the students in our Master's program varies a lot. Students with a Bachelor's degree in a different subject area are also most welcome to apply.

Pre-Master's program:

Open to  both Research University students and students of a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO).

Tuition fees and scholarships

As an international student, you can find all information about tuition fees and scholarships here.

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More information on this Master's program

Download the brochure with information on program content, admission requirements, career prospects, housing and immigration matters, and student life in Tilburg. Throughout the year you can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

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