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Program and courses Strategic Management: Entrepreneurship track

The Entrepreneurship track of the MSc Strategic Management has a particular focus on dealing with entrepreneurial behavior in large firms, the realization of (new business) plans, and the creation of new business by smaller firms with a special emphasis on environmentally sustainable initiatives.

Program structure

This one-year track of MSc Strategic Management consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 7 core courses (42 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis / internship (18 ECTS)

This Master's track starts at the end of January.

Watch a brief introduction to the program (3:21 minutes) 

Program content

Core courses

You will follow 7 core courses (42 ECTS)

January - April

  • International Strategy (spring)
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship

April - August

  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Research Skills (spring)

August - October

  • Business-Level Strategy
  • Corporate-Level Strategy

Not mandatory, but highly recommended:

Career Development Strategic Management 

Master's thesis

During the third and fourth unit, you will write your Master’s thesis (18 ECTS).

  • The thesis writing process starts with you drafting a research proposal on a relevant management topic. Based on this proposal, you will conduct your research under individual supervision. The research is a combination of literature study and empirical research. 

Examples of thesis based on qualitative research

  • Scalability for sustainability: How actors in their ecosystem influence scale-upcycling.
  • Ownership advantages as a source of competitive advantage in the sharing economy: a multiple case study of B2C shared mobility firms​.
  • How do sustainable startups develop and implement impactful sustainable business models?

Examples of thesis based on quantitative research

  • The Influence of Alliance Experience on M&A Performance and the Moderating Effects of Alliance Portfolio Attributes.​
  • Organizational ambidexterity and firm performance: the moderating role of board diversity​.
  • The effect of intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation on individual ambidexterity and the impact of a firm’s organizational structure.

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You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

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Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.

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Make the most of your Master's

In the first semester of the regular program, ambitious students can apply for the following additional advanced programs:

Extended Master's Program: traineeship (+0.5 years)

Short overview of the Extended Master's Program

During your traineeship, you work on practical assignments for a company, follow professional skills courses, and receive mentoring and guidance. By increasing your professional experience, skills, and network like this, you seriously boost your chances in the job market.

  • If selected, you will fulfill your traineeship from April to October. On average, you will work four days at the company, and attend skills training once a week at Tilburg University. In addition to this, company visits will be organized in the Extended Master's Program network.
  • If both you and the company are happy with the results, you are welcome to extend the traineeship by writing your Master's thesis at the company. Your research topic then needs to be approved by the Tilburg University thesis coordinator.
  • There are no administrative or participation fees for taking part in the Extended Master's Program. You will pay the regular tuition fees for the extra six months the Extended Master's Program takes.

Application and admission

You can apply for the Extended Master's Program once you've started the regular Master's program.

More on the Extended Master's Program

QTEM program: study abroad and traineeship (+1 year)

This Master's program is a proud partner of the prestigious Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management (QTEM) network.

  • Excellent and ambitious students have the opportunity to extend their one-year Master's program with an additional year.
  • In this additional year, they can spend up to two semesters at different QTEM partner universities, and do an internship abroad at one of the corporate partners. Corporate partners include McKinsey, Bain, Deloitte, and ABInBev.
  • Successful QTEM students are awarded the QTEM Network Certificate.

Application and admission

You can apply for the QTEM program once you've started with the regular Master's program.

More information about the QTEM program

Entrepreneurial Literacy Initiative: online extracurricular program

Entrepreneurial Literacy Initiative (ELI) is an online extracurricular program that provides Master's students with tools to reflect and plan for an entrepreneurial career. Overall, ELI can be a very useful experience if you have entrepreneurship on your mind. —either right after graduation or later in your career! If you are unsure whether entrepreneurship fits you and your goals, ELI will help you find out.

Application and admission

All students enrolled in a Master's program at TiSEM are invited to apply.

More information about the Entrepreneurial Literacy Initiative

Or apply for a two-year double degree program with one of our international partner universities, to acquire two full Master's degrees.

Double degree: study abroad (+1 year)

Benefits of pursuing a double degree

  • A great opportunity to expand quantitative and financial knowledge and skills. 
  • Gain a greater perspective in addressing international issues and be one step ahead of the competition; potential employers highly value international exposure.
  • Experience two distinct academic, social, and cultural environments.

Partner universities

  • Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM) in Zagreb, Croatia
  • LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy

More on the content of these programs

Application and admission

You can't apply for the double degree program directly. You will first start the regular Master’s program, and then apply for the double degree program. A selection process follows, which means that, when you start the Master’s program, there is no absolute guarantee that you can start the double degree program. 

Short overview of the Strategic Management: Entrepreneurship track

The Entrepreneurship track has a particular focus on dealing with entrepreneurial behavior in large firms, the realization of (new business) plans, and the creation of new business by smaller firms with a special emphasis on environmentally sustainable initiatives. 

  • Taught by renowned professors representing some of the world's leading expertise in the discipline.
  • Variety of small-scale teaching methods like workshops and coaching sessions.
  • Strong connection to business practice through real-world cases, practical assignments and guest lectures.

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