Quick facts

  • Duration

    1 year (60 ECTS)

  • Language


  • Title

    Master of Science (MSc)

  • Start

    End of August

  • Application deadline

    April 1 for non-EU/EEA, July 1 for EU/EEA, August 1 for Dutch diploma

MSc track Organizing for Global Social Challenges

Address global societal challenges such as poverty, migration, climate change, or humanitarian interventions from the viewpoint of organizations and private businesses. In this track of the MSc Organization Studies you will get a meso-level perspective on sustainable development, based on the theories and methods pertinent to the specialization Global Management of Social Issues.

Why Orgnizing for Global Social Challenges

  • Become an expert in sustainable development within an international context by addressing global societal challenges, such as poverty, migration, climate change, or humanitarian interventions after a natural disaster. The core theme is sustainable development with a focus on social and economic motives.
  • Develop a different perspective on sustainable development. This specialization considers the role of organizations and private businesses in addressing global social challenges, in addition to the emergence of new organizational forms to achieve sustainable development goals.
  • Learn how to run projects and compose teams of experts that work on such 'wicked problems'.
  • Community-building activities throughout the program will ensure cohesion in the programs cohort. Become part of an innovative program which brings together academics and students from all over the world in a small-scale and interactive learning environment.

Career prospects

As a graduate you are able to:

  • Create a mutual understanding of the problem. Frame problems from multiple perspectives, disciplines and levels of analysis, with a focus on group dynamics.
  • Promote sustainable development . Analyze multiple drivers and outcomes of societal issues at multiple levels, as well as of interventions aimed at addressing global challenges - all to promote sustainable development at macro as well as micro level.
  • Lead and participate in the change- and innovation-oriented projects aiming to tackle these societal challenges.

With these skills you could be working as a linking pin in a multi-disciplinary team, as a project manager or as a consultant, but also as a policymaker or policy consultant confronted with inter-organizational or inter-governmental partnerships.

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Program structure

This one-year master's track consists of 60 credits (ECTS), of which:

  • 2 core courses of the Global Management of Social Issues (GMSI) specialization (12 ECTS)
  • 5 track-specific courses (24 ECTS)
  • Master's thesis (24 ECTS)

Core courses (36 ECTS)

  • Social Changes and Sustainable Development (6 ECTS)
  • Hybrid Organizations (6 ECTS)

Courses Organizing for Global Social Challenges track

  • Evidence Based Intervention (3 ECTS)
  • Complexity within Organizations (6 ECTS)
  • Interorganizational Relationships (6 ECTS)
  • Organizational Dynamics (6 ECTS)
  • Master's Seminar Organization Studies (3 ECTS)

Master's thesis (24 ECTS)

Start your master's thesis with drawing your individual Research Proposal (IRP) with feedback of the thesis supervisor. This proposal will be developed within the framework of the Master Seminar Organization Studies.

Application Deadlines
  EEA member state citizens Non-EEA member state citizens
Starting end of August July 1 April 1

Application and Admission

Best preparatory programs:

A Bachelor’s degree in Global Management of Social Issues, Sociology, Human Resource Studies, Organization Studies, or Social Sciences.

English language requirements:

  • TOEFL: 90 (internet-based)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 min. for all components)
  • Cambridge C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE)

More information: Please have a look at our website or contact us by mail / +31(0)13 466 2116

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