Dear new student to the MSc Business Administration programme and the pre-master for Business Administration programme,

Welcome to our university and educational programme!

For a quick start, we will sum up here the first necessary information links.


- Please check the Programme Guide MSc BA;

- Please check the site for the Faculty BMS' introduction day, also to register as participant;

- Electronic systems and applications; a list and short explanation can be found here, and manual for these systems and application can be found here.

- All students are to know the study programme they want to study at the beginning of their studies. For you as an MSc BA student this means that you should know which track you will study, and what electives you choose from per the first quartile. The study programme for the MSc BA can be found here or in pdf here. Course information can be found in the Osiris Course Catalogue.  

- All students are to know the study programme they want to study at the beginning of their studies. For you as a pre-master for Business Administration student this means that you should know what programme is stated in the admission letter you received via e-mail from the Admission Committee. Course information can be found in the Osiris Course Catalogue.  

- Course information can be found in the Osiris Course Catalogue.

- For required literature, please check the course information via the course catalogue and check the site of the Study Association Stress.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where can I find my scheduled lectures?

You can find all scheduled lectures via: http://rooster.utwente.nl. Please login with your student account and select the courses you want to see in the timetable.

In the schedule I see locations of the lectures, where can I find these lecture locations?

You can find the full names of the buildings with the abbreviations from the schedule here:

www.utwente.nl/en/campus/about/buildings/. The buildings on campus can be found via the map: www.utwente.nl/campusmap

There are so many (ICT) systems at the UT, is there a manual?

Yes, there is, it can be found here: www.utwente.nl/en/educational-systems/new_students/. Please make sure you select the correct version (MSc version for pre-master and MSc BA programmes).

I will shortly start studying at the UT, how can I know what books to buy?

Please see all information you need as new student via: www.utwente.nl/en/bms/kick-in/.

Can I work next to my studies (pre-master or) MSc BA?

If you can work or otherwise be active next to studying fully depends on the work and your ability to plan; it’s at your own responsibility and risk to plan your work next to your lectures, group work, and exams. Please keep in mind that we do not facilitate a part time study programme:

·         lectures will be scheduled on every work day;

·         not all lectures are equally planned every week;

·         exams are planned by the Programme and cannot be rescheduled;

·         the study load to successfully complete the courses is approximately 42 hours a week.

Can I plan my holiday at every moment?

The academic calendar of the UT shows which weeks during the year educational activities are (potentially) scheduled. If you plan your holiday during such weeks, this is for your own risk and responsibility, no educational activities will be re-scheduled because of your holiday. There are plenty of weeks available during the year that are allocated for Holidays, feel free to book your holiday in those weeks.

I am not so sure if my English language skills are good enough, what can I do?

All students need to meet a requirement on English language skills before being admitted to the Programme, so the Programme administration is confident all students are able to study all materials. However, you can always experience a struggle with English skills, in that case you can contact the ‘UT Language Centre’ to see what you can do to improve your English language skills (www.utwente.nl/tcp).

After my studies I have the ambition to start a successful career, how can I get a head start?

During your studies you can already do a lot to prepare your future career, next to studying. Of course, content-wise you can choose the specialisation track of your interest, elective course(s) and the topic of your thesis in such a way that you are connected to up-to-date knowledge as wanted by employers. Furthermore, your set of skills can be trained and developed as best suiting your preferred employer and/or type of job. At the UT a lot of connections with future employers can be made, we advise you to check at an early stage of your studies the opportunities via Stress, Bekader, alumni via LinkedIn, Student Union, Bedrijvendagen, etc. Also please check www.utwente.nl/careerservices.

Is there a difference between MSc in Business Administration programme and MBA programme?

The principle distinction between the two programmes is that the MSc in BA programme is an academic, research oriented programme and an MBA programme is more practically oriented towards a specific type of job/ profession. The MSc BA programme builds upon a knowledge and academic base of business administration topical fields, whereas an MBA programme will be based on work experiences as well. A candidate with for example a bachelor degree in Physics and managerial experience can opt for an MBA degree to gain business administration knowledge and skills to learn to become a better manager, whereas the same candidate will not be likely to be admitted to an MSc BA programme. MSc BA students will acquire analytical, theoretical, reflection and critical thinking skills and attitudes and are more trained to become a researcher (more in attitude than as profession), MBA students are more trained to become manager. It is advisable to know what type of programme suits you best before enrolling in an educational programme.