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The master in Organization Studies provides you with a critical understanding of organizational behavior and its theoretical foundations. Specific focus on organizational complexity and dynamics.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
Learn to understand and analyze organizations from an interdisciplinary perspective by combining insights from organization science, sociology, psychology, and business management. The Master in Organization Studies is designed for those seeking a sound theoretical basis in organization studies, a deeper level of understanding about how organizations deal with complexity and dynamics and an advanced level study that will generate transferable skills and facilitate employment in a great variety of organizations.

The Master's program focuses on 2 central organizational concepts:
  • Complexity: one of the key contemporary organizational issues. Individuals, groups, organizations and networks are embedded in complex webs of interdependent relations which can be of social, institutional or economic character. Dealing appropriately with complex relations is crucial for the good functioning of organizations and cooperations.
  • Dynamics: environmental changes that influence the choice of organizing processes and organizational forms and strategies. How organizations deal with these dynamic changes influences on the way they function.

Waarom aan de Tilburg University?

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2017 : score 62, 1e plaats
Five Reasons to choose Organization Studies:
  1. An interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of today's organizations
  2. Advanced-level study that will generate transferable analytical skills and facilitate employment in a wide variety of organizations
  3. Linked to the research program of Organization Studies
  4. We offer an extra Extended Master's Program Organization Studies with a one-year professional traineeship
  5. Small class sizes facilitating high level of student-staff interaction


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This one-year program consists of 60 credits (ECTS), of which:

6 content courses (33 ECTS)
1 Master's Seminar in Organization Studies (6 ECTS)
Master's thesis (24 ECTS)

You can only start end of August.

With the extended master's program (1.5 year), you have the opportunity to strengthen your career prospects by adding a one-year professional traineeship to your Master's program in a wide range of companies.
The combination of insights from organization studies, sociology, psychology, and business management makes this program unique in the Netherlands and within Europe.

Learn to diagnose organizational problems, formulate research-informed solutions to those problems, communicate these effectively with the relevant stakeholders in their respective organizations, and manage the implementation processes.

Practice related teamwork is a key part of the program:
  • Frequent group assignments in real-life settings, as well as through the acquisition of knowledge on team processes.
  • Support and feedback from a small group of fellow students while writing your thesis in so-called Thesis Circles.
  • Small-scale, interactive education provided by leading scientists in their field.

Extend your master with a traineeship. The Extended Master adds a one-year professional traineeship to the program with a wide range of companies to choose from. The total duration of the Extended Master is 1.5 years (only 0.5 years extra).

The program is divided into four units. The last two units are reserved entirely for writing your Master's Thesis.The program consists of 60 Credits (ECTS), equivalent to 1,680 hours of study. Below is an overview of the courses that make up the program.
Evidence Based Intervention.
Interorganizational Relationships.
Master's Seminar Organization Studies
Master's Thesis Organization Studies afstuderen
24 EC
Complexity within Organizations.
Organizing Strategy and Entrepreneurship.
Societal Developments and Institutions.
Organizational Dynamics.


specialisatie Extended Master Organization Studies

Students who are admitted to the Master Organization Studies 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.

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.

specialisatie Premaster Organization Studies

The Pre-Master's program in Organization Studies is a one-year program that prepares students for the Master's Program in Organization Studies.

The Pre-Master's programs in Organization Studies is designed for (1) Dutch students with a relevant Dutch HBO degree, and (2) Dutch and international students with a university degree that does not entirely meet the admission requirements of the Master's program.


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literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, group assignment, group discussion, poster presentation, individual assignment, self study, seminar
This Master's program prepares you as organizational analyst, able to understand problems faced by contemporary organizations and to help companies and governments respond to fast changing, dynamic environments.

3 reasons to study Organization Studies:

  1. Multi-disciplinary approach to studying organizations
  2. Social Science perspective on organizations and organizing
  3. Small-scale, research-based education

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 14600
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14600

1 september 2020

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Please refer to our website for the detailed admission procedure.

Basic knowledge of social science theories.
Basic knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistics.
Basic knowledge of relevant subjects in organization theory and the sociology of organizations and/or organization psychology.

This Master's program may be of interest to students with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in the areas of economics, political science, management, sociology and psychology.

studie kosten
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bedrag kostenpost
€ 350levensonderhoud
€ 75studiematerialenper jaar
€ 192visa/permitvoor de gehele opleiding
€ 400
inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

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253kamerhuur in Tilburgonder landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1121totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
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Studenten en studentenleven


136 studenten volgen deze opleiding
54% daarvan is vrouw
83 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
51% daarvan is vrouw
14244 studenten aan de Tilburg University
49% daarvan is vrouw
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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Organization Studies aan de Tilburg University is beoordeeld door 64 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.2 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Students graduating in Organization Studies at Tilburg University have excellent career opportunities.

Students can also 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

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The Master's program in Organization Studies prepares students for management positions in the public and private sectors, as well as for careers in research and consultancy. There are excellent opportunities for graduates who wish to pursue positions such as policy advisor, management consultant and quality project manager, to name but a few. Graduates have pursued careers in large national and international companies, such as Berenschot and Accenture, Philips and KPN.

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