After completing your bachelor's degree, you can choose to deepen or broaden your knowledge with a master's degree. You can pursue a master's degree at either a university of applied sciences or a university. Do you opt for a professional master's degree or a university master's degree? What is the difference and what are the similarities? We have listed them for you below, so that you can choose the master's degree that suits you best.
Practice-oriented versus theory
- A professional master's degree, also known as a university of applied sciences master's, is practice-oriented. The cases, essays, and research assignments are practice-focused. As a future manager, you learn to apply all acquired knowledge immediately in practice.
- A university master's degree, also known as an academic master's, is theoretical. Focused on research; training your analytical skills, and research abilities. Aimed at solving issues at a scientific level.
Master's title and level
Regardless of the master's degree you pursue, you will earn an internationally recognised master's title in both cases. This title corresponds to the field of your master's programme, such as an MBA (Master of Business Management) or MSc (Master of Science). It doesn't matter whether you completed your master's programme at a university of applied sciences or a university.
The level of education is the same for a university of applied sciences master's and a university master's. Furthermore, all university of applied sciences and university master's programmes are assessed and accredited by the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).
Master of Business Administration
The master's programmes at Tio Business School are professional master's degrees. They are suitable for ambitious young professionals aiming to advance to higher management positions. These Master of Business Administration programmes achieve the highest scores in the National Student Survey (NSE) in the areas of practical skills, lecturer involvement, and their knowledge of professional practice.