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Bachelor in Business Analytics - 3-year program
Do you have a broad range of interests and above-average ability in natural sciences, particularly mathematics?
Business Analytics (BA) brings together a unique combination of disciplines to prepare you for business success. You will learn how to collect and manipulate large data sets, how to analyse these data using statistics and data mining techniques, and how to use your findings to predict the future and make optimal decisions. You will work on a variety of business problems that modern businesses face every day. An example is reducing hospital waiting lists by improving patient planning and doctor availability. Another is compiling the most effective investment portfolio with the best possible spread of risk. It's all about turning (big) data into smart decisions.
The Business Analyst is looking further! The decisions and processes that take place within organizations are extremely complicated. They always depend on various factors and are based on complex strategies. With the expansion of computer systems and networks we foresee a world in which everything is connected to everyone. This future will bring a host of business problems that transcend our single discipline. This is precisely why we are bringing together experts from practically all academic disciplines to examine the theme of the Connected World. This means that you will develop a multidisciplinary insight into Business Analytics.
The program in a nutshell
Various types of tuition are used, such as lectures and tutorial groups. Twice each year you will work on a four-week project as part of a small team. You will even start with a project that will take you into a company in the very first week. Actual business cases form the basis of the entire program.
The first and second years involve a number of subjects covering business economics, mathematics and computer science. You will learn the basic principles of statistics and probability calculations, decision-making based on mathematical modelling, programming, using databases, and the principles of risk on the financial markets. Twice each year you will work on a project as part of a small team of fellow students. This helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice, allowing you to put your new knowledge to good use.
In the third year, you can opt to take one of the ‘minor’ modules. This enables you to individualise the program according to your own interests and requirements. You might decide to take a minor in an entirely different discipline, thus adding breadth to your studies. Alternatively, you could study one of the many aspects of Business Analytics in greater depth. The Bachelor’s program culminates in a business case project. As part of a small team, you will attempt to solve a real-life business problem. You will visit the company concerned to gather the necessary information. Having arrived at your solution, you will give a presentation to management. The case study provides an excellent insight into the type of problems you will be asked to work on during your professional career.
Candidates with a non-Dutch pre-university school diploma:
- A diploma equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma
- Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
- Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880 . The university offers over 120 English taught programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level. Students and staff of 84 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The...
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