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What will I learn?

The Bachelor's program in Global Management of Social Issues integrates knowledge from three academic fields in the social sciences: human resource studies, organization studies, and sociology, from a cross-cultural and international comparative perspective. You will learn to approach complex societal challenges in an international context from an organizational and management perspective (‘Organizing for Wicked Problems'). You will for example learn how to run projects and to compose teams of experts that work on complex social issues also called ‘wicked problems’.


  • The first year is an interdisciplinary year, in which you gain insights into three different disciplines within the social sciences: human resource studies, organization studies, and sociology. In addition, these first-year disciplines will help you develop an initial understanding of the backgrounds, nature and causes of wicked problems. Think about subjects such as poverty, migration, climate change, or humanitarian interventions after a natural disaster.
  • From the second year on, you will increase your knowledge of and insights in theories dealing with complex societal and organizational problems in general and wicked problems in particular.
  • The main goal of the third year is the practical integration of the acquired knowledge and insights. You can accomplish this through an internship at an organization in an international context in or outside the Netherlands, through a project that deals with wicked problems, by taking additional minor courses, or by studying your minor abroad. You will finish your program with a Bachelor’s thesis.

Career prospects

The fact that you can think beyond the limits of one specialization makes sure that you can be employed in different companies, departments and projects in international environments and organizations.

You could work, as a consultant or human resource manager in an international organization, connecting people in order to create the most competent team to solve complex problems. Or you could work as a fund-raiser and help find a solution for poverty, or help introduce sustainable practices in supply chains. As a project manager, you can make sure that projects run smoothly and produce the best possible results.

Which department am I in?

Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
€8,800.00 (7,10,824) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Tilburg University

Warandelaan 2,



5037, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL test score with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based version; Cambridge Proficiency Examination (CPE, score A, B or C) or Cambridge Advanced English (CAE, score A, B or C).

For international students

You have a secondary school diploma which is equivalent to the Dutch VWO diploma.

You need to demonstrate your English language proficiency. Tilburg University accepts Academic IELTS (minimum score 6.0 overall and a minimum score of 5.5 for all subscores), TOEFL (minimum score of 80 for the internet based test, 550 no paper based test accepted), and Cambridge English test results: C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE). For both C1 and C2, we accept a score of A, B or C.


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