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What will I learn?

Are you a creative thinker who can innovate to achieve a competitive edge? Are you interested in supply chain management processes and how they can be improved? And would you like to make a real difference to a company that wants to compete in a dynamic, international marketplace? If so, the master’s programme in Global Supply Chain Management and Change may be the perfect way to start your career.

The programme is taught in Venlo, located just 80 kilometres from Maastricht. Known as the Netherlands’ logistics hotspot, Venlo is home to the headquarters and distribution facilities of many logistics service providers. During your time in Venlo, you'll learn all about supply chain management, innovation and entrepreneurship. This makes the programme ideal for if you would like to work as an innovator or change manager at a logistics organisation.

The economy is becoming increasingly globalised and fierce competition means more and more production is outsourced to high-skill, low-cost areas. As a result, innovative supply chain management is often central to commercial survival. This exciting programme has been developed to meet the growing demand for experts who understand both supply chain management issues and the role of innovation in business success.

Global Supply Chain Management and Change takes elements from different disciplines to give you a comprehensive understanding of global supply chains and their wider position in global business and economics. You will acquire the skills to maintain a ‘big picture’ overview of every link in the supply chain, while having the leadership skills to drive change processes that will benefit a business’ bottom line.

Global logistics is all about finding the best, most cost- and time-efficient links in the supply chain and these do not always stay the same. So you should see the opportunities rather than the threats in change and be flexible enough to adapt to them and look at old problems in new ways and be open to new ideas. A background in supply chain management, logistics or business is an advantage but not required.

After you have completed the programme, your ability to manage and improve global supply chains will make you invaluable to the project and staff departments of global retail and logistics companies. The business and leadership skills you develop will put you on the fast track to a senior position. If you are interested in starting up your own company, your strong sense of entrepreneurship will put you one step ahead right from the start.

Our graduates have found positions as:

  • Logistics Engineer at CEVA
  • Management Consultant at Capgemini
  • Procurement Engineer at INSPUR

Which department am I in?

School of Business and Economics

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,14,701) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field, for example, philosophy or sociology. English language requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

Students with a UM-BSc in International Business or a UM-BSc in Economics and Business Economics are directly admissible. Graduates from another bachelor’s programme are eligible for assessment by the Board of Admission.

  • IELTS exam: minimum overall score of 6.5
  • TOEFL exam, paper-based: minimum overall score of 575
  • TOEFL exam, computer-based: minimum overall score of 233
  • TOEFL exam, internet-based: minimum overall score of 90

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