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What will I learn?

Are you self-motivated and enjoy delving deeper into business issues? Do you want to pursue an academic career, or to specialise in research within a business? Do you have a strong academic record and want to challenge yourself even further? Then applying for the two-year master’s programme in Business Research, track Operations Research, will give you the edge.

Operations Research is about applying technology to business situations in order to solve real problems. This track will not only give you the means to use computer programming to your advantage, but also to communicate your proposed solutions to the business decision-makers effectively.

You’ll be taught the latest methodologies for business research and operations research, and will be able to further tailor your education by choosing electives and specialisation courses.

The Operations Research track of the Business Research master's programme is a powerhouse of mathematics, computing and optimisation analysis. You’ll learn to apply general techniques from mathematical programming and combinatorial optimisation to specific classes of problems, as well as to real-life applications in these areas. This includes the mathematical analysis of approximation algorithms and heuristics for these applications.

Our cooperation with top universities worldwide will allow you to follow guest lectures by international experts. You’ll have the freedom to focus on your areas of interest, and can choose to specialise in one of the following:

  • Accounting and Information Management
  • Organisation and Strategy
  • Marketing and Supply Chain Management

The content and scope of this programme adheres to the American standard, which will enable you to qualify for a PhD programme in the United States (or an American PhD offered elsewhere) or work in research positions internationally. Graduates will receive a Master of Science degree in Business Research

Operations Research embraces the phrase “Knowledge is Power”. You’ll be immersed into the challenging field of mathematical analysis and optimisation, learning optimisation techniques from mathematics and operations research and how to apply them in models from game theory and economic theory. You will also:

  • study stochastic processes in discrete and continuous time
  • learn how to read state-of-the-art research articles, to understand the technical details and to give presentations on the subjects
  • gain a comprehensive overview of optimisation techniques such as linear and integer programming, and non-linear programming, with applications in game theory and economics

Operations Research is a great start to your academic or professional career. It’s excellent preparation for a PhD, either at Maastricht University or at another international institution. The research methodologies you’ll learn, as well as the presentation and communication skills you’ll develop, will also prepare you for a research career working with companies, research organisations or governmental institutions.

Our graduates have found positions, such as:

  • Product manager, ABN-AMRO
  • Research analysist, YouGov
  • Associate, Boston Consultancy Group
  • Statistical analyst, CBS
  • Traffic safety consultant, Royal Haskoning DHV
  • PhD candidate, Maastricht University (and other universities worldwide)

Which department am I in?

School of Business and Economics

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

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

  • Applicants with an international bachelor’s degree
  • 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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