Executive Master of M&A and Valuation

Strong growth of M&A activity

The Executive Master of M&A and Valuation is a unique M&A programme at an academic master level, covering the entire M&A process from strategy to integration. The programme matches the educational demands of a rising number of M&A professionals. The growth of the target group reflects the strong growth of the merger and acquisition activity of the past decade.

Graduates of the programme occupy leading positions as corporate M&A directors, CFOs, deal partners at ‘Big-4’ firms, senior investment bankers, private equity partners and senior M&A lawyers. The Executive Master is officially accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).

RUG and VU Amsterdam join forces in the Executive Master M&A and Valuation

This year the part-time executive master's program for M&A and Valuation professionals is jointly offered by the business schools of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Logo_UGBS-RuG-VU The already leading executive master's degree program at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is further strengthened by a rich variety of expertise from both collaborating universities. This cooperation also fits well within the wide range of executive study programs in the field of Finance at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. NVAO has accredited this academic program for professionals as an Executive Master. Currently, it allows you to attain an MSc degree from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Ultimately, this Executive Master program may be converted into a joint degree program with an MSc from both the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The content program and the target group of the study program do not change with this collaboration. The training location will remain in the financial district of Amsterdam and the language spoken will remain English.

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Drive your career in M&A forward

The growing importance of M&A gives you a major career opportunity. The Executive Master of M&A and Valuation provides the training you need to have a true impact in deals and valuation and drive your career forward. The career path of our alumni, many of which have gained leadership positions, clearly demonstrates that the program offers what it what it takes to move ahead in M&A.

1. You will learn M&As as a multidisciplinary practice. M&As involve many functions including corporate strategy, industry economics, finance, valuation, accounting, organization and change management, as well as legal and tax expertise. You will learn to apply these skills coherently in the M&A field.

2. You will learn M&As as a multistage process. Successful M&A requires flawless execution of every stage of the process, from strategy formulation in the pre-deal stage to the deal stage and the integration or separation stage. You will learn the relevant aspects of each stage, how the stages build on each other and the crucial linkages.

3. You will become proficient in the thorough valuation skills required for successful M&A. M&A is about gaining a competitive edge and creating value. Skills in valuation and value creation analysis are therefore indispensable for M&A professionals. You will develop valuation skills firmly embedded in the M&A process, with a tailored focus on each individual stage.

4. Case-based teaching means that you can apply the knowledge you are acquiring from day one. Teaching is case-driven, with unique real-world case studies designed specifically for our programme. The practical real-world setting means that you can apply the knowledge you acquire immediately.

5. A mix of authoritative lecturers from both professional practice and academia provide you with a balanced perspective.

You will be taught by a mix of practitioners, all of whom are respected authorities in their fields, and world-class academic staff. The practitioners will provide you with insights into real-life practical aspects of M&As, while the academics will offer insights that will outlast the latest trends and current fads.

For more information, see the programme website of the Executive Master of M&A and Valuation of Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.