The School of Business and Economics


The School of Business and Economics seeks to combine quality education with excellent research. The School is the largest faculty of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. SBE accommodates approximately 4000 students, 1450 postgraduate students and 460 employees. The scientific staff consists of professors, lecturers, researchers and PhD’s, and is connected to the various departments.

The accessibility of VU Amsterdam is excellent. The Amsterdam-Zuid train station is only a seven-minute walk from VU Amsterdam. The VU can also be easily reached by car, since the campus is near the A-10 motorway. The centre of Amsterdam can be reached in 20 minutes by tram so people can easily benefit from the advantages of a large and beautiful city.




SBE is ambitious and aims at challenging education. The School offers a wide range of Bachelor’s programmes, English taught minors, (Research) Master’s programmes and Postgraduate programmes.



Our mission is to do Science with Purpose. We enable our staff to push forward the boundaries of scientific knowledge and to aim for the highest quality theoretical and empirical research contributions, leading to publications in top international journals. Our research is closely aligned to all degree programmes offered by SBE in the fields of Economics and Business Administration, substantiating our claim to provide our students with the best research-led teaching and education. High-quality research is also key to our ambition to provide impact on policies and practices at firms, government and society in general.

In line with this overall mission statement, research at SBE is organised in two research institutes, the Tinbergen Institute (TI) and the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI). These institutes create research capacity through PhD training in Economics and Business Administration and provide an environment conducive to high-quality research. In the ABRI, SBE collaborates with the University of Amsterdam, and in the TI with both the University of Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam.