Course Detail


master of science in 

scaling up

Take your business
to the next level

Our master's program is developed for the founders of ventures that are ready to scale an established business proposition or start-up.

Scaling up a business has its unique challenges that require a different toolset than bringing an idea to market. This is something that keeps most start-ups from being able to scale effectively after their initial success.

This program knows what your journey as a start-up founder has been like, and facilitates both you and your business to take the next step in gaining more traction in new markets and segments and expanding your portfolio of services and products.

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1 Year
The Hague
Tuition fee (yearly)

Program overview

Start working on your future from day one.

Our program puts your business development first and implores you to put the learnings from the modules directly into your business. Each block consists of one module, which focuses on a specific topic. The entire curriculum follows this structure and is designed in such a way that all modules follow the process of scaling your business.

Between the modules, we offer incubator time. The incubator is an essential part of our program as it is where you receive personal coaching and mentorship from experts who have already scaled businesses themselves. 

Part time Masters are normally not possible for international student entrepreneurs. However, in combination with our startup visa program, it now is.

The Netherlands have a special “Startup Visa” that offers international students the opportunity to scale their own business in the Netherlands while they get their master’s degree.

We can assist you as you apply for this visa, so that you are able to stay in the country for the duration of the course, use this time to run your business and build the network you’ll need to establish your company in the local market. We can also help you stay in the Netherlands after the program while you remain in our incubator, until you can apply for permanent residency if desired.

For whom is this master?

Each module is created along four learning lines intertwined throughout the year-long program.

1. The Self-employed Professional
Are you aspiring to transform your freelance business into a start-up and grow it into a scaled business?

2. The Start-up Entrepreneur
Are you aspiring to scale your start-up to achieve greater impact in the future?

3. The Global Expansionist
Do you aspire to build a strong foodhold in foreign countries by expanding your business internationally?

4. The Business Successor
Do you aspire to take on the leadership role and grow new opportunities for the family business in the near future?

  • You will scale your business from day 1: with classes and personal guidance from our learning coaches and business coaches.

  • We cover one topic per module, and that’s all you have to focus on during those 5 weeks.

  • We are in the heart of one of the biggest start-up scenes and give our students access to leading corporates across our network.

  • We asked experienced entrepreneurs and top academics to identify the most important growth challenges and used these insights to develop the Master’s program


In order to be eligible for the Master’s program (full or part-time), you must hold a bachelor’s (BSc) degree. You can apply with a bachelor’s degree in any field of study, as our program is open to everyone who embraces entrepreneurship. 

In addition, for the master’s program, you must own a business that is ready to scale. The growth readiness of your business and the fit for our program will be determined by an application interview.




To make an application, click apply now, fill in the form, upload the appropriate documents, and schedule the admissions interview.

To support our students in their transition to a new country, Unknown University of Applied Sciences arranges visas for students who need one.

The program has one entry moment each year in September.

As our master’s program is fully accredited, it is possible for Dutch (and also European) students to finance the tuition fee in full and even a small part of the housing/living costs against super friendly terms. We can help you apply for it once you are enrolled. Book a call to learn more.

Still have questions?

Schedule a call! We will provide more information about our program, go over the application process, and share more about studying at the Unknown University.

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