The degree on your diploma

Our diplomas carry several kinds of degrees. Most 4-year programmes of universities of applied sciences will result in a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, others in a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). If you attend a Master's degree programme at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, you will receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree.

What are the differences between Dutch academic degrees?

Until 2014 there was a distinction between the degrees of universities of applied sciences and those of research universities. If you graduated from a university of applied sciences, you automatically received a Bachelor (Ba) degree. Since 2014 however, study programmes that have recently been accredited will award you the same kind of degree as study programmes at research universities.

Whether you obtain a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Business Administration degree depends on your chosen programme. The corresponding degrees have been determined by the Dutch government.

Overview of academic degrees awarded at Van Hall Larenstein as of 1 January 2015

Below is an overview of the degrees awarded at Van Hall Larenstein from 1 January 2015. Degrees obtained in 2014 that in retrospect should have been awarded another title, can be exchanged for diplomas with a new degree title. Graduates to whom this applies received a personal message on this matter in October or November 2015.

Bachelor degrees:


Agribusiness and Business Administration: BBA

Biotechnology: BSc (from 1 September 2015)  
Forestry and Nature Management: BSc  

Food Technology: BSc

International Business: BBA  
Coastal and Marine Management: BSc  

Land and Water Management: BSc

Management of the Living Environment: BSc  
Environment: BSc  
Garden and Landscape Architecture: BSc  
Animal Husbandry: BSc (from 1 September 2016)  
Animal Management: BSc (from 1 September 2016)  
Int. Development Management BSc (from 1 September 2017)  
Horticulture and Arable Farming BSc (from 1 September 2017)  














Master degrees:
Agricultural Production Chain Management: MSc

Management of Development: MSc

Professional Project and Process Management: MSc

Innovative Dairy Chain Management: MSc


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