The degree on your diploma

Our diplomas carry several kinds of degrees. Most 4-year higher vocational education programmes will result in a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, others in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Bachelor (Ba) degree. If you attend a Master degree programme at VHL 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 degree titles 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, higher vocational study programmes that have recently been accredited will earn you the same kind of degree as study programmes at research universities.

Whether you attain 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 for each study programme.

Study programmes with a somewhat older accreditation will keep awarding the Bachelor degree (Ba) until their renewed accreditation.

Overview of academic degrees awarded at VHL as of January 1, 2015

Below is an overview of the degrees awarded at VHL as of January 1, 2015. Degrees earned 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 will receive a personal message on this matter in October or November 2015.

Bachelor degrees:


Business Administration and Agribusiness: BBA

Biotechnology: BSc  
Forestry and Nature Management: BSc  

Food Technology: BSc

International Business and Management Studies (IBMS): BBA  
Coastal Zone Management: BSc  

Land and Water Management: BSc

Management of the Living Environment: BSc  
Environment: BSc  
Garden and Landscape Architecture: BSc  












Master degrees:
Agricultural Production Chain Management: MSc

Management of Development: MSc

Professional Project and Process Management: MSc

Innovative Dairy Chain Management: MSc

Anticipated introduction of new degrees for other studies

Some study programmes will keep the Bachelor (Ba) degree title until the new accreditation. See below for an overview of the anticipated introduction of the new degree titles.
Animal Husbandry (Ba) is expected to become a BSc in 2016-2017.
Animal Management (Ba) is expected to become a BSc in 2016-2017.
International Development Management (Ba) is expected to become a BSc in 2017-2018.
Horticulture and Arable Farming (Ba) is expected to become a BSc in 2017-2018.

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