Selection procedure

Selection procedure

The selection procedure consists of the following phases:

1. Preparation before Application

For information about the CEMS programme and the partner schools, visit the CEMS website at For some interactive information on CEMS, check here:

2. Application & Deadline

Step 1: Complete the online application form (OLAF) at The online application system for 2017-2018 will be open for applications per mid-October 2016. The online application may be completed in sections.

Step 2: When you have filled in all of the necessary information on the on-line application form and uploaded the required documents, pay the non-refundable € 100 application fee* (*applicants with a bachelor degree from outside of the Netherlands only) and submit your application by clicking the submit button at the end of the form.

Step 3: You will be informed by e-mail if your application is complete or if a document is missing. This is usually done within 5-7 working days.

Please note that your application will only be taken into consideration after you have uploaded ALL of the required documents - including the results of language exams and GMAT (if applicable). The complete application package must be completed and submitted by 31 January 2017.

3. Selection procedure

The selection procedure consists of two phases.

Phase 1
The Admission Office will review the complete applications of the candidates. In this phase, all complete applications will be assessed for minimum requirements. All candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be sent a link to complete an Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ). Candidates who do not pass this initial selection round will be notified in writing within three weeks following the application deadline. A ranking will be made of the remaining applicants, based on the GPA, GMAT, OPQ and CV. The 100 best candidates will be invited for a selection interview and assessment at the Erasmus University campus.

Phase 2
The selection interviews and assessments will take place on campus on the 6th of March, 2017.

Candidates will participate in an assessment consisting of a presentation.

Candidates will be invited for a personal interview with the IM/CEMS Selection Committee. The 20-minute interview will be conducted using the "STAR" interview method and will focus on your motivation to participate in the programme as well as two key CEMS competencies: initiative taking and result orientation.

Applicants are expected to come to Rotterdam for the interview. Students will be notified via e-mail of the exact time. Applicants residing outside of Europe at this time should contact the RSM Admissions Office:

4. Results of selection procedure

When the interviews and assessments have taken place, the Admissions Office will make a ranking of the students. This ranking is based on GPA, GMAT, the interview and the assessment.

Students will be notified of the outcome of the selection procedure, including the allotted exchange destination by the beginning of April 2017. On the basis of the formal requirements and the results of the assessment and selection interviews, applicants with the best scores will receive their first choice(s) of exchange destination. Approximately 70 students will be selected for the programme and receive a (conditional) offer of admission.

Applicants who participated in the second selection round but did not make the final selection will be offered admission to one of our other MSc programmes. 

Be aware: Formal admission to the MSc IM/CEMS will only take place after the applicant has received an unconditional offer of admission. All of the conditions listed in the letter of admission must be fulfilled before the applicant is allowed to begin the IM/CEMS master. If the applicant has failed to meet any of the conditions listed by 31 August 2017, the offer of admission will be withdrawn. Please be aware that the Admissions Office cannot enroll a student until the offer of admission has been made unconditional.

In order to guarantee a sufficiently varied population of students in our programme, there may be capacity limits based on nationality.

5. Student confirmation of acceptance

All candidates who have been selected for participation in the IM/CEMS programme must confirm acceptance of the offer within seven (7) days to the Admissions Office.

All students are required to pay a total deposit of €750 in order to secure their place in the programme. Students who drop out of the programme will forfeit this deposit. NB: The IM/CEMS programme deposit is entirely UNRELATED to the tuition fee that will be due to the EUR for the academic year.

For those students who begin the programme in 2017-2018 and complete the Block Seminar at RSM in the fall, €300 of the deposit will be allotted for participation in the RSM Block Seminar, and the remaining €450 of the deposit which will be reimbursed in September/October 2017.

For those students who instead complete the Spring Kick-Off/Responsible Global Leadership (RGL) Seminar at RSM, €100 of the deposit will be allotted for participation in the RGL seminar and the remaining €650 of the deposit will be reimbursed in February/March 2018.

Upon confirmation, the International Office will send the students' nominations to the CEMS partner universities.

Admitted IM/CEMS students will also be responsible for a separate CEMS-specific €100 registration and handling fee. This fee will be due and payable in January 2018 and will need to be paid directly to the CEMS organisation. Students will receive further payment instructions via IM/CEMS Programme Management.

RSM applicants:

RSM applicants who are not selected for the IM/CEMS programme and who also meet all of the requirements for the regular International Master Exchange Programme will still be eligible to apply for regular master exchange. Those students must retrieve their IM/CEMS application at the Recruitment and Admissions office in Room T5-12, Mandeville building, prior to submitting a master exchange application with the International Office.

Note: the deadlines for master exchange nomination for most partner schools is 1 May, so students are advised to submit a complete master exchange application before mid-April 2017.

For more information on master exchange, please contact:

Linda de Vries, Head of International Office (

IM/CEMS applicants who are offered admission to the programme but decline their offer are ineligible for participation in the regular International Exchange Programme.