As a result from a change in Dutch legislation, the master admission criteria for RSM Bachelor students changed as of September 2017. Starting in the academic year 2017/2018 (September 2017 intake moment) both internal (BA, IBA and premaster students) and external applicants have to meet the same admission requirements. The requirements below are ONLY for students who are completing or have completed their previous education at RSM. External students should refer to the admissions requirements listed here.
The admission procedure and admission requirements explained on these pages apply for the following 12 MSc-programmes:
- MScBA Accounting & Financial Management*
- MScBA Business Analytics Management*
- MSc Business Information Management*
- MSc Finance & Investments*
- MSc Global Business & Sustainability
- MSc Human Resource Management
- MSc Management of Innovation
- MSc Marketing Management
- MSc Organisational Change & Consulting
- MSc Strategic Entrepreneurship
- MSc Strategic Management
- MSc Supply Chain Management
The MSc International Management/CEMS is a selective programme and has a different deadline (31 January) and admission requirements. Current or former RSM students applying for this programme should follow the same procedure as external students.
* Due to the popularity of these programmes there a cap is imposed on the number of students admitted. The cap for the September 2020 start are as follows: AFM: 110, BAM: 90, BIM 250 & FI: 300. If the programme reaches capacity before the 15 May application deadline it will close early.
Students need to complete their bachelor programme with a weighted grade point average (GPA) of 7.0 or higher by the 31st of August. The GPA will be calculated over all valid numerical grades in the BA or IBA exam programme. Additional grades obtained during a second bachelor degree or a master programme, can be added to the GPA calculation for the benefit of the applicant. Students can check their GPA in Osiris-Student.
GPA & Capped programmes: We strongly advise you to apply as soon as possible if you are interested in one of the capped programmes as they will likely reach capacity before the 15 May deadline. Students who do not yet meet the GPA requirement will be put on a waitinglist. As soon as your GPA reaches the 7.0 requirement, inform the RSM admissions office so that you can reserve a spot in the programme.
GPA below 7.0? Students who do not meet the GPA requirement of 7.0 or greater can still get admission by completing the GMAT exam with a score of 600 or higher. Results of the GMAT exam must be handed in by the 15th of July or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first). Therefore you need to plan your test well in advance, especially if you are planning to apply for one of the capped programmes. Please note that this option will only be available for admission in September 2020. From September 2021 onwards it will no longer be possible to compensate for an insufficient GPA with a GMAT score.
Premaster students: The GPA requirement does not apply to premaster students as they met the GPA/GMAT requirement during the premaster admission.
Verification of the GMAT results:
In order to verify the authenticity of your GMAT exam results you must give RSM permission to access your score. This is usually done by requesting a score report to be sent to RSM when taking the test. You can also request for this to be done after the test, but GMAT charges extra fees for this. RSM also accepts the unofficial score report which you will receive right after taking the test as long as we can verify your score later.
Please note that in the future, in view of increasing demand, we expect that a number of programmes will have a limited capacity in terms of enrolled students. This will mean that meeting the eligibility criteria may not be enough to gain admission.
English proof is required from:
- Students of the Dutch language BSc Bedrijfskunde
- Students who have started the Dutch Language Premaster Bedrijfskunde in September 2018 (or earlier).
Exempt from providing additional proof:
- Students from the BSc International Business Administration programme are exempt from providing additional proof, as their bachelor has been completed in English.
- Students who have started in the RSM Premaster programmes in September 2019 are exempt from providing additional proof, as they have already completed this step during the premaster application.
In order to guarantee the required minimum level of English proficiency, applicants must be able to show proof of proficiency on at least C1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language - CEFR).
For entry into one of RSM's MSc programmes in September 2020 we will accept proof of proficiency in English until 15 July for RSM bachelor students. Applicants who plan to take their English test during the summer, must still submit their application for the master by the application deadline!
Students applying for a MSc starting in September 2021 will need to prove their proficiency in English by 15 May.
Accepted form of proof
The options listed below are the ones most commonly used by RSM students. Other options are listed in the general admissions requirements pages.
We strongly recommend you to consider the BA English courses in trimester 7 as this option is (eventually) free of charge.
The accepted courses are:
- Language course English level C1.1 (BKB1035-C)
- English business speaking and writing skills (BKB1035-D)
The Erasmus University Language & Training Centre (LTC) offers intake tests throughout the year, which will determine your current level of proficiency, as well as English courses from September onwards.
The minimum obtained overall level must be C1.
RSM English test
RSM together with the LTC also offers English tests free of charge with the following conditions:
The test will only be offered on two specific dates: Monday the 2nd of December, 2019 and Tuesday the 14th of April, 2020. You will indicate on which of the two possible dates you want to take the test when filling in the Online Application Form (OLAF).
- In order to participate in one of these tests you first need to submit your application for the programme of your choice at least three weeks before the date of the test you want to participate in.
- The RSM Admissions Office will then evaluate your application, and if you meet the other minimum requirements, we will register you for the test with the EUR LTC.
- It is not possible to re-schedule the test due to illness or any other reason.
- You can only take the test once. If you fail to achieve a C1 level result, you can retake the test at your own cost.
- On both dates the writing part of the test takes place in the morning and the verbal part in the afternoon. Therefore you need to be available throughout the day of the test.
- Students with dyslexia or other personal circumstances can request for additional time to take the test. It’s required to notify the LTC by e-mail before the test date about any personal circumstances. In the email you should include your dyslexia statement or any other relevant statements.
- After the test you will receive an overview of your results, but you will not receive an official language certificate.
- The test results are only valid for your application for RSM.
Regularly scheduled test/course
You can always participate in a Language test at the EUR LTC on their regularly scheduled test dates at your own cost. You can check for the next possible test date on their website.
Standardized tests accepted by RSM:
- IELTS: Academic test minimum overall score of 7.0 and minimum sub scores 6.5
- TOEFL (iBT): minimum overall score 94 with minimum sub scores of 22 for reading, listening and speaking and for writing 24. Please note that the ITP TOEFL test offered by the Erasmus University Language & Training Centre (LTC) is not accepted.
- Cambridge ESOL: Equal to CAE-C/C1 Advanced or CPE-C/C2 proficiency
- Cambridge BEC Higher/C1 Business Higher: Minimum grade C
Both overall and sub score requirements must be met! All sub scores must meet the minimum requirements within one exam, meaning that scores of two exams may not be combined to reach sufficient scores from different categories of the exam.
Take into account that test dates at the test centres can fill up quickly, particularly during peak testing periods. Therefore we urge you to register to take the test as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Keep in mind that it can take several weeks to receive the results of your test. This means that you should plan to take the test 4-6 weeks before the application deadline.
Note that other tests, such as the TOEFL ITP or Michigan English are not accepted.
Verification & Validity
Always make sure to upload a copy of your score report in your application.
TOEFL scores can be verified online. Therefore you should request the tests center to send your score report to RSM. The institutional code of RSM is 0798 and for Erasmus University 7199 (you can use either). Scores are verifiable for 2 years. If your scores are older than 2 years, please contact the RSM Admissions Office for further advise.
IELTS scores are verified online using the TRF code marked on the score report. Scores are verifiable for 5 years.
In order for RSM to verify your Cambridge score, you need to add your Cambridge candidate ID number and secret number to your application with your score report. If you do not have the candidate ID and secret number, you must contact the authorized examination centre where the examination was originally taken. Please note that RSM can not verify test scores taken before 2005.
If you wish to start a master programme at RSM you need to follow the steps below:
- Familiarise yourself with the admissions process and requirements.
- Register for ONE RSM Master programme in Studielink between 1 October and 15 May. The Studielink platform has been updated in October 2018. If you have not logged in since, you may be asked to verify your account.
Within 24 hours of a successful registration for a RSM programme via Studielink, you will receive a link to the RSM Online Application Form (OLAF). You will log in with your ERNA credentials. If you have not received the OLAF link, please contact the RSM Admissions Office. Also check your spam/junk folder to make sure that our message has not been filtered out. You need to have submitted your application in OLAF by mid-night on the application deadline for the programme you are applying to. Please note that BIM, BAM, FI and AFM are officially capped and can fill up before the deadline! Apply early for these programmes to avoid dissappointment.
Application/registration requests received after the deadlines will not be processed.
Studielink issues: If you have problems using Studielink, please contact the Erasmus Student Service Centre.
ERNA issues: To complete the application you need to have an active ERNA-account. If you have taken a gap year and your ERNA did not become active after you registered in Studielink, please contact the Erasmus University Support Centre (USC): email@example.com
After your application has been evaluated by the admssions team, you will be notified of the outcome in the Online Application Form (OLAF). The possible outcomes of the evaluation are:
Statement of eligibility + waiting list: If you have applied for one of the capped programmes but your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement, you will receive a statement of eligiblity and placed on a waiting list. If your GPA becomes sufficient before the 31st of August, and there are places available, you can receive an offer of admission. Please notify the admissions office once your GPA is sufficient.
(Conditional) Offer of admission: If your application is complete and you meet all the requirements for the programme you have applied for, you will receive a (conditional) offer of admission. You will have two weeks to respond to the offer in OLAF. If you do not meet the English requirement at the time of application or you have not completed your bachelor yet, these will be added as conditions to your application. You must then meet these conditions by the set deadlines.
Denial: If the evaluation results in a denial, you will be notified of the specific reasons. If you do not agree with the outcome of the application, please view the appeals procedure.
Tuition fees 2020-2021
The 2020-2021 tuition fee for the MSc programmes is approximately €18,000 per year. The Dutch government contributes towards this cost for students who hold nationality from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA). These students therefore pay only the statutory fee of €2,083 per year. Please note that tuition fees are subject to change.
The MScIM International Management - CEMS (18 months) is a longer programme, therefore the tuition fee will have to be paid for the duration of the programme. The expected total for this programme for non-EEA students is approximately €27,000 and €3,125 for EEA students.
2nd master degree: For EEA nationals who have already completed a master in the Netherlands (and obtained the diploma) the tuition fee for a 2nd master is €11,900.
In order to start your studies in September, you must arrange the tuition fee payment by 31 August.
If you were required to apply for a Residence Permit / VISA for your bachelor studies or your current master, you will need to apply for an extension. This can be done as soon as the registration for master is complete (1st of September) or three months before the current residence permit expires (it generally takes two to three months to receive the extension).
The absolute deadline for submitting the form is two months before the residence permit expires. For more info please visit the Erasmus University website.
Your contact point for the extension request is EUR International Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
As the admissions process for most students can only be completed very close to the start of the academic year, we advise you to familiarize yourself with the information regarding kick-off events and schedules on time. The information will be posted on the RSM welcome pages during the summer months.
For most programmes the official kick-off events will take place on the last week of August, so keep this in mind when making vacation plans.