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 apply for the following 11 MSc-programmes:
- MScBA Accounting & Financial 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
For more information about each programme, please refer to the RSM website.
* Due to growing popularity of the Business Information Management (BIM) programme there will be a cap imposed on the number of internal and external students admitted in 2018. The cap for BIM has been set at 175 internal students. If the number of internal students who apply for this programme exceeds the number of available spaces, additional selection will be made using the overall GPA.
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. Students can check their GPA in Osiris-Student.
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. Therefore you need to plan your test well in advance.
Please note that in the future (September 2018 onwards), 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.
Students of BSc Bedrijfskunde and Dutch Language Premaster students need to show proof of English language proficiency before entering the master. Premaster students can fulfill these requirements during the premaster but must meet the requirement by 15 July in the year they plan to start the master programme.
You can prove your English level by submitting;
- 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-B/C1 Advanced or CPE-C/C2 proficiency
- Cambridge BEC Higher/C1 Business Higher: Minimum grade C
- a passing grade in one of the BA English courses BKB0035-C, BKB0035-D, BKB0035-E, BKB1035-C and BKB1035-D in trimester 7 from 2015-2016 onwards. These courses are only accessible for BA students, not for premaster students.
- English course/test results at C1 level (CEFR) taken at any accredited applied science institute or research university institute within the EU/EEA, for example an intake test from the EUR Taal- & Training centre
Please note that results of the standardized tests must be verifiable:
- 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. Scores can only be verified for 2 years*.
- IELTS scores are verified online using the TRF code marked on the score report. Scores can be verified online 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 your score report can no longer be verified online, you may bring the original certificate to the RSM Admissions Office for verification.
You are exempt from taking an English language exam if:
- you are a native English speaker from the USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa;
- your undergraduate programme was taught completely in the English language (a minimum of 180 ECTS) in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA. If it is not mentioned in the diploma, or on the website of the university that the programme is taught completely in the English language, a statement provided by the university is required; IBA and English Language Premaster students are automatically exempted on these grounds.
- Your secondary school was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA. If it is not mentioned in the diploma, or on the website of the school that the programme is taught completely in the English language, a statement provided by the school is required.
- You have an IB English A Higher Level certificate with grade 4 or higher or IB English A Standard Level Certificate with grade 5 or higher.
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 by 31 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.
- On the first week of June you will receive a link to the *Osiris Aanmeld platform where you need to finalize your registration and upload any supporting documents. The ultimate deadline to complete registration in Osiris Aanmeld is 15 July. This is also the final deadline to submit your proof of English proficiency and your GMAT results (if applicable). After the 15th of July changes in registrations or new applications will not be accepted.
Application/registration requests received after the deadlines will not be processed.
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 Student Service Center.
*If you have not received an email with a link to the Osiris Aanmeld platform by the 2nd week of June contact the RSM Admissions Office immediately.
Your GPA will be calculated over all your Bachelor results. Students can therefore participate in the re-sit examinations of all Bachelor 2 and Bachelor 3 courses in the summer. As a result, it might be uncertain until the last week of August whether or not you will be able to start the programme.
You will be notified about the admissions decision by email after the final grades have been issued. For bachelor students the final diploma date must also be visible in Osiris.
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: email@example.com
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.