Admission criteria

Important characteristics of the IBA programme are its international dimension and high performing students.

Admission to the IBA programme is therefore based on:

  1. your academic performance as indicated by your grade point average - 50%
  2. your motivation to study IBA at RSM - 25%
  3. your extracurricular activities, illustrated by your curriculum vitae - 25%

Click on the sections below for details on the diploma requirements, the curriculum vitae (CV) and motivation.

  • The admissions criteria per diploma type is listed per region and country. Please find an overview of the diploma specific requirements here

    Prior academic performance is the best predictor of future success in the IBA programme. Therefore, your grade point average (GPA) contributes to 50% of your total score, which is used to determine your final rank.

    A solid background in mathematics is important for successful participation in the IBA programme. We therefore require all of our students to prove they have attained a minimum level in mathematics. The mathematics entrance exam will be offered by RSM to eligible applicants in January, February and March 2018 (candidates are assigned to the first available date).  Note that a low grade for mathematics will put you in the lowest tier of the ranking.

    The IBA programme is taught completely in English. Most secondary education diploma holders will need to prove their proficiency in English by submitting the official results of either a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Cambridge or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.  Applicants who are required to take an English exam need to submit the results no later than 1 April.

  • Many students applying for the IBA programme have never had to make a CV before and are not sure where to start. To help you get started and guide you through the process, we have created the document “Tips for writing a good CV” in collaboration with RSM’s Career Services Office. The overall score for your extra curricular activities (CV) will contribute to 25% of your total score, which will be used to determine your final rank.

  • In order to illustrate your motivation for the IBA programme we ask you to answer four questions in the OLAF. Your answers to these questions should be written concisely (max 1,200 characters (approximately 1/4 page) per question) and will be used to help the IBA selection committee decide whether you are the type of student that fits the programme. Each question will be evaluated with a score ranging from 0 (poor) to 5 (excellent).  The overall score for your motivation will contribute to 25% of your total score, which will be used to determine your final rank, so read the questions carefully!

    The four questions are:

    1. Please describe a situation in which you interacted with people from different backgrounds (nationality, social economic background etc), what you learned from that experience and how it can help you as an IBA student.
    2. How do you plan to integrate with students from other countries and cultures? With this question you are expected to explain what you will actually do to integrate with your fellow students once you have started you studies and why this will contribute to your integration into the IBA community.
    3. What actions have you taken to prepare you for the IBA programme from both an international and business perspective?
    4. What do you hope to learn from the IBA programme?