Admissions Requirements per Diploma

Please select the type of secondary school diploma which is applicable to you and based on which you would like to request admission to the Bachelor International Business Administration of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). To find your diploma, please either use the search box or the region selector. 



United States of America: American (USA) High School Diploma; American (outside USA) High School Diploma


Diploma name

  • American High School Diploma

General requirements

  • minimum average grade 3.00/B+ (High School) AND minimum of 4 Advanced Placement (AP) exams with a minimum score of 4 
    Only AP exams administered by the College Board are accepted. A maximum of 1 language AP is accepted. No AP exams in the category 'Arts' are accepted. Also not accepted: AP studio Art; AP Capstone; AP Research; or AP Seminar)
  • Mathematics minimum grade of B+ for pre-calculus AND IBA mathematics exam (Exemption  for students who have taken the College Board exam AP Calculus AB or BC, minimum score of 4). SAT and ACT are not accepted. 
  • English minimum grade of B+ English language test (optional)
  • Applicants who do not meet these requirements will be placed in the lower tiers of the ranking

Selection points

  • Granted for a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00/B+ or higher plus 1 AP College Board exam 

Additional Information
: at the time of application you must have already completed at least one College Board AP exam with a minimum score of 4.The College Board institute code for RSM is 6767.

Submit an official list of grades signed by your mentor or school representative. A screenshot or self-made Word/excel document with your grades will not be accepted. Make sure that RSM can see from your transcripts how the grades were determined. If your school uses a different grading system or different calculations, this should be clearly indicated otherwise you run the risk that your grades will be interpreted incorrectly.

Are you in the final year of high school? RSM uses the grades of the penultimate year (year before your final year) and the grades you have obtained so far from your final year (until December) for the evaluation. This allows us to evaluate each applicant based on a full year of grades. 

Have you graduated? The results of your final year (national exam) will be used to calculate your GPA. 



Disclaimer: These requirements are subject to change without prior notice. No rights may be derived from this publication. Please note that the RSM Admissions Office ultimately decides if the level and content of your education is sufficient and comparable to the Dutch secondary school system.

Last update:
Tuesday, 6 October 2020