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Admission requirements

What is the minimum required Grade Point Average (GPA)?

The minimum required Grade Point Average (GPA) to recieve selection points is different per country. The admission requirements per diploma are listed on our website. Applicants with GPA's below the requirement for their diploma will recieve 0 GPA selection points and have little chance at being selected for the programme.

Last update:
Tuesday, 20 July 2021

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Can I submit my proof of English proficiency and/or Mathematics exam (OMPT-A) result after I have applied?

You can submit an application first and send in the result of your English language test and/or mathematics exam later. Both test results must be received by the RSM Admissions Office no later than 1 April. When scheduling a test date keep in mind that it can take several weeks to receive your test score. Plan ahead!  It is your own responsibility to schedule the exam(s) on time. 

A sufficient result of a Mathematics test and/or English test does not guarantee a spot in the programme. They are simply tools to make up for any deficiencies in your Mathematics/English level or grades. 

Note: Apart from the English language test result and the mathematics exam result, all other supporting documents must be included in your application and this must be submitted in OLAF no later than 31st January.

Last update:
Friday, 28 May 2021

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Can I send in my application first and the result of the mathematics exam later?

Yes, you can submit an application first and send in the result of the mathematics exam later. The result of the mathematics exam must be received by the RSM Admissions Office no later than 1 April so plan your exam date accordingly. It is your own responsibility to schedule the exam on time.

A sufficient result of a Mathematics test does not guarantee a spot in the programme. It is simply a tool to make up for any deficiencies in your Mathematics level or grades. 

Do not wait for RSM to inform you that you need to take a mathematics exam. You can see if you meet our mathematics diploma for your diploma type by reading the requirements on the RSM website.

Last update:
Monday, 12 July 2021

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I have not yet obtained my HBO propaedeutics (first year diploma)? Can I still apply?

Yes, you can apply if you have not yet obtained your HBO propaedeutics diploma. Applicants with a conditonal offer must meet the minimum GPA of 7.5 in order to receive an unconditional offer. 

Last update:
Tuesday, 20 July 2021

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What is meant by an English language test is 'optional'?

Secondary education diploma holders who already have the required level of English do not have to take an additional English language test. If your English grade does not fully meet the minimum grade requirement, you can opt to compensate your lower grade by taking an English language test (IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge). If you pass one of these tests with the required scores, you have fulfilled the English language requirement. A pre-defined number of foreign diplomas meet this requirement, see the selection criteria per diploma).Keep in mind that successfully passing the English test or meeting the English requirement does not guarantee a spot. 

Last update:
Wednesday, 21 July 2021

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Do you accept SAT or ACT?

We do not accept the SAT or ACT. For admission requirements per diploma, see the RSM website.

Last update:
Monday, 12 July 2021

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Can I apply with my predicted grades?

RSM does not use predicted grades for the evaluation. Due to the early application deadline, RSM normally uses the grades of the penultimate year (year before your final year) for the evaluation. This allows us to evaluate each applicant based on a full year of grades. 

As you may have fewer grades than you normally would due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the 2022 admission RSM will use the grades of your penultimate year and the grades obtained in the last year until 31 January.

If you are in your final year of secondary school, please wait to submit your application until you have obtained the last set of grades for 2021. Some schools provide these grades in December, others may wait until January. Grades cannot be submitted after 31 January. It is also not possible to send improved grades after the 31 January deadline. 

Last update:
Monday, 12 July 2021

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Does RSM offer an Foundation Year programme?

RSM does not accept the Foundation Year programme.

Last update:
Friday, 16 July 2021

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What are the requirements for my diploma?

On our website you can find an overview the requirements for of a large number of diplomas. Diplomas not listed on our website will be evaluated on an individual basis as they may need to be examined more closely. When submitting an application, you must include in your application package an academic transcript with a diploma supplement explaining your country's grading system. It is not possible to pre-screen your application by phone or e-mail. A proper admissions decision can only be made after you’ve submitted an application. Please note that all admissions related information for the September 2022 intake will be updated by end September. We therefore recommend that you consult our website again before applying.

Last update:
Tuesday, 20 July 2021

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Do I have to write a motivation letter?

No. As part of the selection process for the IBA programme we ask our applicants to illustrate their drive and suitability for the programme by either uploading their CV OR answering the motivation question "What attracts you to an international business administration programme?It is not possible to choose both, so which one should you choose? To give you some guidance in making your choice, we have created a document to explain both options in more detail and to give you some tips. CV (resume) vs Motivation - How do I choose?

Next to either CV or motivation, RSM also asks applicants to reflect on their suitability for the programme by answering three "reflection" questions. Answers to these questions have no impact on the ranking but are purely meant for self reflection. Your CV or motivation and the reflection questions must be written in English. If you submit your CV or answer the motivation question in a language other than English it will not be scored.

Last update:
Monday, 12 July 2021

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Can work experience compensate for missing content in my previous education?

RSM MSc programmes are aimed at recent graduates with little or no relevant work experience. Work experience cannot be used to compensate for missing relevant courses in your previous education, replace an English language exam, GMAT or compensate for an insuficient GPA.

Last update:
Monday, 12 July 2021

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Can I apply without having obtained my diploma?

Yes, you can already apply before you recieve your diploma. Due to the early application deadline, RSM normally uses the grades of the penultimate year (year before your final year) for the evaluation. This allows us to evaluate each applicant based on a full year of grades. 

As you may have received fewer grades than normal due to the the COVID-19 pandemic, for the 2022 admission RSM will use the grades of your penultimate year and the grades obtained in the last year until December/January. Please note that it is not possible to submit grades after the 31 January deadline.

Last update:
Monday, 12 July 2021

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Can my eligibility be assessed before I officially apply for admission?

Unfortunately we cannot pre-screen any applicants over email or phone due to the high number of applications received each year. Your application can only be assessed after you have officially submitted an application for admission to the IBA programme. You can already check your eligibility yourself by taking a look at the admissions criteria per diploma.

Last update:
Thursday, 15 August 2019

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Is there a special admission process for refugee students?

No, RSM does not have a special admissions process or criteria for students with refugee status because individual situations can vary widely. Applications from refugees will therefore be assessed on an individual basis. If you have questions regarding your diploma, please contact the RSM admissions office.

The Erasmus University does offer general support for refugees. Please visit the refugee pages for more information.

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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Why are grades so important?

The most important factor in the selection process are your grades. Grades earned in secondary school are the most significant predictors of study success at university. Your grades contribute to 75% of possible selection points, which are used to determine your rank. The factor “motivation” is difficult to measure and has little to no predictive value for study success.

Last update:
Thursday, 12 September 2019

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