Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions section where you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions in relation to our pre-experience Bachelor and Master programmes.

TOP 5 Frequently Asked Questions for IBA:

How can I apply for IBA?
When can I submit my application for IBA (in OLAF)?
What are the requirements for my diploma?
Can I submit my application first and send the result of my English test and/or mathematics exam later?
I don't meet the mathematics grade requirement. What should I do?

 

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Admission requirements

Can I submit my application first and send the result of my English test and/or mathematics exam later?

Yes, 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 so plan your exam date(s) accordingly. 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. 

Last update:
Friday, 11 September 2020

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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 the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a negative effect on the grades of your penultimate year, for the 2021 admission RSM will use the grades of your penultimate year and the grades obtained in the last year until December. 

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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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. 

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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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. Applicants with a conditonal offer must meet the minimum GPA of 7.5 in order to receive an unconditional offer. 

Last update:
Friday, 18 September 2020

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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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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. When submitting an application, you must include in your application package an academic transcript with a diploma supplement explaining your country's grading system. A proper admissions decision can only be made after you’ve submitted an application.

Last update:
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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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.

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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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. 

Last update:
Friday, 4 September 2020

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Can I apply without having obtained my diploma?

Yes, you can already apply without 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 the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a negative effect on the grades of your penultimate year, for the 2021 admission RSM will use the grades of your penultimate year and the grades obtained in the last year until December. 

Last update:
Friday, 11 September 2020

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Do you accept SAT or ACT?

We do not accept the SAT or ACT. The College Board AP Calculus AB/BC exam (minimum score 4) is accepted.   

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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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)

Last update:
Thursday, 8 August 2019

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

The minimum required Grade Point Average (GPA) is different per country. The admission requirements per diploma are listed on our website. 

Last update:
Thursday, 12 September 2019

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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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