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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.

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Admission requirements

Is my background / degree sufficient to start in a master / premaster programme at RSM?

Many of our applicants doubt whether the courses they have taken during their bachelor studies are sufficient for the master programme they are applying for.

It is our experience that degree programmes vary greatly in content. Therefore it's not possible to give you accurate advice regarding your academic credentials without first checking your transcripts which you submit as a part of the application process.

For this reason, we encourage you to simply go ahead apply for admission.

You can even apply before you have your GMAT or English proficiency results as long as you add these to your application before the application deadline or before the programme you're applying for has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first).

If after our evaluation we see that you’re not eligible for the programme you applied for, we will automatically evaluate your application for our other MSc programmes and let you know if we can offer you any alternatives.

Remember to check out the detailed admission criteria and the overview of the bachelor course related requirements per master.

Last update:
Monday, 26 October 2020

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What is the average age of MSc students?

As RSM's Master programmes are pre-experience programmes, students usually start with the MSc programmes after completion of their undergraduate studies. Therefore, most students are aged between 20 and 26 years old. However, age is not considered during the admissions procedure and thus applicants from all ages are welcome to apply. 

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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I'm a current student from another EUR faculty. Am I eligible for the master programmes at RSM?

(International) Economics and Business Economics (Erasmus School of Economics)

Students from the EBE and IBEB programmes are generally speaking eligible for most of the RSM MSc programmes, as the bachelor contains at least 40 EC's of business administration content. The only exception to this is the MSc in Supply Chain Management, as this supply chain / operations is not a standard component in the bachelor. Applicants planning to pursue the MSc in Supply Chain Management are recommended to follow the major in Urban, Port and Transport Economics or take an additional course Supply Chain Management as an elective. 

International Bachelor in Communication (IBCom)

Applicants completing the International Bachelor in Communication and Media at Erasmus University, can continue to selected MSc programmes at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). For 4 out of the 7 MSc programmes listed below*specific courses listed the IBCoM-RSM Matrix are required:

  • MScBA Master in Management
  • MScBA Accounting & Financial Management
  • MScBA Business Analytics & Management
  • MSc in Marketing Management*
  • MSc in Global Business & Sustainability*
  • MSc in Human Resource Management*
  • MSc in Strategic Entrepreneurship*

Erasmus University College (EUC)

Applicants completing their bachelor at Erasmus University College (EU), can continue to MSc programmes at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). For many of the masters, certain tracks and additional courses are required. Specific details are listed in the EUC-RSM matrix.

Other EUR faculties

Students from other EUR faculties are generally eligible for at least one MSc programmes offered by RSM. You can apply for the programme you are most interested in, and if the content of you bachelor is not a direct match, the RSM Admissions Office will try to offer you any possible alternatives. Only students who have studied Law, may not be directly eligible due to the missing research methods and statistics components. 

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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Do I have to follow a premaster programme?

Applicants with a bachelor degree obtained at an accredited University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands (HBO), Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland are required to follow a pre-master programme at RSM before entering the MSc programmes.

RSM's premaster programmes are open to students from any discipline. After submitting an application for a premaster programme, RSM will evaluate the application and indicate which Master programmes are possible to progress to after successful completion of the premaster. 

Applicants with a non-business related bachelor are only admissable to the following Master programmes: Master in Management (full-time and part-time). Accounting & Financial Management, and Business Analytics & Management.

Students with a bachelor from a Research University can in some cases follow a premaster programme if they did not obtain 20 EC in qualitative and quantatitive methods and statistics, of which at least 10 EC have to be in quantitative research methods or statistics. We advise you to always apply for the master first, and during the evaluation we can see wether a premaster is an option for you.

 

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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Can I follow additional courses at RSM (electives, keuzevakken)?

It's possible to follow a limited selection of additional courses from RSM Bachelor programmes, for example if you are missing courses in your current bachelor curriculum for a master you are interested in.

These courses are only available for students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor programme from a Dutch research university.

On the general website of the Erasmus University you can find the information and the registration form for elective courses from our Dutch language Bedrifskunde bachelor programme.

If your bachelor is/was taught in English, you can also follow elective courses from our International Business Administration bachelor.

If you have any questions please contact the Bachelor Programme Management via bsc.pm@rsm.nl.

Last update:
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

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I do not have a bachelor or undergraduate degree in Business Administration, but I do have a degree from a research university, can I still apply for the Master of Science programmes at RSM?

Yes, students who have a bachelor degree from a research university in a subject other than business administration may apply for our MSc programmes as long as they have taken a sufficient number of required courses during their bachelor programme. The course requirements are different for each MSc programme and are listed in the admission requirements table for each MSc programme.

The Master in Management (English, Full-Time) and the Master in Management (Dutch, Part-Time) programmes are specially designed for students with a bachelor degree in any discipline other than business. 

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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I meet all the minimum requirements; can I still be rejected for admission?

The MSc International Management/CEMS programme is the only selective master programme, meaning that only the best candidates will be selected for admission. Meeting the minimum admissions criteria does not guarantee a place in this programme.

For all other MSc programmes a rolling admissions process is in place. When you meet the minimum admission requirements, followed the admissions process and adheared to the deadlines, you will be admitted. Please note that for some programmes there is a maximum capacity, meaning that the programme might fill up before the regular application deadline.

 

Last update:
Friday, 25 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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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 does the term "pre-experience master" mean?

The term "pre-experience master" means that the MSc programmes at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University have been designed for students who have recently completed their undergraduate studies and have little or no work experience.

Last update:
Monday, 11 September 2017

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How can I appeal the decision made regarding my application?

After the admissions office has evaluated your application, you will be informed of the decision via the Online Application Form (OLAF). If the decision is negative, you will also be informed of the reasons of the denial.

  1. In case you do not agree with the reasons of the denial, or you think that the admissions office has not considered some of the information you have submitted in your application, you can start an appeal process by first contacting us via the contact form. A member of the admissions office will return your message with further information regarding your denial and any possible solutions.
  2. If after contacting the admissions office you are still not satisfied with the answer that has been given, you can submit an official appeal to the EUR Legal Protection Facility, either by post (room A2-07, Postbus 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam) or online (legal.protection@eur.nl). 
Last update:
Thursday, 16 August 2018

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How are ‘admission requirements’ defined in The Netherlands?

In The Netherlands ‘admissions requirements’ for Master’s programmes have been defined by the Ministry of Education as “knowledge and competencies that were obtained during a bachelor degree programme.” For each of our Master programmes, RSM has identified specific knowledge requirements that are necessary for the successful completion of a Master programme at RSM. These requirements, per MSc programme, are listed on our website under the Admissions tab; Bachelor degree and Bachelor course related requirements.

Last update:
Wednesday, 17 July 2019

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How is ‘selection’ defined in The Netherlands?

In The Netherlands selection criteria for Master’s programmes have been defined by the Ministry of Education as “skills that go above and beyond the final qualifications obtained during the bachelor degree”. These can be personal qualities possessed by the applicant such as motivation, language skills, grade point average or the results of standardized tests. RSM has defined and specified these criteria per MSc programme which are listed under the Admissions tab on our website.

Last update:
Wednesday, 17 July 2019

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Can I transfer my credits from another university to a MSc programme at the Rotterdam School of Management?

No, it is not possible to transfer your credits obtained at another university to one of RSM's Master programmes. All students must formally complete the entire programme at the Rotterdam School of Management.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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What is the difference between a research university (WO) and a university of applied sciences (HBO)?

There are two types of higher education in the Netherlands: research-oriented (WO) and profession-oriented (HBO):

Research-oriented education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) is traditionally offered by research universities, such as Erasmus University which Rotterdam School of Management is a part of.

  • Programmes at research universities focus on theoretical aspects of the field of study.
  • Prepares students for undertaking independent research.
  • Lead to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. At research universities you can also pursue a PhD degree.
  • Fewer contact hours and more course material to study independently.
  • A Bachelor's program at a research university requires the completion of 180 credits (three years of study) and graduates obtain the degree of Bachelor of Arts, of Science, or of Laws (BA/BSc/LLB), depending on the discipline.

Higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO) is offered by universities of applied sciences (hogescholen)

  • Programmes at universities of applied sciences prepare students for particular professions
  • Tend to be more practically-oriented.
  • They lead to either a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • More contact hours (e.g. lectures / tutorials) during which course material is taught in a classical setting.
  • A Bachelor's degree in the applied arts and sciences requires 240 credits (four years of study); in most cases, graduates obtain a degree indicating the field of study (for example, Bachelor of Engineering, B Eng, or Bachelor of Nursing, B Nursing).

More information on the Dutch higher education system can be found on the Study in Holland website or you can check out this video made by Nuffic. 

Last update:
Thursday, 17 September 2020

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How does RSM determine whether my study is considered to be comparable to that obtained at a Dutch research university?

How does RSM determine whether my study is considered to be comparable to that obtained at a Dutch research university?

When evaluating your academic background, it needs to be categorized in one of the two types of higher education offered in the Netherlands: research-oriented (WO) or profession-oriented (HBO).

Sometimes the comparison is very straight forward as the country has a similar binary education system such as Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Applicants who have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences from one of these countries must first complete a pre-master year before they are eligible for admission to the master.

If you want to get an idea of the equivalent Dutch level of your diploma, you can check the list of common diplomas from your country on the Nuffic website. Nuffic is the central Dutch organization for the evaluation of foreign diplomas awarded in higher education.

For example for Diplomas obtained in India it is concluded that a 3 year bachelor of Commerce is comparable to an Applied Sciences Degree (HBO) in the Netherlands. This means that applicants from India with this diploma are not eligible for RSM master programmes.

India: Honours Bachelor of Commerce

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
Last update:
Monday, 12 August 2019

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What is the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)?

The ECTS credit system was developed by the European Commission in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad as part of the Bologna Process.

Each program consists of a certain amount of EC’s that you will need to obtain in order to be able to graduate.

  • One credit represents 28 hours of work.
  • One full year is 60 EC’s; a full Bachelor’s program is 180 EC’s.
  • Each year is divided into courses that you will need to pass; for each separate course you can earn a predetermined amount of EC’s.
  • You can obtain EC’s by meeting the requirements for that specific course, as described by the lecturer. Often this means that you will need to pass an exam, take part in group assignments, or give a presentation.
  • Your final goal is to obtain all EC’s offered in a program; only then can you graduate from the program.
Last update:
Monday, 12 August 2019

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