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What is the minimum GPA requirement for students studying in Dutch research or applied sciences universities? What if my GPA is not sufficient?

Students who will or have obtained a bachelor degree from a research university (WO) in the Netherlands must have an unrounded minimum grade point average (GPA) of 7.0. A GPA of 6.95 will be rounded off to a 7.0. A 6.94 will be rounded down to a 6.9.

Students who will or have obtained a bachelor degree a university of applied sciences (HBO) in the Netherlands must have an overall grade point average of 7.5 or higher. A GPA of 7.45 will be rounded off to a 7.5.As of the 2021-2022 admissions season, the GPA of HBO students will be calculated over the final 3 years of the bachelor - unless the applicant needs the grades of the first year to meet the GPA requirement.

If you have obtained additional grades at a Dutch higher education institution during a second bachelor degree, master programme, or extra minor, these can be added to the GPA calculation (for the benefit of the applicant). Grades earned outside of the Dutch education system will not be converted or used in the GPA calculation.

If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement at the time of application, you can still apply, but the following conditions apply.

  • You must obtain a sufficient GPA before the start of the master (by the 31st of August).
  • If you are applying for a programme that has a maximum capacity, you need to obtain a sufficient GPA before the programme has filled up (which can happen before the regular application deadline). Students who meet the minimum GPA requirement at the time of application are given priority for these programmes.

Additional information for current/ former RSM students is available on the current student pages.

GMAT: It is no longer be possible for applicants with a bachelor/master degree obtained in the Netherlands to compensate for an insufficient GPA with a GMAT test score.

Last update:
Tuesday, 20 July 2021

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