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.

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What is a GPA?

GPA stands for Grade Point Average. This average is based on the weighted average of all grades from your bachelor programme. If you have also completed a master's degree, these grades can be added to your bachelor grades and used in the calculation of your GPA when evaluating your application.

Last update:
Friday, 25 January 2019

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Is my GPA sufficient for admission?

Grade point averages can be expressed differently in other education systems. Examples of acceptable GPA's can be found below.

Please provide an academic transcript with a diploma supplement explaining your countries grading system in your application package if possible.

As a rule of thumb, if you are considered to have an above average GPA in your home country, it is likely that RSM will consider your GPA to be sufficient.

Austria: 2.4
Belgium: 14/20, 70% or 2nd class honours
Brazil: 8
Bulgaria: 5
Canada: B+
China: 3.0 or 80%
Denmark: 7
Estonia: 4 or B
Finland: 3
France: 13.5/20
Germany: 2.4
Greece: 7
Hungary: 4
Indonesia: 3 or B
Iran: 14
Ireland: upper second
Italy: 100/110
Latvia: 8
Lithuania: 8
Mexico: 8
Norway: B
Poland: 4
Portugal: 15/20
Romania: 8
Russia: 4
South Africa: 2nd class upper division
South Korea: 3.3 or B
Spain: 7
Sweden: VG (or G if the majority of grades are VG. When using the ECTS scale: C
Switzerland: 5/6 or 7/10
Taiwan: 80
Turkey: 85
UK: 2nd class honours, first division
Ukraine: 9
Vietnam: 7

These examples are subject to change without prior notice. Please note that the RSM Admissions Manager will ultimately decide whether a GPA is sufficient or not.

Last update:
Friday, 28 September 2018

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How can I calculate my GPA?

In many countries official academic transcripts contain a GPA (Grade Point Average) - one calculated per semester, and one calculated over the entire study programme. In some cases a GPA will only be calculated once the programme has been completed. If your transcript does not contain a GPA, the admissions office will calculate one for you. Please note that the Admissions Manager will ultimately determine whether your GPA is sufficient or not. Grades earned on exchange will not be included in the GPA calculation.

The easiest way to calculate your GPA yourself is to use Excel. You can use the example below to make the calculation. In column A you should enter the grades you have earned so far. In column B you need to enter the credits earned for each course. When you have entered all of the grades and credits, you need to put the following formulas into the spreadsheet:

In cell B5 =SUM(B1:B4); In column C =SUM(A1*B1), =SUM(A2*B2) etc; In cell C5 =SUM(C1:C4)/B5 This last answer is your GPA.

  A B C
  Grade Credits Total
1 7 6 42
2 7 6 42
3 8 5 40
4 5 5 25
5   22 6,77272



Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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I will not obtain my bachelor degree before the application deadline, how is my GPA calculated?

If you will not obtain your degree before the application deadline because you will graduate later in the year, your GPA will be calculated based on the results included on your transcript at the time of application.

Last update:
Thursday, 23 August 2018

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What is the minimum GPA requirement for Dutch diplomas?

Your GPA is sufficient for application if you have (or will have before 31 August)

  • a bachelor degree from a research university (WO) in the Netherlands with 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.


  • a bachelor degree from a university of applied sciences (HBO) in the Netherlands and have an overall grade point average of 7.5 or higher. A GPA of 7.45 will be rounded off to a 7.5. A 7.44 will be rounded down to a 7.4.

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).

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.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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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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