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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Application procedure

How do I apply for the master programmes offered at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University?

  • External, non-RSM students : if you would like to apply for admission to one of the master programmes at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University please first visit the admission pages of our website.
  • Currently enrolled and former RSM students: follow the instructions listed on the current student pages.
Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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How do I make my offer unconditional? - Diploma holders from Erasmus University

If your offer of admission is based on a diploma acquired from the Erasmus University, the process of making your offer unconditional is different than for 'external students'. 

You do not have to send hardcopies your diploma or transcript to the RSM MSc Admissions Office, but instead we will verify your diploma via the Osiris system or directly with your faculty.

This can only be done if you have completed all the requirements of your bachelor by the 31st of August, and this has been marked in Osiris. 

Once your diploma has been verified, you will receive a confirmation email from the admissions office. We will also notify you if we have not been able to verify your graduation and the deadline is approaching.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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Are the application deadlines also applicable to internal (currently enrolled) RSM students?

Current and former RSM students pursuing a master programme at RSM must register for the master programme in Studielink by the 31st of May and submit their application via the Osiris Aanmeld platform by the 15th of July. For more information check the current student pages.

Students who want to submit an application for the Master International Management/CEMS programme are required to follow the same application procedure as external students. The deadline for the Master International Management/CEMS programme is 31 January.

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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How do I make my offer unconditional? - Diploma holders from another university

If you receive an offer of admission it will always be conditional until you have sent either original or certified hard copies of both your bachelor diploma and final academic transcript to the RSM Admissions Office.

The digital copies of these documents that you uploaded with your online application are not legal documents and cannot be used to make your offer unconditional.  All of the conditions listed in your letter of admission and must be fulfilled before you are allowed to begin your master’s programme.

A conditional offer is an official offer. However if you fail to meet any of the conditions listed by August 31st, your offer of admission will be withdrawn. Please be aware that the admissions office cannot complete your enrolment until your offer of admission has been made unconditional.

No official diploma yet?

If you have completed all requirements for your bachelor degree by the 31st of August, but your official diploma has not yet been issued, you can submit an official graduation statement from your university. The statement should be signed and stamped by the educational institution and verify that you have indeed completed your bachelor programme. We also need a certified copy of your final grade list. The statement should clearly state that you have fulfilled all requirements for your bachelor programme and that your diploma will be issued at a later date.

Please send all documents listed as conditions in your admissions statement to the following address:

RSM MSc Admissions Office

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Mandeville Building T05-01

3062 PA Rotterdam

The Netherlands

You can also bring the documents to the above mentioned address in person.

RSM will save your diploma for one year. It is your responsibility to pick up these documents from the admissions office. The admissions office makes scanned copies of all documents for our digital archive and shreds all paper copies that have not been picked up on time.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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Can I apply for more than one MSc programme?

No, you are not allowed to apply for more than one MSc programme at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). The RSM admissions office will always try to make you an alternative offer of admission for another MSc programme at RSM if your admission into the programme you applied for is rejected.

Note: Although you can't apply for multiple programmes at RSM, it is always allowed to apply for MSc programmes at other faculties from the Erasmus University Rotterdam (like the Erasmus School of Economics for example) next to your RSM application. 

Last update:
Thursday, 15 August 2019

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Can I upload more than one diploma?

Yes, you can add more than one diploma in each section of the application form (secondary, bachelor and/or master).

Last update:
Thursday, 8 August 2019

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Can RSM verify my TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge results online?

Yes, RSM can check your TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge results online. However, the RSM Admissions Office can only do this if you upload a copy of your score report in your application:

TOEFL: The institutional code of RSM is 0798 and for Erasmus University 7199 (you can use either). If you have not requested for the score report to be sent to RSM, we can still verify the score directly with TOEFL. Note that the scores can only be verified 2 years from the test date. If your test is older than this, please contact us.  

IELTS: In order to verify your IELTS score, RSM needs the code which is written on the bottom right corner of your test report. Always upload your full score report during the application process. 

Cambridge: In order for RSM to verify your Cambridge score, you need to add your Cambridge candidate ID number and secret number to your application with your score report. By sharing this information, you give us permission to verify the result. If you do not have the candidate ID and secret number, you must contact the authorized examination centre where the examination was originally taken. Cambridge tests taken before 2005 can not be verified.

Note: it is sufficient to upload your score report and follow the instructions mentioned above. It is not needed for TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge to send us your English certificate by postal mail. 

Last update:
Monday, 9 September 2019

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Does RSM have a January intake?

MSc programmes at RSM only start once a year in September. There is not January or February intake.

The application for the new academic year opens in October, the previous year. 

Last update:
Tuesday, 6 August 2019

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I have submitted my application but I have not received a confirmation email, did something go wrong?

Within two weeks after you have submitted your application form in OLAF, the RSM Admissions Office will let you know if your application is complete. Bear in mind that we receive a large number of applications towards the application deadline; therefore it may take longer than two weeks before you receive a confirmation e-mail. Only complete applications will be considered for admission. For this reason we urge that you do not wait until the last minute to submit your application. If you wait until the last minute, you will have no margin for error. If you apply early (at least 4 weeks before the deadline), some mistakes can still be corrected.

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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Can I defer my offer to next year?

It is possible to defer your offer of admission until the next academic year for all MSc and pre-master programmes with the exception of the International Management/CEMS.

If you have already accepted or declined your offer, but due to unforeseen circumstances want to defer your offer, please contact the RSM admissions office.

 

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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Can I pay the handling fee by bank transfer?

If you want to pay the handling fee via a bank transfer, you must provide the RSM Admissions Office with a proof of payment so that we can manually adjust your payment status in OLAF. The bank account details can be found in OLAF in the handling fee section.

We also accept payment via credit card without using PayPal. The transaction costs for these payments is 2,95% with a minimum of 35 cents. This is cheaper than the PayPal-Credit card option, which is 3,9% + 35 cents.

Last update:
Wednesday, 22 August 2018

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Is it possible to switch Master programmes after accepting an offer of admission?

It is possible to request admission to another MSc programme at RSM until 15 August. You can submit a request using the contact form.

It is not possible to change programmes after this date.

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 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.

The Nuffic has created a special online tool to help refugee students navigate the Dutch higher education system.

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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My GMAT score is lower than the minimum requirement set by RSM. Can I still apply?

Applicants who submit a GMAT score which does not meet the minimum requirement of 600 set by RSM will not be considered for admission. You can take the test again, but the new score must be submitted by the application deadline,or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first).

RSM will only consider the highest score obtained. A previous lower score will not have a negative effect on your application.

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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What are the application deadlines for the MSc programmes offered by RSM?

The application deadline for the MSc programmes at RSM are as follows:

MSc International Management/CEMS - 31 January (for all students)

For all other MSc programmes and Premaster programmes - 15th of May (for non-RSM students/graduates)

Please note that our application deadlines are strict and that no exceptions will be made.

Programmes with a limited number of places; MSc Business Information Management and MSc Finance & Investments, generally reach capacity before the application deadline. If you are interested in one of these programmes we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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What is the deadline for making my offer unconditional?

When receiving your offer, the conditions of your offer will be listed in the admissions statement. These conditions must be filled before the 31st of August. If the conditions can not be filled by the August deadline, your offer of admission will be revoked and you will not be able to start your studies at RSM. This is a strict deadline and no exceptions will be made.

Last update:
Monday, 11 September 2017

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What is the difference between a conditional and unconditional offer

A conditional offer of admission means that you still need to do something before you will be allowed to start your studies at RSM. For the vast majority of our applicants, this means that you need to bring or send either certified hard copies or originals of your diploma(s) and final academic transcript. Once all of the conditions in your offer of admission have been met, your offer will become unconditional and you may officially enroll in the programme.

Many of our applicants ask why we require certified hard copies or originals of their diploma(s) and academic transcripts when we already have digital copies. RSM requires official hard copies because digital documents are easier to forge and are therefore not legal documents.

Last update:
Monday, 13 June 2016

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When will I be informed of the results of my application?

There is a rolling admissions process for most MSc programmes*.This means that complete applications will be reviewed upon receiving them. You will be notified of the outcome within four weeks following the receipt of your completed application (this could increase to 8 weeks close to the application deadlines). If you have not heard the results within this time, don't hesitate to contact us.

*There is no rolling admission process for the MSc International Management/CEMS programme. Applicants will be notified after the application deadlines about the next selection round.

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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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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What is Studielink and how does it work?

Studielink is a national web-based system in the Netherlands used for the enrolment of students. Studielink is used for student registration, payment of tuition fees and changing your correspondence address. It is the first step of the application process for RSM.

Studielink can be confusing at times, and to help you with the registration we have created a Studielink instruction manual.

After you have registered in Studielink, you will receive a link to the Online Application Form (OLAF) where you can complete your application. 

Last update:
Friday, 28 September 2018

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What is rolling admission?

There is a rolling admissions process for most MSc programmes*.

This means that applicants can be submitted from 1 October onwards until the application deadline or until the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first).

If your application is complete and you meet the admissions requirements you can get an offer of admission as soon as your application is reviewed. 

Incomplete applications will be evaluated but an official offer is only given once the application is complete. For example if you submit your application before you have sufficient proof of English, your application will be evaluated and but you will only receive an offer if you submit your English proof on time; before the deadline or before the programme is full.

You will be notified of the outcome within four weeks following the receipt of your completed application (this could increase to 8 weeks close to the application deadlines). If you have not heard the results within this time, don't hesitate to contact us.

*There is no rolling admission process for the MSc International Management/CEMS programme. Applicants will be notified after the application deadlines about the next selection round.

Last update:
Monday, 15 July 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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