The selection for IM/CEMS is very competitive so it's important that applicants are well prepared for the selection process. The selection consists of the following phases:


  • For information about the CEMS programme and the partner schools, visit the CEMS website and check the official CEMS videos. You can also talk to current students of the programme.

  • Complete the online application form (OLAF) at The online application system for will open on 1 October. The online application may be completed in sections but must be submitted by the application deadline of 31 January. When you have filled in all of the necessary information on the on-line application form and uploaded the required documents, submit your application by clicking the submit button at the end of the form.

    You will be informed by e-mail if your application is complete or if a document is missing. This is usually done within 5-7 working days. This can only be done if you apply well in advance. If a document is not sufficient or is missing relevant information, we can't notify you about this if you submit your application too close to the deadline. Therefore we advise you to apply as early as possible.

    Please note that your application will only be taken into consideration after you have uploaded ALL of the required documents - including the results of language exams and GMAT (if applicable). The information in the documents must be clear and language certificates must indicate the acquired level.

  • The selection procedure consists of two phases.

    Phase 1 - Ranking based on minimum requirements

    After the 31 January deadline all complete applications will be assessed for minimum requirements. All applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be ranked based on their language abilities as well as GPA and/or GMAT (for the benefit of the applicant). At this stage motivation and CV are not included in the evaluation. The 100 best applicants will be invited for a selection interview and assessment at the Erasmus University campus.

    Phase 2 -  Interview & Assessment on RSM campus

    Assessment: Applicants will participate in an 20-minute assessment consisting of a presentation to corporate partners of the IM/CEMS programme. 

    Interviews: Applicants will be invited for a personal interview with the IM/CEMS Selection Committee. The 20-minute interview will be conducted using the "STAR" interview method and will focus on your motivation to participate in the programme as well as two key CEMS competencies: initiative taking and result orientation. Your motivation and CV which you have submitted in your application will be used by the interviewers as preparation material for the interviews.

    The selection interviews and assessments will take place on campus on the 5th of March, 2018.

    Applicants are expected to come to Rotterdam for this phase and will be notified via e-mail of the exact time and location on the campus. Travel and accommodation costs are not refunded. Applicants residing outside of Europe at this time should contact the RSM Admissions Office if they are selected for the interview and assessment round and they are unable to join the interviews in person.

  • When the interviews and assessments have taken place, the Admissions Office will make a ranking of the applicants. This ranking is based on the scores from the first selection round (GPA/GMAT and language proficiency) and the total score obtained from the interview and the assessment.

    Students will be notified of the outcome of the selection procedure, including the allotted exchange destination as soon as possible but no later than the beginning of April. On the basis of the formal requirements and the results of the assessment and selection interviews, applicants with the best scores will receive their first choice(s) of exchange destination. Approximately 70 students will be selected for the programme and receive a (conditional) offer of admission.

    Applicants who participated in the second selection round but did not make the final selection will be offered admission to one of our other MSc programmes. Students currently completing their bachelor programme at RSM can follow the internal admissions process for the MSc programmes.

    Be aware: Formal admission to the MSc IM/CEMS will only take place after the applicant has received an unconditional offer of admission. All of the conditions listed in the letter of admission must be fulfilled before the applicant is allowed to begin the IM/CEMS master. If the applicant has failed to meet any of the conditions listed by 31 August, the offer of admission will be withdrawn.

  • All applicants who have been selected for participation in the IM/CEMS programme must confirm acceptance of the offer within seven days to the Admissions Office.

    All students are required to pay a total deposit of €750 in order to secure their place in the programme. Students who drop out of the programme will forfeit this deposit. The IM/CEMS programme deposit is entirely UNRELATED to the tuition fee that will be due for the academic year.

    For those students who begin the programme in 2018-2019 and complete the Block Seminar at RSM in the fall, €300 of the deposit will be allotted for participation in the RSM Block Seminar, and the remaining €450 of the deposit which will be reimbursed in September/October 2018.

    For those students who instead complete the Spring Kick-Off/Responsible Global Leadership (RGL) Seminar at RSM, €100 of the deposit will be allotted for participation in the RGL seminar and the remaining €650 of the deposit will be reimbursed in February/March 2019.

    Upon confirmation, the International Office will send the students' nominations to the CEMS partner universities.

    Admitted IM/CEMS students will also be responsible for a separate CEMS-specific €100 registration and handling fee. This fee will be due and payable in January 2019 and will need to be paid directly to the CEMS organisation. Students will receive further payment instructions via IM/CEMS Programme Management.

    RSM applicants: Students currently studying at RSM who are not selected for the IM/CEMS programme and who also meet all of the requirements for the regular International Master Exchange Programme will still be eligible to apply for regular master exchange.

    Note: the deadlines for master exchange nomination for most partner schools is 1 May, so students are advised to submit a complete master exchange application before mid-April. For more information on master exchange, please contact: Linda de Vries, Head of International Office (

    IM/CEMS applicants who are offered admission to the programme but decline their offer are ineligible for participation in the regular International Exchange Programme.