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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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Is my GPA sufficient for admission?

Grade point averages can be expressed differently in other education systems. Indications of acceptable GPA's from universities outside The Netherlands can be found below. 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.

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

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
USA: B+
Vietnam: 7


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

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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Is Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University accredited and, if yes, which accreditations does it have?

Maintaining excellent quality is vital for Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is therefore proud to be fully accredited nationally and internationally. RSM is one of the very few business schools in the world that is accredited by all three international accreditation organisations for business schools, (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA), referred to as the prestigious triple crown accreditation.

RSM is accredited by:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International)
  • The European Foundation for Management Development (EQUIS)
  • The Association of MBAs (AMBA)
  • The Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO)
  • The Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science (KNAW)
Last update:
Monday, 9 December 2019

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Is the GMAT test mandatory for all applicants?

For master applicants who will obtain their bachelor diploma from a research university outside the Netherlands, it is mandatory to show a sufficient GMAT test result before the application deadline or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first). 

Master applicants who will obtain their bachelor degree at a Dutch research University (WO) have to meet the GPA requirement of a 7.0 or higher (HBO 7.5). For this group of applicants the GMAT score can't be used to compensate for an insufficient GPA. 

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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Is there a swimming pool on campus?

No, but there is a swimming pool in the vicinity. Consult Erasmus Sport for other sport facilities.

Last update:
Thursday, 1 August 2019

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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:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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My previous education was in English. Is this sufficient proof of my English proficiency?

Option 1 - Secondary education as proof of English proficiency: 

  • Your secondary school was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA.
  • You have an International Baccalaureate (IB) English A Higher Level certificate with grade 4 or higher or IB English A Standard Level Certificate with grade 5 or higher.
  • You have obtained a European Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum grade of 7.0 for English (language 1 or 2).

If it is not mentioned on the diploma, or on the website of the school that the programme was taught completely in the English language, an official statement provided by the school is required.

Option 2 - Bachelor degree as proof of english proficiency:

  • the degree programme was taught completely in English in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA.
  • If the programme was taught in 2 languages (for example Dutch and English) you must show proof that at least 120 EC were taught in English. This equals 2 full study years if the bachelor is a 3 year programme. 

If it is not mentioned on the diploma, or on the website of the university that the programme is taught in English, an official statement provided by the university is required.

Option 3 - Master degree as proof of English proficiency:

  • Your master degree programme was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA
  • and you have completed this degree at the time of applying to RSM.

If it is not mentioned on the diploma, or on the website of the university that the programme is taught completely in the English language, an official statement provided by the university is required.

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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Should I arrange for accommodation myself?

Yes, you have to take care of a house by yourself. 

Although a complete and useful overview of housing information for International Students can be found on www.housing.eur.nl, this information especially applies to RSM’s first year BScIBA and MSc students coming from abroad.

 

 

Last update:
Friday, 18 September 2020

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

The application process starts on the 1st of October. Our application deadlines are strict and that no exceptions will be made.The deadlines are:

31 January

International Management / CEMS

15 May or earlier if the programme has reached maximum capacity

  • Business Administration Specialisations (max. 450):
    • MScBA Accounting & Financial Management
    • MScBA Business Analytics & Management * (last year the application closed on the 9th of January)
    • MScBA Master in Management (English, Full-time) *(last year the application closed on the 5th of March)
    • MScBA Master in Management (Dutch, Part-time) 
  • MSc Business Information Management (max. 250) *(last year the application closed on the 31st of March)
  • MSc Finance & Investments (max. 300) *(last year the application closed on the 4th of February) 

Premaster Programmes:

  • Premaster Bedrijfskunde in Dutch, (Full-time max. 150 / Part-time max. 120)
  • Premaster International Business Administration in English (max. 70) *(last year the application closed on the 21st of January) 

15 May

  • Global Business & Sustainability
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management of Innovation
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Management

NON-EEA nationality? Avoid delays in the immigration process and submit your application by 1 April.

Want to pursue a scholarship offered by RSM? Apply by the 1st of March (mainly for NON-EEA nationalities).

If the programme is marked with *, APPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE:

These programmes usually reach the maximum capacity before the 15 May deadline. Check the date when the application closed for this programme last year. This might help you time your application. Please note that the dates are listed only for indicative purposes and no rights may be derived from this information.

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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What are the consequences of the Brexit for prospective students?

In 2016, the British people voted to leave the European Union. In December 2019 the British parliament accepted the deal Prime Minister Johnson agreed with the EU, with a Brexit date of 31 January 2020. Despite this milestone, there are still many unanswered questions. We hope the information provided on this EUR webpage will help you, as a current or prospective diploma or exchange student from or in the UK, to better understand your situation with regards to Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). 

Last update:
Tuesday, 22 September 2020

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What are the scholarship selection criteria I need to meet?

In general, we select the scholarship recipients based on merits (like GPA/gmat) and financial need.

Academic excellence for applicants with a Bachelor of Science from non-Dutch universities is proven if the average grade over the entire programme at the time of application is at least the equivalent of the Dutch grade of 8.0 on the Dutch grading scale 1 – 10. The Scholarship Committee will decide on the local grade equivalents for the Dutch grade of 8.0 using the grade information included in (a.o.) the Nuffic country modules. Additionally, a GMAT score of at least 700 is required.

Besides, you have to be aware that you will have to agree on a few general criteria before you applying for a scholarship:

  • Only students who are not recipients of any other scholarships exceeding the amount of € 5,000 in total in that same academic year can apply for the scholarship;
  • By accepting this scholarship you agree to assist the RSM Recruitment and Admissions Office in the role of an Ambassador with promotional and support activities for approximately 8 hours per month during the academic year;
  • By accepting this scholarship you agree to start your visa procedure before 1 June 2021. RSM holds the right to cancel your scholarship if you have not started your visa procedure and holds the right to offer the scholarship to a student on the scholarship waiting list.
Last update:
Thursday, 1 October 2020

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What can I do if my language level does not meet the CEMS language exit requirements?

Basically, you have two options: either improve your languages and bring it up to the level that is required by CEMS, or learn a new language at beginner’s level.

If you go for the second option, it means that you drop your original third language and replace it by the new language. If you consider doing this, choose a language that is challenging and can help you in your future career. For example, for a Western student it is more challenging and more rewarding to learn Eastern languages such as Mandarin or Japanese than another related Western language.

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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What do I need to upload for the verification of my GMAT test score?

GMAT test results can only be verified online. For this you need to give RSM permission to access your score.

  • Request for your score report to be sent to RSM when taking the GMAT test
  • You can also request for this to be done after having taken the test, but GMAT charges extra fees for this.
  • RSM also accepts the unofficial score report which you will receive right after taking the test, as long as you've given RSM permission to access your score. You can upload the unofficial score report as part of your application. 

 

Last update:
Monday, 9 September 2019

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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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What is a Business Communication skill seminar within the CEMS programme?

The Business Communication skill seminar is a compulsory element in the programme. During this seminar, students learn how to use a variety of techniques to effectively communicate in a business environment. Each school offers Business Communication Seminars in English, with the aim that the students transfer the acquired skills to other languages.

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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What is a GMAT exam?

The General Management Admission Test (GMAT) and is used by business schools worldwide to assess skills deemed necessary for success at the graduate school level. The GMAT exam consists of 4 parts: quantitative, verbal, analytical writing assessment and integrated reasoning. RSM does not require you to complete the analytical writing assessment nor the integrated reasoning part as these parts do not contribute to your overall score.

For more information on exam content and information on how and where to register for the exam, please visit the official GMAT website: www.gmac.com. Preparation materials such as books and software applications are available to help you study for the GMAT exam and can be purchased on-line or in major book stores. RSM strongly advises you to prepare for the GMAT well in advance.

The minimum required score is 600. 

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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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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What is accreditation?

Accreditation is an official process that a programme must go through in order to obtain a seal of approval. Most national governments have an official accreditation process which ensures that programmes meet specifically defined quality standards. In the Netherlands the national accrediting body is the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). All of the programmes offered by RSM have been accredited by the NVAO.

 

Last update:
Monday, 5 August 2019

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What is an admissions statement and where can I find it?

An admissions statement is an official document which summarizes which programme you've been admitted to, which diploma the admissions is based on and which conditions you need to fulfil before you can be enrolled as a student. As long as the conditions are not fulfilled, your offer remains conditional.

You can download your admissions statement via the Online Application Form (OLAF). In the top menu bar, go to the section called 'OFFER' and download the PDF file.

Last update:
Thursday, 16 April 2020

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What is considered a research university in the Netherlands?

Research universities in the Netherlands (‘universiteiten’ in Dutch) are institutions of tertiary education with a focus towards scientific research in an academic setting. These institutions essentially train students in academic study and the application of knowledge and often do not include (mandatory) work experience. However, many of the programmes do also have a professional component and most graduates actually find work outside the research community.

In order to be eligible for admission to an undergraduate programme at a Dutch research university, like the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, you will need to have at least a high school diploma comparable to a Dutch diploma on VWO-level. Check out RSM’s website for any other admission requirements per programme.

Another type of education in the Netherlands is taught by the universities of applied sciences (in Dutch ‘hogescholen’). These institutions offer programmes that focus on the practical application of arts and sciences. Getting practical work experience through internships is an important part of the professional study programmes. For admission into an undergraduate programme at a university of applied sciences, your high school diploma needs to be similar to a Dutch diploma on HAVO level. An example of a university of applied sciences is Hogeschool Rotterdam.

Last update:
Monday, 9 September 2019

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What is ERNA?

After applying for a study at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in Studielink, you will receive a mail containing your ERNA credentials (username and password). An ERNA consists of your Student Number+ Initials (for example 12345aj@student.eur.nl) & a password.

With the ERNA credentials, you will have access to the Online Application Form for RSM's BScIBA, premaster and MSc programmes. 

For the duration of your studies at the Erasmus University, the ERNA credentials will also be your access code for ICT facilities, email, wifi etc. 

If you have started the application process in Studielink, but have not received your ERNA details, please inform the Erasmus University ICT Servicedesk: servicedesk@eur.nl

Last update:
Wednesday, 19 February 2020

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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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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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