Proficiency in the English Language

Proficiency in the English Language

Requirements (valid for entry September 2019)

All applicants must submit scores from one of the following tests as proof of proficiency in the English language:

  • IELTS: Academic test minimum overall score of 7.0 and minimum sub scores 6.5
  • Cambridge: CAE or BEC minimum grade C, CPE C1 
  • TOEFL (iBT): minimum overall score 94 with minimum sub scores of 22 for reading, listening and speaking and for writing 24.
  • Both overall and sub score requirements must be met! No other English language exam results will be accepted. All sub scores must meet the minimum requirements within one exam, meaning that scores of two exams may not be combined to reach sufficient scores from different categories of the exam.


You are exempt from taking an English language exam if you are a native English speaker from the USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa and have had formal education in English (a passport alone is not proof of language proficiency) or your undergraduate programme was taught completely in the English language (a minimum of 180 ECTS) in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA. If it is not mentioned in the diploma, or on the website of the university that the programme is taught completely in the English language, a statement provided by the university is required.


You can send us your application first and complete your application package later with the results of your English language exam but the results must be submitted before the application deadline of the programme you applied for (indicated below) or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first)*:

  • 31st of January for MSc International Management/CEMS
  • 31st of March for MSc Finance & Investments Advanced
  • 15th of May for all other programmes

*Note that some programmes (i.e. MSc Business Information Management, MSc Finance & Investments or MScBA Master in Management) may fill up before the deadline and in this case the scores must be handed in before the programme has reached capacity.


Always make sure to upload a copy of your score report in the Online Application Form (OLAF).  

TOEFL scores can be verified online. Therefore you should request the tests center to send your score report to RSM. The institutional code of RSM is 0798 and for Erasmus University 7199 (you can use either). Scores are verifyiable for 2 years.

IELTS scores are verified online using the TRF code marked on the score report. Scores are verifyiable for 5 years.

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. If you do not have the candidate ID and secret number, you must contact the authorized examination centre where the examination was originally taken. Please note that RSM can not verify test scores taken before 2005.