Applications are accepted for the September 2020 start from 1 October onwards.
Are you a current RSM student? Read the additional information on the current student pages.
All applicants must hold a bachelor (BSc) degree or an undergraduate degree that is comparable in level with a bachelor degree obtained at a Dutch research university (WO).
It is not necessary to have completed your bachelor degree at the time of application to our MSc programmes. However, all requirements for your bachelor programme must be fulfilled before the start of the academic year (by 31 August). Students who fail to meet this condition will not be allowed to start the programme.
India: Honours Bachelor of Commerce
- Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
- Duration of schooling: 3 years.
Applicants who have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences (applicable for Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Netherlands (HBO), Sweden and Switzerland) must first complete a pre-master year before they are eligible for admission to the master.
As most RSM MSc programmes do not contain introductory courses to the main subject of the master, it is required that applicants have obtained a sufficient number of relevant courses during their previous studies. Work experience or professional certificates, such as the CFA, cannot be used to compensate for the lack of relevant courses.
The minimum requirements are listed in the European Credits (EC). A full year of studies at a Dutch research university amounts to 60 EC. A research university bachelor degree in the Netherlands amounts to 180 EC (over 3 years).
If your previous studies do not contain business related courses, you can apply to the MScBA Master in Management. This programme is especially designed for non-business graduates. Also the MSc Business Analytics & Management accepts any background. The only content related requirement for these programmes is that your degree must contain a minimum total of 20 EC in qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistics, of which at least 10 EC have to be in quantitative research methods and statistics.
Once you have submitted an application and uploaded the required documents regarding your educational background, the RSM Admissions Office will determine your eligiblity. Due to the large number of requests, it is not possible to receive this evaluation by email or phone before submitting an application.
If during the evaluation of your application it is evident that your previous education does not meet the bachelor course related requirements, but is comparable to a research university degree obtained in the Netherlands, the Admissions Office will automatically evaluate your application for other MSc programmes offered by RSM and offer an alternative when possible. It is therefore only possible to apply for one programme.
RSM offers pre-master programmes to students with a business related degreed obtained at an Applied Sciences University (from Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland).
International Bachelor in Communication (IBCom)
Applicants completing the International Bachelor in Communication and Media at Erasmus University, can continue to selected MSc programmes at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), provided they have taken specific courses listed the IBCoM-RSM Matrix:
- MScBA Master in Management
- MSc in Marketing Management
- MSc in Global Business & Sustainability
- MSc in Human Resource Management
- MScBA Master in Management
- MSc in Strategic Entrepreneurship
- MSc in Organisational Change & Consulting
Erasmus University College (EUC)
Applicants completing their bachelor at Erasmus University College (EU), can continue to MSc programmes at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). For many of the masters, certain tracks and additional courses are required. Specific details are listed in the EUC-RSM matrix.
RSM requires a minimum level of mastery and ambition from its applicants. RSM defines two categories of students that seek admission to one of the MSc programmes:
- You must obtain a sufficient GPA before the start of the master (by the 31st of August).
Additional information for current/ former RSM students is available on the current student pages.
Applicants who will obtain their bachelor diploma from a non-Dutch research university can prove their mastery and ambition with
- a minimum GPA comparable to a 7.0 in the Dutch grading system
- a GMAT test result with a minimum score of 600.
Grade point averages can be expressed differently in other education systems. Rough indications of acceptable GPA’s from different countries can be found in the FAQ section.
- Requst for your score report to be sent to RSM when taking the test.
- You can also request for this to be done after the test, but GMAT charges extra fees for this.
The GMAT code for RSM is QK8-CX-28
In order to guarantee the required minimum level of English proficiency, an applicant must be able to show proof of proficiency on at least C1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language - CEFR). English proficiency can be proven in different ways:
Your degree programme was taught completely in the English language (equal to a minimum of 3 years or 180 EC) in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA. 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.
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. 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.
RSM accepts English course/test results at C1 level (CEFR) taken at any accredited applied science institute or research university institute within the EU/EEA.
The minimum obtained overall level must be C1 with sub scores of at least B2.2.
You must be able to provide proof of this in your application. The document must clearly indicate the obtained level. If the course or test was taken as a part of your study, this can also be included in your transcript of records. However the obtained level should still be indicated or additional documentation must be submitted.
If you have only taken a language test, all aspects of the language must have been included (reading, writing, listening and oral skills).
NOTE: Online tests (often done without supervision), such as the OLS (Online Linguistics Support for Erasmus+) or Oxford Online Placement test are not accepted.
The Language & Training Centre (LTC) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam offers intake tests throughout the year, which will determine your current level of proficiency, as well as English courses from September onwards.
Standardized tests accepted by RSM:
- IELTS: Academic test minimum overall score of 7.0 and minimum sub scores 6.5
- Cambridge ESOL: Equal to CAE-C/C1 Advanced or CPE-C/C2 proficiency
- Cambridge BEC Higher/C1 Business Higher: Minimum grade C
Both overall and sub score requirements must be met! 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.
Take into account that test dates at the test centres can fill up quickly, particularly during peak testing periods. Therefore we urge you to register to take the test as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Keep in mind that it can take several weeks to receive the results of your test. This means that you should plan to take the test 4-6 weeks before the application deadline.
Note that other tests, such as the TOEFL ITP or Michigan English are not accepted.
Verification & Validity
Always make sure to upload a copy of your score report in your application.
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 verifiable for 2 years. If your scores are older than 2 years, please contact the RSM Admissions Office for further advise.
IELTS scores are verified online using the TRF code marked on the score report. Scores are verifiable 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.
The Erasmus University Language & Training Centre (LTC) offers intake tests throughout the year, which will determine your current level of proficiency, as well as English courses from September onwards.
The minimum obtained overall level must be C1.
RSM English test
RSM together with the LTC also offers English tests free of charge with the following conditions:
- It is not possible to re-schedule the test due to illness or any other reason.
- The test results are only valid for your application for RSM.
Regularly scheduled test/course
You can always participate in a Language test at the EUR LTC on their regularly scheduled test dates at your own cost. You can check for the next possible test date on their website.
International diversity is very important to RSM and we therefore closely monitor the percentages of students in each master programme per diploma. If there are too many students with a certain diploma, the programme will not be balanced which will be detrimental to the international classroom concept.
In general RSM receives a sufficient number of applications from students from all over the world and has rarely had to apply restrictions to the intake of applicants based on a specific diploma. Should the need to restrict the number of students with a specific diploma arise, it will be done on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The application process starts on the 1st of October. The deadlines are:
International Management / CEMS
15 May or earlier if the programme has reached maximum capacity
Business Administration Specialisations - MScBA (max 450):
- Accounting & Financial Management
- Business Analytics & Management
- Master in Management
Business Information Management (max. 250)
Finance & Investments (max. 300)
- Premaster Bedrijfskunde in Dutch (Full-time max. 150 / Part-time max. 120)
- Premaster International Business Administration in English (max. 70)
Global Business & Sustainability
Human Resource Management
Management of Innovation
Organisational Change & Consulting
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).