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Application procedure

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

Yes, current and former RSM students pursuing a master programme at RSM are required to follow the same application procedure as external students.

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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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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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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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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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. All messages are visible in the OLAF message center. 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:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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I meet all the minimum requirements; can I still be rejected for admission?

The MSc International Management/CEMS programme is the only selective master programme, meaning that only the best candidates will be selected for admission. Meeting the minimum admissions criteria does not guarantee a place in this programme.

For all other MSc programmes a rolling admissions process is in place. When you meet the minimum admission requirements, followed the admissions process and adheared to the deadlines, you will be admitted. Please note that for some programmes there is a maximum capacity, meaning that the programme might fill up before the regular application deadline.

 

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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Can I pay the handling fee by bank transfer?

If you want to pay the handling fee via a bank transfer, send your proof of payment to the RSM Admissions Office 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:
Friday, 4 September 2020

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Am I required to submit recommendation / reference letters?

RSM does not use recommendation / reference letters as a part of the evaluation process. Reference letters are always positive and are therefore not of help in evaluating applicants.

Last update:
Wednesday, 18 September 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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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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When do I need to accept my offer?

RSM would ideally like to hear your reply to our offer of admission within 2 weeks of receiving the results. You can accept the offer of admission first, and later on if you change your mind you can simply notify RSM by email that you want to decline or defer the offer of admission. There is no deposit you pay when accepting the offer, so there are no repercussions if you change your reply.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 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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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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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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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 if the programme still has spots available. You can submit a request using the contact form.

It is not possible to change programmes after this date.

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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Do I have to pay a deposit upon accepting my offer?

No. There is no deposit that you pay when accepting the offer.

RSM would ideally like to hear your reply to our offer of admission within 2 weeks of receiving the results. You can accept the offer of admission first, and later on if you change your mind you can simply notify RSM by email that you want to decline or defer the offer of admission. There are no repercussions if you change your reply.

Last update:
Friday, 25 September 2020

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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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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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