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Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions section where you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions in relation to our Master programmes.

Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Can my eligibility be assessed before I apply for admission? 
  2. What are the application deadlines for the MSc programmes offered by RSM?
  3. Can I submit my application first and my English proof later?
  4. Do I have to / Can I submit a GMAT score?
  5. Is my GPA sufficient for admission:

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Can you give me some general information about RSM?

Over the past 40 years, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has firmly established its reputation as one of Europe’s leading and high ranked business schools through its programme portfolio, services,  academic activities and international & national accreditation by AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA and NVAO. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class portfolio of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage people to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Like its host country the Netherlands, one of the world's leading international trading nations, RSM has continued to expand and internationalise, cementing its status as one of Europe’s most international and innovative business schools.

Last update:
Thursday, 1 August 2019

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Do I have to follow a premaster programme?

RSM's premaster programmes are offered mainly to students with a bachelor from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO).

 Students with a bachelor from a Research University can follow a premaster programme if they did not obtain 20 EC in qualitative and quantatitive methods and statistics, of which at least 10 EC have to be in quantitative research methods or statistics. We advise you to always apply for the master first, and during the evaluation we can see wether a premaster is a better option for you.

RSM's premaster programmes are open to students from any discipline. After submitting an application for a premaster programme, RSM will evaluate the application and indicate which Master programmes are possible to progress to after successful completion of the premaster. Applicants without a business-related bachelor are only admissable to the following Master programmes: Master in Management (full-time and part-time). Accounting & Financial Management, and Business Analytics & Management.

Last update:
Monday, 6 January 2020

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Do I have to pay a deposit upon accepting 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 that you pay when accepting the offer, so there are no repercussions if you change your reply.

Last update:
Wednesday, 18 September 2019

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Do I have to pay a handling fee?

All applicants who have earned their diploma outside of the Netherlands, pay a handling fee of €100 upon submitting their application. The Online Application Form will automatically determine whether you are required to pay the fee or not. This fee can be paid online using the Erasmus Payment System. This system offers applicants the possibility to pay using either iDEAL (for those with a Dutch bank account) or PayPal (which can be linked to any bank account or credit card worldwide). It is important that applicants complete the payment process as indicated, otherwise the system cannot register the payment. The fee is non-refundable. Applications without successful payment of the fee cannot be submitted and will therefore not be processed.

Last update:
Thursday, 15 August 2019

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Do I have to take all 4 parts of the GMAT exam?

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.

Last update:
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

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Do I need to be able to speak Dutch to study in the Netherlands?

The Dutch are known for their proficiency in the English language and this, combined with the highly international nature of both the campus and the city of Rotterdam ensure that you will manage just fine without any Dutch language skills. Of course it is often very rewarding to be able to speak the language of the country you are living in. Also, if you are looking for a job on the side, or hope to remain in the Netherlands after graduation, speaking Dutch can be a big advantage. The Language &Training Centre (LTC) offers several language courses, including Dutch.

 

Last update:
Thursday, 1 August 2019

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Does Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) offer services that can help me in finding an internship or a job?

RSM Career Centre provides a broad range of services to students, most of them internship and future career related. The Career Centre staff functions as a liaison between students, the corporate world and the various departments of the business school to help determine and facilitate internships and research opportunities. Career Centre can help students clarify their interests and skills, refine interviewing and curriculum vitae preparation skills, pursue internships and research projects and interact with potential employers. Students are encouraged to make use of some or all services, especially in the year preceding their BSc or MSc graduation.

You can also find information regarding career opportunities in the Netherlands on the website of the Nuffic https://www.hollandalumni.nl/careerinholland/

Last update:
Friday, 13 April 2018

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Does RSM accept mother tongue statements?

It is the official policy of the CEMS organization that mother tongue does not have to be tested, but can be proven with a mother tongue statement. However each CEMS school is empowered to establish and implement its own application requirements, and RSM has determined that mother tongue statements are not sufficient evidence of master of the mother tongue. The mother tongue, as with all other languages indicated in an IM/CEMS application for RSM must also be evidenced on paper in a form that is acceptable to RSM. On the CEMS language requirements page you can find explanations on how to provide the correct documentation for each language.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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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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Does RSM offer a parttime English taught MSc programme?

No, all MSc programmes at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) are fulltime programmes. RSM does offer a part time programme in Dutch

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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Does RSM offer GMAT fee waivers?

Update 28-4-2020: RSM has obtained 3 additional GMAT fee waivers for the GMAT online test.

For the application season 2020 (starting in October 2019) RSM has obtained 10 GMAT fee waivers. These are given to eligible applicants on request and of first come first served basis. Candidates must provide the fee waiver code when they register for their GMAT appointment. In order to apply for the GMAT waiver complete the following steps:

  1. Write a brief motivation statement explaining why you think you should be granted a GMAT waiver.
  2. Upload the motivation statement to the online application form (OLAF) instead of a GMAT score.
  3. Complete and submit your application.
  4. RSM will evaluate your application. If you are eligible for admission, there are still waivers left and there is enough time to take the exam before the application deadline of the programme you are applying to, we will send you a waiver.

 

Last update:
Tuesday, 28 April 2020

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Does RSM offer online education?

No, RSM does not currently offer MSc programmes online. This option may become available in the future. 

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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Does RSM/Erasmus University offer English tests?

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 level must be C1.

Option 1: 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.

Option 2: RSM English test

RSM together with the Erasmus University Language & Training Centre (LTC) offers English tests free of charge with the following conditions:

Registration:

  • The test will only be offered on two specific dates. Here you can choose on which of the two possible dates you want to take the test.
  •  In order to participate in one of these tests you first need to submit your application for the programme of your choice at least three weeks before the date of the test you want to participate in. 
  • The RSM Admissions Office will first evaluate your application, and if your academic background meets the minimum requirements, you will be registered for the test with the EUR LTC and receive a confirmation via OLAF.

Practical matters:

  • It is not possible to re-schedule the test due to illness or any other reason. If you fail to show up to the test without notifying the LTC or the RSM Admissions Office first, you will be charged the costs of the test. 
  • You can only take the test once. If you fail to achieve a C1 level result, you can retake the test at your own cost.
  • On both dates the writing part of the test takes place in the morning and the verbal part in the afternoon. Therefore you need to be available throughout the day of the test.
  • Students with dyslexia or other functional disabilities can request for additional time to take the test. It’s required to notify the LTC by e-mail before the test date about any personal circumstances. In the email you should include your dyslexia statement or any other relevant statements.
  • After the test you will receive an overview of your results, but you will not receive an official language certificate.
  • The test results are only valid for your application for RSM.
Last update:
Tuesday, 30 June 2020

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Does the university offer sports facilities?

The  Erasmus Sport Centre has two sports halls, five squash courts, a fitness gym and six open-air tennis courts. You can participate in training sessions and use all facilities in the sports buildings on campus. Sports offered include tennis, squash, rugby, soccer, volleyball, rowing, basketball, boxing and other fitness activities such as pilates, yoga and dancing.

Last update:
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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How and where can I obtain a certified copy of my diploma and transcripts?

A certified copy of your diploma and transcript can be acquired at the institution where you obtained the diploma or at a notary. Certified means that the photocopy of the original diploma/transcript, needs to be stamped and signed by your institution (director, course coordinator, registrar) or notary. When making your offer unconditional, make sure you send us the original document or certified hard copy. Photocopies and scans will not be accepted because their authenticity cannot be verified.

Last update:
Wednesday, 6 June 2018

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How are ‘admission requirements’ defined in The Netherlands?

In The Netherlands ‘admissions requirements’ for Master’s programmes have been defined by the Ministry of Education as “knowledge and competencies that were obtained during a bachelor degree programme.” For each of our Master programmes, RSM has identified specific knowledge requirements that are necessary for the successful completion of a Master programme at RSM. These requirements, per MSc programme, are listed on our website under the Admissions tab; Bachelor degree and Bachelor course related requirements.

Last update:
Wednesday, 17 July 2019

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How can EEA students get financial aid, like Studiefinanciering?

Studiefinanciering is a Dutch study grant paid by the Dutch Ministry of Education through a governmental organization called DUO. It is a monthly loan for Dutch and other EEA students (passport holder) meant to finance living expenses, such as rent and other daily costs.

For more information on the DUO loan and to find out whether you are eligible, you can consult our Scholarship Finder.

For the application procedure, please visit the DUO website.

Last update:
Monday, 8 June 2020

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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 can I calculate my GPA?

In many countries official academic transcripts contain a GPA (Grade Point Average) - one calculated per semester, and one calculated over the entire study programme. In some cases a GPA will only be calculated once the programme has been completed. If your transcript does not contain a GPA, the admissions office will calculate one for you. Please note that the Admissions Manager will ultimately determine whether your GPA is sufficient or not. Grades earned on exchange can be included in the GPA calculation if they are translated to the Dutch grading system by your university (only applicable for students coming from Dutch research or applied sciences universities).

The easiest way to calculate your GPA yourself is to use Excel. You can use the example below to make the calculation. In column A you should enter the grades you have earned so far. In column B you need to enter the credits earned for each course. When you have entered all of the grades and credits, you need to put the following formulas into the spreadsheet:

In cell B5 =SUM(B1:B4); In column C =SUM(A1*B1), =SUM(A2*B2) etc; In cell C5 =SUM(C1:C4)/B5 This last answer is your GPA.

  A B C
  Grade Credits Total
1 7 6 42
2 7 6 42
3 8 5 40
4 5 5 25
5   22 6,77272

 

 

Last update:
Friday, 14 February 2020

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How can I contact the RSM MSc admissions office?

You can contact us in several ways, as listed on our contact pages.

Due to COVID-19 the RSM Admissions Office is closed until further notice. There are also no telephone consulting hours available.  For questions please use our Contact Form. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Last update:
Tuesday, 14 April 2020

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How can I get in touch with the Career Centre?

Please consult the webpage of the Career Centre

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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How can I pay the tuition fee?

Available payment methods for payment of tuition fees are:

  • Payment by digital authorisation via a bank account from a country in the SEPA area via Studielink
  • Payment by bank
  • Payment of tuition fees by another person/institution
  • Payment by Proof of Payment of Tuition Fee” (“Bewijs van Betaald Collegegeld”)
  • Payment at Erasmus Student Service Centre

A different payment procedure applies for NON-EU/EEA students who need to apply for a VISA. The information will be included in the VISA instructions, which will be sent to you after having accepted your offer.


For more information regarding the methods of the payment of tuition fees, please visit the website of the Erasmus Student Service Center

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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How can I prepare for the GMAT?

There are many courses available which help you prepare for the GMAT test. The best way to find them is to google for GMAT  courses near you.

The Erasmus University language and training center (LTC) offers GMAT courses. The training consists of 4 lessons as well as an online training package. For more details check the LTC website.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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How can I prove my proficiency in the English language?

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:

> My Secondary- / High School education was taught entirely in English:

  • 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. 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.
  • 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 an European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma with a minimum grade of 7.0 for English (language 1 or 2).

> My bachelor degree was taught entirely in English:

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.

> My master degree was taught entirely in English: 

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.

> I took a C1 level course or test as part of my university studies (in the EU/EEA):

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. Your overall score must be at least C1.1.

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 done without supervision, such as the OLS (Online Linguistics Support for Erasmus+) are not accepted.

The Language & Training Centre (LTC) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam offers intake tests, which will determine your current level of proficiency, as well as English courses from September onwards. 

> I have or will take a standardized test accepted by RSM:

  • IELTS: Academic test minimum overall score of 7.0 and minimum sub scores 6.5 
  • TOEFL (iBT): minimum overall score 94 (100 for MSc IM/CEMS) with minimum sub scores of 22 for reading, listening and speaking and for writing 24. Please note that the ITP TOEFL test offered by the Erasmus University Language & Training Centre (LTC) is not accepted.
  • Cambridge:
    • Cambridge ESOL: Equal to CAE-C/C1 (B for MSc IM/CEMS) Advanced or CPE-C/C2 proficiency
    • Cambridge BEC Higher/C1 Business Higher: Minimum grade C (B for MSc IM/CEMS)

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 TOEFL results are older than this, please contact the admissions office

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.

> I want to take a test at the Erasmus University Language & Training Centre (LTC)

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. 

RSM together with the LTC also offers English tests free of charge with the following conditions:

  • The test will only be offered on two specific dates: Monday the 2nd of December, 2019 and Tuesday the 14th of April, 2020. You will indicate on which of the two possible dates you want to take the test when filling in the Online Applicaiton Form (OLAF).
  • In order to participate in one of these tests you first need to submit your application for the programme of your choice at least three weeks before the date of the test you want to particiate in.
  • The RSM Admissions Office will then evaluate your application, and if you meet the other minimum requirements, we will register you for the test with the EUR LTC.
  • It is not possible to re-schedule the test due to illness or any other reason.
  • You can only take the test once. If you fail to achieve a C1 level result, you can retake the test at your own cost.
  • On both dates the writing part of the test takes place in the morning and the verbal part in the afternoon. Therefore you need to be available throughout the day of the test.
  • Students with dyslexia or other personal circumstances can request for additional time to take the test. It’s required to notify the LTC by e-mail before the test date about any personal circumstances. In the email you should include your dyslexia statement or any other relevant statements.
  • After the test you will receive an overview of your results, but you will not receive an official language certificate.
  • The test results are only valid for your application for RSM.

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.

Last update:
Tuesday, 29 October 2019

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