Premaster in International Business Administration

RSM offers an English language pre-master programme for bachelor degree holders from accredited Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands (HBO), Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland who are interested in pursuing a Master of Science degree.

The pre-master is a one-year programme and amounts to 31-33 European Credits (EC).

Selection is based upon your specific degree and level of mastery and ambition. Your bachelor programme should be related to Business Administration. For more detailed information about our selection criteria, please refer to Admissions.

Programme Details

  • The programme is taught in English.
  • 40 students will be admitted.
  • The programme starts once per year.
  • After successful completion of the pre-master programme you are eligible to enrol in one of our 12-month MSc programmes, provided that you fulfil all admission requirements that are detailed on the web pages of the respective programme. You can also apply for the MSc International Management/CEMS or the MSc Finance and Investments Advanced programme, but admissions is not guaranteed as these programmes have an extra selection process.


If you already meet the admissions requirements we recommend that you apply early as this programme has a limited number of spots available. Application for the premaster programme opens on 10 October 2018 and the deadline is 15 May 2019 (unless the maximum capacity has been reached before this date).

This one-year pre-master must be completed within two consecutive years. If you have not completed all programme requirements within two years, the grades and credits received up to that point will no longer be valid.

Please be aware that successful completion of the pre-master programme does not result in a bachelor diploma or other certificate, but gives you a ‘proof of eligibility’ to the master programme, which must be redeemed within one year.