Admission requirements

Admission requirements

For the premaster programmes RSM accepts applicants with a bachelor degree obtained at an accredited University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands (HBO), Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. 

If your studies were completed in Dutch, you must apply for the Dutch language premaster. The English language premaster is aimed at applicants who have completed their bachelor degree outside the Netherlands and applicants who have completed their degree in The Netherlands, but in English.

It is not necessary for you to have completed your bachelor studies at the time of application, but all requirements of the bachelor, including the final thesis must be completed by the 31st of August, 2019. 

You must have completed a bachelor degree with comprehensive knowledge of the functional domains of business administration.This is equal to a minimum of 120 EC of relevant courses in at least 5 of the 7 subject areas listed below:

  • Finance & Accounting
  • Marketing 
  • Human Resources Management
  • Strategic Management 
  • Supply Chain Management/Logistics 
  • Business Information Management 
  • (Business) Economics

For a list of programmes from Dutch universities of applied sciences that met our requirements in the past, see additional information. Please note that having studied one of these programmes is not a guarantee for admission. We will still check your academic transcript to see if you’ve covered the relevant subjects. If your degree programme is not on the list, but meets the course requirements listed above, you are welcome to apply for admission.

RSM requires a minimum level of mastery and ambition from its applicants. RSM defines two categories of students that seek admission to its programmes:

  • Students who will obtain a bachelor degree at a Dutch applied sciences university can prove their mastery and ambition with an unrounded minimum grade point average (GPA) of 7.5.

    RSM calculates the GPA's based on all of the grades from your bachelor programme, including the propaedeutic year. Some universities only use the last three years of your bachelor to calculate a GPA. If this is the case, RSM will not use the calculation provided by your university but will re-calculate the GPA. Additional grades obtained during a second degree, such as a master programme, can be added to the GPA calculation for the benefit of the applicant.

    An insufficient GPA, based on a Dutch applied sciences university diploma, can be compensated with a GMAT test result of 600 minimum. This compensation policy is offered as a courtesy to students and any costs of the test are at the expense of the applicant.

  • Applicants who will obtain their bachelor diploma from an applied sciences university outside the Netherlands can prove their mastery and ambition with an above average GPA from their own country of education and a GMAT test result with a minimum score of 600. Rough indications of acceptable GPA’s from different countries can be found in the FAQ section.

  • Almost every country has at least one GMAT test center. You can check the availability in your country via the official GMAT website. The current fee for taking the test is US$250.00. The costs of the test are not covered by RSM.

    Take into account that test dates can fill up quickly, particularly during peak testing periods, so we urge you to register to take the exam as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

    The GMAT exam consists of 4 parts: a quantitative section, a verbal section, an analytical writing assessment and integrated reasoning section.  Only the quantitative and verbal sections are used to determine your overall score. Therefore RSM does not require you to complete the analytical writing assessment nor the integrated reasoning section.

    The Language & Training Center at Erasmus University offers GMAT preparation courses at the Woudestein Campus. For schedules and detailed information click here. The costs of these courses are not covered by RSM.

  • GMAT exam results can be verified only if you have given RSM permission to access your score. This is usually done by requesting a 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. RSM also accepts the unofficial score report which you will receive right after taking the test as long as we can verify your score later.

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 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 IB English A Higher Level certificate with grade 4 or higher or IB English A Standard Level Certificate with grade 5 or higher.
  • 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.

    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).

    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. 

  • Standardized tests accepted by RSM:

    • IELTS: Academic test minimum overall score of 7.0 and minimum sub scores 6.5
    • TOEFL (iBT): minimum overall score 94 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 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. 

    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.

    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.