Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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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 pre-experience bachelor and master programmes.

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Diplomas & Transcripts

How do I make my offer unconditional? - Diploma holders from another university

If you receive an offer of admission it will always be conditional until you have sent either original or certified hard copies of both your bachelor diploma and final academic transcript to the RSM Admissions Office.

The digital copies of these documents that you uploaded with your online application are not legal documents and cannot be used to make your offer unconditional.  All of the conditions listed in your letter of admission and must be fulfilled before you are allowed to begin your master’s programme.

A conditional offer is an official offer. However if you fail to meet any of the conditions listed by August 31st, your offer of admission will be withdrawn. Please be aware that the admissions office cannot complete your enrolment until your offer of admission has been made unconditional.

No official diploma yet?

If you have completed all requirements for your bachelor degree by the 31st of August, but your official diploma has not yet been issued, you can submit an official graduation statement from your university. The statement should be signed and stamped by the educational institution and verify that you have indeed completed your bachelor programme. We also need a certified copy of your final grade list. The statement should clearly state that you have fulfilled all requirements for your bachelor programme and that your diploma will be issued at a later date.

Please send all documents listed as conditions in your admissions statement to the following address:

RSM MSc Admissions Office

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Mandeville Building T05-01

3062 PA Rotterdam

The Netherlands

You can also bring the documents to the above mentioned address in person.

RSM will save your diploma for one year. It is your responsibility to pick up these documents from the admissions office. The admissions office makes scanned copies of all documents for our digital archive and shreds all paper copies that have not been picked up on time.

Students with admission based on a study completed at Erasmus University Rotterdam are not required to provide this documentation, as the completion of your study can be checked in Osiris. However you must make sure that you have completed all the requirements of the study and have requested your diploma on time. RSM will notify you once the completion of your study has been verified.

Last update:
Thursday, 7 May 2020

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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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What is the difference between a research university (WO) and a university of applied sciences (HBO)?

There are two types of higher education in the Netherlands: research-oriented (WO) and profession-oriented (HBO):

Research-oriented education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) is traditionally offered by research universities, such as Erasmus University which Rotterdam School of Management is a part of.

  • Programmes at research universities focus on theoretical aspects of the field of study.
  • Prepares students for undertaking independent research.
  • Lead to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. At research universities you can also pursue a PhD degree.
  • Fewer contact hours and more course material to study independently.
  • A Bachelor's program at a research university requires the completion of 180 credits (three years of study) and graduates obtain the degree of Bachelor of Arts, of Science, or of Laws (BA/BSc/LLB), depending on the discipline.

Higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO) is offered by universities of applied sciences (hogescholen)

  • Programmes at universities of applied sciences prepare students for particular professions
  • Tend to be more practically-oriented.
  • They lead to either a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • More contact hours (e.g. lectures / tutorials) during which course material is taught in a classical setting.
  • A Bachelor's degree in the applied arts and sciences requires 240 credits (four years of study); in most cases, graduates obtain a degree indicating the field of study (for example, Bachelor of Engineering, B Eng, or Bachelor of Nursing, B Nursing).

More information on the Dutch higher education system can be found on the Study in Holland website or you can check out this video made by Nuffic. 

Last update:
Thursday, 17 September 2020

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How does RSM determine whether my study is considered to be comparable to that obtained at a Dutch research university?

How does RSM determine whether my study is considered to be comparable to that obtained at a Dutch research university?

When evaluating your academic background, it needs to be categorized in one of the two types of higher education offered in the Netherlands: research-oriented (WO) or profession-oriented (HBO).

Sometimes the comparison is very straight forward as the country has a similar binary education system such as Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Applicants who have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences from one of these countries must first complete a pre-master year before they are eligible for admission to the master.

If you want to get an idea of the equivalent Dutch level of your diploma, you can check the list of common diplomas from your country on the Nuffic website. Nuffic is the central Dutch organization for the evaluation of foreign diplomas awarded in higher education.

For example for Diplomas obtained in India it is concluded that a 3 year bachelor of Commerce is comparable to an Applied Sciences Degree (HBO) in the Netherlands. This means that applicants from India with this diploma are not eligible for RSM master programmes.

India: Honours Bachelor of Commerce

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
Last update:
Monday, 12 August 2019

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What is the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)?

The ECTS credit system was developed by the European Commission in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad as part of the Bologna Process.

Each program consists of a certain amount of EC’s that you will need to obtain in order to be able to graduate.

  • One credit represents 28 hours of work.
  • One full year is 60 EC’s; a full Bachelor’s program is 180 EC’s.
  • Each year is divided into courses that you will need to pass; for each separate course you can earn a predetermined amount of EC’s.
  • You can obtain EC’s by meeting the requirements for that specific course, as described by the lecturer. Often this means that you will need to pass an exam, take part in group assignments, or give a presentation.
  • Your final goal is to obtain all EC’s offered in a program; only then can you graduate from the program.
Last update:
Monday, 12 August 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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