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My age is substantially higher than the average of 29 years, is this the right programme for me?

It all depends. For us age is just number. Our question in return would be, why now a full-time MBA programme and not a part-time Executive MBA instead? But rest assured that a considerable percentage of our FTMBA is over 30 years of age. Please contact us directly so that we may discuss your situation personally.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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What are your application deadlines?

Throughout 2016, we worked with admissions rounds, which means that we had four dates throughout the year (April, July, September and November) as deadlines for applications and we did interviews after each of these rounds. At the current time, we have not decided if we will continue this method. If not, we will return to the rolling admission process, meaning we will accept and process applications throughout the entire year.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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When was the RSM MBA founded?

RSM was founded by business (Phillips, Shell, Unilever and Shell) back in 1970.

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

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In case I received an offer to join the programme do I have the possibility to defer my offer to the next year?

Of course we will be disappointed that you will not be joining us on campus that same year, but we do understand that life happens and sometime later is the better option. Therefore there is always the opportunity to discuss this option. In most cases it is granted but please contact us directly so that we can review your situation individually.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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I already have an MBA, can I still apply?

It all depends to which extent your previous university was accredited by the same organisations as RSM. This would be EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. Should the other institute be accredited by at least one of these, then most likely it is not possible. Please ask us directly to make sure.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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Can I still apply after the application deadline in November?

Yes, it is possible however only until the deadline we can treat every application equally. Also keep in mind that a potential student visa can no longer be guaranteed after this date. Should the deadline have already passed, best would be to contact RSM directly.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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I have substantial work experience and/or a completed MSc, do I still need to take the GMAT or GRE?

Yes, the GMAT or GRE requirement is equal for all applicants regardless of your experiences. Those candidates holding a PhD could potentially be considered for GMAT or GRE waiver.

Last update:
Friday, 16 May 2014

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I have taken the GMAT/GRE several times, which score will be considered?

We will consider your highest score during the evaluation process. Please keep in mind we will accept a GMAT score within 5 years of taking the exam but it must be a valid score when you start the MBA course, not only valid at the time of applying.

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Thursday, 3 November 2016

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Does RSM have a September intake as well?

No, our FTMBA only starts in January of every year.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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How long does it take to hear if I am accepted into the programme?

Normally the admissions process can take 4 – 6 weeks but if needed it can be done quicker. It all depends on your schedule and that of your interviewer.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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Can I already apply without a GMAT or GRE?

Yes – we could even be in the position to potentially invite you for an admissions interview based on the rest of your application. But you will need to provide us with a score before you can officially be accepted. We are only able to waive this requirement for PhD holders on a case-by-case basis.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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Do I need to take a TOEFL or IELTS?

In principle not, it is an optional requirement. You are of course welcome to include it with your application in order to strengthen it. Chinese nationals are required to take this test if they will be applying for a student visa (this is a requirement of the Dutch government). We do reserve the right to ask for proof of English proficiency at any point throughout the application process in case we require further proof of your capabilities.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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Does it make sense to apply early?

We understand it is important for you to plan for the future and in that case, you are welcome to apply now for the 2018 intake. However, please be advised that we will not be reviewing 2018 intake applications until late winter 2017. If you are applying for a scholarship, we award equal amounts of money throughout the year, so please don't think that all the awards are given out in the early rounds. They are not!

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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I do not have an education in business or experience in business, would it make sense to apply?

Yes, definitely. We at RSM strive for total diversity in our class rooms. Not having a business background does not mean you have nothing to contribute, most likely it is even the opposite. We would be happy to speak with you personally about your individual situation so just contact us!

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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I do not have three years of post-graduate experience by the start of the programme, I am eligible to apply?

You will find in the list of minimum requirements that we require our applicants to have at least 3 years of experience by the start of the programme. If you will be very close to meeting that requirement but don't meet it exactly, please contact us so that we may review your situation individually.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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Can internship be counted towards post-graduated work experience as well?

In some exceptional cases the RSM MBA admissions committee could take it into consideration. It heavily depends on the level of internship performed by you. Best would be to contact and RSM MBA admission manager directly.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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Do you have a minimum GMAT requirement?

We do not have a minimum requirement. The average of our current class is 640 points and we give that number to candidates as a benchmark. Please keep in mind that is only an average and if you have any question about your score, we would be happy to discuss it with you individually.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

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I am not a citizen of the European Union and require a student visa. Where can I find more information?

If you are not a passport holder of a European Union country, you will need to apply for permission to live and study in the Netherlands. This may vary depending on which country you come from, but you can find helpful information by clicking on this link.

Last update:
Thursday, 10 November 2016

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