Admission & Application

Admission & Application

RSM students currently enrolled in or having completed one of our BSc or MSc programmes  must submit their application for the MSc programmes by the 15th of May, following the instructions listed on the current student pages with the exception of applicants for the MSc International Management/CEMS and MSc Finance & Investments Advanced programmes.

  • Before starting the application process you should familiarize yourself with the admissions requirements for the programme you are planning to apply for.

    The application process starts on the 10th of October. The deadlines for the different types of programmes are specified below.


      Applications can be submitted until the below specified deadline. Click on the programme name for more information regarding the selection process.

      31 January, 2019 - International Management / CEMS 

      15 March, 2019 - Finance & Investments Advanced

      Application submitted before the deadline will be evaluated within 4 to 6 weeks. Applications submitted close to the deadline or on the day of the deadline, will be evaluated as quickly as possible, but additional documents (such as test results) will not be accepted after the deadline.


      Applications can be submitted until 15th of May 2019 or until the programme you are applying for has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first). The programmes with a maximum capacity are specified below*.

      Applicants with a NON-EEA nationality are advised to submit their application by April 1st in order to avoid delays in the immigration process.

      • Accounting & Financial Management
      • *Business Information Management (maximum capacity 75 students)
      • *Finance & Investments (maximum capacity 175 students)
      • Global Business & Sustainability
      • Human Resource Management
      • Management of Innovation
      • Marketing Management
      • Master in Management
      • Organisational Change & Consulting
      • Strategic Entrepreneurship
      • Strategic Management
      • Supply Chain Management
      • *Premaster in International Business Administration (English) (maximum capacity 40 students) - This programme has reached a sufficient number of applications to fill the capacity. Please consider the Dutch programme if possible.
      • Premaster in Business Administration (Dutch)


  • The application process for RSM MSc and Premaster programmes starts with in the Dutch national student registration system - Studielink.

    To help guide you through the registration process we have created a Studielink registration manual.


    • If you have already made a Studielink account last year, but can no longer log in with the same username and password, please notify us. Do not try to make a new account!
    • If after registering in Studielink you receive a mail asking you to send the educational institution a copy of your passport/ID or your diploma and transcript, please ignore this request. When completing the next step of the application, you will be asked to upload these directly to our system. 
  • Within 24 hours of a successful registration for an RSM programme via Studielink, you will receive an automatically generated message from RSM with a link to the Online Application Form (OLAF). You will log in with your ERNA credentials, which you have also received by email after your Studielink registration.

    If you have not received the OLAF link or the ERNA credentials, please contact the RSM Admissions Office.

    In OLAF you will be asked to fill in additional information on your educational background and upload the required documents needed to evaluate your eligibility. You will also be asked additional questions.

    The OLAF form and the required documents must be submitted by the application deadline or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first). After this you can no longer submit your application even if you have already registered in Studielink. 

    Required documents for your application

    Copy of a valid passport or European identity card (EEA nationals only); 

    Your passport (or ID) must be valid up to and including the 1st of May 2019. If the document expires before this date, you must provide a new valid document by the 31st of August, 2019.

    Curriculum Vitae (Resume)

    In your CV you should list all relevant experiences. The CV will not be assessed during the evaluation, but can provide additional information for the admission staff. The CV plays an important role for the admissions staff in the preparation for the additional selection for MSc Finance & Investments Advanced and MSc International Management/CEMS.

    Secondary school diploma

    This document is required in order to check on which basis you were allowed to start higher education. The grade lists are not required. 

    *Bachelor diploma (if already available at the time of application)

    It is not required that you have completed your bachelor studies at the time of application. If however this is the case, we advise you to include your diploma in the application.  If you are accepted to RSM, you are expected to provide certified hardcopies of your diploma and final transcript, by the 31st of August. For additional information, see step 7 in the application process.

    *Academic transcripts (i.e. list of grades)

    In order to evaluate your eligibility, an (official) transcript of records including all subjects and grades you have obtained so far during higher education is required. We also advise you to include a list of subjects you are still planning to take before graduation. 

    Many universities use online systems from which an overview of courses and grades can be extracted. A temporary transcript from an online system is sufficient at the time of application as long as it contains the name of the applicant, the name of the university and the name of the study.

    *Diplomas and transcripts of additional studies (bachelor or master)

    If you have completed additional studies such as a 2nd bachelor degree or a master degree, please include the transcripts (and diplomas) in your application, following the guidelines above.

    Proof of English proficiency (at C1 level)

    RSM accepts several kinds of proof of English proficiency. With every form of proof, you must include sufficient documentation to support this.

    You can submit your application first without the proof of your English proficiency. Sufficient proof needs to be submitted by the application deadline, or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first).

    GMAT test results (if applicable)

    Add your (un)official score report. 

    You can submit your application first without the GMAT results but they must be submitted by the application deadline, or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first). 

    Proof of additional languages (only for MSc International Management/CEMS) Check the detailed instructions regarding the accepted form of language proof for the MSc International Management/CEMS programme.

    (*) If the original documents are written in a language other than English, Dutch or German you must provide an official translation by a registered sworn translator in one of these languages. Make sure to always include your diploma and/or transcript(s) in the original language along with the translation!

  • After you have submitted your application, the admissions team will start the evaluation process. You will be updated on the status of the evaluation by email notifications. These notifications will also be visible in the notification centre of OLAF.


    The evaluation starts with checking the documents you have submitted in your application. This is called pre-screening. Within approximately two weeks of submitting your application you will receive an update regarding the documents. If vital information is missing from the application, the evaluation will not continue until you have submitted additional documents.


    The time it takes to evaluate your eligibility for the programme will start after all the information regarding your academic background is complete. The evaluation time during the peak periods (January – May) is approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Applications submitted early (October – December) can be evaluated faster.

    Applications for the MSc International Management/CEMS and MSc Finance & Investments Advanced programmes will be given priority in order to complete the evaluation before the next selection round.

  • For the MSc International Management/CEMS and Finance & Investments Advanced programmes an additional selection process takes place after the application deadline:

    Selection guidelines for MSc International Management/CEMS

    Selection guidelines for MSc Finance & Investments Advanced

  • After your application has been evaluated and the evaluation has been approved by the admissions manager, you will be notified of the outcome.

    If your academic background does not meet the requirements of the programme you have applied for, the admissions team will automatically see if you are eligible for some of our other programmes and inform you about the alternative options.

    If the evaluation results in a denial, you will also be notified of the specific reasons. If you do not agree with the outcome of the application, please view the appeals procedure.

  • If you are offered admission to RSM, you are expected to respond to your offer of admission in OLAF within 14 days.

    You can either accept or decline the offer. It is also possible to defer your offer of admission until the next academic year (with the exception of the International Management/CEMS and Finance & Investments - Advanced programmes).

    If you need to change the response to your offer later on, this is possible until the 31st of August by notifying the RSM admissions office.

    Upon accepting the offer of admission for the International Management/CEMS and Finance & Investments - Advanced programmes, you will also be asked to pay a deposit



  • While your application can be evaluated based on unofficial digital documents you have uploaded in your application form, eventually the RSM Admissions office needs to check the authenticity of your diploma and your final transcript.

    This step is vital in order to complete your enrolment for the study. You must be able to show us sufficient proof that you have completed the study your admission is based on by the 31st of August, 2019.

    1. Check the conditions in your offer of admission

    In the official offer statement, which you can download in the Online Application Form (OLAF), all the conditions of your offer are listed. These conditions must be met by the 31st of August as the academic year officially starts on the 1st of September.

    The most common condition is the completion your bachelor programme. This means that all requirements of your bachelor must be met by the 31st of August, and all your grades have been processed (including your final thesis). 

    2. Which documents are needed?

    In order to verify that you have completed the study your admission is based on, RSM needs to see your final diploma. However if your official diploma is given after the 31st of August, you should request an official statement from your university which explicitly states that you have completed all the requirements of your study.

    In order to check that your grades and the courses you have submitted during the application process are true, RSM also needs your final academic transcript (i.e. grade list). 

    If the original documents are written in a language other than English, Dutch or German you must provide an official translation by a registered sworn translator in one of these languages. Make sure to always include your diploma and/or transcript(s) in the original language along with the translation!

    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.

    3. Certify the documents

    A certified copy of your final diploma (or diploma statement) and transcript can be acquired at the institution where you obtained them or at an official notary. Certified means that the document contains the original stamp and signature of your institution (director, course coordinator, registrar) or the official notary. When making your offer unconditional, make sure you send us the original document. Photocopies of a certified copy will not be accepted.

    If you have your official diploma and final transcript, you can also come show the originals at the RSM Admissions Office. Do not send original diplomas by post.

    Online verifications: If your university uses an online verification system (for example Bocconi University, or HEAR verification with an online provider such as Gradintelligence in the UK), please notify the admissions office. RSM is not able to verify documents online if it's required that software is downloaded before the verification.

    4. Send the documents to RSM before 31 August

    The documents should be sent 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.

    We advise you to send the documents as a tracked delivery. The documents will first be received by the central post room, and will be delivered to the admisisions office within 2-3 days. Once the documents have arrived and they have been processed, you will be notified.

    RSM will save your documents until September 2020. It is your responsibility to pick up these documents from the admissions office, if you want them back. 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.