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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 Master programmes.

Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Can my eligibility be assessed before I apply for admission? 
  2. What are the application deadlines for the MSc programmes offered by RSM?
  3. Can I submit my application first and my English proof later?
  4. Do I have to / Can I submit a GMAT score?
  5. Is my GPA sufficient for admission:

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How do I apply for the master programmes offered at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University?

  • External, non-RSM students : if you would like to apply for admission to one of the master programmes at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University please first visit the admission pages of our website.
  • Currently enrolled and former RSM students: follow the instructions listed on the current student pages.
Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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How do I find accommodation?

Although a complete and useful overview of housing information for International Students can be found on the housing pages of the Erasmus University. Full-time RSM students coming directly from abroad (first year BScIBA and MSc students) can also consult this webpage.

 

 

Last update:
Friday, 18 September 2020

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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 However if you fail to meet any of the conditions listed by August 31st, your offer of admission will be withdrawn.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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How do I make my offer unconditional? - Diploma holders from Erasmus University

If your offer of admission is based on a diploma acquired from the Erasmus University, the process of making your offer unconditional is different than for 'external students'. 

You do not have to send hardcopies your diploma or transcript to the RSM MSc Admissions Office, but instead we will verify your diploma via the Osiris system or directly with your faculty.

This can only be done if you have completed all the requirements of your bachelor by the 31st of August, and this has been marked in Osiris. 

Once your diploma has been verified, you will receive a confirmation email from the admissions office. We will also notify you if we have not been able to verify your graduation and the deadline is approaching.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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How do I upload new supporting documents to my application after I have submitted my application?

It is only possible to upload additional documents to a submitted application if the RSM admissions office has re-opened the document section of your application. If you need to add something to your application, please send an e-mail to msc.info@rsm.nl (MSc & PM) or bsciba@rsm.nl (IBA) and request that your application be re-opened.

To upload additional supporting documents click on the UPDATE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS button in the blue ribbon at the top of your application.

Last update:
Tuesday, 8 August 2017

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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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How does the Dutch grading and credit system work?

Grading

The Dutch grading system scale ranges from 1 to 10:

8.5 - 10          excellent        
7.5 - 8.4 good
6.5 - 7.4 satisfactory
5.5 - 6.4 sufficient
1.0 - 5.4 fail

Note: The grades 1-3 are hardly ever awarded and 9 and 10 are very rare. 

Credits

Most courses at RSM are worth 3, 6 or 12 EC (European Credits). One credit point represents 25 to 30 hours of study. The workload includes time spent attending lectures or seminars, independent study time, and preparation for and completion of exams. 

To complete a full-time programme, students must complete 60 credits per academic year (30 credits per semester).

Last update:
Thursday, 12 September 2019

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How is ‘selection’ defined in The Netherlands?

In The Netherlands selection criteria for Master’s programmes have been defined by the Ministry of Education as “skills that go above and beyond the final qualifications obtained during the bachelor degree”. These can be personal qualities possessed by the applicant such as motivation, language skills, grade point average or the results of standardized tests. RSM has defined and specified these criteria per MSc programme which are listed under the Admissions tab on our website.

Last update:
Wednesday, 17 July 2019

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How should I fill in the Personal Information section of the online application form?

Sometimes our applicants are a bit confused when filling in the Personal Information section of the online application form. In order to help you out, we have explained the fields on the form below.

Example applicant name: Nicholas Andreas Peter van Zomeren

Family name = your full surname or last name as stated in your passport. In the example above you would list van Zomeren.

Full first names = all of your given names as stated in your passport. In the example case you would enter Nicholas Andreas Peter

First name = Your first name, or the name you would like to be addressed by. Nicholas likes to be called “Nick” so that is what he would enter here.

Current mailing address=  the address you are currently living at.

Permanent address = For some people this address is the same as the current mailing address, for others it is likely your parents address.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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I arrive from abroad. Will someone pick me up?

Erasmus University runs a pick-up service on several dates in August with buddies welcoming you at Schiphol Airport and travelling with you to Rotterdam. They will also assist you with where to get your key, or finding your way to a hostel. Information about the pick-up service can be found here.

Last update:
Friday, 6 September 2019

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I cannot find a language institute in the list to prove my language proficiency when applying for IM/CEMS. What do I need to do?

In a few cases it may happen that you speak a language that you wish to choose as you third language, which cannot be proven by an accredited language institution, simply because these institutions or exams are not available. This means that you cannot use this language for your application. For example, if your secondary or university education was completely taught in Hindi, then you can claim Hindi as your third language. But if you did not have secondary or university education in Hindi, you cannot claim this language as your third language, because there are no accepted methods of proving your level. A passport alone is not proof of proficiency of a language.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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I do not have a bachelor or undergraduate degree in Business Administration, but I do have a degree from a research university, can I still apply for the Master of Science programmes at RSM?

Yes, students who have a bachelor degree from a research university in a subject other than business administration may apply for our MSc programmes as long as they have taken a sufficient number of required courses during their bachelor programme. The course requirements are different for each MSc programme and are listed in the admission requirements table for each MSc programme.

Students with a bachelor degree from a research university who do not have a sufficient number of required courses may apply to our Master in Management programme which has been specially designed for students with a bachelor degree in any discipline other than business. 

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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I do not meet all the admission requirements but I have relevant work experience, can I be admitted?

RSM offers pre-experience programmes. Therefore, work experience cannot be used to compensate for missing admission requirements.

Last update:
Friday, 16 August 2019

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I have dyslexia, are there special arrangements for the GMAT

Please contact the RSM admissions office for additional information.

Last update:
Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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I have submitted my application but I have not received a confirmation email, did something go wrong?

Within two weeks after you have submitted your application form in OLAF, the RSM Admissions Office will let you know if your application is complete. Bear in mind that we receive a large number of applications towards the application deadline; therefore it may take longer than two weeks before you receive a confirmation e-mail. Only complete applications will be considered for admission. For this reason we urge that you do not wait until the last minute to submit your application. If you wait until the last minute, you will have no margin for error. If you apply early (at least 4 weeks before the deadline), some mistakes can still be corrected.  

Make sure to enter the correct study programme name in Studielink: '(Bachelor) International Business Administration (RSM) (in English)', not to be confused with the premaster in International Business Administration.

Last update:
Thursday, 10 September 2020

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I meet all the minimum requirements; can I still be rejected for admission?

For the programmes MSc Business Information Management (MScBIM), MSc Finance and Investments (MScFI), MSc Accounting & Financial Management (MScAFM), MSc Business Analytics & Management (MScBAM), MSc Master in Management (MScMIM), MSc International Management/CEMS (MScIM/CEMS) there is a limitation on the number of students.

For the MScBIM, MScFI, MScAFM, MScBAM, and MScMIM programmes a rolling admissions policy is in effect. We will accept qualified applicants on a first come first serve basis without further selection until the programmes are full. To increase your chances of acceptance, we strongly advise you apply to the programme as soon as possible. Please note that only complete applications can be considered for admission.

The MSc International Management/CEMS programme is selective. Only the best candidates will be selected for admission. Meeting the minimum admissions criteria does not guarantee a place in the programme.

For all other programmes there is currently no limitation on the number of students. When you meet the minimum admission requirements, followed the admissions process and adheared to the deadlines, you will be admitted.

 

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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I will not obtain my bachelor degree before the application deadline, how is my GPA calculated?

If you will not obtain your degree before the application deadline because you will graduate later in the year, your GPA will be calculated based on the results included on your transcript at the time of application.

Last update:
Thursday, 23 August 2018

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I'm a current student from another EUR faculty. Am I eligible for the master programmes at RSM?

(International) Economics and Business Economics (Erasmus School of Economics)

Students from the EBE and IBEB programmes are generally speaking eligible for most of the RSM MSc programmes, as the bachelor contains at least 40 EC's of business administration content. The only exception to this is the MSc in Supply Chain Management, as this supply chain / operations is not a standard component in the bachelor. Applicants planning to pursue the MSc in Supply Chain Management are recommended to follow the major in Urban, Port and Transport Economics or take an additional course Supply Chain Management as an elective. 

International Bachelor in Communication (IBCom)

Applicants completing the International Bachelor in Communication and Media at Erasmus University, can continue to selected MSc programmes at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), provided they have taken specific courses listed the IBCoM-RSM Matrix:

  • MScBA Master in Management
  • MSc in Marketing Management
  • MSc in Global Business & Sustainability
  • MSc in Human Resource Management
  • MScBA Master in Management
  • MSc in Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • MSc in Organisational Change & Consulting

Erasmus University College (EUC)

Applicants completing their bachelor at Erasmus University College (EU), can continue to MSc programmes at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). For many of the masters, certain tracks and additional courses are required. Specific details are listed in the EUC-RSM matrix.

Other EUR faculties

Students from other EUR faculties are generally eligible for at least one of the MSc programmes offered by RSM. You can apply for the programme you are most interested in, and if the content of you bachelor is not a direct match, the RSM Admissions Office will try to offer you any possible alternatives. Only students who have studied Law, may not be directly eligible due to the missing research methods and statistics components. 

Last update:
Tuesday, 3 March 2020

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I've been offered admission but my Studielink status still says "Enrolment application submitted". When can I expect this to change?

Once your offer is unconditional, RSM will confirm your enrolment and the Studielink status will change.

You should check the conditions of your offer in the Online Application Form 'OLAF' under the 'Offers' section. Instructions on how to make your offer unconditional are listed here

If your offer of admission has already been made unconditional, your admission will be confirmed in Studielink, but this process will only start around the end of June. Until then your Studielink status will say "The educational institution has yet to determine whether your previous education level is sufficient”.

Last update:
Friday, 5 June 2020

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Is hotel accommodation available on arrival?

Looking for temporary accommodation? Please find below an overview of Hostels and Hotels:

Boat Hotel – a short stay apartment on a historical ship in the centre of Rotterdam.  

King Kong Hostel - a very cool hostel that blends industrial design with 21st century contemporary art. It has a superb location in the beginning of Witte de Wittestraat which is in the heart of Rotterdam’s social scene and all the city’s best bars and restaurants are on your doorstep.

ROOM Rotterdam – located in Rotterdam’s historic Scheepvaartkwartier, near a beautiful little harbour. There are lots of good places for wining and dining in the area and close to the city’s main park.

Stayokay – this hostel is located in the city centre of Rotterdam in the striking cube houses. Next to Metro station “Blaak”.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

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Is it possible for non-EEA nationals to work in the Netherlands after graduation?

Non-EEA nationals who have earned a diploma from a higher education institute in the Netherlands can apply for a special residence permit called the "zoekjaar" or orientation year after completing their studies. The 'Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment' is a residence permit aimed at retaining foreign talent for the Dutch labour market. During this orientation year you are free to work without a work permit. Participants who find a job during this period can change their orientation year into a residence permit for Highly Skilled Migrants under more favourable terms. For the most up-to-date information please visit the Nuffic website

Last update:
Monday, 10 September 2018

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