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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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Am I required to submit a motivation letter?

No, a motivation letter is not part of the application process. Instead, we ask you to answer four motivation questions in the Online Application Form (OLAF). 

Last update:
Wednesday, 18 September 2019

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Am I required to submit recommendation / reference letters?

RSM does not use recommendation / reference letters as a part of the evaluation process. Reference letters are always positive and are therefore not of help in evaluating applicants.

Last update:
Wednesday, 18 September 2019

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Are RSM degrees internationally recognised?

The degrees conferred by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University: Bachelor of Science (BSc), Master of Science (MSc) and PhD are part of the framework of the so-called Bologna declaration and should therefore be fully recognised by all countries who have signed the declaration. The combination of a recognised degree, triple accreditation, and the strong brand image of the school (which is known all over the globe) has turned out to be a great asset for our graduates, enabling them to acquire good positions in the corporate world and giving them access to graduate programmes of the top tier of business schools all over the world.

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Thursday, 1 August 2019

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Are the application deadlines also applicable to internal (currently enrolled) RSM students?

Current and former RSM students pursuing a master programme at RSM must register for the master programme in Studielink by the 31st of May and submit their application via the Osiris Aanmeld platform by the 15th of July. For more information check the current student pages.

Students who want to submit an application for the Master International Management/CEMS programme are required to follow the same application procedure as external students. The deadline for the Master International Management/CEMS programme is 31 January.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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Can I apply for more than one MSc programme?

No, you are not allowed to apply for more than one MSc programme at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). The RSM admissions office will always try to make you an alternative offer of admission for another MSc programme at RSM if your admission into the programme you applied for is rejected.

Note: Although you can't apply for multiple programmes at RSM, it is always allowed to apply for MSc programmes at other faculties from the Erasmus University Rotterdam (like the Erasmus School of Economics for example) next to your RSM application. 

Last update:
Thursday, 15 August 2019

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Can I apply for multiple scholarships at RSM?

It is not possible to choose for a specific RSM scholarship in OLAF. RSM will choose recipients for specific scholarships. 

Last update:
Monday, 11 November 2019

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Can I apply with an institutional TOEFL (ITP) score?

No, the scores from Institutional TOEFL test are not accepted for admission to our MSc programmes. The reason for this is that this type of exam does not test all areas of language sufficiency: reading, writing, speaking and understanding.

Last update:
Wednesday, 22 June 2016

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Can I defer my offer to next year?

It is possible to defer your offer of admission until the next academic year for all MSc and pre-master programmes with the exception of the International Management/CEMS.

If you have already accepted or declined your offer, but due to unforeseen circumstances want to defer your offer, please contact the RSM admissions office.

 

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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Can I follow additional courses at RSM (electives, keuzevakken)?

It's possible to follow additional courses from RSM Bachelor programmes, for example if you are missing courses in your current bachelor curriculum for a master you are interested in.

These courses are only available for students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelorprogramme from a Dutch research university.

Electives Courses International Business Administration bachelor programme (only if your bachelor is/was taught in English)

Elective Courses Dutch language Bedrijfskunde bachelor programme

Last update:
Friday, 11 October 2019

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Can I get a scholarship?

Rotterdam School of Management offers a limited number of scholarships for excellent applicants from non-EEA countries and EEA countries. Most of the scholarships are so-called partial tuition fee waivers, meaning that we will reduce a part of your tuition fee. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, you can find several available scholarships in our Scholarship Finder

 

Last update:
Thursday, 6 September 2018

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Can I pay my tuition fee in instalments?

If you would like to pay your tuition fee in instalments, you must pay using a bank account in the SEPA area.

A different payment procedure applies for NON-EU/EEA students who need to apply for a VISA. The information will be included in the VISA instructions, which will be sent to you after having accepted your offer.

For more information regarding the payment of tuition fees, please visit the website of the Erasmus Student Service Center

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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Can I pay the handling fee by bank transfer?

If you want to pay the handling fee via a bank transfer, you must provide the RSM Admissions Office with a proof of payment so that we can manually adjust your payment status in OLAF. The bank account details can be found in OLAF in the handling fee section.

We also accept payment via credit card without using PayPal. The transaction costs for these payments is 2,95% with a minimum of 35 cents. This is cheaper than the PayPal-Credit card option, which is 3,9% + 35 cents.

Last update:
Wednesday, 22 August 2018

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Can I send my English language results after the application deadline?

Proof of your English language proficiency must be available to RSM by the application deadline, or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first). When scheduling a test date keep in mind that it can take several weeks to receive your test score. Plan ahead!

For the MSc International Management/CEMS programme the results must be submitted by the application deadline of 31 January. 

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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Can I submit application and upload the results of my GMAT exam later?

Yes, you can submit your application first and complete your application package later with the results of your GMAT exam, however, please note that the RSM Admissions Office must receive the results of your GMAT exam (and all other applicable exams) no later than the application deadline for the programme you applied for or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first). When filling in the on-line application form, indicate the date you plan to take the exam.

For the MSc International Management/CEMS programme, the GMAT scores must be submitted by the application deadline of 31 January.

Keep in mind that without a complete application - including the results of all standardised tests, you will not be able to receive an offer of admission and no place in the programme will be reserved for you. The RSM Admissions Office can however, assess your academic background and provide you with feedback while waiting for the results of the GMAT.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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Can I submit my application and upload my English language test results later?

Yes, you can submit your application first and complete your application package later with the results of your English language test. However, please note that the RSM Admissions Office must receive the results of your English language test (and all other applicable exams) no later than the application deadline for the programme you applied for or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first). When filling in the online application form, indicate the date you plan to take the exam.

For the MSc International Management/CEMS programme, the English language test results must be submitted by the application deadline of 31 January.

Keep in mind that without a complete application - including the results of all standardised tests, you will not be able to receive an offer of admission and no place in the programme will be reserved for you. The RSM Admissions Office can, however, assess your academic background and provide you with feedback while waiting for the results of the English language test.

Are you an RSM bachelor student?

For students of the Dutch language BSc Bedrijfskunde RSM will accept proof of proficiency in English until 15 July for entry into one of RSM's MSc programmes in September 2020. Applicants who plan to take their English test during the summer, must still submit their application for the master by the application deadline! Students applying for a MSc starting in September 2021 will need to prove their proficiency in English by 15 May.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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Can I submit my application first and my English proof later?

Yes, you can send us your application first and complete your application package later with proof of your English proficiency. The results must be submitted before the application deadline or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first)! For the MSc International Management/CEMS programme the results must be submitted by the application deadline of 31 January.

If you submit your application without the proof, you will be asked to indicate when you will complete this step (for example when you plan to take your English test).

Last update:
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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Can I submit my language proof after the deadline?

You must meet the CEMS language and third language requirement by the 31 January application deadline. If you do not meet this requirement by the application deadline then you do not meet the initial admissions requirements and cannot be invited to participate in the 2nd selection round.

When planning a test date, please keep in mind that test centers can get quite busy and do not always have openings. We therefore strongly advise you to register for a test date well in advance and keep in mind that it can take weeks to get the results back.

Last update:
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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Can I transfer my credits from another university to a MSc programme at the Rotterdam School of Management?

No, it is not possible to transfer your credits obtained at another university to one of RSM's Master programmes. All students must formally complete the entire programme at the Rotterdam School of Management.

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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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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Can my eligibility be assessed before I officially apply for admission?

It is our experience that international degree programmes vary greatly from country to country. We are therefore not able to give you accurate advice regarding your academic credentials without a complete application. For this reason, we encourage you to officially apply for admission. You can also assess your eligibility by taking a look at the detailed admission criteria on our website.

Last update:
Monday, 3 September 2018

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Can RSM verify my TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge results online?

Yes, RSM can check your TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge results online. However, the RSM Admissions Office can only do this if you upload a copy of your score report in your application:

TOEFL: The institutional code of RSM is 0798 and for Erasmus University 7199 (you can use either). If you have not requested for the score report to be sent to RSM, we can still verify the score directly with TOEFL. Note that the scores can only be verified 2 years from the test date. If your test is older than this, please contact us.  

IELTS: In order to verify your IELTS score, RSM needs the code which is written on the bottom right corner of your test report. Always upload your full score report during the application process. 

Cambridge: 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. By sharing this information, you give us permission to verify the result. If you do not have the candidate ID and secret number, you must contact the authorized examination centre where the examination was originally taken. Cambridge tests taken before 2005 can not be verified.

Note: it is sufficient to upload your score report and follow the instructions mentioned above. It is not needed for TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge to send us your English certificate by postal mail. 

Last update:
Monday, 9 September 2019

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Can you give me some general information about RSM?

Over the past 40 years, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has firmly established its reputation as one of Europe’s leading and high ranked business schools through its programme portfolio, services,  academic activities and international & national accreditation by AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA and NVAO. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class portfolio of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage people to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Like its host country the Netherlands, one of the world's leading international trading nations, RSM has continued to expand and internationalise, cementing its status as one of Europe’s most international and innovative business schools.

Last update:
Thursday, 1 August 2019

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Do I have to follow a premaster programme?

RSM's premaster programmes are offered to students with a bachelor from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO) and to students with a bachelor from a Research University (WO) that do not have a sufficient background in statistics and research methods. Students with a bachelor from a Research University are required to follow a premaster programme if they did not obtain 20 EC in qualitative and quantatitive methods and statistics, of which at least 10 EC have to be in quantitative research methods or statistics.

RSM's premaster programmes are open to students from any discipline. After submitting an application for a premaster programme, RSM will evaluate the application and indicate which Master programmes are possible to progress to after successful completion of the premaster. Applicants without a business-related bachelor are only admissable to the following Master programmes: Master in Management (full-time and part-time). Accounting & Financial Management, and Business Analytics & Management.

Last update:
Wednesday, 18 September 2019

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