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FAQ

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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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Admission requirements

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 my eligibility be assessed before I officially apply for admission?

Many of our applicants doubt whether the courses they have taken during their bachelor studies are sufficient for the master programme they are applying for.

It is our experience that degree programmes vary greatly in content. Therefore it's not possible to give you accurate advice regarding your academic credentials without first checking your transcripts which you submit as a part of the application process.

For this reason, we encourage you to simply go ahead apply for admission.

You can even apply before you have your GMAT or English proficiency results as long as you add these to your application before the application deadline or before the programme you're applying for has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first).

Also check out the detailed admission criteria and the overview of the bachelor course related requirements per master.

Last update:
Thursday, 12 December 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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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 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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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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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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Is there a special admission process for refugee students?

No, RSM does not have a special admissions process or criteria for students with refugee status because individual situations can vary widely. Applications from refugees will therefore be assessed on an individual basis. If you have questions regarding your diploma, please contact the RSM admissions office.

The Erasmus University does offer general support for refugees. Please visit the refugee pages for more information.

The Nuffic has created a special online tool to help refugee students navigate the Dutch higher education system.

Last update:
Thursday, 30 August 2018

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What does the term "pre-experience master" mean?

The term "pre-experience master" means that the MSc programmes at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University have been designed for students who have recently completed their undergraduate studies and have little or no work experience.

Last update:
Monday, 11 September 2017

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How can I appeal the decision made regarding my application?

After the admissions office has evaluated your application, you will be informed of the decision via the Online Application Form (OLAF). If the decision is negative, you will also be informed of the reasons of the denial.

  1. In case you do not agree with the reasons of the denial, or you think that the admissions office has not considered some of the information you have submitted in your application, you can start an appeal process by first contacting us via the contact form. A member of the admissions office will return your message with further information regarding your denial and any possible solutions.
  2. If after contacting the admissions office you are still not satisfied with the answer that has been given, you can submit an official appeal to the EUR Legal Protection Facility, either by post (room A2-07, Postbus 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam) or online (legal.protection@eur.nl). 
Last update:
Thursday, 16 August 2018

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How are ‘admission requirements’ defined in The Netherlands?

In The Netherlands ‘admissions requirements’ for Master’s programmes have been defined by the Ministry of Education as “knowledge and competencies that were obtained during a bachelor degree programme.” For each of our Master programmes, RSM has identified specific knowledge requirements that are necessary for the successful completion of a Master programme at RSM. These requirements, per MSc programme, are listed on our website under the Admissions tab; Bachelor degree and Bachelor course related requirements.

Last update:
Wednesday, 17 July 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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What do I need to upload for the verification of my GMAT test score?

GMAT test results can only be verified online. For this you need to give RSM permission to access your score.

  • Request for your score report to be sent to RSM when taking the GMAT test
  • You can also request for this to be done after having taken the test, but GMAT charges extra fees for this.
  • RSM also accepts the unofficial score report which you will receive right after taking the test, as long as you've given RSM permission to access your score. You can upload the unofficial score report as part of your application. 

 

Last update:
Monday, 9 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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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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What is the average age of MSc students?

As RSM's Master programmes are pre-experience programmes, students usually start with the MSc programmes after completion of their undergraduate studies. Therefore, most students are aged between 20 and 26 years old. However, age is not considered during the admissions procedure and thus applicants from all ages are welcome to apply. 

Last update:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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