All applicants must hold a bachelor (BSc) degree or an undergraduate degree that is comparable in level with a bachelor degree obtained at a Dutch research university (WO).
It is not necessary to have completed your bachelor degree at the time of application to our MSc programmes. However, all requirements for your bachelor programme must be fulfilled before the start of the academic year (by 31 August). Students who fail to meet this condition will not be allowed to start the programme.
The eligibility of your undergraduate degree can only be determined after you have submitted your application. Information about the eligibility of your degree cannot be obtained through the phone or e-mail.
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.
For applicants with a bachelor degree from the People's Republic of China, RSM accepts degrees from a selected group of Chinese universities.
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.
Applicants who have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences (applicable for Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Netherlands (HBO), Sweden and Switzerland) must first complete a pre-master year before they are eligible for admission to the master.
As most RSM MSc programmes do not contain introductory courses to the main subject of the master, it is required that applicants have obtained a sufficient number of relevant courses during their previous studies. Work experience or professional certificates, such as the CFA, cannot be used to compensate for the lack of relevant courses.
The minimum requirements are listed in the European Credits (EC). A full year of studies at a Dutch research university amounts to 60 EC. A research university bachelor degree in the Netherlands amounts to 180 EC (over 3 years).
If your previous studies do not contain business related courses, you can apply to the MScBA Master in Management. This programme is especially designed for non-business graduates. Also the MSc Business Analytics & Management accepts any background. The only content related requirement for these programmes is that your degree must contain a minimum total of 20 EC in qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistics, of which at least 10 EC have to be in quantitative research methods and statistics.
It's also possible to follow a limited selection of additional courses from RSM Bachelor programmes. These courses are only available for students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor programme from a Dutch research university.
In addition to the master specific course requirements, all applicants need to have obtained 20 ECTS in qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistics.
In order to give you a better idea of the courses we are referring to with this requirement, you can for example look at our bachelor programme curriculum. In the overview you can see that in the first year our students take the following research related courses: Philosophy of Science (3EC), Quantitative decision making (4EC) , Statistics (4EC) as well as Spreadsheet modelling (3EC). In their second year students complete an extensive research project (10EC) and in their third year Advanced research training and a bachelor thesis (12EC).
When entering RSM master programmes, both students who have completed their bachelor at RSM, and students coming from other universities, need to have obtained a similar level in research methods and statistics in order to complete the master.
These courses must be obtained during your academic studies and must also be visible in your transcript. If these subjects were a part of your study, but are not clearly marked in your transcript, we advise you to provide additional information in the form of course descriptions, or a statement from your university.
Also if you are planning to take these courses before completing your current study, but the courses are not yet marked in your transcript, please include an additional document in your application, listing all the planned courses and the corresponding number of credits you will obtain.
What if I don't have these courses? If during the evaluation of your application it is determined that you are missing the required content in qualitative & quantitative research methods and statistics, RSM may offer you a spot in one of our premaster programmes.
Once you have submitted an application and uploaded the required documents regarding your educational background, the RSM Admissions Office will determine your eligiblity. Due to the large number of requests, it is not possible to receive this evaluation by email or phone before submitting an application.
If during the evaluation of your application it is evident that your previous education does not meet the bachelor course related requirements, but is comparable to a research university degree obtained in the Netherlands, the Admissions Office will automatically evaluate your application for other MSc programmes offered by RSM and offer an alternative when possible. It is therefore only possible to apply for one programme.
RSM offers pre-master programmes to students with a business related degreed obtained at an Applied Sciences University (from Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland).
(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 for example the major in Urban, Port and Transport Economics or take an additional course in 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 the MSc programmes listed below, at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). For 4 out of the 7 MSc programmes listed below*, specific courses listed the IBCoM-RSM Matrix are required:
- MScBA Master in Management
- MScBA Accounting & Financial Management
- MScBA Business Analytics & Management
- MSc in Marketing Management*
- MSc in Global Business & Sustainability*
- MSc in Human Resource Management*
- MSc in Strategic Entrepreneurship*
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 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.
RSM requires a minimum level of mastery and ambition from its applicants. RSM defines two categories of students that seek admission to one of the MSc programmes:
Students who will obtain a bachelor degree at a Dutch research university (WO) must prove their mastery and ambition with an unrounded minimum grade point average (GPA) of 7.0.
RSM calculates the weighted grade point average based on all grades of your bachelor programme at the time of application. Some universities only use the last two years of your bachelor to calculate a GPA. If this is the case, RSM will not use the calculation provided by your university but will re-calculate the GPA. Additional grades obtained at a Dutch higher education institution during a second bachelor degree, master programme, or extra minor can be added to the GPA calculation for the benefit of the applicant.
If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement at the time of application, you can still apply, but the following conditions apply.
- You must obtain a sufficient GPA before the start of the master (by the 31st of August).
- If you are applying for a programme that has a maximum capacity, you need to obtain a sufficient GPA before the programme has filled up (which can happen before the regular application deadline). Students who meet the minimum GPA requirement at the time of application are given priority for these programmes.
Applicants who will obtain their bachelor diploma from a research university outside of the Netherlands must prove their mastery and ambition with a GMAT test result with the minimum score of 600 and an above average GPA* in your own country / university.
You can submit your application first without the GMAT results so that the RSM Admissions Office can start evaluating your academic background, but the results must be submitted by the application deadline, or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first).
*Grade point averages can be expressed differently in other education systems. Rough indications of acceptable GPA’s from different countries can be found in the FAQ section.
Almost every country has at least one GMAT test center. You can check the availability in your country via the official GMAT website. The current fee for taking the test is US$250.00. The costs of the test are not covered by RSM.
Take into account that test dates can fill up quickly, particularly during peak testing periods, so we urge you to register to take the exam as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
The GMAT exam consists of 4 parts: a quantitative section, a verbal section, an analytical writing assessment and integrated reasoning section. Only the quantitative and verbal sections are used to determine your overall score. Therefore RSM does not require you to complete the analytical writing assessment nor the integrated reasoning section.
The Online GMAT test offered during COVID-19 is accepted for the admissions process until further notice.
The Language & Training Center at Erasmus University offers GMAT preparation courses at the Woudestein Campus. For schedules and detailed information click here. The costs of these courses are not covered by RSM.
GMAT exam 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 test.
- You can also request for this to be done after 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 we can verify your score later.
The GMAT code for RSM is QK8-CX-28
In order to guarantee the required minimum level of English proficiency, an applicant must be able to show proof of proficiency on at least C1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language - CEFR). You can submit your application first without the English results but they must be submitted by the application deadline, or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first). English proficiency can be proven in different ways:
- Your secondary school was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA. If it is not mentioned on the diploma, or on the website of the school that the programme was taught completely in the English language, an official statement provided by the school is required.
- You have an International Baccalaureate (IB) English A Higher Level certificate with grade 4 or higher or IB English A Standard Level Certificate with grade 5 or higher.
- You have obtained a European Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum grade of 7.0 for English (language 1 or 2).
You can use your bachelor degree as proof of english proficiency if:
- the degree programme was taught completely in English in one of the following countries: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA.
- If the programme was taught in 2 languages (for example Dutch and English) you must show proof that at least 120 EC were taught in English. This equals 2 full study years if the bachelor is a 3 year programme.
If it is not mentioned on the diploma, or on the website of the university that the programme is taught in English, an official statement provided by the university is required.
Current RSM BSc IBA students are not required to submit further proof of English proficiency in their application.
You can use your master degree as proof of English proficiency if:
- Your master degree programme was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or within the EU/EEA
- and you have completed this degree at the time of applying to RSM.
If it is not mentioned on the diploma, or on the website of the university that the programme is taught completely in the English language, an official statement provided by the university is required.
RSM accepts English course/test results at C1 level (CEFR) taken at any accredited university of applied science or research university within the EU/EEA. All aspects of the language must have been included in the test (reading, writing, listening and speaking skills).
You must be able to provide proof of this in your application. Accepted forms of proof are:
- a course certificate clearly indicating the the obtained level
- an official statement, filled in and signed by your university (you can also have your university fill in the RSM provided English Proficiency form)
NOTE: Online tests, such as the OLS (Online Linguistics Support for Erasmus+) or Oxford Online Placement test are not accepted.
The Language & Training Centre (LTC) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam offers intake tests throughout the year, which will determine your current level of proficiency, as well as English courses from September onwards.
Current RSM BA students are strongly recommended to consider the BA English courses in trimester 7 as this option is (eventually) free of charge.
The accepted RSM courses are:
- Language course English level C1.1 (BKB1035-C)
- English business speaking and writing skills (BKB1035-D)
Standardized tests accepted by RSM:
IELTS: Academic test minimum overall score of 7.0 and minimum sub scores 6.5.
Please note that the ITP TOEFL test is not accepted as it does not test the speaking abilities of the candidate. RSM does however temporarily accept the TOEFL ITP® Plus for China. Students who have taken this test, will be required to take a additional verbal test via the Erasmus University Language & Training Center.
Cambridge English test with a minimum overall level of C1 and subscores of 180 for all parts of the test (reading, writing, listening & speaking). Accepted forms of test are:
- Cambridge English: First
- Cambridge English: Advanced
- Cambridge English: Proficiency
- Cambridge English: Business Vantage
- Cambridge English: Business Higher
- Both overall and sub score requirements listed above must be met.
- Take into account that test dates at the test centres can fill up quickly, particularly during peak testing periods. Therefore we urge you to register to take the test as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Keep in mind that it can take several weeks to receive the results of your test. This means that you should plan to take the test 4-6 weeks before the application deadline.
- Other tests such as the Michigan English are not accepted.
Verification & Validity
Always upload a copy of your score report in your application.
- TOEFL scores can be verified online. Therefore you should request the tests center to send your score report to RSM. The institutional code of RSM is 0798 and for Erasmus University 7199 (you can use either). Scores are verifiable for 2 years. If your scores are older than 2 years, please contact the RSM Admissions Office for further advise.
- IELTS scores are verified online using the TRF code marked on the score report. Scores are verifiable for 5 years.
- 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. If you do not have the candidate ID and secret number, you must contact the authorized examination centre where the examination was originally taken. Please note that RSM can not verify test scores taken before 2005.
Regularly scheduled test/course
Intake tests and courses are offered by The Erasmus University Language & Training Centre (LTC) throughout the year. You can always participate in a Language test at the EUR LTC on their regularly scheduled test dates at your own cost. You can check for the next possible test date on their website. Please note that the ITP TOEFL test offered by the EUR LTC is not accepted as it does not test the speaking abilities of the candidate.
RSM English test (only available to students from Dutch educational institutions; HBO/WO)
RSM together with the LTC also offers English tests free of charge with the following conditions:
Test dates and times: The tests will only be offered on two specific moments of the year:
The first test will be given on week 49 (30 november – 4 december 2020) - registration for this test date has closed
The second test will be given on week 15 (12 – 16 april 2021)
You can only take the test once free of charge. It is not possible to re-schedule the test due to illness or any other reason. If you fail to achieve a C1 level result, you can retake the test at your own cost.
On both dates the writing part of the test takes place in the morning and the verbal part in the afternoon. Therefore you need to be available throughout the day of the test.
Registering for the test: You can register for the test when applying to RSM and filling in the Online Application Form (OLAF). You must submit your application for the programme of your choice at least three weeks before the date of the test you want to participate in. The RSM Admissions Office will then evaluate your application, and if you meet the other minimum requirements, we will register you for the test with the EUR LTC.
Results of the test: After the test you will receive an overview of your results, but you will not receive an official language certificate. RSM will only accept your resutls if the minimum obtained overall level as well as individual components meet the C1 requirement.The test results are only valid for your application for RSM. The results of the 1st test will be availabe by mid January. The results of the 2nd test will be available in the beginning of May. Keep this in mind especially when applying for the programmes with a maximum capacity.
Personal circumstances: Students with dyslexia or other personal circumstances can request for additional time to take the test. It’s required to notify the LTC by e-mail before the test date about any personal circumstances. In the email you should include your dyslexia statement or any other relevant statements.
International diversity is very important to RSM and we therefore closely monitor the percentages of students in each master programme per diploma. If there are too many students with a certain diploma, the programme will not be balanced which will be detrimental to the international classroom concept.
In general RSM receives a sufficient number of applications from students from all over the world and has rarely had to apply restrictions to the intake of applicants based on a specific diploma. Should the need to restrict the number of students with a specific diploma arise, it will be done on a first-come-first-serve basis.
For this MSc programme a rolling admission is in place. The application for this master programme opens on 1 October and closes on 15 May.
Remember to always check the application deadline specifically for the master you're applying for, as the deadlines may vary.