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Business Administration (MBA)

Pre-Master's Programme

If you are interested in the Amsterdam MBA programme, but do not yet meet the admission requirements, we offer an accelerated Pre-Master's Programme.

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Requirements MBA Pre-Master's Programme

  • Pre-university education: VWO or HAVO diploma with a “pass” mark for maths (A or B; A1 is not sufficient)
  • Degree: HBO bachelor’s or master’s degree (preferably related to Business Administration and preferably an English language degree programme)
  • Institute: (NVAO) accredited university of applied sciences in the Netherlands.
  • Bachelor’s degree: 240 ECs containing a sufficient number of relevant courses in the functional domains of business administration: Finance & Accounting, Marketing, HRM, Strategic Management, Supply Chain Management/Logistics, Business Information Management, (Business) Economics.
  • Relevant work experience: minimum of three years post-graduate full-time work experience at the start of the MBA programme, and preferably more than six years.
  • GMAT: satisfactory GMAT score must be submitted before commencing the MBA programme
  • Valid visa or permanent residency. Please note: Dutch universities can only support international student visa applications for full-time studies.

When is your admission to Amsterdam MBA secured?

Admission to the Amsterdam MBA is secured after you successfully complete the full Pre-Master's Programme before the start of the MBA programme on 1 September. Please note the following:

  • You have two attempts at passing every course: one regular exam and one re-take.
  • There are no extra re-take opportunities and there are no exceptions to this rule.
  • Pre-master students who do not pass all pre-master courses in two attempts are not eligible  for admission to the Amsterdam MBA.
  • It is not possible to re-do the accelerated pre-master programme the following year.

How to apply?

Deadline is 1 December 2019 (for both Dutch and non-Dutch applicants). Applicants need to submit the following documents to by 1 December 2019:

  • Your completed online MBA application
  • Copy or scan of your passport
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivational essay
  • Copy or scan of your official transcripts and diplomas from your high school and university of applied sciences
  • GMAT/ GRE test score report
  • Two letters of recommendation (each of your two referees can complete a separate recommendation form and email them directly to
  • If you obtained your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences outside of the Netherlands, the MBA Admissions Committee can request you to take an English proficiency test. In this case a copy or scan of your IELTS or TOEFL test result is a mandatory component of your application package.

Candidate selection

After an initial selection process, candidates with strong credentials are invited for an admissions interview. Applicants will receive a final decision from the Admissions Committee within four weeks. Admission automatically means conditional admission to the Amsterdam MBA programme.

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