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Applicants with an international degree

The 1st step of our application process for students with international prior education is checking the entry requirements of this Master’s. In your online application you will be asked to upload proof of all mentioned requirements. We want to guarantee students an interactive programme, for that reason we apply a selection procedure. This means that besides the entry requirements, your application will also be selected based on the selection criteria.

Entry requirements

The Admissions Office will evaluate your application for this programme based on 2 specific entry requirements:

  • 1. Your academic Bachelor’s degree

    As an applicant, you can have various academic backgrounds to be eligible for admission to this programme, as long as you have completed enough relevant courses.

    • Completed academic BSc, BA or LLB degree (or higher) from a research university.
    • An academic working standard, including experience in academic writing. Course requirements: at least 5 ECTS.
    • Sound knowledge of research methodology, including sufficient analytical and statistical skills. Course requirements: at least 12 ECTS in research skills (qualitative and quantitative) at 3rd year Bachelor's level.
    • Experience with entrepreneurship, demonstrated with completed courses in Entrepreneurship (at least 6 ECTS on 3rd year Bachelor’s level) and/or entrepreneurial experience as (co-)founder or (co-)owner (at least 6 months, in the past 3 years).

    Educational systems differ around the world. International degrees are evaluated based on the guidelines provided by the NUFFIC. Are you unsure whether your academic background is considered an equivalent considered equivalent to a Dutch Bachelor's degree?

  • 2. Your English language proficiency

    In your application, you have to verify your English proficiency. You can do this by providing 1 of the following English proficiency test scores:

    • TOEFL IBT: a minimum of 92 points overall and a minimum of 22 points for each sub-score (TOEFL institution code: 9011). The TOEFL Home Edition is allowed for the September 2022 intake.
    • IELTS (Academic test): a minimum of 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-score. The IELTS indicator test is not allowed.
    • Cambridge Assessment English
      • Certificate in Advanced English: 180 points overall and in each skill or
      • Certificate of Proficiency in English: 180 points overall and in each skill.

    Test scores must also conform to the following guidelines:

    • Make sure you schedule your English proficiency test before the application deadline. 
    • Test scores received after the application deadline are accepted, as long as your English proficiency test was taken before the application deadline.
    • Your English proficiency test score cannot be more than 2 years old before the start date of your programme. For example, if you are applying for the September 2022 intake we do not accept English proficiency tests taken before September 2020.

    Be sure to plan your test on time; test dates fill quickly and it can take several weeks for you to receive your results. Applications without a sufficient score or with a test date after the application deadline, will not be accepted.


    You may be exempted from an English proficiency test if you have obtained your Bachelor's degree in one of the following countries: The Netherlands, Australia, Canada (except for Quebec), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America.


Meeting the entry requirements alone is not a guarantee for admission. Besides the entry requirements you need to meet the selection criteria. This means that your application will be compared with other applicants. The selection is based on your GPA, sample of academic writing, and motivation video.   

  • 1. Your Grade Point Average (GPA)

    We are looking for students who have shown potential to keep up with the high level and workload of the programme. Therefore, one of the criteria on which your application will be assessed is the Grade Point Average (GPA).  

    We do not require a specific minimum GPA for this programme, but we will compare and assess the performance on all selection criteria to make an informed decision regarding placement into the programme.  Please provide us with your GPA calculation in your Embark application.

  • 2. Your sample of academic writing

    In your application, we ask for a sample of your academic writing (English or Dutch, max 1,500 words, including references).

  • 3. Your motivational video

    In your application, you are expected to upload a video of max. 2 minutes, to explain why you would be a good fit for the Master’s programme and which experiences have led you to this decision. If this is technically not possible, a motivation letter ( max. one A4) is also allowed. Both options will be evaluated equally.