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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.

Entry requirements

The Admissions Office will evaluate your eligibility on the basis of 4 criteria.

  • 1. Check the requirements of your academic Bachelor’s degree

    If you want to apply for this Master’s programme, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Finance, or a degree in Business Economics, Economics or Business Administration with a specialisation in Finance or Real Estate Finance.

    Eligible candidates must have at least 15 ECTS of:

    • courses in finance. This should include: Investments, Corporate Finance, Risk Management and Derivatives. It is required to upload a course description of this course in your online application.
    • courses in econometrics (2nd or 3rd year course). It is required to upload a course description of this course in your online application.

    Applicants with Bachelor's degrees in other areas must additionally have proven knowledge of: microeconomics, macroeconomics, accounting, mathematics and statistics at foundation-year level.

    Specific entry requirements apply to students with an African, Chinese, or Indian Bachelor's degree.

    Please note that a Bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences or a Fachhochschule (Germany) will not be taken into consideration. In the event that your previous education does not fulfill this programme’s requirements, you may wish to consider applying for a Master’s-qualifying programme at the Cambridge Education Group.

  • 2. Verify 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: 92 points overall and 22 points for each sub-score (TOEFL institution code: 9011).
    • IELTS (Academic test): 6.5 overall and 6.0 for each sub-score.
    • Cambridge Assessment English
      • Certificate in Advanced English: 180 points overall and in each skill.
      • Certificate of Proficiency in English: 180 points overall and in each skill.

    Test scores must also conform to the following guidelines:

    • An official and sufficient English proficiency test score must be received by the application deadline.
    • If you do not provide a sufficient English proficiency test score before the application deadline, you must have an English proficiency test scheduled for a date which is before the application deadline.
    • Your English proficiency test score may not be more than 2 years old with respect to the start date of your programme. For example, if you are applying for the September 2021 intake we do not accept English proficiency tests taken before September 2019.

    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.

    Exemptions

    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 (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America.

  • 3. Verify your GMAT score

    If you want to be considered for this Master’s programme, you need to provide a GMAT score report as part of your application. This means that you need to take the test and receive your results before the deadline. Keep in mind that receiving these results can take up to two weeks (please check the GMAT website for more detailed information).

    Test score

    You are expected to achieve a score of 640. If you do not achieve this expected score, your application will still be considered. However, a minimum score of 620 is required. If you submit a GMAT below the minimum score of 620, you are not accepted into this programme. Please note that completion of all sections of the exam is required.

    Based on mutual agreements with certain universities, you might be exempted from the GMAT requirement. Check the list of universities to see whether this applies to you.

    GMAT registration

    For your GMAT registration, please refer to the GMAT website. The institution code for GMAT is 0500, Amsterdam Business School, MSc in Business Administration.

    GRE test scores

    Instead of a GMAT, a GRE test score may be accepted in the following cases:

    • You have already obtained a GRE score.
    • It is difficult to take the GMAT test on a short notice in your country (e.g. Suriname).

    For a GRE test, we expect you to achieve a score of at least 158 in the Quantitative Reasoning section. If you do not achieve this score, your application will still be considered. However, a minimum score of 155 is required. Applicants who submit a GRE below this minimum score are not accepted into this programme. Please note that completion of all sections of the exam is required.

    If you want to be considered for this Master’s programme, you need to provide a GRE score report as part of your application. This means that you need to take the test and receive your results before the deadline. Keep in mind that receiving these results can take up to two weeks.

    For registration and more detailed information, please refer to the GRE website. The institution code for GRE is 7878 U Amsterdam School of Economics.

  • 4. Upload a motivation letter and show personal initiative

    If you want to apply for this programme, we expect you to have the intrinsic motivation to test and build upon knowledge gained in the programme. Coursework is designed to keep with this expectation. It demands significant personal initiative and active contribution from you. In your application, you are asked to upload a motivation letter.