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Business Administration

Complete the selection procedure

To guarantee a small-scale and interactive programme, a selection procedure has been added to the admissions process of the BSc Business Administration programme. The selection procedure consists of a series of steps including the evaluation of your application and a test. After completing the selection procedure you will receive a Ranking Number which will determine whether you receive an Offer to Study.

The selection procedure in steps

  1. Submit a Registration Request in Studielink by 15 January, 2020
  2. Submit an admissions application form in Embark by 15 January, 2020
  3. The Admissions Office will evaluate whether you meet the entry requirements*
  4. Study for the Selection Test
  5. Complete the Selection Test in February or March
  6. Receive your Ranking Number on 15 April, 2020

*The evaluation of whether you meet the programme entry requirements may not yet be complete before the Selection Test date occurs.  Consequently it is possible to complete the Selection Test, but fail to meet the programme entry requirements.

Selection Test

The principle component of the selection procedure is a Selection Test. This is an exam for which you will be provided study material. This exam will help the Admissions Committee assess your academic ability in the subjects most relevant to this programme. The study material for the Selection Test will be provided to all candidates one week prior to the test date via the University of Amsterdam’s online learning environment.  You are expected to dedicate approximately 20 to 25 hours of study to this material in preparation for the Selection Test. 

Test Location

Applicants who reside in the Netherlands are obliged to complete the Selection Test in person, at the University of Amsterdam.  Applicants who reside outside the Netherlands are required to take the test in their home country and under the observation of an approved supervisor such as a teacher, professor or academic staff member of a school, university or other educational institution such as a library or tutoring center.  Applicants residing outside the Netherlands are responsible for arranging a stable internet connection, a suitable test location and a supervisor for the Selection Test. Applicants must nominate a test supervisor before submitting an application and the Admissions Office will subsequently provide the test supervisor with the necessary information to supervise the Selection Test.

Test Dates

For applicants residing in the Netherlands:

  • Saturday 22 February 2020
  • Saturday 29 February 2020

For applicants residing outside the Netherlands:

  • Monday 24 February 2020
  • Monday 2 March 2020

All applicants are required to select a test date in the application form.  Note that it is not possible to change test dates after the submission of your application. Therefore please ensure that you, and if necessary your family and supervisor, make any necessary preparations to allow your participation in the Selection Test.  Applicants who do not complete the Selection Test will not be eligible for admission.

Ranking Number

Once the Selection Test dates have passed, each applicant will receive a Ranking Number. The Ranking Number is ultimately what determines whether a candidate is offered a place to study in the BSc Business Administration programme. The Admissions Committee of the BSc Business Administration programme has selected the following, equally-weighted criteria for the assignment of candidate Ranking Numbers:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Selection Test

Candidates will be informed of their Ranking Number on April 15, 2020.  Based on the Ranking Number, the Admissions Office will inform candidates of one of 3 possibilities; namely that you:

  1. Will certainly be offered a place in the programme, after your prior education has been approved*
  2. Might be offered a place in the programme after your prior education has been approved,* and if other applicants with a higher ranking number decide to withdraw their application
  3. Most likely will not be offered a place in the programme based on your Ranking Number

*Reminder: The evaluation of whether you meet the entry requirements may in some cases coincide with the rest of the selection procedure such that a candidate may be informed of their Ranking Number before the Admissions Office is able to determine that he/she meets the programme’s entry requirements.  In order to fully register for the BSc Business Administration programme candidates must achieve a qualifying Ranking Number and receive a positive evaluation from the Admissions Office that the programme’s entry requirements have been met


If you have questions regarding admission and/or application process, please contact the Admissions Office.