Please note: Complete applications (in MyInfo) are only taken into consideration when submitted before or on the day of the deadline at the latest. We therefore strongly advise you to submit your enrollment request for the Master's programme via Studielink at least one week before the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
1. Check deadlines
The deadlines for admission to the programme differ for Dutch degree and non-Dutch degree students.
Both the Master's and the pre-Master's programmes in Communication Science start in September as well as February. Please see which deadline is applicable to you. Students applying for September intake must obtain their diploma before 1 September. For February intake, students must obtain their diploma before 1 February. In case a student does not yet have a hard copy of their diploma, a declaration of graduation will suffice (until a hard copy of the official diploma can be issued and sent to us).
I have a Bachelor's degree in Communication Science (UvA)
You have direct admission to the Master's programme in Communication Science (except the Research Master's).
- Start in September 2022: You can register during the course registration weeks from 13 June 10:00 to 24 June 13:00
- February 2023: You can register during the course registration weeks in November 2022
I have a Dutch academic Bachelor's degree
- Start in September 2022: 1 May 2022
- Start in February 2023: 1 November 2022
I have a non-Dutch degree
- Start in September 2022: 1 April 2022
- Start in February 2023: 1 September 2022
2. Check entry requirements
To guarantee the quality of the education within the Graduate School, you will have to meet all entry requirements specified below. If you don't fit the profile entirely, you are still welcome to apply. When you have the right undergraduate qualifications (academic level and background) but a lack of knowledge and experience in the required areas, it is plausible you will be conditionally admitted based on completing a pre-Master's programme or online course first. The admissions board will evaluate every applicant individually, based on:
- Academic Bachelor's or Master's degree
- Bachelor's curriculum and attended courses
- English language proficiency (non-Dutch degree students only)
Unfortunately, admission to the pre-Master's and Master's programme is not possible when you don't have the right undergraduate qualifications.
Undergraduate qualification: Academic level
Applicants who obtained a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree at a research university (WO) are eligible to apply for one of our Master’s programmes. This means that applicants with a non-Dutch degree need to meet the same qualifications. The minimum level of your diploma should therefore be at least equivalent or comparable to three years of a Dutch research-oriented university. To establish whether your degree is equivalent to this level, we’ll need to assess it first. This will be done by professional diploma evaluators based on the guidelines of the Nuffic (an independent organisation for internationalisation in education). Please find an overview of the descriptions of different foreign education systems on the Nuffic website.
Hence, students with a Bachelor’s degree obtained at a university of applied sciences (HBO) or equivalent cannot be admitted to the (pre-) Master’s. They may opt for taking the short-track Bachelor's programme at the College of Communication first to meet the criteria, and then re-apply. This short-track Bachelor’s (verkorte Bachelor) is taught in English and Dutch.
Undergraduate qualification: Background
Admission (conditionally) is usually realistic for students who at least hold an academic Bachelor's degree in Communication Science or a related discipline (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Communication & Information Studies, Media Studies, Journalism with a research emphasis, Business Administration and International Relations). However, these students will probably have to complete some extra coursework (pre-Master's or online course) prior to the Master’s programme, depending on their knowledge of theories in Communication Science and (quantitative) social science methods and statistics.
Students with a completely different Bachelor’s background, without any links to the field of Communication Science, are most likely not eligible for the (pre-) Master’s programme.
The Graduate School of Communication is a big advocate of massive online courses (MOOCs) due to our belief that these can greatly contribute to the dissemination of knowledge and the accessibility of education for people across the world. That is why we among others offer the MOOC-courses Introduction to Communication Science and Media Ethics and Governance on the Coursera platform.
You are more than welcome to participate in our Coursera-offer. Candidate applicants however should take into account that the certificates from Cousera or from other online education platforms do not replace certified transcripts and degree certificates from accredited institutes of higher education in the admission process. This is because education through MOOCs is not a part of the necessary principles of surveillance for accredited degrees.
Knowledge about theories of Communication Science
The Master's programme in Communication Science expects you to have a certain understanding of Communication Science theories. The admissions board will evaluate this based on your Bachelor’s curriculum and completed courses. Work experience is not taken into consideration.
Knowledge about theories of (quantitative) social science methods and statistics
The Master's programme in Communication Science has its roots in sociobehavioural sciences. In line with this sociobehavioural tradition, the programme attempts to teach you how to systematically observe and measure the effects of media and communication. In order to make the most of our Master’s programme in Communication Science, you must be at ease with the use of certain sociobehavioural data collection methods (such as survey design and experimental design), and statistical models to analyse the data (such as measurement models, linear regression and analysis of variance). This level of knowledge has to be confirmed by the content of courses taken during your academic Bachelor’s programme. Work experience is not taken into consideration.
Experience in conducting empirical research with the use of inferential statistics
Besides knowledge of social science methods and statistics, we require you to be able to conduct and evaluate quantitative empirical research. This will be evaluated based on research papers written during your Bachelor’s programme.
English language proficiency
All Communication Science courses in the Master’s programme are taught in English. You must therefore be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. That is why we require evidence of English language proficiency from non-native speakers of English with a non-Dutch degree. Please note that if you do not meet this requirement, admission is not possible. We only accept test results from TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Advanced English or Cambridge Proficiency English. Other English tests are not considered valid.
Requirements regarding English language level are*:
- TOEFL iBT**(MyBest™ Scores are not accepted): 100, subscores: Reading: 24, Listening: 22, Speaking: 25, Writing: 24.
- IELTS***: Overall Band Score minimum score 7, subscores 6,5
- Cambridge International Examinations: minimum score Cambridge English scale (Advanced C1): 190 or higher.
* English language test results may not be older than 2 years.
** The TOEFL ITP test (Institutional Testing Program) is NOT accepted.
*** The IELTS indicator test is NOT accepted.
**** The TOEFL special home edition is NOT accepted.
How to submit your language test score:
- IELTS test certificate by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
- TOEFL test results (institutional code: 3995) by e-mail to email@example.com,
- Cambridge test result (original document) must be sent to the Graduate School of Communication by regular post.*
*Please note; it can take up to 6 weeks before we receive regular post, depending on what country of origin the post was sent from. Take this into consideration when planning your English test as it is your responsibility to have the results delivered in time to complete your whole admission.
English test exemptions
Native speakers of English are, of course, exempted from the requirement. This includes applicants who have completed their previous education in Australia, Canada (except for Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US.
Students with a Dutch Bachelor’s degree are also exempted from this requirement.
Students who have completed secondary or tertiary programme/education in an English-speaking country as listed above can include a waiver request in their application. Consequently, this means that if you have a degree from an English-taught bachelor’s programme in a non-English (native) speaking country, the English test requirement will NOT be waived.
Students who have completed secondary or tertiary programme/education in an English-speaking country as listed above can include a waiver request in their application.
- 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink
4. Activate your UvanetID
After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvanetID. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.
5. Submit your UvA application form
After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to the UvA application form (MyInfo). Please fill out this application form in order to complete your application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Please make sure your application documents have ENGLISH* file names that include the following: Type document_your name (example: course description research methods courses_Mary Jones). A complete application consists of the following documents:
- Self-assessment form research methodology and statistics
- Statement of motivation (max. 500 words)
- Curriculum vitae
- Proof English proficiency (non-Dutch degree students only). Submit Certified English language test report as described in step 2 'Check entry requirements', section 'English language proficiency' (see above). Please also check step 2 on how to officially submit your test report.
A self-written waiver request explaining why you should be exempted from this requirement. If you request exemption based on previous education, please add a statement of your University emphasizing that your program was English taught and taken in native speaking country. Previous education taught in a non-native speaking country will not be considered for waiver.
Please note, we only consider requests based on reasons named under step 2 'Check entry requirements', section 'English test exemptions' (see above). Your application will only be reviewed after this waiver request has been accepted. If the board decides to reject your waiver request, we will invite you to pass a proficiency test before the application deadline.
Students requesting to be waived based on previous education can select the following option in MyInfo: "I have a diploma/ degree certificate obtained in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, or the USA".
Students requesting to be waived based on other reasons can select the following option in MyInfo: "My degree certificate/ diploma includes the final grades that provide an exemption for English language proficiency" (even though this sentence is not formulated correctly and doesn’t match your situation). Just make sure you upload your self-written request in the allocated area.
- Official certified copies of higher education diplomas or an official graduation statement with your expected graduation date on it. Official translations are required if the original documents are in another language than English, German, French or Dutch.
- Official certified copy of your transcripts of grades. Transcripts must show grades/results and the number of credits obtained. Official translations are required if the original documents are in another language than English, German, French or Dutch.
- Certified English language test report (if applicable to you) as described in step 2 'Check entry requirements', section 'English language proficiency' (see above). Please also check step 2 on how to officially submit your test report.
- An individually written empirical research paper, preferably based on quantitative research methods and inferential statistics. If you are not in possession of such a paper, please upload your thesis or another research paper that has been written during your Bachelor’s or Master's programme. In case this paper was not written in Dutch, English or German, a translation of the abstract, methods and results sections needs to be created and uploaded together with the original paper.
- Description of taken courses in communication science and/or social sciences (if any). Descriptions should include information on the learning objectives, the content discussed and the used literature per each course. Please make sure to upload the course descriptions in English (Dutch or German).
- Description of taken courses in research methodology and statistics (if any). The research methods course descriptions should define the learning objectives, content discussed, used literature and an overview of the used research methods and analyses as described in the syllabus. Please make sure to upload the course descriptions in English (Dutch or German).
Please note! Your results in the University of Amsterdam Communication Science (Pre-)Master Programme are based on your personal, individual effort. The aid of professional services for the application process to our programme (other than translation services) may lead to direct rejection of your application, such at the discretion of the Admission Committee.
6. Wait for admission decision
Once we receive your complete application it will be evaluated by our admissions committee. You will be notified about their decision by email. The complete admission process can take up to 8 weeks for students with a non-Dutch degree and 4 weeks for students with a Dutch degree.
Please note, after your application has been reviewed, one of the possible admission decisions could be that you will have to complete a (or several) pre-master course(s) in advance before you can be unconditionally admitted in the Master’s programme. Our pre-master’s programme will be offered on-campus again (with some elements in the programme that will be taught online) as of September 2022.
After (conditional) admission
7. Confirming your participation
When you receive your official (positive) admissions decision, you will also receive a separate email with a link where you can confirm, defer or decline your participation in our Master’s programme. Please make sure that you respond within 2 weeks.
You will receive more instructions on how to complete your enrolment in due time. For now, please read the steps below.
In exceptional cases, a student may have the option to defer the start date of the Master’s programme under their initial application. In case you wish to defer due to special circumstances please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and your request will be considered by the admissions board.
* Please note, deferring is not always an option, and therefore each individual case will be reviewed
You will also need to de-enroll yourself for the Master’s programme in Studielink.
8. Request for admission with study delay
For the transition from the Bachelor's to the (Research) Master’s or pre-Master's, the UvA has opted for a so-called 'soft cut' with some restrictions. This is implemented so that students who experience delays in the final phase of their Bachelor's programme due to the coronavirus measures, don’t find themselves stuck between a Bachelor's and Master's programme.
This means that students with a Dutch and EEA/EU Bachelor’s degree who cannot complete their Bachelor’s due to the aforementioned situation, can request a conditional acceptance to the pre-Master’s or (Research) Master’s programme under the following conditions:
- You already submitted your application for the Master’s programme before the deadline
- You have a maximum of 15 EC is missing for the completion of the Bachelor’s degree
- You have missed components were offered in the period between September 2021 and August 2022.
Students with a non-EU/EEA degree cannot request admission to the (pre-/Research) Master’s with a study delay.
How to submit a request?
A request can be submitted until 31 August 2022. Please prepare the following steps:
- Re-enroll in your current (pre-)Bachelor’s programme.
- Arrange a statement by your current institute of higher education confirming that after resits, your study delay of maximum 15 EC concerns exams that were planned for the academic year 2021-2022 (Sept 2021 - August 2022). Not applicable for UvA Communication Science Bachelor’s students.
Please take note: Any request that we receive without this statement, will not be taken into consideration.
- Students with a non-Dutch degree should provide proof from their university that their Bachelor’s programme can be completed remotely.
You will receive an outcome by e-mail.
For further information regarding this arrangement, please visit the UvA Corona website.
9. Submit certified documents
If you have been (conditionally) admitted to our Master's programme we need to verify your previous education. This means that you have to send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates. Note that you need to send us these documents by post. Plain copies or scans of the original certified documents are not accepted.
Please note: The course registration for the September start of the Academic year 2022-2023 will take place from 13 June 10:00 to 24 June 13:00. Please read the procedure here. Make sure you don't miss this deadline.
You can send your certified documents to:
The Graduate School of Communication
Admissions Office (C7.02)
PO Box 15796
1001 NG Amsterdam
If you’ve completed your Bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands, we will verify your previous education based on the records provided by DUO. In this case, you don’t have to send us certified copies of your degree and transcript.
10. Pay the tuition fee
You will need to pay the tuition fee in order to finalise your enrolment for a degree programme at the UvA. Find out more about how to pay the tuition fees.
11. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment
In order to study in the Netherlands, you may need to apply for a residence permit and/or an entry visa. This depends on your nationality. Depending on your start moment, you will receive an email from the immigration department with a link to an online form in either May or November. More information on how to apply for UvA housing and on the UvA start appointment will become available in these months as well.
Please keep in mind that the housing market in Amsterdam is very tight and that applying for student housing through the UvA doesn’t guarantee placement. For this reason we advise you to start your orientation for housing options early and to always explore the private housing market as well. The UvA housing service is always offered for a fixed period of one year (two semesters) to new incoming international students.
12. Register for courses
In order for you to participate in the courses of the pre-Master’s or Master’s programme in Communication Science, you will have to register for your courses. The course registration periods are in June and November. More information on the course registration will be sent to you in May or November.
Please note: The next course registration period, for semester 1 of the academic year 2022-2023, will take place from Monday 13 June till Friday 24 June 13:00. Please read the procedure here. Make sure you don't miss this deadline.
13. Request student ID card
A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.
14. Attend start appointment
Moving to another city is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. UvA Student Services organises Start Appointments every year (free of charge). They will help you with practical issues that you may have regarding your transition to Amsterdam, such as registering at the municipality and opening a Dutch bank account. You will receive an invitation for the Start Appointment after you have submitted your immigration application. There are two different types of Start appointments: all-inclusive and regular.
More information about arriving in Amsterdam you'll find here.
15. Attend introduction day
To help you get started, the Graduate School of Communication organises a mandatory introduction day for all new (pre-) Master’s students. Usually this day is held on the Thursday before the first week of classes, so be sure to save the date. Depending on your start moment, the invitation and programme will be sent mid-August or mid-January.