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Business Administration (MSc)

International applicants

Please read all requirements carefully. In the online application you will be asked to upload proof of all mentioned requirements.

1. Academic Bachelor's degree

  • An academic Bachelor's degree (BSc or BA) in, (International) Business Administration or related.
  • Quantitative research oriented courses (intermediate/advanced) must be included in the Bachelor's curriculum up to an equivalent of minimally 10 EC.
  • Applicants must also have completed intermediate/advanced Business courses in at least two of the following fields: Strategy, International Management, Organization, Marketing, Leadership, Entrepreneurship or Organisational Psychology up to an equivalent of minimally 15 EC.

Please note that a Bachelor's degree from a university of Applied Sciences, a  Fachhochschule (Germany) or Polytechnic will not be taken into consideration, and that specific entry requirements apply to Chinese students and  African students. In the event that your previous education does not fulfill this programme’s requirements, you may wish to consider applying for a master-qualifying programme at the Cambridge Education Group

2.  English language proficiency

We require evidence of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL IBT92 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:  170 Points Overall and in each skill
    • Certificate of Proficiency in English: 170 Points Overall and in each skill

Test scores must also conform to the following guidelines:

  • An official test score must be received by the application deadline
  • If you do not provide a test score before the application deadline, you must have a test scheduled for a date which is before the application deadline
  • Your test score may not be more than 2 years old with respect to the start date of your programme

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 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.

English language proficiency information and exemptions

Watch the instruction video for the English proficiency requirements


All applicants need to take a GMAT test before the application deadline in order to be considered for the Master’s programme. So please start planning your test date on time. While taking the test is mandatory, there is no required minimum score, only a recommended minimum score. Even if you do not achieve the recommended score, the remainder of your application will still be assessed.

GMAT: Minimum total: 600 (recommended score). Please note that completion of all sections of the exam is required.

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


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

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

GRE: Minimum 155 (recommended score). There is a minimum recommended score of 155 for the Quantative Reasoning section. Please note that completion of all sections of the exam is required.

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

Watch the instruction video for the GMAT/GRE requirements

4. Academic referees

Applicants are expected to invite one academic referee to submit their reference online. Please make sure that your referee has agreed to write a recommendation before you register the referee's details. Your references should refer to your academic experience (e.g. coming from a former teacher).

5. Motivation and initiative

Applicants are expected to have the intrinsic motivation to test and build upon this knowledge. Coursework is designed in keeping with this expectation and demands significant personal initiative and an active contribution on the part of the student. Applicants are asked to upload a motivation letter in their online application.