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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

Applicants are expected to hold a Bachelor‘s or Master‘s degree in Econometrics. If you do not have a bachelor or master in Econometrics, you need to have proven knowledge of the following topics at an advanced level:

  • Econometrics
  • Time series analysis
  • Game Theory
  • Microeconomics, Macroeconomics & Finance

Applicants must also have proven knowledge in the following topics at a level comparable to an academic mathematics degree:

  • Probability and mathematical statistics
  • Linear algebra
  • Calculus/analysis

Please note that a Bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences or a  Fachhochschule (Germany) are not taken into consideration. Specific entry requirements apply to  Chinese students and  African students.

2. English language proficiency

We require evidence of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL IBT: 92, at least 22 on each sub-score (TOEFL institution code: 9011)
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5, at least 6 on 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


Applicants who have obtained their diploma/degree in one of the following countries: The Netherlands, Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America.

English language proficiency and exemptions

Watch the instruction video for the English proficiency requirements

3. GRE

All applicants need to take a GRE test before the application deadline in order to be considered for this 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.

Completion of all sections is required. There is a minimum recommended score of 155 for the Quantitative Reasoning section.

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


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

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

Completion of all sections required. There is a minimum recommended overall score of 600.

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

Watch the instruction video for the GMAT/GRE requirements

4. Motivation and initiative (optional)

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 may upload a motivation letter and CV in their online application.

5. Academic Referee

Applicants are expected to invite at least one academic referee to submit their reference online. In the online application you need to fill out the contact details of the referee. 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).