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Master Economics

International applicants

Economics

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 Economics, or to have taken economics as a major subject. Students must have proven knowledge of the following topics at an intermediate level:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics/quantitative research methods.

Additionally, applicants are expected to have a solid background in Mathematics and Statistics. Relevant course work will be evaluated after the online application has been submitted.

Please note that a Bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences and a  Fachhochschule (Germany) will not be taken into consideration. Specific entry requirements apply to students with an AfricanChinese, or Indian Bachelor's degree. 

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 IBT: minimum 92 at least 22 on each sub-score (TOEFL institution code: 9011)
  • IELTS Academic: minimum 6.5, at least 6.0 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

Exemptions

Applicants who have obtained their diploma/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 and exemptions

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. Applicants are expected to achieve a score of 158 for the Quantitative Reasoning section. If you do not achieve the expected score your application will still be considered. However, a minimum score of 155 on the Quantitative Reasoning section is required. Applicants who submit a GRE below this minimum score will not be accepted into this programme. 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 7878 U Amsterdam School of Economics.

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

GMAT

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 it is difficult to take the GRE test on a short notice in your country

An overall score of 640 and 48 points in the Quantitative Reasoning section is expected from applicants for this programme. If you do not achieve the expected scores your application will still be considered. However, a minimum overall score of 620 with 45 points in the Quantitative Reasoning section is required. Applicants who submit a GMAT below this minimum score will not be accepted into this programme. Please note that completion of all sections of the exam is required.

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

4. Academic referee

Applicants are expected to invite 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 details. Your reference 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.