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Master Economics

International applicants


The requirements for the 2018-2019 intake can be found below. 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 completed courses in: Econometrics or extended quantitative methods, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, all at intermediate level. It is expected that students have a solid background in Mathematics.

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  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 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


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 minimum recommended score, your application will still be considered.

Completion of all sections is required. There is a minimum recommended score of 158 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 640, with a minimum recommended score of 48 for the quantitative reasoning section. Even if you do not achieve the minimum recommended score, your application will still be considered.

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. 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.