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Pre-Master’s Programme

Completion of this pre-Master's grants you access to two of our Master’s: MSc Business Economics and MSc Economics. The programme is designed to complement your prior education. It will help you to fully catch up on subjects such as econometrics, microeconomics and macroeconomics. Within 1 academic year you will have all the necessary knowledge and skills to start your Master’s in Business Economics or your Master’s in Economics.

This pre-Master's grants access to:

Why this pre-Master’s programme

If your prior education does not (completely) fit the entry requirements, this pre-Master’s is your stepping stone to getting admitted to our MSc Business Economics or MSc Economics.

Obtaining your MSc degree is a great step for your career. Expert teachers will challenge you to think differently and form your own views and opinions to tackle complex issues. You will also start building your network of experts and leaders in your specialisation (track). Future employers will reward these achievements with a relatively high starting salary and endless promotion opportunities.

Study programme

You have a full academic year to successfully complete the 36 ECTS or 42 ECTS programme. Throughout this year, you can expect excellent teaching and support from our professors, each highly respected in their field of expertise. For your convenience we selected a fixed set of 6 or 7 courses for you. 

  • Statistics 2 for Economics

    Learn about the theories and techniques of estimation and hypothesis in approaching problems in economic practice. Acquire the skills to interpret output of statistical analyses, for drawing conclusions and for diagnostic purposes.

  • Econometrics

    Learn how to explain and apply different econometric models to real data and interpret the estimation results. Do the basic assumptions hold? If not, what are the consequences and can you apply an alternative estimation technique?

  • Mathematics 2 for Economics

    Learn how to apply mathematical techniques to microeconomic optimisation problems and give an economic interpretation of the results.

  • Microeconomics 2

    Focus on the thorough quantitative analysis of the foundations of microeconomic theory. How is value determined in a competitive economy? Study how consumer and producer behaviour can be analysed, and how to derive market outcomes and their welfare properties.

  • Macroeconomics 2

    Study economic behaviour at the aggregate level and try to explain phenomena such as economic growth, unemployment and inflation. Deal with the design of monetary and fiscal policies that may improve the working of the economy.

  • Game Theory

    Game theory is about strategically interdependent decision-making. It offers several concepts and insights for making better strategic decisions. Learn how a game should be formulated and analyse strategic interactions.

  • Mathematics 1 for Economics

    Mathematics 1 provides the basis for the mathematical models you will encounter as an economist. We start from the basis where you identify economic problems that require application of mathematical techniques as part of the solution and interpret the conclusions properly. The tools you will learn to use range from basic arithmetic techniques and summation formulas to limits, inverse function, differentiation and (for an economist crucial) optimisation.

Our pre-Master’s in brief

Language English
Duration 1 academic year
ECTS 36 or 42 ECTS
Start pre-Master's September
Start MSc Business Economics Following academic year in September (choose 1 of 3 tracks)
Start MSc Economics Following academic year in September (choose 1 of 6 tracks)
Cost You pay tuition fee per ECTS. Calculate your tuition fee

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this pre-Master’s programme depend on your previous education.

  • Previous education from a Dutch research university
    • Academic Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as law, public policy, or a programme with a minor in Economics.
    • Knowledge of mathematics, statistics and economics at a level comparable to the following courses:
    • GPA selection minimum of 7.0 (with a GPA lower than 7.0, you need excellent grades on the courses mentioned above).
    • Mathematics VWO Wiskunde A or B with a grade of 6 or higher. Note that the mathematics requirement must be fulfilled on or before the application deadline.

    The application deadline is 1 June 2023.

  • Previous education from an international research university

    Students with an EU academic degree + EU nationality:

    • Academic Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as law, public policy, or a programme with a minor in Economics.
    • Knowledge of mathematics, statistics and economics at a level comparable to the following courses (It is required to upload course descriptions of these courses in your online application):
    • GPA selection minimum of 7.0. If your GPA is lower than 7.0, you need to hand in a GRE test score minimum of 155 for the Quantitative Reasoning section (please take your GRE test before the application deadline).
    • We require evidence of English language proficiency. In some cases, you might be exempted from the English test requirement. If not, please take your English test before the application deadline.
      • TOEFL IBT: a minimum of 92 points overall and a minimum of 22 points for each sub-score (TOEFL institution code: 9011).
      • IELTS (Academic test): a minimum of 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-score. The IELTS indicator test is not allowed.
      • Cambridge Assessment English
        • Certificate in Advanced English: 180 points overall and in each skill or
        • Certificate of Proficiency in English: 180 points overall and in each skill.

    The application deadline is 1 May 2023.

    Students with a non-EU degree + non-EU nationality

    If you are a student with a non-EU nationality, you may consider applying for a Master’s-qualifying programme at the Cambridge Education Group.

  • Previous education from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO)

    We do not have a pre-Master’s programme available for students with previous education from a Dutch University of Applied Science (HBO). You can apply for our BSc Economics and Business Economics.

How to apply

If you meet all the admission requirements, you can apply for the pre-Master's programme. Please complete these steps to apply. Only applicants who complete these steps will be considered.

  • 1. Check the application deadline

    The application deadline for the September 2023 intake: 

    For applicants with an EU degree: 1 May 2023
    For applicants with a Dutch degree: 1 June 2023
  • 2. Register in Studielink
  • 3. Submit your application

    Submit your application in Embark - You will need to provide the following documents:

    • Certified copy of your transcript of your university grades
    • Certified copy of your university diploma (if you have already graduated)
    • Course descriptions of relevant courses
    • Calculation of your GPA (Dutch degree students) (this form is provided in the application) 
    • GRE test result (EU degree students)
    • English test results (EU degree students)
    • CV

After you've been (conditionally) admitted, you will receive further information on the next steps to take to finalise your enrolment (i.e. Tuition fee payment, course registration).