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Applicants with an international degree

The 1st step of our application process for students with international prior education is checking the entry requirements of this Master’s.

Entry requirements

The Admissions Office will evaluate your eligibility on the basis of 4 criteria.

  • 1. Check the requirements of your academic Bachelor’s degree

    If you want to apply for this Master’s programme, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Economics or have taken economics as a major subject. You must have proven knowledge of the following topics at an intermediate level:

    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Econometrics/quantitative research methods

    Additionally, you are expected to have a solid background in mathematics and statistics. Relevant course work will be evaluated after your online application has been submitted.

    Please note that a Bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences or a Fachhochschule (Germany) will not be taken into consideration.

    Educational systems differ around the world. International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators, based on the guidelines provided by the NUFFIC. Are you unsure whether your academic background is considered an equivalent to a Dutch Bachelor's degree? Visit the Nuffic diploma recognition page for more information. Specific requirements may apply depending on where you obtained your degree. Find a list of equivalent degrees here.

    In the event that your previous education does not fulfill this programme’s requirements:

    • Students with previous EU academic/applied science education and an EU/EEA nationality will be taken into consideration for a pre-Master’s programme.
    • Students with previous non-EU education and a non-EU nationality may wish to consider applying for a Master’s-qualifying programme at the Cambridge Education Group.
  • 2. Verify your English language proficiency

    In your application, you have to verify your English proficiency. You can do this by providing 1 of the following English proficiency test scores:

    • TOEFL IBT: 92 points overall and 22 points for each sub-score (TOEFL institution code: 9011).
      • The online TOEFL Home Edition is allowed for the intakes of February and September 2021. For students in mainland China who already attended TOEFLE ITP Plus China (with the Vericant interview as part of the testing) before the end of 2020, we will also accept this test for the 2021 intake.
    • IELTS (Academic test): 6.5 overall and 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.
      • Certificate of Proficiency in English: 180 points overall and in each skill.

    Test scores must also conform to the following guidelines:

    • An official and sufficient English proficiency test score must be received by the application deadline.
    • If you do not provide a sufficient English proficiency test score before the application deadline, you must have an English proficiency test scheduled for a date which is before the application deadline.
    • Your English proficiency test score may not be more than 2 years old with respect to the start date of your programme. For example, if you are applying for the September 2021 intake we do not accept English proficiency tests taken before September 2019.

    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.

    Exemptions

    You may be exempted from an English proficiency test if 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.

  • 3. Verify your GRE score

    If you want to be considered for this Master’s programme, you need to provide a GRE score report as part of your application. This means that you need to take the test and receive your results before the deadline. Keep in mind that receiving these results can take up to two weeks.

    You 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.

    GRE registration

    For registration and more detailed information 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 test scores

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

    • You have already obtained a GMAT score.
    • It is difficult to take the GRE test on a short notice in your country.

    You need to take the test and receive your results before the deadline. Keep in mind that receiving these results can take up to two weeks (please check the GMAT website for more detailed information). An overall score of 640 and 48 points in the Quantitative Reasoning section is expected if you apply 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 your GMAT registration, please refer to the GMAT website. The institution code for GMAT is 0500, Amsterdam Business School, MSc in Business Administration.

  • 4. Upload a motivation letter and show personal initiative (optional)

    If you want to apply for this programme, we expect you to have the intrinsic motivation to test and build upon knowledge gained in the programme. Coursework is designed to keep with this expectation. It demands significant personal initiative and active contribution from you. In your application, you are asked to upload a motivation letter.