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Tinbergen Institute MPhil in Economics (Research Master)

Application and admission requirements

Tinbergen Institute Master of Philosophy in Economics

Specific entry requirements

This Master's programme is highly selective. No more than 30 students are admitted to the programme each year. Admission is determined by a selection committee consisting of fellows of the participating faculties and chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies of the Tinbergen Institute. Criteria for admission are:

1 - Bachelor’s degree

A Bachelor's degree, preferably in Economics, Econometrics, Mathematics or Physics. Degrees from non-EU universities must be assessed by the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC). Students must complete their Bachelor's programme prior to starting the Master's programme.

2 - Recent GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

Recent GRE results from all applicants (including Dutch students). Scores more than two years old are not valid and will not be considered. Successful applicants typically rank among the top 10% of test-takers on the quantitative section of the GRE. The Tinbergen Institute's GRE institution code is 3811.

3 - Excellent command of English

Students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency in one of two ways:

a. by holding a degree from a Dutch university or an institution at which English is the language of instruction, or

b. by scoring at least 600 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ), 250 on the computer-based TOEFL, 100 on the internet-based TOEFL or 7 on the IELTS. Scores more than two years old are not valid and will not be considered. The Tinbergen Institute's TOEFL institution code is 3811.

4 - Chinese nationals must register with the Netherlands Education Support Office (NESO)

Chinese nationals are required to register with the NESO in Beijing in order to obtain a NESO Certificate. This document provides an assessment of the candidate's English language proficiency (based on the Toefl or IELTS test) as well as of the educational degrees and diplomas that are required for admission to the Master's programme.

5 - Written letter of intent

Students should be strongly motivated to pursue a career in (academic) research. Such motivation will be assessed by a written letter of intent. An interview with the Director of Graduate Studies and/or members of the Admission Board may form part of the selection procedure.

6 - Two letters of recommendation

Students must submit two letters of recommendation attesting to their capabilities and aspirations. The letters must be written by academics and delivered in sealed envelopes stamped and signed by the referee upon the closure.

Application deadline

The application deadlines for enrolment in September 2019 are 1 February (all), 1 April (all) and 1 June (EEA and Swiss nationals only). Application files that are complete by these deadlines will be processed in February, April and June.

Interested students should complete the application form available at EU students who are admitted to the programme must pay the standard tuition fees applicable in the Netherlands. The TI has a limited number of scholarships available.

For more detailed information on admission, fees and application procedures, please consult the TI website:

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