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Master
Business Economics
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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. In your online application you will be asked to upload proof of all mentioned requirements. We want to guarantee students an interactive programme, for that reason we apply a selection procedure. This means that besides the entry requirements, your application will also be selected based on the selection criteria.

Entry requirements

The Admissions Office will evaluate your eligibility based on 2 specific entry requirements:

  • 1. Your academic Bachelor’s degree

    Track Managerial Economics and Strategy 
    If you want to apply for the track Managerial Economics and Strategy of this Master’s programme, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Business Economics or Economics.

    You must have proven knowledge in all the following topics at an intermediate level:

    • Microeconomics*
    • Econometrics or quantitative research methods
    • Mathematics and statistics

    *Your coursework in microeconomics must cover market structure (industrial organisation) and game theory.

    Track Neuroeconomics
    Applicants with no coursework in microeconomics or industrial organisation but with a strong quantitative background may apply to the track Neuroeconomics if they have proven knowledge in at least one of the following topics:

    • Affective neuroscience
    • Behavioural economics
    • Cognitive neuroscience
    • Game theory
    • Introductory psychology

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

    Educational systems differ around the world. International degrees are evaluated 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?

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

    • Students with previous EU academic 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. 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: 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.

    Test scores must also conform to the following guidelines:

    • Make sure you schedule your English proficiency test before the application deadline. 
    • Test scores received after the application deadline are accepted, as long as your English proficiency test was taken before the application deadline.
    • Your English proficiency test score cannot be more than 2 years old before the start date of your programme. For example, if you are applying for the September 2023 intake we do not accept English proficiency tests taken before September 2021.

    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 (except for Quebec), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Selection  

Meeting the entry requirements alone is not a guarantee for admission. Besides the entry requirements you need to meet the selection criteria. This means that your application will be compared with other applicants. The selection is based on your GPA, GRE (GMAT) score, and motivation letter.   

  • 1. Your Grade Point Average (GPA)

    We are looking for students who have shown academic potential to keep up with the high level and workload of the programme. Therefore, one of the criteria on which your application will be assessed is the Grade Point Average (GPA).  

    We do not require a specific minimum GPA for this programme, but we will compare and assess the performance on all selection criteria to make an informed decision regarding placement into the programme. 

  • 2. 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. Test scores received after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration.

    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. The GRE at home test is allowed for the September 2023 intake.

    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. The GMAT Online Exam is allowed for the September 2023 intake.

  • 3. Your motivation letter

    The motivation letter (max. one A4)  allows you to explain why you would be a good fit for the Master’s programme and which experiences have led you to this decision.