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Top rated programme 2018Top rated programme! Best Master's programme in Finance in the Netherlands.

Making the difference in the world of finance

Financial decision-making touches upon all aspects of the modern economy: finding appropriate financing instruments for new companies or new business opportunities; thinking about stimulating economic growth through financial innovation and a safe regulation of the financial system; building sound investment strategies and improve risk sharing in insurance and old-age provision. Both the corporate world and financial industry are constantly on the lookout for clever, bright minds that have an academic critical attitude and can face up to the complex challenges of today’s financial world.

Core facts

  • Selected by students as the best Finance master's programme in the Netherlands, in the National Student Survey of both 2016 and 2017
  • 6 challenging courses, 2 research projects
  • Flexibility: 60% of coursework is elective, with the choice between a corporate or investments-flavoured profile
  • Academic and hands-on: academic and industry professors, career services, two active student study associations

Top Financial Programme in the Heart of Amsterdam's Financial District
The MSc Finance programme at VU Amsterdam ranked first among the finance programmes in the Netherlands (National Student Survey 2016, 2017 and 2018) and is competitive with any Finance major in the world. It has a reputation of training students in analytical and quantitative skills that are directly applicable in their business career.

  • The programme is taught by professors who publish at the academic frontier in international top, as well as professors with extensive industry experience. 
  • Our academic teaching goes hand in hand with the application of theory to complex real-life settings.
  • The programme is flexible and enables you to shape your curriculum towards your preferred job market profile.
  • Caters to a culturally and academically diverse community of faculty and students
  • In the typical Dutch fashion, we cherish the direct style of communication and a low barrier between professors and students


Admission and application details

Programme in a nutshell

First semester
The first part of the year contains the core courses. Your journey starts by deepening your knowledge in the field of Asset Pricing and Corporate Finance. You learn how to apply optimal asset allocations for investors and you gain quantitative skills to apply corporate finance concepts in real life. These first two courses are followed by Empirical Finance, which covers the empirical research methods you will need directly afterwards in your research project and academic thesis.  In addition, you take the core course on Financial Markets and Institutions.

After the four core courses, the specialization phase starts. You can focus on the learning lines ‘Investments’, ‘Corporate Finance’, and ‘Institutional Finance’. 
The first semester ends with the Research Project in January. This is an applied project where you work in teams of three students on a topic provided by our faculty members. Some research projects are also offered in collaboration with partner firms from the financial industry.

Second semester
In February-March, it is elective time. You choose at least two finance-related electives. Finally, in April you start working on your MSc thesis, which is aimed for completion end of June. The thesis can be combined with an internship (extended thesis deadline) and is supervised by one of our faculty experts. Throughout the year, it is possible to follow internships, or follow courses abroad.

Your degree
Upon successful completion of the programme, students receive a VU Amsterdam Master of Finance diploma. This is an official Master of Science (MSc) Degree. The programme has been accredited by the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) and complies with the highest academic standards.

Further information
Did we already trigger you? Please look what more the MSc Finance at VU Amsterdam can offer you.

  • Job market activities and social events at Career Prospects
  • Course explanations and student testimonials at Study Programme
  • Meet the faculty here
  • Find more information about admission and costs at Admission & Application

Become a finance expert
The Master’s in Finance programme aims to educate you to become an expert in financial economics, employable in the corporate sector, financial industry, government sector and academia. The programme’s learning outcomes correspond with the requirements set by the finance profession and academic community, both nationally and internationally.

We link a solid training in academic theory to its application in practice, and also focus on building the proper skills to be successful in a finance career. You meet instructors that publish at the academic frontier, as well as professors with a wealth of professional expertise that help you to see where theory meets practice.

The programme consists is 60 EC, can be completed in 10 months, and comprises four core courses, a minimum of two electives, a team research project and an individual thesis.
The programme takes the following form:

Semester 1
• Asset Pricing - 6 EC
• Advanced Corporate Finance - 6 EC
• Empirical Finance - 6 EC
• Financial Markets and Institutions - 6 EC
• Research Project - 6 EC

Semester 2
• Elective 1 - 6 EC
• Elective 2 - 6 EC
• Thesis - 18 EC

There is a wide range of electives to choose from, related to the three learning lines of ‘Investments’, ‘Corporate Finance’, or ‘Institutional Finance’. The electives include Bank Mangement, Economics of Payment Systems, Macro and International Finance, Corporate Valuation, Behavioral Finance, Institutional Investments and Asset Liability Management, Derivatives, Quantitative Risk Management, Real Estate Management, Credit, Complexity, and System Risk

Throughout the year, you will work on your skills portfolio. The portfolio consists of a set of activities that is focused on preparing you for the job market, apart from the finance content that is discussed in the courses. The portfolio contains workshops organized by career service department, reflection exercises, as well as an ethics module.

For a more complete overview of the courses, download this pdf or go to the study guide descriptions.

Job prospects: facts and figures
Almost 90% of our alumni obtain a job within one year after graduation. You can find VU Finance alumni in a range of different industries. Approximately 78% of the finance alumni found jobs in the financial industry, which includes the banking and financial services industry. A further 19% of our alumni work in the Industrial, Export & Transport sector. This includes for example promising careers at large international companies, such as Royal Dutch Shell.

Industry allocation Finance alumni        

Concretely, the placement record for our alumni includes organisations such as:

  • ING
  • ABN AMRO
  • Rabobank
  • AkzoNobel
  • EY
  • PwC
  • AMS Sourcing
  • Greenberry
  • Deloitte
  • Optiver

Average number of months till first paid job: 5.3
Job 1 year after graduation: 87%
The gross monthly income of our graduates the first year: € 2.835
(Source: WO Monitor)

Benefitting from our Career Services Center
In the master in Finance programme at VU Amsterdam you benefit from a close cooperation with the career services center. Together we organize a number of career management workshops to help you prepare for positioning yourself, building your network, preparing for job interviews, and constructing your perfect elevator pitch. While looking for the right internship or job vacancy that matches your preferences, you benefit from our online job & internship page. Also career coaching and job market information are provided by the school’s Career Services.

Two active student study associations to build your network
As an MSc Finance student at VU Amsterdam, you further benefit from two active student study associations (AUREUS and FSA). The contacts you build here with fellow students as well as with companies help you establish or extend your industry network and make a quick start with your career.

Top Financial Programme in the Heart of Amsterdam's Financial District
The MSc Finance programme ranks among the best financial programmes in the Netherlands and is competitive to any Finance major in the world. It has a reputation of training students in analytical and quantitative skills that are directly applicable in their business career.

VU Amsterdam is located in the heart of the financial district of Amsterdam, the Zuid-As, with the head offices of major banks, asset managers, pension funds and law firms. Schiphol International Airport is only 7 minutes by train, with direct flights to the major business centres of the world.

An academic training with a strong link to real-life practice
The MSc Finance programme is taught by professors who publish at the academic frontier in international top journals in their field, as well as professors with extensive industry experience. This ensures that our academic teaching goes hand in hand with the application of theory to complex real-life settings. The programme is flexible to enable you to shape your curriculum towards your preferred job market profile.

Placement and career services
As of day one, we help you to prepare for the job market and take full control of the steps towards your job interviews, internship, and job. The programme has an excellent placement record with almost 90% of our graduates finding a job within 1 year after graduation.

Studying at VU Amsterdam
VU Amsterdam is known for being clear and well-organized and catering to a culturally and academically diverse community of faculty and students. Since its founding, the university tries to be fully accountable for its responsibility to the society at large. The university takes a genuine interest in the well-being of students and follows its mission to bring out the best in students. We appreciate critical questions and discussions. In the typical Dutch fashion, we cherish the direct style of communication and a low barrier between professors and students.

Your degree
Upon successful completion of the programme, students receive a VU Master of Finance diploma. This is an official Master of Science (MSc) Degree. The programme has been accredited by the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders) and complies with the highest academic standards.

Two active student study associations
VU Amsterdam hosts two active student associations for finance, namely AUREUS and the Financial Study Association (FSA). Both of these organize a number of different activities and are ideal for starting your network and securing the appropriate contacts for an internship and a job.

I want to send my application form to apply for a Master's programme before the first of April. I expect to graduate before the end of this academic year. Is it possible to apply without having my Bachelor's diploma yet?
Yes, that is possible. Your eligibility can be assessed without the actual diploma. After (conditional) admission to one of our MSc programmes, we will contact you and ask for the original and official documents for registration at the university. One of these documents is the official diploma (or certified copy of it).

I have graduated from a Dutch HBO. Is it possible for me to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
Unfortunately, if you hold a HBO BSc diploma you cannot get direct admission to one of our Master's programmes. We have a specific Premaster’s programme for some of our Master’s programmes. The Premaster’s programmes are entirely Dutch taught, you need a NT2-2 certificate to get admission and your GMAT score has to be at least 550. Some Master’s programmes have other entry requirements if you hold a Dutch HBO. Please check ‘admission and application’ on the Master’s page to see if there is a specific Premaster’s programme available.

Is it possible to study one of the Master's programmes part-time?
All Master's programmes open to international students are full time programmes, which means that you are expected to spend at least 4 days a week at the university. There are two part-time Master's programmes both taught in Dutch.

Can I apply for a MSc programme starting in February?
No, all our Master's programmes start in September.

Can I apply online?
International students can apply online. See the webpage "Admission and application" of your respective master's programme for more information.

Application deadline
International degree students: 1 April (different deadlines may hold for other category students). Dutch degree students: Application in Studielink before 1 June.

Do you require work experience to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
No, we do not require work experience. Sometimes it might help to have some work experience to get admission if your Bachelor's diploma does not cover all the academic requirements (see admission requirements in the left menu).

Do you require GMAT or GRE to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?       
In some cases we might require a GRE or GMAT. For the Master’s programmes in Economics and Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics a GRE might be required. The admission board will let you know if a GRE is required. At other Master’s programmes a GMAT or GRE is not required. This does not mean that we do not pay any attention to your grades. If you have obtained a good GMAT or GRE score it is recommended to mention this in your application and to enclose a copy of the results. 
 
Please note: To be admitted to one of our specific Dutch taught pre-master's programmes you have to score at least 550 on the GMAT. 

Is it possible to pay the tuition fee in installments?
Yes, that is possible. The registration period is in August after your arrival in the Netherlands. You can pay the tuition fee either at once before 1 September or you can choose to sign a contract that you will pay it in installments during the academic year.

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"Finance is the Master's for everyone with the drive and daring to take up the challenge of complex financial issues."

Overview Finance

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 year

TUITION FEE

APPLICATION

1 April for international degree holders from non-EU/EEA countries (different deadlines may hold for other category students);

15 July for Dutch degree holders and international degree holders from EU/EEA countries

START DATE

1 September

STUDY TYPE

Full-time

SPECIALIZATIONS

Various areas of finance including, but not limited to, corporate financial management and asset management. You could also opt to take the Honours programme in Quantitative Finance.

FIELD OF INTEREST

Economics, Business and Law

Marco Kistner

Student

Testimonial MSc Finance - Marco Kistner

"This one year master is for anybody who likes a challenge. Taught by teaching staff with great academic and professional experience, you will gain an in depth knowledge of finance through theoretical and practical tasks, and develop skills highly relevant to a career in this field. This master allows you to specialize in a particular field of Finance and the ability to tailor the course towards your interests and career goals. Aside from this, the programme offers various other services - for example career events, workshops and external speakers which aim to prepare you for the best possible career in finance."

I want to send my application form to apply for a Master's programme before the first of April. I expect to graduate before the end of this academic year. Is it possible to apply without having my Bachelor's diploma yet?
Yes, that is possible. Your eligibility can be assessed without the actual diploma. After (conditional) admission to one of our MSc programmes, we will contact you and ask for the original and official documents for registration at the university. One of these documents is the official diploma (or certified copy of it).

I have graduated from a Dutch HBO. Is it possible for me to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
Unfortunately, if you hold a HBO BSc diploma you cannot get direct admission to one of our Master's programmes. We have a specific Premaster’s programme for some of our Master’s programmes. The Premaster’s programmes are entirely Dutch taught, you need a NT2-2 certificate to get admission and your GMAT score has to be at least 550. Some Master’s programmes have other entry requirements if you hold a Dutch HBO. Please check ‘admission and application’ on the Master’s page to see if there is a specific Premaster’s programme available.

Is it possible to study one of the Master's programmes part-time?
All Master's programmes open to international students are full time programmes, which means that you are expected to spend at least 4 days a week at the university. There are two part-time Master's programmes both taught in Dutch.

Can I apply for a MSc programme starting in February?
No, all our Master's programmes start in September.

Can I apply online?
International students can apply online. See the webpage "Admission and application" of your respective master's programme for more information.

Application deadline
International degree students: 1 April (different deadlines may hold for other category students). Dutch degree students: Admission request before 1 May, application in Studielink before 1 June.

Do you require work experience to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?
No, we do not require work experience. Sometimes it might help to have some work experience to get admission if your Bachelor's diploma does not cover all the academic requirements (see admission requirements in the left menu).

Do you require GMAT or GRE to get admission to one of the Master's programmes?       
In some cases we might require a GRE or GMAT. For the Master’s programmes in Economics and Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics a GRE might be required. The admission board will let you know if a GRE is required. At other Master’s programmes a GMAT or GRE is not required. This does not mean that we do not pay any attention to your grades. If you have obtained a good GMAT or GRE score it is recommended to mention this in your application and to enclose a copy of the results. 
 
Please note: To be admitted to one of our specific Dutch taught pre-master's programmes you have to score at least 550 on the GMAT. 

Is it possible to pay the tuition fee in installments?
Yes, that is possible. The registration period is in August after your arrival in the Netherlands. You can pay the tuition fee either at once before 1 September or you can choose to sign a contract that you will pay it in installments during the academic year.

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"The Master's in Finance provides the optimal combination of theory and practical application. Plenty of individual assignments and teamwork, and the chance to develop multiple skills required in the real world make the programme especially challenging and interesting."

Admission with a Dutch degree

As a Master's student in Finance, you need to have a genuine interest in the area of finance, an inquiring mind, the capacity to cope with the rapid pace of work, an aptitude for picking out key points from large volumes of material, the ability to work accurately under pressure, good communication skills and a critical attitude towards your own results and those of others.

Admission requirements
With a Bachelor's degree in (International) Business Administration, Economics or Econometrics and Operations Research from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you are admissible provided you successfully meet the requirements in this document.

Application procedure
To enroll in the programme submit your enrolment application via Studielink.

Step 1:
Apply for the programme MSc Finance via Studielink before 15 July.

Step 2:
Please complete your application in VUnet by answering additional questions and uploading the following document:
•    A transcript of your grades: you can create a pdf of your grades via the application results on VUnet yourself.

Please note: we can only process your application when uploaded all documents. 
 
More information regarding registration WO-bachelors, see the VU website (in Dutch).

Services for international (IBA) students / Residence permit:
If you are planning to continue your studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam after your IBA, please contact the Central Admission’s Support Team of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for further information and specific questions about the offered services for international students like extending your residence permit. You will need to apply for extension of your residence permit if you continue your studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

As a Master's student in Finance, you need to have a genuine interest in the area of finance, an inquiring mind, the capacity to cope with the rapid pace of work, an aptitude for picking out key points from large volumes of material, the ability to work accurately under pressure, good communication skills and a critical attitude towards your own results and those of others.

Admission requirements
The masterprogramme Finance is open to students with a university Bachelor's degree that provides a thorough knowledge in economics and business. You need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of):

Corporate FinanceBerk & DeMarzo: Corporate Finance, Pearson, or equivalent
InvestmentsBodie, Kane, and Marcus: Investments, or equivalent
Financial Markets and Institutions    
Mishkin, Matthews and Guiliodori: Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets, Pearson or equivalent
MathematicsSydsaeter, Hammond and Strom: Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis, Prentice Hall, or equivalent
Business StatisticsBerenson, Levine, Szabat: Basic Business Statistics, Pearson, or equivalent

Approval is in most cases given to students who hold a:
•    Economics and Business Economics,
•    Econometrics and Operations Research,
•    (International) Business Administration,
•    Industrial Engineering and Management
•    Science, Business and Innovation 



If you do not meet these requirements, you may be admissible with the Premaster programme.

Application procedure
To enroll in the programme submit your enrolment application via Studielink.

Step 1:
Apply for the programme MSc Finance via Studielink.

Step 2:
After application in studielink you will receive a VUnet-ID and password via email. Please complete your application in VUnet by answering additional questions and uploading the following document:
•    An official transcript of your grades
Please note: we can only process your application when your transcript is uploaded.

Step 3:
The admission committee will assess if you meet the admission criteria and will inform you about the decision via email.

For the full description of the registration procedure see the VU website (in Dutch).

Admission via premaster programme
If you have an academic bachelor's degree but do not meet the requirements above, you can gain admission after doing the premaster programme.

The premaster programme is a deficiency programme that provides the necessary knowledge and prepares you for this master's programme. It is a 30 EC program that takes place in the second semester, from February through July.

Course details in the study guide

Admission requirements premaster programme

  • You have an academic bachelor's degree from a Dutch university
  • You have a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) combined score of at least 550 for the parts Verbal and Quantitative. Also note the following:
    • The score may not be older than two years, counted from the date you start the premaster programme
    • The Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment score do not count for admission
    • You can use a Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score for the parts Verbal and Quantitative to satisfy the GMAT score requirement. To convert your GRE score to its GMAT equivalent, use the GRE Comparison Tool

GMAT and GRE
A GMAT score of at least 550 or an equivalent GRE score is a requirement to participate in the premaster programme. Please fill in the test that 'Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam' may receive your score. The official score will be sent by GMAT to VU. Please note that it may take up to 20 calendar days for the VU to receive your GMAT score, so plan GMAT on time.

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) offers a course in preparation for the GMAT, the GMAT preparation course. The preparation course starts each year in August. For more information, please visit the website of the GMAT preparation course.

Costs
Tuition fee 2018-2019: EUR 1030.00

Deadlines and application
The programme starts 1 February, and you must have completed your application before this date! Note that the Premasterassessment does not apply in this case!

Apply now

You will gain direct admission after completing the premaster programme; this is a full-time programme with courses on at least three days per week.

Premaster programme
The premaster programme is a deficiency programme that provides the necessary knowledge and prepares you for this master's programme. It is a 30 EC program that takes place in the second semester, from February through July. These courses involve both content as well as academic skills and knowledge, and research methods.

Course details in the study guide

Admission requirements
The premaster programme has two admission requirements:

  1. You have an hbo degree
  2. You have a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) combined score of at least 550 for the parts Verbal and Quantitative. Also note the following:
    • The score may not be older than 2 years, counted from the date you start with the premaster
    • The Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment score do not count for admission
    • You can use a Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score for the parts Verbal and Quantitative to satisfy the GMAT score requirement. To convert your GRE score to its GMAT equivalent, use the GRE Comparison Tool!

GMAT and GRE
A GMAT score of at least 550 or an equivalent GRE score is a requirement to participate in the premaster programme. Please fill in the test that 'Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam' may receive your score. The official score will be sent by GMAT to VU. Please note that it may take up to 20 calendar days for the VU to receive your GMAT score, so plan GMAT on time.

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) offers a course in preparation for the GMAT, the GMAT preparation course. The preparation course starts each year in August. For more information, please visit the website of the GMAT preparation course.

Costs
Tuition fee 2018-2019: EUR 1030.00

Deadlines and application
The programme starts 1 February, and you must have completed your application before this date!

Apply now

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Admission with an international degree

As a Master's student in Finance, you need to have a genuine interest in the area of finance, an inquiring mind, the capacity to cope with the rapid pace of work, an aptitude for picking out key points from large volumes of material, the ability to work accurately under pressure, good communication skills and a critical attitude towards your own results and those of others.

Admission requirements
In order to gain admission to our Master’s programme, you need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 EC or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. You need to have successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of):

Corporate FinanceBerk & DeMarzo: Corporate Finance, Pearson, or equivalent
InvestmentsBodie, Kane, and Marcus: Investments, or equivalent
Financial Markets and Institutions    
Mishkin, Matthews and Guiliodori: Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets, Pearson or equivalent
MathematicsSydsaeter, Hammond and Strom: Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis, Prentice Hall, or equivalent
Business StatisticsBerenson, Levine, Szabat: Basic Business Statistics, Pearson, or equivalent

English language proficiency
The admission board wants to stress the intensity of the programme: reading scientific articles and writing papers will be a key part, all in a very high pace. Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. As you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and for international companies.

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can already apply online without having the test results. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the programme:  

IELTS (academic):
•    Minimum general score 6,5
•    Minimum score speaking 6,5
•    Minimum score listening 6,5
•    Minimum score writing 6,0
•    Minimum score reading 6,0

TOEFL:
•    Paper based test 580
•    Internet based test 92

Cambridge English:
•    Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C
•    Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers the TOEFL ITP English-language proficiency test. The test is offered by the VU Taalloket. You can find more information and register for this test at www.taalloket.nl. 

See our language requirement page for the general requirements regarding the English language test.

If you have read the admission requirements and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

Step 1: Prepare documents and apply online
Please prepare the following documents and arrange the payment of the application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.
•    Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
•    Curriculum Vitae
•    A motivation letter
•    Transcript of records
•    Thesis (or another sample of academic writing)
•    A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
•    A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education

After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. After you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via e-mail. Please refer to our application page to see which application deadline applies for you.

Step 2: Await decision on admission
The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

Step 3: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation what to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

Further information about: 
Accommodation 
Visa 
Tuition fees

If you do not meet the requirements above, you can gain admission after doing the premaster programme.

The premaster programme is a deficiency programme that provides the necessary knowledge and prepares you for this master's programme. It is a 30 EC program that takes place in the second semester, from February through July.

See course details in the study guide

Admission requirements premaster programme

  • You have an academic bachelor's degree from a non-Dutch university
  • You have a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) combined score of at least 550 for the parts Verbal and Quantitative. Also note the following:
    • The score may not be older than two years, counted from the date you start the premaster programme
    • The Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment score do not count for admission
    • You can use a Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score for the parts Verbal and Quantitative to satisfy the GMAT score requirement. To convert your GRE score to its GMAT equivalent, use the GRE Comparison Tool
  • You can demonstrate sufficient English proficiency. A degree from an English-speaking is sufficient. In other cases, the English requirements as stated above apply

GMAT and GRE
A GMAT score of at least 550 or an equivalent GRE score is a requirement to participate in the premaster programme. Please fill in the test that 'Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam' may receive your score. The official score will be sent by GMAT to VU. Please note that it may take up to 20 calendar days for the VU to receive your GMAT score, so plan GMAT on time.

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) offers a course in preparation for the GMAT, the GMAT preparation course. The preparation course starts each year in August. For more information, please visit the website of the GMAT preparation course.

Deadlines and application
The programme starts 1 February, and you must have completed your application before 1 November if you are a non-EU citizen! before this date! EU citizens must complete application by January 31st.

Apply now

Note: You can select the premaster programme in Studielink after selecting "Type of study programme: Bachelor's or other non master programmes"

Some international students are happy to tell you about their experiences with living and studying in Amsterdam. These Student Ambassadors come from all over the world and have attended various bachelor's and master's programmes.
Our student ambassadors are listed here on this webpage: vu.nl/ambassadors.

Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at VU Amsterdam!

As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries.

Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.


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For detailed questions about the Master’s programmes or the application procedure contact your International Student Advisor at the International Office:

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Tel +31 20 59 83032
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Tel +31 20 59 88739
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Tel +31 20 59 84296
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