For this master's programme selection takes place on the basis of your quality and suitability. For this your motivation, prior qualifications and your (professional) experience are important.
All applicants should meet the general requirements:
1. Write a letter of motivation for this specific master’s programme
2. submit a letter of recommendation
3. Demonstrate proficiency in English
Please check below whether additional requirements apply to you.
Also check the required documents under Admission and registration
Graduates from selected relevant university bachelor’s programmes
You are eligible for admission to the master’s programme International and European Tax Law if you have a Dutch university bachelor’s degree in: Tax Law or Fiscal Economics. You are also eligible for admission if you have a non-Dutch university bachelor’s degree in Tax Law or Fiscal Economics.
Note: a master's degree in fiscal economics alone (without a bachelor's degree in fiscal economics) is not sufficient to be directly admissible to the master's programme in tax law.
Graduates from another bachelor’s programme
Excellent students with another bachelor’s degree (e.g. economics, business administration and others), or law degree at a higher vocational education level have to pass the Entrance exam in Tax Law. We advise all students to have taken a course in substantive tax law in their home countries.
Read more about the Entrance exam in Tax Law.
Note: If a student without a bachelor’s degree in either Tax Law or Fiscal Economics wishes to be admitted to the Nederlandse Orde van Belastingadviseurs (NOB), then it is compulsory to take the regular Dutch language entrance exam.
1. Write a letter of motivation
All candidates must write a letter of motivation. Please provide good arguments about why you want to do this master's programme at Maastricht University and why you believe that you can successfully complete the programme.
2. Submit a letter of recommendation
All candidates should provide one relevant letter of recommendation.
3. Demonstrate proficiency in English
Language requirements for English-language master programmes
As English is the language of instruction in this study programme, it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake intensive and challenging academic courses that are taught and examined in English. A minimum level corresponding to academic IELTS 6.5 (IELTS test: minimum score overall 6.5 & writing 6.5, or an overall score of minimum 7) is required for this study programme.
You automatically meet the language requirements for this study programme if one or more of the following conditions apply:
- you have completed a bachelor’s or master’s study programme where the language of instruction is English
- you have obtained an International or European Baccalaureate, a US high school diploma or UK GCE A-levels
- you have completed a bachelor’s or master’s study programme where the language of instruction is NOT English, however, you are able to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English, for example by English taught courses, internships or work experience in an English environment.
If none of these conditions apply, you can submit one of the following language test certificates (minimum scores between brackets). If you already have a language test certificate, we strongly recommend that you submit this certificate as part of your application.
- IELTS (minimum score overall 6.5 & writing 6.5, or an overall score of minimum 7)
- TOEFL Paper-based test (575)
- TOEFL Internet test (minimum score overall 90 & writing 25, or an overall score of minimum 100)
- TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310)
- Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184)]
- or similar accredited certification
Please note that UM can reject your application or set additional requirements if there are reasonable doubts about your English language proficiency.
Non-EEA students must pay a € 100 handling fee
All non-EEA students who apply for this master's programme should pay a handling fee.
The handling fee is €100 (incl. bank costs). You will have to pay this fee only once,
regardless of the number of your applications within one academic year.
Please note that Maastricht University (UM) can only process your application when this fee has been received.