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
Admission requirements in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
Is it not possible to send us a copy of your bachelor diploma because you will not complete your bachelor before 31 August 2020?
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maastricht University will be lenient towards (pre-)master applicants who have been conditionally admitted to a UM master’s programme and who are unable to send us a certified hard copy of their bachelor diploma before the end of August 2020 because they have not been able to complete their bachelor programme yet. This means that you can be enrolled for your master even if you haven’t completed your bachelor programme.
Deadline for filing such request is 1 September 2020, please note that credits obtained up until 31 August 2020 will be taken into account when enrolling without having completed your prior education (‘zachte knip regulation’).
Please be aware:
- Subsequently to filing a request for ‘Enrolment without completing prior education’ (zachte knip-regulation) you will be asked to formulate a study plan. A study advisor will assess your study plan and contact you if needed, as you should not underestimate the study load of combining a master’s programme with additional study activities;
- There might be an overlap if you still have to follow bachelor’s courses or exams in combination with your master’s courses and exams. The Scheduling Office cannot keep your bachelor’s education in mind when scheduling master’s classes;
- This regulation is valid for the academic year 2020/2021 and will expire if you have not obtained your bachelor’s or premaster’s degree by 31 August 2021;
- Credits awarded for 2020/2021 master courses will only be marked as master’s courses after you have obtained your bachelor’s or premaster’s degree;
- It is thus of utmost importance to make sure you still obtain your bachelor’s or premaster’s degree which made you qualify for the master’s programme during academic year 2020/2021.
If you have any further questions you can always contact our admissions officers via admissions-law[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl. Also take a look at our special webpage with an overview of all our online contact options and social media channels.
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.
Answer the questions below to find out if you meet the language requirements.
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.