In order to apply for the master Sustainability Science and Policy you need to fulfil various admission requirements. Your motivation plays an important role in the admission decision. Other considerations are your prior education, grade point average, and basic research skills and general insight in the field of sustainable development.
All applicants should meet the general requirements:
- submit your curriculum vitae
- write a letter of motivation
- write an essay on the topic ‘In which ways are science and policy connected to sustainability issues?’ (1000 - 1500 words)
- submit a letter of recommendation
- complete the application and eligibility form
- demonstrate proficiency in English
- demonstrate grade-point average
Please check below whether additional requirements apply to you.
Also check the required documents under Admission and registration
Graduates from a relevant university bachelor’s programme
We are looking for students who have basic proficiency in research skills and a general insight in the field of sustainable development.
Preferred university bachelor’s programmes are:
biology, ecology, agricultural sciences, earth sciences, environmental sciences, health sciences, geography, planning, sociology, modern history, law, political sciences, development studies, public administration, economics, (international) business, organization and management, environmental sciences, science and technology, communication, psychology, behavioural studies, anthropology, cultural studies, philosophy and liberal arts.
You are eligible for assessment if you have obtained at least 15 ECTS in relevant courses and at least 15 ECTS on scientific methods.
Relevant courses are
sustainable development, sustainability science, development studies, environmental science, globalization, international relations, international law, political sciences, corporate social responsibility, public policy or governance.
If you have any questions regarding the relevance of a course or bachelor's programme you completed, please contact us at admissions-ssp[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl
Graduates who do not meet these requirements
You may still be eligible for admission if you have a degree other than those listed above (for example a degree in applied sciences) or if you miss the credits in the relevant courses. A Bridging Programme may be proposed to compensate for deficiencies in your previous education. The Bridging Programme may consist of one or more courses for self-study. It is possible to complete the Bridging Programme within 10 weeks.
Language requirements for this English-language master programme
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 7.0 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.
Please note that you need to submit a full application in order for your proficiency in English to be assessed.
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 (7.0)
- TOEFL Paper-based test (600)
- TOEFL Internet test (100)
- TOEIC listening and reading (780) and speaking and writing (350)
- Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 185 and above), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 185 and above)]
- 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.
Grade-point average (GPA)
We have a preference for highly motivated students with a minimum grade point average of a B (US system), or a 7.0 (Dutch system).
Indicate your grade point average on the application form and convert your grade point average to the US letter grade system (A,B,C,D).