Admission requirements in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
Last updated: 7 August
Enrolment without completing prior education
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. Please keep in mind that there are criteria in place (see below).
In addition to the UM general rules, the School of Business and Economics (SBE) has specified the adjusted diploma requirements for the master’s programmes taught at SBE below:
- When applying to an SBE master’s programme, you are permitted to still be missing a maximum of 12 curricular ECTS from the last two years of your bachelor’s programme.
- The adjusted diploma requirements apply to all prospective master’s students, including students with a bachelor's degree from UM and for those with degrees from other universities or universities of applied sciences.
- For students from a UM pre-master's or transition programme, the UM master's programme will assess whether the student can start on the basis of the prior knowledge that has already been gained.
- The combination of following a master’s degree while writing a bachelor’s thesis is very demanding. If you still need to write your bachelor’s thesis, we advise starting your master’s programme in February 2021 (if possible) and finishing your bachelor’s degree first. Furthermore, you are not allowed to start your master’s thesis before you have finished your bachelor’s thesis.
- Besides the change to the ECTS requirement, all other admission requirements remain in force. Please look at the Admission Requirements of the master’s programme page of your choice.
File your request
If you want to request being enrolled using ‘Enrolment without completing prior education’ (zachte knip-regulation), you need to file an application. You can find more information on our webpage. 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.
In case you have more questions about these adjusted diploma requirements, please contact the Student Services Centre (SSC) at email@example.com.
- I am an SBE pre-master student and I want to start the following SBE master in September. How does the admissions process work?
You need to submit an application via Studielink, you do not need to upload additional documents. You will be conditionally admitted to the master’s programme of your choice. At the beginning of August, after the last resits period, the Admissions Office will be checking everyone’s study progress. If you have finished your pre-master’s programme successfully, you can of course start your master’s programme. If you do not meet the adjusted diploma requirements (read the first FAQ on this page carefully), your application will be rejected. More information is communicated to you by the SBE Admissions Office.
- I am required to do a GMAT/GRE test, but due to the corona measures, I am not able to do an exam for one of these tests. Will SBE make other arrangements for me?
For the upcoming period you can submit the Proof Of Academic Capabilities instead of the GMAT-/GRE-test result (find relevant information on our website). We will then present your file to the Board of Admissions if it is otherwise complete. Please note that, once the GMAT/GRE-option is available again and it is realistic that you can do the test by the deadline at the latest, the option to submit the Proof of Academic Capabilities will no longer be available.
- I submitted an application for a master’s programme at Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. Will this application still be processed?
Yes, the SBE Admissions Officers is working hard to process applications. There may be some delays because assessors may be less available or that less employees are available, but we will do our best to limit those issues as much as possible. At the moment we are not available via telephone, but you can send us an email to one of addresses indicated below and we will answer your questions as soon as possible via firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I defer my application to February 2021 or September 2021?
If you are sure that you want to withdraw the application, you have to do this as soon as possible via Studielink (www.studielink.nl), so that we know you will not be coming in September. To apply again for February 2021 or September 2021, you need to submit a new application via Studielink after 1 July (for February) or after 1 October (for September). We will then see that you were already admitted for September 2020 and we will be able to process your admission right away.