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Admission general

  • How can I apply for a programme at SBE?
    You can register for a study programme via Studielink. In Studielink, you will have to indicate which programme you would like to register for. 

    If you are registered in a Dutch municipality, you can only register using your DigiD. If you do not yet have a DigiD, you will need to request one. If you do not (yet) live in the Netherlands, you still register via Studielink, but you will not be able to use DigiD. Instead, you create a Studielink account yourself and UM will check your personal details.
  • What are the master's application deadlines?
    Applications for September 2020:
    - 1 May 2020 (for students from non-EU/EEA countries)
    - 1 June 2020 (for students from EU/EEA countries)

     Applications for February 2020:
     - 1 November 2019  (for students from non-EU/EEA countries)
     - 15 December 2019 (for students from EU/EEA countries)

  • How does the application process work?
    Everyone with a bachelor’s degree (also from a university of applied sciences) can apply for the master’s programmes. Provided that you submit a complete file with all the minimum required scores, your file will be assessed by the Board of Admissions. The Board of Admissions evaluates the quality of your application by looking at your GMAT score, IELTS/TOEFL score (if applicable), Grade Point Average, the level of statistics and mathematics and at how well your bachelor’s programme corresponds with the MSc programme. Besides this, they look at your motivation, relevant work experience, international experience and extra-curricular activities. Based on this information the Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be admitted to the programme or not.

    Please find the specific requirements on our website, under the section 'Admission requirements'.
  • I submitted my application before the application deadline. When can I expect to receive a decision from the Board of Admission?
    Assessment of your file happens on a rolling basis. This means that, once you submit a complete file with all the minimum required scores, it will be presented to the Board of Admission. We will not wait until the deadline before we present your file to the Board. You will receive a decision within 2-4 weeks after completion of your file.
  • Do you offer pre-master programmes?
    Yes, we offer a number of pre-master's programmes aimed at our master's programmes International Business, Learning and Development in Organisations and Global Supply Chain Management and Change. Please find the relevant information via this webpage.

    For the other master's programmes, we do not offer a pre-master's programme yet.
  • I would like to withdraw my application. What should I do?
    If you are sure you will not further pursue your application, we kindly advise you to withdraw your application via Studielink.
  • Can I defer my place?
    Deferments are possible for the same master’s programme. If you are admissible to a master’s programme, your admission for that programme will remain valid for one year. If you want to apply for the next starting moment, you will again need to submit an application via Studielink and MyUM. We will be able to process the decision then, you do not need to upload the documents again.
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Required documents

  • Which documents do I need to submit?
    Please check per master’s programme the admission requirements. You can find the programmes on this page
  • Do I need to take a language proficiency test?
    Please check this page for more information regarding language proficiency test and whether you need to take one.
  • Which documents need to be translated and who is allowed to do this?
    Official documents, such as a diploma and transcript, need to be translated by a sworn translator if the original document is not in English, Dutch, German or French.
    All other documents, such as a cv, motivation letter, and description of your statistic courses need to be in English. If you are asked to upload your thesis and/or project reports, please write a short summary in English and include the original document.
  • What is a certified copy of my diploma and when do I need to submit it?
    A certified copy is copy made by a qualified person or entity (university, high school, lawyer, notary, city hall, etc.). They will stamp the copy to indicate that it is a true copy of the original. A copy without stamp and signature is not a certified copy and will not be processed by the Admission and Registration Office. Nor is a copy of a certified copy valid.

    Students who are admitted to an MSc programme at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) need to send a certified hard copy of their diploma via regular mail, before the start of the programme (1 February/1 September).

    The address:
    Maastricht University
    Student Services Centre

    Admission and Registration Office
    PO Box 616
    6200 MD Maastricht
    The Netherlands
  • I will receive my bachelor’s diploma after the start of the master’s programme at UM, so I cannot send a certified hardcopy of my diploma. What should I do?
    If you cannot submit your actual degree certificate yet, a graduation statement issued by your university will also be sufficient, as long as we receive it by 31 January/August at the very latest. Without proof of graduation from the bachelor’s programme, you will not be allowed to start the master’s programme. Please note that the graduation date has to be 31 January/31 August at the latest. If it is a date after the formal start of the programme (1 February/1 September), you will have to postpone your master’s programme to the next starting moment.
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Uploading documents

  • Where do I have to upload my documents?
    Please upload your documents via My UM. When uploading documents via My UM, make sure to only upload documents as a pdf file or word document. Please do no upload the documents as a zip file. We will not be able to open them.
  • The status in My UM is 'pending'. What should I do?
    This means that we will process your application in the upcoming days. Once we processed your application, you will be informed via e-mail of the exact status and documents that may be missing.
  • The status in My UM is 'conditionally approved'. What should I do?
    The status 'conditionally approved' means that you can start the master’s programme if you meet the requirements for registration: certified hard copy of your bachelor’s degree, payment tuition fee, visa, etc. Read more on completing your application on this page.
  • Can I delete or replace documents that I have uploaded to MyUM?
    Unfortunately, you cannot delete documents that you have uploaded. If you wish to replace a document, please upload the new document, using the correct upload category. We will take the most recent version of the document into account and disregard the other one.
  • Can I submit my documents by post?
    Documents received by post will not be processed. All supporting documents should be uploaded to your application through My UM.
  • I lost my log on details. Who can I contact?
    If you experience problems login in the MyUM portal, please contact our ICTS service desk:
    Telephone number: +31 (0)43 388 55 55
    Mail address:
    You can contact them from Monday to Friday between 08.00 -17.00 hours.
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  • What is the GMAT/GRE test?
    The GMAT and GRE tests are computer adaptive tests, which assesses a person’s quantitative, analytical and writing skills in standard written English in preparation for being admitted into a graduate programme. You may decide which of the two tests you take. If you take the GRE test, please recalculate your score to GMAT scores via the conversion tool.
    Please note: plan to take your exam well before the application deadline. It can take some time before we receive the official results.
  • I have uploaded the score report with sufficient test results from my GMAT test, but it is not approved by the admissions office. What is wrong with it?
    We do not accept score reports that you send to us yourself. Every applicant must request the test centre to send an official score report directly to Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics (GMAT: go to and use code 2WH-4N-65, GRE: go to and use code 7102).
  • Can I get a GMAT exemption?
    An exemption for the GMAT test is only possible for students with a specific Dutch or Flemish bachelor’s degree (NVAO accredited) or students with a bachelor’s degree from an AACSB or EQUIS accredited educational institute. Please check this overview of AACSB and EQUIS accredited educational institutes. Is your university not mentioned on this list? In that case, a GMAT test is a strict requirement for which no exemptions are possible. In case your educational institute is mentioned on this list, you can fill out the form Proof of Academic Capabilities. This is an alternative for the GMAT/GRE test. 
  • What documents should I upload in the Proof Academic Capabilities?
    The Proof of Academic Capabilities consists of analytical, quantitative and verbal skills. You have to provide evidence for each of these three skills. Examples of proof are: list of grades, project reports, assignments, bachelor thesis, reports made during your professional career. Insert all your proof into the standard template 'Proof of Academic Capabilities' and insert all your proof into the file and upload it as one PDF-file to My UM.
    Please note that submitting proof of academic capabilities instead of a GMAT or GRE test is only optional for students with a Dutch bachelor’s degree and students with an AACSB or EQUIS accredited bachelor’s degree. Are you applying for the master's programme Econometrics and Operations Research? In that case all applicants have the option to submit proof of academic capabilities instead of GMAT or GRE test results
  • What is the minimum required score for the GMAT test?
    The minimum required GMAT score depends on the master’s programme you are applying for. Please find the specific requirements on our website, under the section 'Admission requirements'.
  • Do I have to participate in all sections from the GMAT test?
    The GMAT test consists of four parts: Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Integrated Reasoning. The Integrated Reasoning section on the GMAT is not compulsory (yet), but we advise you to submit a complete test result, including this section of the GMAT.
  • Is a GMAT necessary for students with one (or more) master’s degree?
    If you have one (or more) master’s degrees, a GMAT is (in most cases) necessary as well. However, if your master’s programme was taught at an AACSB, EQUIS or NVAO accredited education institute, a GMAT or GRE test is not necessary. You can upload the Proof of Academic Capabilities instead of a GMAT or GRE test.
  • Where can I register for the GMAT or GRE exam?
    The GMAT exam is an administered year-round and on demand at test centres around the world. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment to take the exam, your first step is to register for an account at the GMAT website, For more information regarding the GRE test, please check:
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Cost and financial aid

  • What scholarships/financial aid do you offer?
    Please find more information concerning scholarship possibilities at our university, via this link. Beside a scholarship application, you will need to apply and get admitted for a Master’s programme. The application process for a Master’s programme is separate from the application process for a scholarship. More information about the application process for a Master’s programme is available on our website on this page. 
  • Do I have to pay the handling fee?
    Maastricht University SBE requires a handling fee for students from non-EEA countries. The handling fee is not applicable to:
    - Students with a nationality from one of the EEA countries
    - Students with a bachelor's degree from an EEA country
    - Students with a current refugee status within the EEA

    The handling fee is to cover certain administrative costs in relation to your application. Your application will not be taken into consideration without the required fee of €100 (excl. bank costs) which you have to pay when you apply. Of course you also need to pay your tuition fees when admitted to your programme.
    Please check this page for additional information regarding the handling fee.
  • What is the tuition fee for next academic year?
    Please check this page for the tuition fees and more information.
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  • Is it possible to combine two specialisations from the master’s programme International Business?
    It is possible to combine/follow to IB specialisations. Normally, students start with one master’s programme, then after 6 months submit an application via Studielink for the second specialisation and follow the courses/skills belonging to this programme. Regarding the master’s thesis, you can request to write a combined thesis at the Board of Examiners. Also, you might encounter problems with conflicting schedules/exams. It is your own responsibility to make sure everything goes as planned. 

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