Pre-Master's programmes (2023)

Faculty of Economics and Business

Would you like to do a master's degree but you do not meet the requirements for direct entry?

No need to worry. That is what our Pre-Master's programmes are for.

The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) offers Pre-Master's programmes for students who want to enter one of FEB Master's programmes but have certain deficiencies in their academic background. Once you have successfully completed the Pre-Master and meet the requirements, you can enroll in the corresponding Master's programme without any trouble.

Important updates for September 2023 start

(Pre) MSc Marketing becomes a selective programme

The MSc Marketing will become a selective programme from September 2023 intake onwards. This will have consequences for the Pre-Master Marketing 2023 application deadline and entry requirements.

New Pre-Master's programmes

As of September 2023, new Pre-Master's programmes with a reduced number of EC will be introduced. Check the information on this website to see which programme you can apply to.

Pre-Master's programmes

Below you can find an overview of the Pre-Master's programmes we offer for Dutch and International diploma students.

I have a Dutch HBO diploma

30/45 EC programmes

You qualify for the 30EC programme if your HBO programme is on this list. If your programme is not on the list, this means you need to follow the 45 EC.

  • Business Administration (all profiles: Change Management, Health, Management Accounting and Control, Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Strategic Innovation Management)
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business and Management
  • International Financial Management
  • Marketing (becomes a selective programme as of September 2023, deadline 1 March)

45 EC programmes

  • Economic Development and Globalization
  • Finance
  • Supply Chain Management / Technology and Operations Management

30/60 EC Accountancy and Controlling programmes

  • 30 EC Accountancy and Controlling for HBO Accountancy
  • 60 EC Accountancy and Controlling for
  • 60 EC Accountancy and Controlling (for all other HBO-degrees)

I have a Dutch WO diploma

45 or less EC programmes

  • Business Administration (all profiles: Change Management, Health, Management Accounting and Control, Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Strategic Innovation Management)
  • Economic Development and Globalization
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business and Management
  • International Financial Management
  • Marketing (becomes a selective programme as of September 2023, deadline 1 March)
  • Supply Chain Management /Technology and Operations Management

60 EC Accountancy and Controlling programme

60 or less EC tailor-made programmes

  • Econometrics, Operations Research and Actuarial Studies
  • Economics

I have an international diploma

45 or less EC programmes

  • Business Administration (all profiles: Change Management, Health, Management Accounting and Control, Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Strategic Innovation Management)
  • Economic Development and Globalization
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business and Management
  • International Financial Management
  • Marketing (becomes a selective programme as of September 2023, deadline 1 March)
  • Supply Chain Management /Technology and Operations Management

60 EC programmes

  • Accountancy and Controlling

60 or less EC tailor-made programmes

  • Econometrics, Operations Research and Actuarial Studies (only for students from academic universities)
  • Economics (only for students from academic universities)

Programme structure and EC rules

To see the structure, the course specific requirements and the courses taught in the Pre-Master’s programmes, please check the Ocasys course catalogue. Please note that the new course catalogue for September 2023 will be available in June.

EC rules

30 / 45 EC after half a year or one full year

When you have successfully passed all the mandatory courses of your Pre-Master’s programme, and submitted proof for the Mathematics level required, then you can be admitted to the corresponding Master's programme.

60 EC after one year

When you have successfully passed all the mandatory courses of your Pre-Master programme, you can be admitted to the corresponding Master's programme.

Missing EC? The Pre-Master can be prolonged with a maximum of one year only when you have obtained the threshold of at least:

  • 50 EC of your 60 EC programme

  • 40 EC of your 45 EC programme

  • 25 EC of your 30 EC programme

Important to know (non-EU students): Please note that EC rules might differ for non-EU students due to the MoMi requirement set by IND. For updates and information, please consult the IND website.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements and deadlines depend on your previous diploma. Please read carefully the information on this page and check the entry requirements which are applicable to you.

Go directly to:
  • Diploma entry requirements
  • Mathematics entry requirements
  • English language requirements

How to apply

The Pre-Master's programmes only start in September. Depending on your previous education and the Pre-Master you decide to apply, you need to follow the following steps. Please check carefully the application deadlines.

Students with a Dutch diploma

In order to apply for the standard Pre-Master's programmes you need to register in Studielink. Please note that the name of the Pre-Master programme in Studielink might differ from the name of the Pre-Master you decided to follow. See below which programme you need to register for in Studielink. It is important that you sign up for the correct programme in Studielink from the beginning. In this way, your application will be evaluated for the right Pre-Master's programme.

Application deadlines Dutch diploma

  • 1 March - for the Pre-MSc Marketing
  • 1 July - for all the other Pre-MSc programmes

Name of the Pre-Master

Programme name in Studielink

Accountancy and Controlling (HBO-AC) - 30 EC

Business Administration, pre-master Accountancy and Controlling (for HBO-AC), 30 EC (English taught)

Accountancy and Controlling (HBO F&C/BE) - 60 EC

Business Administration: pre-Master Accountancy and Controlling, 60 EC)

Accountancy and Controlling (standard programme - 60 EC)

Business Administration: pre-Master Accountancy and Controlling, 60 EC)

Business Administration (all profiles)

Human Resource Management

Marketing

Supply Chain Management

Technology and Operations Management

Business Administration (pre-master English taught)

Finance

Economic Development and Globalization

Economie en Bedrijfseconomie (pre-master, English taught)

Econometrics, Operations Research and Actuarial Studies

Econometrie & Operationele Research (pre-master, English taught)

International Business and Management

International Financial Management

International Business (pre-master, English taught)

Please read the instructions for your registration in Studielink very carefully and follow the steps precisely.

!! Students interested in Pre-MSc Econometrics, Operations Research and Actuarial Studies and Pre-MSc Economics, need to register in Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS). You first register for the Master's programme of your choice. If you do not meet the requirements for direct admission, the Admissions Board will check your application in order to determine whether a Pre-Master programme can be offered.

Students with an international diploma

For applicants with an international diploma, it is not possible to apply for the Pre-Master's programmes directly. You have to apply for a regular Master's programme at the Faculty of Economics and Business. If your credentials and educational background are insufficient for direct admission into the Master's programme, the Admissions Office will check your application in order to determine whether a Pre-Master programme can be offered.

To apply for a Master's programme, you need to register online on Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS). For more information on the application steps, see How to apply.

Important to know: if you have obtained a bachelor diploma from a university in a non-EU/EEA country, a sufficient GMAT/GRE score will have to be uploaded in order for the Admissions office to start processing your application for a Master's programme.

Application deadlines International diploma

  • 1 March - for the MSc Marketing
  • 1 May - for all the other MSc programmes

Tuition fees

EC: Pre-MSc programme

Fees 2023 - 2024

30EC

€ 1,156

45EC

€ 1,735

60EC

€ 2,314

Please read more about tuition fees and payments.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Check our FAQ section if you have questions about the new Pre-Master programmes.

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