Admission and application Christianity and Society

Follow the application procedure below if:

  • you have a (1) Non-Dutch nationality AND/OR
  • want to apply on the basis of a (2) diploma awarded by an institution outside the Netherlands.

Please note

Applicants with a Dutch nationality AND a Dutch diploma will need to follow the national procedure.

a) Check your eligibility

Admission requirements

Before applying, please make sure that you meet the following requirements:

1. Educational background/diplomas

  • An equivalent of a Dutch academic Bachelor's degree.
    If you have a Bachelor's degree from a non-university institution of higher education, you must first complete our Pre-Master's program.
  • An interest in Christianity and in the workings of religion and society.
  • A basic knowledge of Christianity and theology (a reading list is available to improve your knowledge prior to the start of the program).

2. English language proficiency

It is required to demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways:

  • Academic IELTS
    (min. 6.5 overall / 6.0 on parts)
    (minimum: paper based: 575, internet based: 90-91).
    The TOEFL institutional code for Tilburg University is 9860.
  • Cambridge Proficiency Examination (CPE)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

The above tests must be less than two years old at the time of application.

You are exempt from an English language test:

  • If you are a native English speaker, i.e. if you are a citizen of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America.
  • If you completed all your secondary education in English. This only applies to scholars from the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America.
  • If you completed all your university education in English. This only applies to scholars from the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America.
  • If you have an International Baccalaureate (IB) or European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma with English as the language of instruction.

English speakers from African countries are not exempt from an English language test. The Admission Committee does not make exceptions to this rule.

Part-time study

Part-time study is only available to Master's students from the EU. Master's students from outside the EU cannot apply for the part-time program due to visa regulations.

b) Consider the deadlines

When applying for this program, please make sure that your application package, including all necessary documents, reaches us before the deadline for application.

Master's program in Christianity and Society

Start date program: End of August

Deadlines for application

  • Non-EU applicants: 1 April
  • EU applicants: 1 July

Pre-Master's program in Christianity and Society

Start date program: End of January

Deadlines for application

  • Non-EU applicants: 15 October
  • EU applicants: 1 December

c) Follow the application procedure

If you have a:

  1. Bachelor in Theology or a Pre-Master in Christianity and Society from Tilburg School of Catholic Theology
  2. AND are already registered as a student at Tilburg University,

then you don't have to submit an application for admission and can directly re-enroll for a Master's program. In June you will receive an email at your Tilburg University email address about re-enrollment.

All other applicants should follow the procedure described below:

Step 1: Prepare your application package

Required documents:

  1. Certified copies of your diploma(s) and grade list(s). These copies must have the official and original stamps of either the school or the Dutch Embassy (the stamps cannot be copies themselves).
    If you have not obtained your diploma yet, please enclose a certified copy of your most recent grade list(s).
  2. A certified copy of one of the following English proficiency tests:
    Academic IELTS (min. 6.5 overall/6.0 on parts), TOEFL (min. paper based: 575, computer based: 233, internet based: 90-91), CPE or CAE, unless you are exempt from an English language test.
  3. A motivation letter stating why you would like to join this Master’s program.
  4. Your curriculum vitae (maximum of two typed pages).
  5. Photocopy/scan of your passport (valid at least until September 1 of the year in which you would like to begin your studies), stating your full names, date of birth and place of birth, in English or in Latin script.

Additional documents in specific situations:

  • If your diploma(s) and grade list(s) are not already in English, Dutch, French or German, you will need a sworn translation into English of these documents.
  • Photocopy/scan of both sides of your Dutch residence permit (if applicable).
  • If you are a Chinese national, you must apply for a Nuffic (NESO) certificate. Please remember that it takes at least two months to obtain this certificate. Therefore, we recommend applying for a Nuffic certificate at the same time as applying to Tilburg University.

Step 2: Apply in the online application system (MySAS)

In order to apply for this Master's program at the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, please take the following steps:

  1. You will first need to create an online application account.

  2. After you have created this account, the online application system (MySAS) will send you an email asking you to activate your account. Once you have activated your account, you may return to MySAS and start your application.

  3. Upload all the required documents as mentioned in the online application system:

    1. Fill out your personal details (name, date of birth, nationality, etc.)
    2. Fill out your address details (where you live, emergency contact address)
    3. Proposed program (the program you are applying for)
      You can not apply for the Pre-Master’s program directly; always apply for the Master’s program. The Admission Committee will then decide, based on your complete application, whether or not you need to follow the Pre-Master’s program.
    4. Language and other tests (your proficiency in English and if applicable other tests)
    5. Educational background (your previous education, schools attended)
    6. Supporting documents (required documents needed to apply)
    7. Additional documents (other optional supporting documents, not obligatory)
    8. Survey (how did you learn about Tilburg University?)
    9. Review (double check that you have completed steps 1 to 8)
    10. Submit (you will be able to submit your application after steps 1 to 8 have been completed)

      The Admissions Officer will assess your online application package after you have submitted your information. If your application package is incomplete, you will be asked to upload additional information via MySAS.
  4. As soon as your application package is complete - i.e. all the required documents have been uploaded - we will start assessing your application. Within 4 weeks after your application package is complete, you will receive the decision of the Admission Committee by email.

Step 3: Admission Committee's decision

You will receive an email and a letter stating the outcome of your admission request and information about the rest of the admission procedure.

There are three possibilities:

  • A. (Conditionally) accepted to the Master's program
    If you are conditionally accepted, this means that you are admitted to our program, provided that you send the originals or certified copies of your documents.
  • B. Accepted to a Pre-Master's program
    It is possible that you do not completely fulfill the requirements. If this is the case, we may offer you a Pre-Master's program to prepare you for the Master's program.
  • C. Rejected
    If you do not fulfill the admission requirements, your application will be rejected. We will e-mail you personally the reasons for the rejection.

In case of a positive decision, you will receive a (conditional) admissions offer

  • If you decide to accept the offer, you must send all the original/certified copies to us, preferably by registered post, to avoid loss or a delay of your paperwork:

    Tilburg School of Catholic Theology
    c/o Dr. J.D. de Mooij, Secretary to the Admissions Committee
    Nieuwegracht 61
    3512 LG Utrecht, the Netherlands

    After having received the original/certified copies, the Admissions Officer will proceed with further relevant application, administration and immigration procedures. During these procedures, the Admissions Officer will keep in touch with you through email and letters. Tilburg University reserves the right to refuse admission to any student.

Step 4: Enroll via Studielink

All applicants accepted for this program are required to register via Studielink, the Dutch national database for higher education.

  • You need to register before the official start of the program, but we strongly advise you to register in Studielink as soon as possible after your admission.
  • You will not receive information about other procedures after your admission until you have registered in Studielink.
  • In Studielink:
    • The Master's program in Christianity and Society is listed as:
      M Theology and Religious Studies
      (in Dutch: M Theologie en Religiewetenschappen)
    • The Pre-Master's program in Christianity and Society is listed among the Bachelor's programs as:
      B Theology (premaster Christianity and Society)
      or in Dutch: B Theologie (premaster Christianity and Society).
  • Make sure that you use the same email address in Studielink as the email address you registered with in Tilburg University's online application system.

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Step 5: Confirm your enrollment

After your registration in Studielink, you will be notified by Tilburg University and need to confirm this registration before you can start with the program.

Do you have any questions?

Please feel free to contact us for your personal queries about the program, admission and enrollment.

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