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Admission and application Economics

Which application procedure should you follow?

The non-Dutch diploma procedure applies to:

  • Graduates from a non-Dutch university

Follow the 'Procedure non-Dutch diploma' on the current page (see below)

The Dutch diploma procedure applies to:

  • Bachelor's graduates of Tilburg University
  • Bachelor's graduates of other Dutch universities
  • Graduates from a university in the Netherlands Antilles

Go to the 'Procedure Dutch diploma'


Procedure non-Dutch diploma

a) Check your eligibility

Bachelor's graduates of other universities

1. Educational background/diplomas

  • To be eligible for the Master's in Economics program you must have a Bachelor's in Economics degree or a similar discipline (such as Econometrics) from a university recognized by the Admissions Board.
  • We require you to have a solid academic background in the following areas: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Mathematics, Statistics, Game Theory, and Industrial Organization.
  • Knowledge is also required in at least one of the following areas: Labor Economics, Environmental Economics, Public Economics, Development Economic, International Economics (i.e., both International Trade and International Finance), European Economics, and European Financial and Monetary Integration.
  • Our Admissions Board may give you the opportunity to rectify deficiencies (max. 30 ECTS) during a Pre-Master's program.

2. GRE General Test

It is compulsory for this program to submit your GRE General Test.

  • Our incoming students usually score above the 75% percentile. The GRE institution code for Tilburg University is 0730.
  • Students with a relevant degree from one of the official partner universities of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management are exempted from the GRE requirement. To find out if your home university is on the list, please check our website overview of partner schools or send an e-mail to info-TiSEM@tilburguniversity.edu.

3. English language proficiency

You need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of either:

  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based) / 233 (computer-based) / 90-91 (internet-based).
    The TOEFL institutional code for Tilburg University is 9860.
  • Academic IELTS score with a minimum of 6.5 score overall and a minimum score of 6.0 on individual parts of the test. 
  • Cambridge English test results: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) results.

An English proficiency test is not required if you are an English native speaker, i.e. if you are a citizen of, or have obtained your university education in English for at least three years in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States of America. For all other countries, the English language test is compulsory.


b) Consider the deadlines

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

Start date program End of August End of January
Dutch students August 1 January 1
EEA member state* citizens July 1 October 1
Non-EEA member state citizens applying for the Alumni Funded Scholarship March 1 n/a
Non-EEA member state citizens requiring a visa April 1 October 1
Non-EEA member state citizens with a permanent residence permit in one of the EEA member states or not requiring a visa July 1 October 1

* EEA countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

NB: while Switzerland is not in the EEA, Swiss nationals have the same rights as EEA nationals.


c) Follow the application procedure

If you are an applicant with a diploma awarded by an institution outside the Netherlands, you should follow the procedure described below:

Step 1: Prepare your application package

Required documents:

  • Copy / scan of your valid passport.
  • Certified copy of your Bachelor's and/or Master's degree*, including
    a) Transcript of Records/list of grades.
    b) Short description of all the courses undertaken
    *If you still need to graduate, you should submit the expected graduation date
  • GMAT / GRE test results.
  • English proficiency test results (TOEFL; IELTS; Cambridge Proficiency).
  • Statement of purpose (motivation letter).
  • Resume / Curriculum vitae.

Additional documents in specific situations:

  • Legalized translation of all documents that are not already in Dutch, English, French, or German.
  • Nuffic certificate (for Chinese students only).
  • Recommendation letter / References (obligatory for non-EEA applicants who want to be considered for an Alumni Funded Scholarship).

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

In order to apply for this Master's program at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management, 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. 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. Upload all the required documents as mentioned in the online application system.
    As soon as your application package is complete - i.e. all the required documents have been uploaded - we will start assessing your application.
  5. Within 4 to 6 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 Master's program, provided that you send the originals or certified copies of your documents.
  • B. (Conditionally) 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. Conditionally accepted means that you are admitted to the Pre-Master's program, provided that you send the originals or certified copies of your documents.
  • 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.

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.
  • You will be given more specific information in your acceptance letter regarding the registration procedure, including information about the exact program for which you must register in Studielink.
    • The name of this Master's program in Studielink: M Economics (croho: 66401).

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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.