Admission and application Research Master in Economics

Please feel free to contact us, with any personal queries about the program, scholarships, admissions and enrollment. You can contact us before, during or even after you submit your application. Our international team will be glad to answer all your questions about studying at Tilburg School of Economics and Management and provide you with detailed practical information!

Consider the deadlines

Start date program: 20-08-2018

  • NON-EU/EEA and EU/EEA applying for a scholarship: 01-02-2018
  • NON-EU/EEA and EU/EEA: 01-04-2018

Please ensure that you submit your application in time. We strongly recommend that students apply by February 1st, because limited places and scholarships are available.


The application system is now open!


Application procedure

Step 1: Check your eligibility

Admissions requirements:

A. Educational background/diplomas

When applying for admission to the Research Master's program in Business or Economics, you need to have completed / will complete before the end of the academic year:

  • An academic Bachelor's or Master’s degree program in economics, econometrics or business studies or another relevant field that is deemed a quantitative equivalent to the previous education profile.
  • You have completed your previous degree with an excellent GPA (top 10% of your class).

B. GRE General Test

It is compulsory to submit your GRE General Test score.

  • A GRE General Test score report with a minimum score of 90% in the quantitative section.
  • The test must not be older than five years.

C. English language proficiency

An adequate knowledge of English is required, to be demonstrated with one of the following test results:

  • Academic IELTS (minimum of 7.0 overall and no components less than 6.5)
  • TOEFL (min. paper-based: 600, internet-based: 100; the TOEFL Institutional Code for Tilburg University is 9860)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with a min. level of B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Adequate knowledge of English can also be demonstrated by successful completion of a Bachelor's degree program conducted entirely in English. Bachelor's degrees obtained in Australia, Canada (except for Quebec), New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom or United States will be presumed to satisfy this criterion.


Step 2: Prepare your application package

Before you start your online application, please read the requirements carefully and collect all necessary documents for your application package:

  • A copy of your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma (if you still have to graduate, you should instead submit the expected graduation date or a graduation statement).
  • Copies of your (recent) grade transcript(s).
  • A copy of your GRE General Test score report. The test must not be older than five years.
  • An English Language Certificate according to the admissions requirements (exemption form, only if applicable). The test must not be older than five years.
  • Letter of motivation according to the format (one letter per program you are applying for!).
  • At least two letters of recommendation (these should be submitted directly by their writers).
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • Relevant written work, such as your Bachelor's or Master's thesis or written assignment.

Only completed applications will be assessed for admissions. The Admissions Committee can make conditional admission decisions based on uncertified copies of your documents. However, if conditionally admitted, we will need original test score reports and certified copies of your other documents to finalize your admission.


Step 3: Apply in the online application system (MySAS)

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

Online Application Steps:

  • Step 1) Personal details
  • Step 2) Address details
  • Step 3) The name of the Research Master’s Masters’ program you are applying for
  • Step 4) English language test
  • Step 5) Educational background
  • Step 6) Supporting documents
  • Step 7) Additional documents
  • Step 8) Survey (how did you learn about Tilburg University?)
  • Step 9) Review (double check that you have completed sections a to h)
  • Step 10) Submit (you will be able to submit your application after sections a to h have been completed)

After filling out the Online Application Form, make sure you follow the instructions mentioned in the automatically generated email, in order to upload your documents correctly into the Online Application System of the Graduate School.

Important tips:

  • Make sure you read and respond to the instructions of the Graduate Officers in time. The communication is usually by email.
  • Please ensure that you submit your application in time. We strongly recommend that students apply by February 1st, because limited places and scholarships are available.

Step 4: Admissions Committee's decision

The Admissions Committee will assess the complete application packages immediately after the deadline. The entire assessment procedure will take up to 6 weeks after the deadline. The Graduate Officer will inform you about the Admissions Committee's decision regarding your application.

In case you have been accepted into the Research Master’s program, you will receive a conditional admissions offer. Conditionally accepted means that you are admitted to the Research Master's program, provided that you finish your current degree (if applicable) and send the originals or certified copies of your documents.


Step 5: Send in originals or certified copies of your documents

  • Once you decide to accept the offer, you should send all the original/certified copies of the required documents.
  • After receiving the original/ certified copies of your documents, the Graduate Officer will proceed the application, administration and immigration procedure.
  • During the entire application, administration and immigration procedure, the Graduate Officer will keep in touch with you through email and letters. Make sure you read and respond to the instructions of the Graduate Officers in time. The communication is usually by email.

Step 6: Register in Studielink


All applicants accepted for the Research Master’s programs 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 have received your admissions decision.
  • 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.
    • Research Master's program in Business in Studielink: M Research Master in Business (research) (croho: 60908).
    • Research Master’s program in Economics in Studielink: M Research Master in Economics (research) (croho: 60909).

Step 7: Confirm your enrollment at Tilburg University

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?

If you have questions about admissions, please read our FAQ or feel free to contact us for your personal queries about the program, admission and enrollment.

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