Admission procedure for applicants with a Non-Dutch Nationality or Non-Dutch Diploma Human Resource Studies

We are pleased that you have decided to apply for our Master's program in Human Resource Studies. Please feel free to contact our International Affairs Team, if you have any questions regarding the admission requirements or procedure.

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 Social and Behavioral Sciences and provide you with detailed practical information!

You must follow the application procedure below:

  • If you have a non-Dutch nationality OR
  • If you have a Dutch nationality and are applying for a Master's program on the basis of a diploma awarded by an institution outside the Netherlands

Application deadlines

September intake

  • April 1 for non-EEA applicants (living outside the Netherlands) AND all applicants who wish to apply for an Orange Tulip Scholarship.
  • July 1 for EEA applicants.

January (2019) intake

  • October 1, 2018 for non-EEA applicants.
  • December 1, 2018 for EEA applicants.

PLEASE NOTE: if you are applying for a scholarship offered by an organization other than Tilburg University, you must apply for admission to Tilburg University at least six weeks before the scholarship deadline. This will ensure that you receive an admission decision before the scholarship deadline.

Admission Requirements

In order to be accepted directly onto our Master's program in Human Resource Studies, you will be required to have the following academic background:

  1. A Bachelor's and/or a Master's degree oriented towards personnel and organizational issues e.g. Human Resource Studies, Business Studies, Organization Studies;
  2. Basic knowledge about the social sciences e.g. sociology, psychology, economics, research methods and statistics;
  3. Relevant knowledge about subjects in the field of Human Resource Studies e.g. sociology of organizations, organizational psychology, human resource management.

Check if you meet the requirements above

If you are not sure whether you meet the admission criteria, please send an e-mail to Ms Liesbeth Bluekens, Admissions Officer, at for preliminary advice. This e-mail should contain the following information:

  1. Name of the program for which you wish to apply
  2. Name of the University from where you have/will graduate
  3. Country where the University is based
  4. Subject studied (e.g. Business Studies, Organization Studies, Human Resource Studies)
  5. Level of degree (i.e. Bachelor, Master, Post-graduate Diploma, Associate Degree)
  6. Length of the program

Please note: you cannot be accepted onto this Master's program without having either a Bachelor's or Master's degree. Unfortunately, work experience or an interest in Human Resource Studies cannot be taken into account for the admission process without a sufficient academic background as described above.

Admission Procedure

1. Check if you meet the program requirements

A Bachelor's / Master's degree in a relevant discipline

You can apply for admission BEFORE you have graduated, but you must graduate by September 1, 2018 at the latest. If your graduation ceremony is after September 1 2018, please contact our Admissions Officer, Ms Liesbeth Bluekens, via before you apply to avoid disappointment.

Proof of English language proficiency

Proof of English language proficiency is required by all applicants EXCEPT passport holders from the following countries: Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, UK, or USA OR those who have studied their entire Bachelor (or Master) program in one of these countries. No exemptions from this requirement will be made other than those mentioned here.

Results required:

  • TOEFL: 577 (paper); 90 (internet)
  • Academic IELTS: overall 6.5 AND no sub-score less than 6.0
  • Cambridge Proficiency in English: All grades
  • Cambridge Advanced English: Grades A, B and C

If you do not have your test results at the time of application, please confirm the date of the test in your application. The test results must not be older than two years at the time of application.

Please note: we do not require GMAT or GRE test results for admission to this program of study.

2. Collect your application documents

Apply only if you have the following required documents:

A copy of your passport (non-EEA) OR national ID card (EEA only)

This should be a copy with your personal details and the issue and expiry date of your passport/national ID card. It must be valid until at least September 1 2018.

Dutch residence permit

If you are a non-EEA national AND already live in the Netherlands, you must upload a copy of the front and back of your Dutch residence permit.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

This must include your personal information and details of any jobs (part time, research assistant etc) which you have done. Please include membership of any professional bodies and details of any articles you have published. We do not require a standard format for your CV.

Motivation Letter

We do not require a standard format for this letter but it should be about 250-500 words.  It should explain:

  1. How you meet the specific criteria for admission mentioned above, with specific reference to your academic background.
  2. Why you want to follow this program of study e.g. what specifically appeals to you about the content of this program.
  3. Why you want to study at Tilburg University.
  4. What you have done in addition to your academic studies in this field.
  5. What added value you consider you could bring to our international classroom.
  6. What you would like to do after you have completed this degree.
    The motivation letter must be specifically written for your application for this program at Tilburg University

Transcript of Records*

This is a list from your University of the courses you have taken in your Bachelor's (and Master's degree, if applicable), with the grades you have achieved.  This must be an official list from your University, not your results downloaded from the University’s student website. 

If you have not yet completed all courses at the time of application, please provide the Transcript plus a list of the courses you still need to complete before graduation.


Your Bachelor (and Master‘s) diploma(s), if you already have them. If not, please upload confirmation from your University that you are registered as a student for the current academic year, the name of the program for which you are registered (level and field of study) and when you are expected to graduate.

English language test results

Proof of English language proficiency is required by all applicants EXCEPT passport holders from the following countries: Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, UK, or USA OR those who have studied their entire Bachelor (or Master) program in one of these countries. No exemptions from this requirement will be made other than those mentioned here.

TSB Statistics checklist

Please complete the TSB Statistics checklist as requested and upload the document.

*Official translations of the above

If your Transcript of Records and diploma(s) are not in English, Dutch, French or German, the document(s) must be translated by an official/authorized translator (with the exception of the course description, the thesis/research paper and your CV, which you can translate yourself). The translator must attach the translation to copies of the original document and stamp both documents. Please note: we cannot accept translations which are not attached to a copy of the original document; the translator must make sure that s/he stamps the copy of the original document and attaches the two documents to each other.

3. Your online application

Tilburg University has on online application system (MySAS). This is a quick and easy way for international students to apply for admission to our programs of study. 

To start your online application, please go to our online application system and follow the instructions to apply.

Action 1) Read the requirements above carefully and prepare your application package as explained in the section above ‘Collect your application documents’.

Action 2) 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.

Action 3) Start your actual online application by completing the following information

  • Step 1) Your personal details (name, date of birth, nationality, etc.)
  • Step 2) Your address details (where you live, emergency contact address)
  • Step 3) Your proposed program of study (the program for which you are applying)
  • Step 4) Your language test results (your proficiency in English).  We would advise you to take the test at least three months before you are planning to travel to the Netherlands in order to avoid disappointment.
  • Step 5) Your educational background (your previous education, schools/university attended)
    Step 6)
    Upload your supporting documents (required documents needed to apply).  Please note: if you do not upload the correct document (e.g. the correct statistics checklist), the processing of your application will be delayed.  
  • Step 7) Upload additional documents (optional documents, not obligatory). Please note: only upload documents which you feel are relevant to the assessment of your application for admission. Please do not upload documents here which you have already uploaded elsewhere.
  • Step 8) Survey (how did you learn about Tilburg University?)
  • Step 9) Review (check that you have completed steps 1 to 8)
  • Step 10) Submit (you will be able to submit your application after steps 1 to 8 have been completed)

Your application can only be assessed for admission when you have successfully submitted your application.

4. Confirmation and assessment


If you have not uploaded the correct documents as described above, you will receive an e-mail requesting you to upload the correct document. Your application will not be processed until all the correct documents have been uploaded.

If all the correct documents have been uploaded, you will receive an e-mail confirming the completeness of your application and explaining the next step in the process.


The Admissions Committee will assess your application on an individual basis, according to the following:

  • The level of your previous degree, assessed partly with advice from the Nuffic, the Dutch national organization responsible for the validation of international diplomas
  • The content match between your previous degree and this program is assessed with the information provided in, your Transcript of Records, your course descriptions, your thesis or research paper and the statistics checklist.
  • Your motivation to follow this program of study at Tilburg University.

The Admissions Committee may request additional documentation from you. However, this will only be done if the information contained in your application is insufficient to assess the above. If this is the case, you will be sent an e-mail specifying the information required.

The Admission Committee does not take work experience in this field into account when assessing your application for admission.

This process will take between four and six weeks, although we will process your application as quickly as we can.

5. Admissions Committee's decision

Admission directly to Master's program

Your admission may be conditional upon your graduation from your current degree or meeting the English proficiency requirements. If so, this will be detailed in your conditional admission letter. These requirements must be met by August 1, 2018 at the latest. If you are unable to do so for any reason, you must send an e-mail immediately to our Admissions Officer, Ms. Liesbeth Bluekens, via for advice.

Conditional Admission with online 'Leveling Up Statistics' course

The Admission Committee may consider that the level and general content of your previous education is at the correct level for you to be admitted directly to this Master’s program, but that your knowledge in statistics and research methodology is slightly below our requirements.  If this is the case, you will be required to follow and pass our online course called ‘Leveling Up Statistics for International Students’. More information will be given to you in your admission letter. This course is free of charge.

Admission pre-Master's program

All applications are considered for admission to the Master’s program, but in some cases, the Admission Committee may consider that the level and/or content of your previous education is below the competencies required to begin this Master’s program immediately. HOWEVER, it is considered that the pre-Master program would prepare you sufficiently to begin the Master program in the following academic year.

The English-taught pre-Master program is a half-year program of 60 ECTS. For more information about the pre-Master’s program, please go to this website. Upon successful completion of the pre-Master program, you will be automatically admitted to the following intake of this Master's program. Please note that non-EEA nationals must complete the full pre-Master’s program (i.e. 30 ECTS) by August 31, 2019 in order to stay in the Netherlands.

Rejection of your application

The Admission Committee may consider that the level and/or content match between your previous education and both our Master and pre-Master programs is insufficient to admit you to our Master's or pre-Master's program in Human Resource Studies.

6. Studielink application

All applicants accepted for the academic year 2018-2019 are required to register via Studielink, the Dutch national database for admission to higher education. You will be given more specific information in your acceptance letter regarding the procedure.  We would strongly advise you to register via Studielink only AFTER you have been accepted for a program of study here at Tilburg University.

If you have been accepted onto the pre-Master’s program, you must choose the following program in Studielink: Bachelor program in Human Resource Studies (premaster)

We would 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 (such as the visa procedure) until you have registered in Studielink. Studielink will be closed on September 1, 2018.  After that date, you will not be able to register in Studielink or change your program of study.

Please note: it is not sufficient to apply only via Studielink. If you do not apply according to the procedure above, you will not be accepted for the program and will not be able to come to Tilburg University.

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