Admission procedure Non-Dutch Nationality or Non-Dutch Diploma

We are pleased that you have decided to apply for our Research Master's program in Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

You must follow the application procedure below:

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

Step 1: Check your eligibility

In order to be accepted directly onto our Research Master's program in Social and Behavioral Sciences, you must have the following academic background:

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

  1. A Bachelor's and/or a Master's degree in a relevant discipline, such as psychology, sociology, organizational sciences, human resources;
    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 Admission Officer, Ms. Liesbeth Bluekens, via before you apply to avoid disappointment.
  2. An average grade of 75% for courses in the last two years of the Bachelor’s program (or in your Master’s program, if applicable);
  3. A sufficient academic background in research methodology and statistics.  Your background education should contain at least one introductory statistics course and courses that include multiple regression, analysis of variance, factor analysis and research methodology.  Your background should be clear from the course descriptions and the statistics checklist which you must include in your application;
  4. Strong motivation, excellent skills and talent for carrying out scientific research, which you should demonstrate in your motivation letter and other application documents.

Please note: you cannot be accepted onto the Research Master's program without having either a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a relevant discipline. Unfortunately, interest alone in social and behavioral sciences cannot be taken into account for the admission process without a sufficient academic background.

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 above.

Results required:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based); 100 (internet-based)
  • Academic IELTS: overall 7.0 AND no sub-score less than 6.5
  • Cambridge Proficiency: All grades
  • Cambridge Advanced English: Grades A and B

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.

Check if you meet the requirements above

If you are not sure whether you meet the admission requirements above, please send an e-mail to Ms. Liesbeth Bluekens, Admissions Officer, via for preliminary advice. Please include 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 University is based
4. Subject studied (e.g. Psychology, Sociology)
5. Level of degree (i.e. Bachelor, Master, Post-graduate Diploma, Associate Degree)
6. Length of the program

Step 2: Check the application deadline

  • 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

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.

TSB Research Master Scholarship

For whom?

The TSB Research Master Scholarship consists of a tuition fee waiver for all non-EEA students admitted to one of our Research Master's program at Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB). For the academic year 2018/2019, non-EEA students pay a tuition fee of € 2,060 (instead of the normal tuition fee of € 14,500), i.e., the same value as EEA-students (statutory fee). Please go to the TSB Scholarship page for more information.

Step 3: Prepare your application package

Apply only when 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 given other than those mentioned here.

Course Descriptions

This is a brief description of the content of each course you followed as part of your previous degree which is relevant to your application for this program. You should include the following information:

  • Topics covered, including theories, models or philosophies discussed.
  • Level of course (Bachelor/Master, 1st year, 2nd year etc.).
  • The most important course literature (one or two books/articles/papers).
  • Whether the course is practical or academic and whether it included a research assignment (literature review, empirical data collection and analysis etc).

If you do not have this in English or Dutch, please make a short summary yourself.

Please note: we are not able to print these for you from your University’s website and upload them on your behalf.

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.

Additional documents

Please only upload documents if you feel that these are relevant to the assessment of your application for admission, for example a copy of your thesis or research paper, which you wrote during your Bachelor/Master program. If the thesis/paper is not in English, Dutch, German or French, you must upload a copy of the original paper, with a short summary in English, which you can write yourself.

Please do not write something specifically for this application. 

Step 4: Apply in the online application system (MySAS)

Tilburg University has an 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 complete the actions below:

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.

Step 5: 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, 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, detailed in your motivation letter.

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 receive 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.

Step 6: Admissions Committee's decision

Admission directly to the Research 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 letter of conditional acceptance. These requirements must be met by September 1, 2018 at the latest. If you are unable to do so for any reason, you must send an e-mail immediately to our Admission 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 the Research 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, but you must pass the exam before being allowed to begin the Research Master program in September 2018.

Rejection of your application

The Admission Committee may consider that the level and/or content match between your previous education and this program is insufficient for admission to our Research Master's program.

Step 7: Enroll via Studielink

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

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.
  • After September 1, 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.

Do you have any questions?

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 the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and provide you with detailed practical information!

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