Application and admission procedure for the Double degree in Cross-Cultural Economic Psychology
This is the application and admission procedure for the Double Degree program in Cross-Cultural Economic Psychology.
Below you will find the international and national application and admission procedure. This procedure applies to all applicants (both Dutch, EEA member state citizens and non-EEA member state citizens).
a) Check your eligibility
1. Educational background/diplomas
In order to qualify for the Double Degree Master’s in Cross-Cultural Economy Psychology, you must have:
- An undergraduate university degree in the field of psychology.
Should the undergraduate degree be in another subject than Psychology, then the following criteria have to be fulfilled:
- at least 90 ECTS of psychology courses, including:
- at least 3 ECTS in at least six of the following seven areas: general psychology, biological psychology, differential psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, industrial and organizational psychology or clinical psychology.
- at least 4 ECTS in psychological assessment;
- at least 16 ECTS in quantitative methods/statistics and a lab project;
- Interest in the field of Social, Economic and/or Cross-cultural Psychology specifically.
- Adequate knowledge of research methods and techniques.
- A GPA of at least 2.8 in their undergraduate degree on a German scale, 7.0 on a Dutch scale, or equivalent.
- Two relevant and personalized reference letters: one academic, and one professional, for example through student assistant work, internships or other work experience.
- Sufficient motivation proven through a motivation letter.
2. English language proficiency
You need to prove your proficiency in English by submitting the results of one of these tests:
- TOEFL with a minimum score of 90 (internet-based) or 577 (paper-based).
- The TOEFL institutional code for Tilburg University is 9860.
- Please note: we do not accept the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP)
- 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: C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE). For both C1 and C2, we accept a score of A, B or C.
- The test results must not be older than two years at the time of application.
- If you do not have your test results at the time of application, please confirm the date of the test in your application.If you do not have your test results at the time of application, please confirm the date of the test in your application.
An English proficiency test is not required if one of the following applies to your situation:
- You hold a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree from a Dutch university.
- You hold a passport from one of the following countries:
Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States of America and/or you have studied your entire Bachelor (or Master) program in one of these countries.
For all other countries, the English language test is compulsory and no exemptions from this requirement will be made other than those mentioned here.
3. GMAT and GRE tests
Please note: we do not require GMAT or GRE test results for admission to this program of study.
b) Consider the deadline
When applying for this program, please make sure that your application package, including all necessary documents, reaches us before the deadline: March 15
If you are applying for a scholarship offered by an organization other than Tilburg University (e.g. an Orange Tulip Scholarship), please be informed that due to a selection and ranking procedure* the admission decision will only be announced at the latest by May 31, 2019.
* more information can be found below under step 4
c) Follow the procedure
Step 1: Prepare your application package
Required documents in all situations:
- A valid 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, 2019.
- 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
The motivation letter must be specifically written for your application for this program at Tilburg University. We do not require a standard format for this letter but it should be about 250-500 words. It should explain:
- How you meet the specific criteria for admission mentioned above, with specific reference to your academic background.
- Why you want to follow this program of study e.g. what specifically appeals to you about the content of this program.
- Why you want to study at Tilburg University.
- What you have done in addition to your academic studies in this field.
- What added value you consider you could bring to our international classroom.
- What you would like to do after you have completed this degree.
- Transcript of Records
This is a list from your University of the courses you have taken in your Bachelor's and/or Master's degree, 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.
Official translations of the Transcript of Records and diploma(s)
If your Transcript of Records and diploma are not in English, Dutch, French or German, a sworn translator must translate the documents (with the exception of the course description, the thesis/research paper and your CV). The translator must attach the translation to copies of the original document and stamp both documents. Please note: we cannot accept translations that 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.
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. Students who hold a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree from a Dutch university are exempt from the English language requirement. No exemptions from this requirement will be made other than those mentioned here.
- TSB Statistics checklist
Please complete both page of the TSB Statistics checklist as requested and upload the document.
- 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. If you do not have this in English or Dutch, please make a short summary yourself.
Please upload a copy of your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis or a paper completed during your studies. Only English documents are acceptable and the length must be at least 1500 words. In case you have not written your thesis yet, please upload a dedicated writing sample e.g. an academic essay or research proposal.
Step 2: Apply in the online application system (MySAS)
In order to apply for this Double Degree program at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, please take the following steps:
Tilburg University has an online application system (MySAS). This is a quick and easy way for 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.
- Read the requirements above carefully and prepare your application package as explained in the section above ‘Prepare your application package’.
- 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.
- Start your actual online application by completing the information required.
Step 3: 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(s). Your application will not be processed until all the correct documents have been uploaded. Please bear in mind that the application deadline is March 15. 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.
Assessment and selection
The Admissions Committee will assess your application on an individual basis, according to the following:
- The level of your previous degree. For non-Dutch degrees the level will be 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.
Step 4: Admission Committee's decision
- Please be informed that only 5 places are available for this Double degree program. This means that a selection and ranking procedure applies. Part of this procedure is an interview that will be held via Skype. The interviews will take place in April and May – further information will be provided in due time.
- We aim to finish the assessment and ranking process as soon as possible. The admission decisions will be announced to all applicants on the same day and at the latest by May 31, 2019. This ensures that the immigration procedure (if applicable) can still be started on time.
Those whom were unfortunately not offered a place, will receive a conditional admission letter for the regular Master’s program in Social Psychology (track Economic or Work and Organizational Psychology). There is no need to apply for this program separately in advance.
There are three possibilities:
- Admission directly to the Master's program
- Your admission may be conditional upon your graduation from your current degree and/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, 2019 at the latest. If you are unable to do so for any reason, please contact the Admissions Officer, Ms. Shinta The at email@example.com before you apply to avoid disappointment.
- Conditional Admission to the Master’s program 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 our online course called ‘Leveling Up Statistics for International Students’. More information will be given to you in your conditional admission letter and in addition via an e-mail with further information and instructions on how to register for the course. This course is free of charge.
- Rejection of your application
The Admissions Committee may consider that the level and/or content match between your previous education and our Master's program is insufficient to admit you to our Double Degree Master's program in Cross-Cultural Economic Psychology.
Step 5: Enroll via Studielink
All applicants admitted to 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 would strongly advise you to register via Studielink only AFTER you have been conditionally admitted for a program of study here at Tilburg University.
- After September 1, you will not be able to register in Studielink anymore or change your program of study.
- You will not receive information about other procedures after your admission until you have registered in Studielink.
- Please note: it is not sufficient to only register via Studielink. You must also apply for admission via MySAS as described in Step 2. 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. 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 is:
M Social Psychology (CROHO-code: 60077)
The Double Degree in Cross-Cultural Economic Psychology is an element of CROHO-code 60077 Master Social Psychology.
Step 6: Confirm your enrollment
Confirm your registration at Tilburg University
After your registration in Studielink, you will be notified by Tilburg University and need to complete this enrollment before you can start with the program.
Do you have any questions?
Please feel free to contact us for your personal queries. You can contact us on every page of the Master's website.