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Pre-Master's program International Management

The pre-Master’s programs in International Management are designed for (1) Dutch and international students with a relevant Dutch hbo degree, and (2) students with a university degree that does not entirely meet the entry requirements of the Master's program.

Pre-Master's programs

For all students coming from a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo)

The pre-Master's program for hbo graduates builds on the practically-oriented knowledge you acquired during your Bachelor's by enhancing your theoretical knowledge as well as your capacity for conceptual thinking.

  • This half-year pre-Master's program (30 ECTS) runs from the end of August until January.
  • After finishing the program with good results, you can start with the 1-year Master's program in International Management end of January, or end of August in the next academic year.

The courses for 2022-2023 are:

  • Academic Competences Marketing
  • Business Research Techniques for Pre-master
  • Statistics for Pre-master
  • Finance for Pre-master
  • Strategy for Pre-master

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

Go to the course descriptions

Application and admission

To be eligible for this pre-Master's program, you must have completed a Dutch hbo-Bachelor's program that gives direct access to the pre-Master's program. 

  • For hbo graduates a minimum GMAT score of 600 is required. This requirement has to be met before the start of the semester. Students with a minimum GPA of 7.5 may apply without GMAT if their program is marked "eligible" on the direct access list. 
  • If your hbo-Bachelor's program is not indicated as admissible for this program, unfortunately you cannot apply. In that case you can look for other (pre-)Master’s programs more closely related to the topic of your hbo-Bachelor’s program.

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For students with an international degree, or a Dutch research university (wo) degree

Tilburg University offers a program designed for students with a university Bachelor's degree that does not entirely meet the entry requirements of the Master's program in International Management.

Tailor made to individual learning needs

The program is tailor-made to individual academic needs and consists of a maximum of 30 ECTS, providing you with the essential foundation needed to pursue your Master's in International Management.

After finishing the program with good results, you can start with the one-year Master's program in International Management end of January, or end of August in the next academic year.

Application and admission

As a university graduate you are encouraged to apply for the Master’s program directly. After receiving your application the admissions board will assess your academic background, and decide whether:

  1. You can be admitted directly into the Master’s program.
  2. You can be offered a pre-Master’s program (6 to 30 ECTS).
  3. Your academic background is unfortunately not matching enough to cover the gap with a 30 ECTS pre-Master’s program. In that case it is impossible to continue.

For this program a minimum GMAT score of 600 is required. This requirement has to be met before the start of the semester. Students with a Dutch WO Bachelor's degree and a GPA of 7.0 or higher may apply without GMAT.

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Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.


Do you want to know more about this pre-Master’s program?

Visit this pre-Master’s information session during the upcoming Open day

Open day Master's programs

Interested in the MSc International Management?

Check your eligibility and the deadlines for application