Application and admission Sociology: international procedure
This is the international application and admission procedure for the Master's program in Sociology.
Students from a Dutch university please note
This is the international application and admission procedure for students from a non-Dutch university.
If you are a student from Tilburg University or another Dutch university, you should follow the national application and admission procedure.
a) Check your eligibility
1. Educational background/diplomas
To be accepted directly onto our Master's program in Sociology, you need to have the following academic background:
- Bachelor's and/or a Master's degree in e.g. Sociology
- You can apply for admission BEFORE you have graduated, but you must graduate by September 1 at the latest.
- You cannot be accepted onto this Master's program without having either a Bachelor's or Master's degree. Work experience or an interest in this field cannot be taken into account for the admission process without a sufficient academic background.
- Sufficiently conversant in the social sciences e.g. knowledge of and practice in the application of (key) questions of sociology and of classical and modern sociological theories; basic knowledge of other social sciences e.g. psychology and economics;
- Adequate knowledge of social science statistics and research methods.
2. English language proficiency
You need to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of either:
- TOEFL with a minimum score of 577 (paper-based) / 90 (internet-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 Advanced English (CAE): grades A, B and C
- Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE): all grades
- 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
An English proficiency test is not required if one of the following applies to your situation:
- 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.
- You have studied your entire Bachelor's (or Master's) program in one of these countries.
For all other countries and situations, the English language test is compulsory. 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.
4. Check if you meet the requirements above
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 email@example.com for preliminary advice.
This e-mail should contain the following information:
- Name of the program for which you wish to apply
- Name of the University from where you have/will graduate
- Country where the University is based
- Subject studied (e.g. Human Resource Studies, Organization Studies or Business Studies)
- Level of degree (i.e. Bachelor, Master, Post-graduate Diploma, Associate Degree)
- Length of the program
b) Consider the deadlines
When applying for this program, please make sure that your application package, including all necessary documents, reaches us before the deadline that applies to your situation:
EEA member state citizens
- Starting end of August: July 1
- Starting end of January: December 1
EEA countries are…
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
NB: Students with a Swiss or Surinam nationality are also put on a par with students from EU/EEA countries.
Non-EEA member state citizens
Non-EEA member state citizens
- Starting end of August: April 1
Also for all non-EEA applicants who wish to apply for a TSB Master Scholarship for Academic Excellence, as well as those applying for an Orange Tulip Scholarship. Even those who will start end of January.
- Starting end of January: October 1
Non-EEA member state citizens applying for an external scholarship
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.
Non-EEA member state citizens with a permanent residence permit in one of the EEA member states or not requiring a visa
- Starting end of August: July 1
- Starting end of January: December 1
c) Follow the procedure for international applicants
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, 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
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 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. No exemptions from this requirement will be made other than those mentioned here.
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.
- TSB Statistics checklist
Please complete the TSB Statistics checklist as requested and upload the document.
Additional documents in specific situations:
Nuffic Certificate (Chinese nationals only!)
- The Dutch Immigration Service requires a Nuffic Certificate for all Chinese nationals, irrespective of where they live and/or study.
- For more information about how to apply for this, please go to this website.
- We would advise you to apply as soon as possible, if you have not already done so, as the process can take about two months.
- You will not receive the Nuffic Certificate yourself - it will be sent directly to Tilburg University, but we will not be able to apply for a visa without it.
Step 2: Apply in the online application system (MySAS)
In order to apply for this Master's 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 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.
- Read the requirements above carefully and prepare your application package as explained in the section above ‘Collect your application documents’.
- 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
Within 4 to 6 weeks after your application package is complete, you will receive the decision of the Admission Committee by email.
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.
Step 4: Admission Committee's decision
Within 4 to 6 weeks after your application package is complete, you will receive the decision of the Admission Committee by email. You will receive an email and a letter stating the outcome of your admission request and information about the rest of the admission procedure.
There are four possibilities:
- Admission directly to the 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 at the latest.
- 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 admission letter. This course is free of charge.
- Admission to the 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’s program would prepare you sufficiently to begin the Master program in the following academic year.
- The English-taught Pre-Master’s program is a half-year program of 30 ECTS. Upon successful completion you will be automatically admitted to the Master’s program in the following academic year. Please note that non-EEA nationals must complete the full Pre-Master’s program (i.e. 30 ECTS) by August 31, 2018 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 Organization Studies.
Step 5: Enroll via Studielink
All applicants accepted for 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 accepted 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 Sociology (CROHO-code: 66599)
- The name of the Pre-Master's program in Studielink is:
B Sociology (Pre-Master)
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 confirm this registration 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.