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Application and admission: Organization Studies track - national procedure

This is the national application and admission procedure for the Organization Studies track of the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

a) Check your eligibility

1. Educational background

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

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree, which provided (under)graduate training in a relevant discipline: Psychology, Sociology, Organizational Sciences, Human Resources, or Leisure Studies).
  • Average score of 7.5 (75%) for the courses in the second- and third-year of a Dutch Bachelor's program or an equivalent score in the Master's program.
  • Strong motivation, excellent skills and talent for carrying out scientific research, which you should demonstrate in your motivation letter and other application documents.

Required educational background for hbo students:

The Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences does not offer its own pre-Master's program. However, you can be eligible for admission to the Research Master in Social and Behavioral Sciences if you successfully complete one of the following pre-Master's programs from Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences:

Please note that the other admission requirements and application procedures still apply.

2. English language requirements

You must prove your proficiency in English by submitting the results of one of these tests:

  • Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 6.5 for each section.
  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 100 for the internet-based test; or a score of 600 for the paper-based test. 
    • The TOEFL institutional code for Tilburg University is 9860.
    • Please note: we do not accept the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP)
  • Cambridge English test results: C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE).
    • For C1, we accept a score of A or B.
    • For C2, we accept a score of A, B, or C.

Please note

  • 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, you must confirm your test date 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, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States of America.
  • You have studied and completed your entire Bachelor's or Master's program in English.

Note for students from Tilburg University from a Dutch language program

In order to qualify for this program, you must satisfy several requirements, including an English language test (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE test). If you apply based on the completion of a program at Tilburg University, you are invited to participate in an English Language Proficiency test online.

  • The date and registration process for this test will be communicated on our website as soon as possible.
  • Please note: The level of this test is equivalent to the TOEFL/IELTS tests, but only Tilburg University students can use it as an entry requirement. This test is not recognized elsewhere.

b) Consider the deadline

Starting end of August: July 1

c) Follow the procedure for national applicants

Step 1: Register in Studielink

After you have registered in Studielink, the program's Admissions Committee will assess whether your previous education is a sufficient fit with this program to be admitted. Studielink opens on October 1.

  • The name of this Master's track in Studielink:
    M Social and Behavioral Sciences (Research): Organization Studies (CROHO-code: 60394) 

Register in Studielink

Enter an e-mail address in Studielink that you use regularly. Tilburg University will use this e-mail address to send you important information on your application and admission.

Step 2: Provide the required documents

After your registration in Studielink, Tilburg University will contact you by e-mail and list all the required documents you must provide to the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences will then assess your application on a case-by-case basis. For an overview of the required documents, see below.

Bachelor’s students of Tilburg University

Please submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Letter of motivation (min. 300, max. 600 words in English);
  • English language test results if you are not exempted.
    You can check the requirements above under the heading 'English language requirements'. Please note that it is not obligatory to have completed the English language test before application. In our online application system you can indicate the type of test you intend to take and the approximate test date.
  • complete statement of your courses and results and, if applicable, subjects still to be completed;
  • A Bachelor's or Master's thesis - or a comparable essay from the Bachelor's or Master's degree.
    Please upload a copy of your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis or a paper completed during your studies.
    • In case it is not written in English, please upload your thesis or paper in the original language accompanied with a summarizing essay in English. The summarizing essay must consist of not more than 1,000 words maximum; the following points must be clear: the research question and motivation, a sketch of the theory, the method used, a condense description of the findings, and the conclusion.
    • In case you have not written your thesis yet, please upload a dedicated writing sample in English, e.g., an academic essay or research proposal on the topic of your interest.

Bachelor’s students of another Dutch university

Please submit the following documents:

  • A certified copy of your degree certificate;
  • A certified copy of the official statement of higher education courses taken and marks/grades received;
  • Certified copies of the personal data page of your passport or ID-card (and residence permit, if applicable);
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Letter of motivation (min. 300, max. 600 words in English);
  • English language test results if you are not exempted.
    You can check the requirements above under the heading 'English language requirements'. Please note that it is not obligatory to have completed the English language test before application. In our online application system you can indicate the type of test you intend to take and the approximate test date.
  • For undergraduates:
    - A complete statement of your courses and subjects still to be completed, an enrollment certificate or statement by the higher education institution specifying the exams taken and grades obtained.
    - A statement from your mentor or supervisor at the university, which states his/her motivated confidence in the timely completion of your studies;
  • A Bachelor's or Master's thesis - or a comparable essay from the Bachelor's or Master's degree.
    Please upload a copy of your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis or a paper completed during your studies.
    • In case it is not written in English, please upload your thesis or paper in the original language accompanied with a summarizing essay in English. The summarizing essay must consist of not more than 1,000 words maximum; the following points must be clear: the research question and motivation, a sketch of the theory, the method used, a condense description of the findings, and the conclusion.
    • In case you have not written your thesis yet, please upload a dedicated writing sample in English, e.g., an academic essay or research proposal on the topic of your interest.
Step 3: Admissions Committee's decision

After your application is complete, it will be assessed to determine whether your academic background meets our admission requirements.

You will receive the decision of the Admissions Committee by e-mail. In general, we aim to assess your application within six weeks.

There are three possibilities:

  • (Conditionally) accepted to the Research Master's program
    If you are conditionally accepted, this means that you are admitted to our Research Master's program, provided that you send the originals or certified copies of your documents.
  • (Conditionally) accepted to the pre-Master's program
    It is possible that you do not completely fulfill the requirements. If this is the case, we may offer you a pre-Master's program to prepare you for the Research Master's program, provided that you send the originals or certified copies of your documents.
  • Rejected
    If you do not meet the admission requirements, your application will be rejected. We will e-mail you the reasons for the rejection personally.
Step 4: Admitted, what's next?

Congratulations!

Whether conditionally or unconditionally admitted, we welcome you warmly to Tilburg University and wish you good luck with the start of your studies.

Let's walk you through the next steps:

  • Complete your enrollment and pay your tuition fees
    Please check your enrollment status and any to-do items that may still be pending in OSIRIS Student. You can use your login details for Tilburg University’s computer network to access OSIRIS Student.
  • Arrange practical matters
    Before you can start your studies, there are a number of practical matters to take care of, such as registering for courses, and if necessary, arranging housing.
  • Participate in orientation activities
    • As an incoming student you can participate in TOP Week: a social, practical and creative introduction week for all new students who are enrolled in one of the higher education institutions in Tilburg. TOP Week takes place the week before the start of the academic year.
    • Besides TOP Week, there is also an official program introduction organized by your study program. During the Program Introduction, you will receive all the information you need to get off to a good start with your new study. You will meet the education coordinator, the program director and your fellow students. Participation is mandatory.

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