Applicants with Dutch nationality AND a Dutch diploma

This procedure must be followed only by Dutch applicants whose diploma was issued in the Netherlands.

This application procedure in Dutch: Aanmelden voor een masteropleiding

Admission requirements

You hold a Tilburg University Bachelor's degree in Sociology?

You are granted unconditional admission to the Master's program in Sociology.

You hold a TiU Bachelor's degree in another social sciences subject?

You are admitted as long as you have taken the minor in Sociology.

You hold a TiU Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences?

You are admitted as long as you have successfully completed the bachelor’s program Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) of the Tilburg School of Humanities with a major Social Science.

Please contact the education coordinator for more information.


You hold a Bachelor's degree from another university?

You must apply in writing to the Examination Board of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. It then assesses whether your degree qualifies you for admission to this master program. In general terms, it requires that the following criteria be met:

  • Sufficiently conversant in the social sciences: Sociology for Social Sciences (MAW); Key questions concerning sociology; Contemporary sociological theories; Classical and modern sociology in action.
  • Sufficient knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistics
  • Knowledge of the Bachelor's subjects which feature in the relevant minor.

Students from equivalent degree programs will need to submit an application but will generally be admitted onto the program without any further requirements

You hold an HBO vocational degree?

You may qualify for the half-year Pre-Master's program in Sociology. If you have completed the Pre-Master's program successfully, you are automatically admitted to the Master's program. Please look at the application procedure for the Pre-Master's program if you want to apply for this program.

Application procedure

Applicants who wish to be admitted to the Master's program in Sociology must take the following three steps.

1. Writing to the Examination Board of the School

You must apply in writing to the Examination Board of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Please make sure you enclose all the required documents with your application package:

  • Certified copy of your Bachelor's diploma
  • Transcript of Records/list of grades
  • Description of the course contents and a list of literature used during the program
  • Photocopy of your valid passport or your identification card

In order to get an overview of the relevant parts of your previous education, we ask you to fill out a course list. On this course list, we ask you to point out the courses you will obtain or have already obtained matching the mentioned subjects.

It then assesses whether your degree qualifies you for admission to this Master's program on a case by case basis. This procedure takes a maximum of six weeks. If you do not have your Bachelor's diploma at the time of application but you will obtain your diploma in the current academic year, you can ask the Examination Board if admission to the Master's program would be possible, based on your combination of subjects. However, you will only receive the formal letter confirming your admission to the Master's program from the Examination Board after a certified copy of your Bachelor's diploma has been received. You can only enroll at Tilburg University after you have received your letter of admission from the Examination Board.

Application deadlines

September intake

Your complete application package, including all required documents detailed above, must be received by the Examination Board before 1 September. Lectures will start at the end of August.

January intake

Your complete application package, including all required documents detailed above, must be received by the Examination Board before 1 February. Lectures will start at the end of January.


The address of the Examination Board is:

  • Tilburg University
    Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Examination Board, S 114
    PO Box 90153
    5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands

2. Register at Studielink

Once your application for a Master's program has been approved you need to register at Studielink. It is also possible to register at Studielink pending the application procedure. You have to register in Studielink before the end of August in order to receive all the necessary information on time, such as the invitation for our Study Introduction Days which are compulsory.

3. Complete your registration

Once your admission and registration at Studielink is completed you still need to Complete your registration.



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