Students on campus enjoying the good weather

Application and admission Strategic Management: Entrepreneurship track - national procedure

This is the national application and admission procedure for the Master of Science in Strategic Management.

a) Check your eligibility

Students of Tilburg University

The following TiSEM Bachelor's make you eligible to the Master's program in Strategic Management:

  • Bedrijfseconomie
  • International Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Econometrics and Operations Research
  • Economie en Bedrijfseconomie
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
  • Fiscale Economie

Check the Overview Admission for TiSEM Bachelors for the specific entry requirements to each Master's program.

Bachelor’s students of other Tilburg University schools

The following Bachelor's programs provide direct access to the Master's program in Strategic Management:

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, major Business and Economics

Some programs at Tilburg University give access to a tailor made individual deficiency program (during the bachelor), or to an academic pre-Master:

  • Organization and Management studies / Organisatie- en Managementwetenschappen 
  • Psychology / Psychologie
  • Sociology / Sociologie
  • Human Resource Studies / Personeelswetenschappen 
  • Global Management of Social Issues

The Bachelor's programs from Tilburg Law School provide no access. Except for Bestuurskunde, provided that the student takes TiSEM's Bachelor's courses during the program Bestuurskunde.

You can contact the education coordinator of the Master’s program in Strategic Management for more information about your eligibility.

Students of other Dutch universities

If you have a degree from one of the following programmes at a Dutch university you are directly admissible:

  • B Bedrijfseconomie / B Business Economics (CROHO: 50750)
  • B Bedrijfskunde (CROHO: 50645)
  • B International Business Administration (CROHO: 50952)
  • B Business Administration (CROHO: 50897)
  • B Economie en Bedrijfseconomie (CROHO: 50950)
  • B Economics and Business Economics (CROHO: 59318)
  • B International Business (CROHO: 50019)
  • B Fiscale Economie (CROHO: 56402)
  • B Economics (CROHO: 56401)
  • B Econometrie & Operationele Research (CROHO: 56833)
  • B Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation  (CROHO: 59340)

If you have not followed one of the above mentioned programs, you must have a solid academic basis in the following areas in order to qualify for the Master's in Strategic Management program:

  • Strategy (6-12 ECTS)
  • Management and Organization (strongly recommended)
  • Economics (6-12 ECTS)
  • Finance (6-12 ECTS)
  • Marketing (6-12 ECTS)
  • Accounting (6-12 ECTS)
  • Research methods (12 ECTS)
    This includes courses that specifically focus on research skills and an academic way of working.
  • Academic training (10-12 ECTS)
    If you have written an individual thesis, this will count as academic training.
  • Mathematics (6-12 ECTS)
  • Statistics (6-12 ECTS)

The requirements mentioned above are indicative. 

The final assessment lies with the Admissions Committee, for which they need the transcript(s) of your Bachelor’s program and relevant course descriptions of courses in the fields mentioned above. See under c), Step 2: Continue your application in our online application system below on this page.

Students of a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo)

Students with a Bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences (hbo) in the Netherlands are required to complete the pre-Master's program Strategic Management prior to entering the Master's program.

Students have been admitted to the pre-Master's program  with the following Dutch hbo Bachelor's:

  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration (Bedrijfskunde)
  • Bedrijfskunde en agri(food)business
  • Bedrijfsmanagement MKB
  • Commerciële Economie/Speco CE
  • Facility Management
  • Financial Services Management
  • Finance Tax & Advice
  • Global Project and Change Management 
  • International Business 
  • Small Business & Retail Management
  • Technische Bedrijfskunde

With a prior education in the Netherlands, you can get an indication of your eligibility at

You can get an indication of your eligibility to all TiSEM pre-Master's in the overview eligibility hbo to pre-Master's programs.

There are two variants of the pre-master: Fast track, a half-year pre-master's program that starts in September and concludes in January, and Regular track, a one-year pre-master's program available in either September or February. The admission requirements are the same for both variants.

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 you.

Students of Tilburg University

Starting end of January with the Master's program

Deadline for application: before January 1

Please note that the Pre-Master's program starts only end of August.

Students of other Dutch universities

Starting end of January with the Master's program

Deadline for application: before January 1

Please note that the Pre-Master's program starts only end of August.

Students of a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo)

Starting end of August with the Fast track (half-year) or Regular track (one-year) pre-Master's program:

Deadline for application: before August 1 

Starting end of January from 2025 onwards with the Regular track (one-year) pre-Master's program:

Deadline for application: before January 1, 2025

c) Follow the procedure for national applicants

Step 1: Register in Studielink

You will not receive information about your application and admission until you have registered in Studielink. Therefore we advise you to register in Studielink as soon as possible. Studielink opens on October 1st.

For applicants with a degree of Tilburg University or another Dutch university:

  • The name of this Master's program in Studielink:
    M Strategic Management (croho: 60066)

Register in Studielink

For applicants with a degree of a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo):

  • The name of the pre-Master's program in Studielink:
    In English: B Tax Economics (premaster Strategic Management HBO)
    In Dutch: B Fiscale Economie (premaster Strategic Management HBO)

Register in Studielink

Enter an e-mail address in Studielink that you use regularly. Tilburg University sends you important information at this address to complete your registration. Please read the documentation in the e-mail carefully and check your mailbox (and junk mail) regularly.

Step 2: Continue your application in our online application system

This step is not applicable for:

  • TiSEM students who are currently enrolled in a TiSEM Bachelor's program.
  • Students from a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo)

In these cases you only need to register in Studielink (Step 1). Please continue to 'Step 3: Admissions Committee's decision'.

Upload your documents in our online application system

After you have registered in Studielink, please go to our Master Application System and upload the following documents:

  1. Grades list (Transcript of Records)
    This is an official list from your University of the courses you have taken in your Bachelor's degree, with the grades you have achieved.
  2. Courses list (full descriptions of relevant courses)
    This is a description of the content of each course you took as part of your previous degree which is relevant to your application for this program. Please use this MSc Strategic Management Course list template.

Upload your documents

Note for Safari users: uploading your files in our online application system does not work in the Safari browser. Please use another browser like Chrome, Edge, or Firefox.

Step 3: Admissions Committee's decision

Admissions Committee's decision

Within four to six weeks after your application package is complete, you will receive the decision of the Admissions Committee by e-mail. 

You will receive an e-mail with a letter stating the outcome of your admission request and information about the rest of the admission procedure.

There are three possibilities:

  • A. (Conditionally) accepted to the Master's program
    If you are conditionally accepted, this means that you are admitted to our Master's program, provided that you upload the originals or certified copies of your documents.
  • B. (Conditionally) accepted to a 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 Master's program, provided that you upload the originals or certified copies of your documents.
  • C.  Rejected
    If you do not fulfill the admission requirements, your application will be rejected. We will notify you by e-mail.
Step 4: Admitted, what's next?

Congratulations on being admitted to Tilburg University, either conditionally or unconditionally! 

You may be wondering what the next steps are. To ensure a smooth (and stress-free) start of your studies, we have prepared a timeline to give you an overview of the things you need to arrange before the start of your studies. 

On the timeline you can find information about:  

  • Completing your enrollment  
  • Paying your tuition fees 
  • Tips on finding accommodation (if applicable) 
  • Books and schedule 
  • Introduction activities like TOP week and your (mandatory) Study Program Introduction

Go to the Welcome page

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.