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Application and admission Supply Chain Management - national procedure

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

Students with a (future) BSc degree from a Non-Dutch university, please note

Are you a student with a (future) bachelor’s degree from an international university?
(Suriname or the Netherlands Antilles included)

YES: GO to the international procedure

Students with a (future) BSc degree from a Dutch university, please continue below

a) Check your eligibility

Students of Tilburg University

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

  • Bedrijfseconomie
  • International Business Administration
  • Economie en Bedrijfseconomie
  • Econometrie & Operationele Research, including the (extra) courses:
    - Strategy for PM
    - Accounting for PM
    - Marketing for PM

The following TiSEM Bachelor's do not give access to the Master’s program in Supply Chain Management:

  • Economics
  • Fiscale Economie

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

You can schedule an appointment for an individual assessment with the education coordinator.

Bachelor’s students of other Tilburg University schools

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

  • Organisatiewetenschappen / Organization studies
  • Psychologie / Psychology
  • Sociologie / Sociology
  • Personeelswetenschappen / Human Resource Studies
  • Global Management of Social Issues

The admission requirements for these Bachelor's programs are as shown in this overview.

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

Students of other Dutch universities

You must have a solid academic basis in the following areas in order to qualify for the Master's in Supply Chain Management program:

  • Management and Organization (6-12 ECTS)
  • Economics (6-12 ECTS)
  • Finance (6-12 ECTS)
  • Marketing (6-12 ECTS)
  • Accounting (6-12 ECTS)
  • Supply Chain Management / Operations Management (6-12 ECTS)
  • Mathematics (6-12 ECTS)
  • Statistics (6-12 ECTS)
  • Research methods and Academic Training (6-12 ECTS)
    Academic training means courses / experience in research skills and an academic way of working. E.g. if you have written a thesis or have done a research project this will count as academic training.

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 Supply Chain 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
  • Bedrijfseconomie
  • Bedrijfskunde 
  • Bedrijfsmanagement MKB
  • Commercieel Management
  • Commerciële Economie/Speco CE
  • Financial Services Management
  • Industrial Engineering & Management
  • International Business 
  • International Marketing and Management
  • Logistiek & Economie
  • Logistics Engineering
  • Logistics Management
  • Technische Bedrijfskunde

With a prior education in the Netherlands, you can get an indication of your eligibility at http://doorstroommatrix.nl.

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

GPA requirement

The GPA is a compulsory qualitative admission requirement for the pre-Master’s program Supply Chain Management. The Grade Point Average (GPA) is an internationally recognized calculation used to determine the average result of grades achieved throughout your Program. The required minimum GPA for applicants is 7.0. 
You include all the grades obtained so far in your last three years of your hbo bachelor. Grades of your first year are not taken into account. A rating other than a grade, such as an exemption, a Pass or a V, will not be taken into account.

How can I calculate my GPA?

We advise to use this Excel form to calculate and hand in your GPA. 
The GPA is calculated as follows: 

  1. Applicable exam result x ECTS = Quality Points (QP) 
  2. Total number of Quality Points obtained / Total number of ECTS obtained = average exam result.

For example: 
Course A is 15 ECTS, your grade is an 8: 8 x 15 = 120 QP
Course B is 7.5, ECTS your grade is a 7: 7 x 7.5 = 52.5 QP
Course C is 9 ECTS, your grade is a 6: 6 x 9 = 54 QP

Total QP = 120 + 52.5 + 54 = 226.5
Total ECTS = 15 + 7.5 + 9 = 31.5

GPA = 226.5 / 31.5 = 7.19

Your GPA is 7.19; you meet the GPA requirement.

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 August with the Master's program

Deadline for application: before August 1

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 August with the Master's program

Deadline for application: before August 1

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 pre-Master's program:

Deadline for application: before August 1

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 Supply Chain Management (croho: 60093)

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

  • The name of the pre-Master's program in Studielink:
    B Bedrijfseconomie (pre-master Supply Chain Management)
    In English: B Business Economics (hbo pre-master Supply Chain Management)

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:

  • 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.
  • Courses list (full descriptions of relevant courses)
    This is a 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 only have to upload descriptions of courses in the fields mentioned above in the entry requirements under a) Check your eligibility.

Upload your documents

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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?


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.

Read more on how to become a Tilburg University student

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.