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Step 1: Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

Would you like to do a degree programme in Economics and Business? Here's what you need to know about how to enter our programmes.


Our entry requirements can be divided into three different blocks:

  • A: educational background
    We will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.
  • B: language requirement
    You need to start off with a good command of English. Therefore proof of proficiency in English is required.
  • C: other requirements
    For one specific Bachelor's degree programme math higher is required. For all of our Master's degree programmes a GMAT/GRE is required.

A: Educational background

Your application will be assessed on an individual basis by our Admission Board. The admission procedure includes evaluating your pre-university or academic credentials.

Bachelor of Science degree programmes

At the Faculty of Economics and Business you can choose between three English taught Bachelor programmes:

  • BSc Economics and Business Economics
  • BSc Econometrics and Operations Research
  • BSc International Business

If you want to enter, you will need:

  • an International/European Baccalaureate;
  • or a secondary school / pre-university diploma from an EEA country that grants admission to an undergraduate programme in Economics or Business in your own country.
  • or a secondary school / pre-university diploma from a non-EEA country that is equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma (academic stream) that permits admission to an undergraduate programme in Economics and Business in the Netherlands

    Also check the language and math requirements.

Master's degree programmes

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your undergraduate programme.

Not the right pre-education? Try our pre-Master programme!
When you have a deficiency in your academic background, you can start of in our pre-Master programme. Once you have successfully completed this pre-Master programme, you can enrol in the corresponding Master's programme.

B: Language requirements

Since you will follow all of our courses in English, you need to start off with a good command of the English language.
Acceptable proof of English language proficiency test scores cannot be older than 2 years.

BSc and Pre-Master programmes

For all Bachelor of Science programmes taught in English:

  • If you completed your secondary education in an EU/EEA country, you will not have to provide proof of English language proficiency;
  • If you completed your secondary education in a non-EU/EEA country and are not a native speaker of English, you will need to provide us with proof of English language proficiency.
  • The institutional TOEFL code for the Faculty of Economics and Business 8494.

Test

Minimum

overall score

Minimum score

Speaking section

Minimum score

Writing section

IELTS Academic

6.0

6

5.5

TOEFL internet-based (iBT)

80

19

20

TOEFL paper based (PBT)

550

TOEFL computer-based (CBT)

213

C1 Advanced (formely known as: Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

C, B or A

C2 Proficiency (formely known as: Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

C, B or A

University of Groningen Language Center Test

B2/C1

B2/C1

MSc programmes

For all Master of Science programmes taught in English:

Test

Minimum

overall score

Minimum score

Speaking section

Minimum score

Writing section

IELTS Academic

6.5

6

6.5

TOEFL internet-based (iBT)

90

TOEFL paper based (PBT)

580

TOEFL computer-based (CBT)

237

C1 Advanced (formely known as: Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

C, B or A

C2 Proficiency (formely known as: Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

C, B or A

University of Groningen Language Center Test/CEF

C1

C1

Please keep in mind that:

  • The test scores cannot be older than two years.
  • The modality required is 'academic'.
  • You may apply for a degree programme, even though you have not yet taken an English language test or while your test score is still insufficient. In that case, you might be conditionally admitted with one of the conditions for final admission being that you take and pass a (new) test. Please inform the Admissions Office of the date on which you are planning to take such a test.


Submission of test results:

  • IELTS: a scan of the score report can be uploaded in the Online Admission System (OAS) or send by email. We can verify the score online.
  • TOEFL: initially, a scan of the score report can be uploaded in OAS. If you are admitted, we need to receive an original score report. Please ask the Educational Testing Service to send it to us, using institution code 7191.
  • Cambridge Certificate: initially, a scan of the score report can be uploaded in OAS. If you are admitted, we need to receive a certified copy of the certificate.

Exemptions :
You are exempt from proving proficiency in English if you:

  • are a native speaker and have completed secondary education in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia
  • have already completed a bachelor programme in one of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia
  • have an International Baccalaureate, with English as the medium of instruct
  • have a European Baccalaureate diploma, with English as the medium of instruction

If English was the medium of instruction during your previous education, but you do not meet the above mentioned requirements for exemption, you are still required to prove your English proficiency by means of one of the tests as mentioned above.

Deadline for providing English test results

If you already have taken a language test you can directly upload it with your application. If you have not taken a language test yet, but already registered for one, please mention this in your application and provide us with details of the test (which test, where and when you will take take it). Also mention any other proof of English proficiency (for example, if you have spent a year studying in the UK or the USA in your final year of secondary school).
The Admission Office should have the test results before 1 August (start September) or 1 January (start February)
- non-EU/EEA students: 1 May (start September) or 1 November (start February). Otherwise there is insufficient time left for the visa application procedure.

If it later transpires that a student's level of English is impeding full participation in the degree programme, the programme director/coordinator may recommend that the student concerned participates, at his or her own expense, in an (extracurricular) English language course at the Groningen Language Centre.


C: Other requirements

Besides educational and language requirements you need to fulfil one extra requirement.

For Bachelor's programmes: level of Mathematics

Mathematics is one of the important courses you need for all of our programmes. Therefore, it is important that you can proof that your level of mathematics is sufficient.

Programme Level of Mathematics
  • BSc Economics and Business Economics
  • BSc International Business
Mathematics should have been passed as standard/methods level subject in your secondary school education.
  • BSc Econometrics and Operations Research

Mathematics should have been passed as higher level (advanced) subject in your secondary school education.

Deficiency in your level of Mathematics?


For Master's programmes: GMAT or GRE

A (minimum) GMAT or GRE test score is required from all candidates who obtained a bachelor from a university in a non-EU/EEA country in order to enter a Master of Science programme at the Faculty of Economics and Business:

GMAT result
As proof of your analytical writing and quantitative reasoning abilities, you must submit a satisfactory Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score. With an overall:

  • GMAT score of 600 points or higher: you will be automatically accepted in our Business oriented MSc programmes, provided you meet all previous requirements.
  • GMAT score of 500 points or higher: the final decision will be taken by the Board of Admissions, taking into consideration the academic ranking and research orientation of your previous university as well as the content and grades of your undergraduate programme.

Please be aware that GMAT scores are only valid for five years.

GRE result
Or you need a positive GRE-exam result. The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. Find more information about GMAT or GRE here.

Send us your GMAT or GRE result
When you apply online for a master programme in Economics and Business you should upload your GMAT or GRE score as part of your application package.

Enter without GMAT or GRE?
See the exemptions

For a complete overview of all Admission Requirements

Check the application checklist

Last modified:12 October 2018 1.41 p.m.