Admission requirements MSc Economics and Business

The application period for master and pre-master programmes for the academic year 2024-2025 opens 1 November 2023. The application period closes on the following dates depending on your nationality:

Application deadline for applicants with an international previous diploma and a non-EEA nationality: 1 April 2024.

Application deadline for applicants with an international previous diploma and an EEA nationality: 1 May 2024.

Relevant bachelor diploma

All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (BSc) in the field of economics, econometrics or business (administration). Your degree has to be equivalent in both level and content to the BSc in Economics and Business Economics offered by Erasmus School of Economics. It is not necessary to have completed your bachelor bachelor’s degree at the time of application. However, all requirements of your  degree must be fulfilled before the start of the academic year (by 31 August 2024).

Content of degree

Your bachelor's degree needs to consist of a solid background in economics, business economics, mathematics and statistics. To check whether you have a sufficient background in terms of content, please compare your curriculum with that of our bachelor degree in Economics and Business Economics.

Depending on the specific specialisation you are interested in, some additional courses are recommended.

Level of degree

Erasmus School of Economics follows Dutch governmental institute Nuffic’s advice regarding the comparison of foreign degrees to the Dutch educational level to determine the level of your bachelor degree.   

The Examination Board of Erasmus School of Economics decides based on the above mentioned criteria whether your obtained bachelor degree is sufficient for admission to the programme of your choice.

Proficiency in the English language

All applicants must show proficiency in the English language and demonstrate this by means of an internet based TOEFL, TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, Academic IELTS / Academic IELTS Online, Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) test score report, taken no longer than 2 years before application.

Only the following minimum scores are accepted:


All subscores

Total score

TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition



Academic IELTS / Academic IELTS Online



Cambridge C1 Advanced



Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE)



Please click here for more information about the exemption requirements.

Please note:

  • Take into consideration that it takes about 14 days for your test results to be published when planning your English test appointment. Your English test score report needs to meet the minimum requirements before the application deadline that applies to you (see top of this page).  A score report submitted after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.
  • We accept TOEFL ‘MyBest Scores’: the combination of your best scores for each test section from all of your valid TOEFL scores in the last 2 years.
  • We accept the combination of your best academic IELTS test scores for each test section from all of your valid academic IELTS scores in the last 2 years.

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