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Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship

Admission requirements for Master Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship

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The Master’s programme Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship in Rotterdam will be ideal for two types of students:

  • students who are driven by an academic curiosity about the arts, cultural industries or economics;
  •  students who want to develop original and well-founded ideas about how to produce, sustain and disseminate culture.

We usually welcome 50 to 65 students into our program from around 150 applications. Students are accepted on the basis of previous academic achievements and a well-documented interest in the cultural sector. You will study alongside other students who have extensive professional experience in the field.

Essential qualifications for direct admission to the Master CEE are:

  1. At least a Bachelor's degree from a recognised Dutch university programme with a good overall result, or an equivalent qualification from an international institution.
    (Students may already apply before they have obtained their degree if they expect to graduate before starting with this Master).
  2. Some training in economics at university level, combined with a sustained interest in arts and culture documented in academic studies and/or vocational experience.
  3. Well-documented interest in the cultural sector, as indicated by courses taken or practical experience.
  4. Some academic training in empirical research methods.
  5. You do not need to provide further evidence of English proficiency if:
    • you have a Dutch ‘vwo’ grade of 7 or higher in English (final exam vwo-6);
    • you hold an International Baccalaureate diploma including English Standard Level (A) or English Higher Level (A or B);
    • you hold a European Baccalaureate diploma including English as 1st or 2nd language;
    • you obtained at least 2,5 years of secondary education in Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, South-Africa, The USA, the UK or Ireland
    • For graduates of recognised academic programmes taught entirely in English, the obligation to take a language test may be dropped after considering their academic performance.
  • If you do not meet one of the above requirements, you need to demonstrate proof of proficiency in English through any of the following:
    • ELTS Academic (International English language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.0 overall.
    • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 100.
    • ITP-TOEFL (Institutional Testing Programme) offered by the Language & Training Centre at the EUR, or any other Dutch University. Minimum requirement: 627
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced or Cambridge C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of at least 185.
  • English tests must not be older than two years at the time of application. If you have not yet taken a test, we recommend IELTS or TOEFL.
  • The results need to reach us before 10 August. Therefore, take the test well before the summer holidays. Allow some time to re-take the test, if necessary.

You will also be admitted to the programme if you have successfully completed the Pre-master CEE. (Please consult the website of the Premaster to learn more about the application process if you have already completed the Pre-master.)

A further selection is made based on the following criteria:

  • Connection between previous studies and the Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship programme.
  • Your grade average in prior academic training (GPA).
  • A clear and relevant letter of motivation of why you want to participate in this programme.
  • International background and orientation.