Educational Sciences

Admission requirements for Master Educational Sciences

Admission requirements for Master Educational Sciences

Prior education

You are eligible for admission to the programme if you have obtained a relevant Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree from a research university* in the following fields of studies: 

  • Child development; 
  • Education; 
  • Pedagogy; 
  • Psychology. 

Students with a Bachelor’s in other related fields of social and/or behavioural sciences may also be eligible to apply if they have a well-balanced combination of various credentials. 

Considering the different understanding and treatment of pedagogy-related concepts and in attempt to provide an indication of the required background, you are also expected to have obtained:         

  1. at least 10 EC in courses in statistics / advanced research methodology and at least basic SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) skills. You are expected to be familiar with the following statistical techniques (and be able to apply them in SPSS): descriptive statistics, correlation, hypothesis testing, between-subjects versus within-subjects designs, multiple regression, 1-factor and 2-factor ANOVA, repeated measures-ANOVA, MANOVA, GLM, psychometrics, non-parametric testing. 
  1. at least 15 EC in courses related to education, pedagogy or child development – depending on your choice of specialisation/ track; 
  1. ethical and professional knowledge and skills.  

* Comparable to the Dutch academic level according to the standards of the Dutch Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic). 

Please note: this specialisation has 15 EC or more overlap with the Psychology specialisation Human Learning & Performance. If you have obtained a degree in or have registered for the Human Learning & Performance specialisation, it is not possible to register for this specialisation.

English Language requirements

A good command of English is essential. Therefore you will have to submit proof of English proficiency in your application.

    • You have obtained a bachelor diploma from a university in the Netherlands; or
    • You have obtained a pre-university education (VWO) diploma and English was one of the subjects included in the assessment conferring that diploma and graded a 7.0 or higher; or
    • You have obtained a diploma of International Baccalaureate (valid for 5 years); or
    • You are a native speaker of English (i.e. a national of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America) and you have obtained a diploma of secondary education in English for at least 2,5 years in one of the above countries; or
    • You have obtained your diploma of higher education in English (the entire programme) in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States of America.
      • We usually deem the level of English Bachelor programmes at West European or Scandinavian universities sufficient for exemption as well.

    Please mind that in case you believe that you qualify for exemption you need to present a proof thereof. For example, if you have obtained your diploma of higher education in English, we need to see a written proof of it in the form of either a passage in the diploma, grade list, or a letter from the university stating that the language of instruction was English for the entire programme.

  • Please note that the test may not be older than two years at the time of application. Also note that it takes several weeks before the results of the tests are known. 

    Language Test

    Minimum Score

    Minimum Sub-scores

    Internet based (iBT) TOEFL (our TOEFL ID Code 5971)*



    IELTS Academic



    CEF (Common European Framework)



    Cambridge EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Examinations

    CAE level B
    CPE level C


    * Please note that Institutional (ITP) TOEFL tests are not accepted.

    Would you like to take a language test at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)? The language test, based on CEF, is organised by the Language & Training Centre of EUR and tailored specially for our applicants. More information can be found on the website of the language centre.

Additional information  - Credentials prior education

Prior education

  • Bachelor’s / undergraduate research university are meant as opposed to diplomas of university of applied sciences or vocational programmes. 
  • Diplomas will be carefully evaluated to determine whether they qualify as degrees from research universities (as opposed to universities of applied sciences). An evaluation can only be done after the submission of the on-line application form and all required supporting documents. 
  • In order to be eligible for admission to the programme, you must have fulfilled all the requirements for your Bachelor’s degree by August 20 at the very latest. In case it does not happen, candidates have to account with the fact that this will result in a denial of admission. 
  • If you have not yet completed your Bachelor’s degree but expect it to happen until August 20, please send us an official copy of your academic record(s) at the moment of application. In case the transcript of record does not contain the name of the programme you are enrolled in and/ or the kind of degree you are studying for, the date of enrollment as well as the amount of credits you have obtained so far, you must also provide a statement of your university (click here to see an example) with the date you expect to fulfil all the requirements necessary for graduation. Until we have your documents you might receive a conditional offer, which might become unconditional if we receive the missing documents. 

Proof of English proficiency 

  • If you have obtained your diploma of higher education in English we need to see a written proof of it in the form of either a passage in the diploma, grade list, or a letter from the university stating that the language of instruction was English.
  • Institutional TOEFL tests are not accepted. 
  • The Examination Board makes the final decision on granting you an exemption for English language proficiency. 
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam does not offer any preparatory English courses.
  • Information of the language test, based on CEF, organized by the Language & Training Centre of Erasmus University Rotterdam and tailored specially for our applicants, can be found here

  • The eligibility of your prior education can only be determined after you have submitted an application and only after we have received all requested documents. Prior inquiries will be purely hypothetical. For this reason, we encourage you to officially apply for admission. You can also assess your eligibility yourself by taking a look at the detailed admissions criteria on this page. We have tried to make the criteria as transparent as possible.  

    • No, it is a full-time programme. 

    • No, the programme starts only once a year, in September.

    • A transfer of grades is not possible. Due to the special educational format that we are using - Problem-Based Learning - as well as the build-up of the curriculum, which mainly consists of obligatory as opposed to optional courses, we cannot accept transfer students. 

    • Our programme is an English-taught programme. All lectures and all literature is in English. This requires from our students that they can read, write, speak and understand English at an academic level and thus we need proof thereof from our applicants. This applies to our Dutch and non-Dutch applicants. 

    • No, you cannot. You will need to do the official TOEFL test at a TOEFL-certified institute. In both cases please visit for more information.

    • Yes, in some cases you might be exempted from presenting proof of English proficiency. Please have a look on the admission page to find out if you are eligible for exemption. Keep in mind that in case you believe that you qualify for exemption you need to present a proof thereof.

    • No, you cannot apply directly to our programme, you will first need to do a transition year/ pre-master (Dutch: schakeljaar). Passing the transition programme makes you eligible to apply but it is no guarantee for admission. Please keep in mind that the transition year/ pre-master is taught completely in Dutch.