Master degree programs in the Netherlands (also known as graduate degree programs) can be taken after completion of a bachelor degree program. A master program will take 1 or 2 years to complete, depending on the type of master program. A master program by course work (a regular master) takes 1 year and consists of 60ECTS. A master program with a research component (a research master) takes 2 years to complete and consists of 120 ECTS. In order to graduate you will need to have earned all the ECTS credits.
Admission to master degree programs depends on whether you have a relevant bachelor diploma.
Master degree programs in the Netherlands are offered in the following fields of study:
For more information about the different fields of study and disciplines, please refer to our Course Guide.
Master degree programs offered by Research Universities
come in 2 forms: regular master programs and research master programs. Regular master programs consist mostly of course work and will grant you an accredited MA, MSc, LLM or MBA diploma. Research master programs consist of course work and research, and will grant you an Mphil, MA, MSc, or LLM diploma. All master degree programs are concluded by writing a thesis on a relevant academic topic.
A research master degree is often needed to enter a PhD program
Master degree programs offered by Universities of Applied Sciences
usually take 1 year to complete and generally consist of 60 ECTS. The program is concluded by writing a thesis on a topic related to your study program. Upon completion of your master degree program you will earn a professional master diploma. A master program in Communication Management will lead to a Master of Communication Management diploma.
Master degree programs offered by Institutes for International Education
also take 1 year to complete and consist of 60 ECTS credits. The program is concluded by writing a thesis on an academic topic of your choice. These master programs have the same status as programs from research universities. Master degree programs offered by Institutes for international education will lead to an officially accredited MA, MSc or LLM diploma.
For admission to master degree programs you will be asked to submit the following documents:
A copy of your bachelor diploma
An English Language Proficiency Test Score: a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (overall) or TOEFL 90.
A letter of motivation, stating why you want to take that particular master program
In some cases you will need letters of recommendation from your current professors. For Management and Business Administration programs you will be asked for a GMAT test score. For Engineering, Natural Sciences and IT programs you might be asked to submit a GRE test score.
You will find the admission requirements for all master degree programs in the program description on educationfair.nl. You are advised to contact the university for detailed information on admission to the master degree programs of your choice.
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