Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

RSM’s full-time MBA Programme

Selection criteria

Target group:   Master’s degree, PhD degree

Purpose:          Study

Field of study:            All

Countries:        All

Eligible candidates:    outstanding candidates from across the globe, who have demonstrated either excellent leadership or have evidenced a high level of leadership potential

Professional Achievements and Goals

A minimum of three years work experience is required. Your career development to date, accomplishments made in your work, and the impact you have on your organisation will be strongly emphasised in our selection. We are interested in what professional targets you have set for yourself and how the RSM MBA programmes fit into your plan.

Academic Excellence

Candidates must have a good university degree. Previous academic records are closely examined. All applicants are required to take the GMAT®. (GMAT® institution code is QK8-CX-30).

Leadership Potential

Energy, drive, emotional maturity, self-confidence, and ability to manage ambiguities are evaluated.

International Outlook

Since we emphasise diversity in the MBA Programme, students need to be able to interact and work with people from significantly different cultures and professional backgrounds. It is an advantage if your work has an international reach / scope.

English Proficiency

Lectures are conducted in English. Students are expected to have strong command of the English language. A personal interview is part of the selection process when the level of the candidates English language skills will be evaluated. Candidates whose native language is not English may take the TOEFL (RSM institution code is 0798) The IELTS can also be submitted. Applicants from China should also be aware that the TOEFL or IELTS is a requirement for the NESO certificate which is now required to gain admission to the Netherlands (for details check

Personal Qualities

We prefer to admit people who are fun to work with, flexible, and have a good sense of humour. We appreciate candidates who are committed to building long-term relationships with fellow classmates and RSM.

Application to the Programme

Applications to the MBA Programme must include:

·         Fully completed application form

·         2 passport-size photos

·         Copy of passport photo page

·         Three mandatory essays (and one optional)

·         Two letters of recommendation completed on reference forms provided

·         Official transcript and diplomas from a university or higher education Institution

·         Official GMAT score report*

·         TOEFL** or IELTS score (optional)

·         Non-refundable application fee of €100 (paper version) and €50 (online version)

* International Full-time MBA Programme, code QK8-CX-30

** ETS School Code 0798

After an initial selection, candidates with strong credentials will be invited to an admissions interview either with an alumnus, staff member, or faculty for further evaluation. Motivation, communication, and interpersonal skills will be assessed during the interview. Final admissions decisions will be made after the interviews. In general, the entire review process will take approximately six weeks after receipt of your application package.

Other information

For more information, contact the RSM MBA Admissions Office:


Type of grant: Scholarships as tuition fee waivers (from final tuition fee installment). Furthermore, scholarships from the RSM Corporate Scholarship Programme offer career coaching, and the opportunity to negotiate a full-time career post-graduation with the grant giving company.

Value of grant: merit based scholarships with values between €5.000 and the full tuition fee of €38.000.

Grant award period: 12 months.

Closing date: these vary per scholarship and are shown in the detail of each scholarship on the website.

Grant provider: RSM Erasmus University in collaboration with its partners.

Scholarship Application procedure: A written essay is required for all scholarship applications. Depending on the value of the scholarship an essay question may be set or the subject matter for the essay is described. Information on the type of essay required can be found in the detail of each scholarship.

For Taiwan send applications to the respective NESO office. Information can be found on their website:


All other scholarship applications should be sent to the Financial Aid Office, MBA Programmes at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Only electronic application will be accepted and must be sent to

For details on eligibility, application and selection procedure, see the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University MBA Programmes Financial Aid website.

NOTE: all scholarship applicants must be candidates who have already been accepted into the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University International Full-time MBA Programme.


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