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Solve today's complex business problems: from data to answers

Business Analytics (pre-Master's programme)

Are you interested in the Master's programme Business Analytics, but do not fully meet the entry requirements?

Then apply to this pre-Master’s programme Business Analytics. Check whether you meet the programme requirements and sign up.

Please note: if you obtained your Bachelor's degree abroad, and are thus an international applicant, you cannot apply to the pre-Master's directly. You always have to first apply to the relevant Master's programme, after which the admissions board can decide whether a pre-Master's programme is a suitable option.

Admission and application

  • Admission requirements

    Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. 

    Specific admission requirements for the pre-Master's programme Business Analytics: 

    Students with a Dutch University of Applied Sciences degree (HBO)
    In general, only students with a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) degree that is closely related to Business Analytics (i.e. with a strong focus on applied mathematics and computer science such as Business Mathematics (HBO) and Applied Mathematics (HBO)) are eligible for admission to the pre-Master’s programme.
    An (HBO) bachelor's degree in (e.g.) Economics, Business Economics and/or Accounting is not closely related enough to Business Analytics to be admissible to the pre-Master's programme.

    Students with a university bachelor’s degree
    A student with a university bachelor’s degree is admissible to the pre-Master’s programme if after successful completion the student fulfills the master Business Analytics admission requirements:

    • 90 ECTS or equivalent of Mathematics/Econometrics/Computer Science courses at the BSc level.
    • 45 ECTS or equivalent of Mathematics courses at the BSc level, including Probability and Statistics.
    • at least one course (6 ECTS) of programming in Java, Python, C++ or another formal programming language that covers the OOP paradigm.

    International students

    The pre-Master's programme is open to all international students who meet the admissions requirements, however, students with a non-Dutch bachelor's degree always need to apply for the master's programme first. 

  • Application

    You can find all general information about applying for a pre-Master's programme here for international degree holders and here for Dutch degree holders. 

    The application deadlines are:

    • 1 February for international students applying for one of the VU scholarships
    • 1 April for non-EU/EEA students*
    • 1 June for non-Dutch EU/EEA students
    • 1 June for holders of a Dutch bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality)

    *non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit can still apply until 1 June.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Science for questions and practical information:

Send an email to

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

Do you have any questions about the application or admission procedure? International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme.

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on, please contact the Student Desk:

Also, make sure to take a look at our FAQ page - you might already find your question answered there.


  • Marija Bosnić
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • Sandra van Daalen
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • Jasper Oosterveld
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science