The Business Analytics programme is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.
In order to gain admission to the Business Analytics Master’s programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.
Specific requirements for the Business Analytics Master’s programme
For admission to the Business Analytics programme, a Bachelor's degree in Business Analytics or a closely related Bachelor is required. In general, we expect the following subjects to be part of your Bachelor's programme:
- 90 ECTS or equivalent of Mathematics/Econometrics/Computer Science courses at the Bachelor's level, of which:
- 45 ECTS or equivalent of Mathematics courses at the Bachelor's level, including Probability and Statistics, and
- at least one course (6 ECTS) of programming in Java, Python, C++ or another formal programming language that covers the OOP paradigm
A Dutch 3-year Bachelor of Science contains a total of 180 ECTS (3 x 60 ECTS). This means that in order for a student to meet the first requirement you need to have at least ~1.5 year’s worth of Mathematics/Econometrics/ Computer Science courses at the Bachelor's level.
Having 45 ECTS of Mathematics is the minimum. If you apply with less than 45 ECTS or equivalent of Mathematics, please explain in your motivation letter why you may still be eligible. In order to have a better insight into the level of mathematics in this master’s programme, please see these sample exams.
It is mandatory for all Business Analytics applicants to use this format for the Course Description. When naming courses, please specify clearly what the workload was per course (in ECTS credits or hours). Other formats, such as complete course syllabi, will be rejected.
Please be advised this programme is fundamentally mathematical and not suitable for students from a business or management background. If your previous degree was in (a field related to) business or management and you do not meet the above requirements, your chances of admission will be very small. Please be aware that in these cases the premaster option will most likely not be available either. We would thus encourage these applicants to have a close look at the programmes offered by our School of Business and Economics.
Are you applying with an international degree?
You can find more information about the required documents on the application page (see Required documents). Once you have completed the application, our International Student Advisors will contact you via email.
Please check here which documents you need to submit for this programme.
English language requirements
VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.
The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to this Master's programme are:
• IELTS: 6.5 overall
• TOEFL Internet-based test: 92 overall
• Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C
• Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C
Please note that students who need a study visa must submit their English test results before 1 June. All other students have to submit the test certificate before 31 August (preferably sooner).
TOEFL and IELTS tests must have been completed no more than two years before 1 September of the year in which your course starts. Note that TOEFL MyBestScore is not accepted. Our institution code is 7947.
A PDF copy of your English test result can be sent to the following email (for non-Dutch degree holders): firstname.lastname@example.org
The general requirements regarding language proficiency are found here.