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Be at the forefront of the communication revolution

Would you like to find out how to use communication and media to improve business results, to enable the government to work more efficiently or to make the world just a little bit better? Do you want to be challenged to find new solutions to the problems of organizations and companies? 

If so, Communication Science may be the right choice for you! 

Candidates with a related Bachelor’s degree from a research university will be directly admitted to this Communication Science Master’s programme of the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

All candidates with other, unrelated Bachelor’s degrees from research universities will need to complete a bridging programme. The exact content and scope of the programme will depend on the completed Bachelor's programme or any Master’s programme already taken. 

Check whether you meet the admission requirements

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree

    Direct admission

    You can gain direct admission to the Master’s programme in Communication Science on completion of one of the following Bachelor's programmes at a research university:

    • Administration and Organisation
    • Communication Science
    • International Bachelor Communication and Media (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
    • Psychology incl. minor Communication and Information Studies (CIW)

     Conditional admission

    You will be eligible for the Master’s programme in Communication Science if you have completed any Bachelor's programme at a research university, provided the Admissions Committee establishes that you meet the following three criteria:

    1. You have obtained at least 10 ECTS credits for quantitative statistics at the level of the subjects S_DIS (Descriptive and Inferential Statistics) + S_QNRM (Quantitative research methods). You are knowledgeable about multiple regression, (M)ANOVA, factor analysis, moderation and mediation analysis;
    2. You have obtained at least 10 ECTS credits for subjects with content related to communication science;
    3. You have experience in conducting empirical research.

    If you have a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Information Studies (CIW), your knowledge of communication sciences and experience in conducting empirical research will be adequate, but when you apply you must demonstrate that you also have sufficient knowledge of quantitative research methods (obtained at least 10 ECTS credits in quantitative statistics at the level of the subjects S_DIS + S_QNRM. You are knowledgeable about multiple regression, (M)ANOVA, factor analysis, moderation and mediation analysis).

    For each admission request, the Admissions Committee for the Master’s programme in Communication Science will decide on the contents and scope of a bridging programme where necessary. The subjects of this bridging programme can be taken at VU Amsterdam or at any other Dutch university, after approval by the Admissions Committee.

    The following relevant subjects in the field of quantitative research methods and statistics will be taught at VU Amsterdam (check in the Study Guide for descriptions of the courses):

    • Descriptive and Inferential Statistics (S_DIS)
    • Quantitative research methodology (S_QNRM)

    The following relevant subjects in the field of communication science will be taught at VU Amsterdam:

    • Introduction to Communication Science (S_ICS)
    • Marketing and Persuasive Communication (S_MPC)
    • Media Entertainment (S_ME)
    • Media, Society and Politics (S_MSP)
    • New Media Challenges (S_NMC)
    • Communication Classics (S_CK)

    The following relevant subjects in the field of empirical research will be taught at VU Amsterdam:

    • Project 3: Effectief overtuigen (S_P3EP)
    • Pre-master's programme in Research Practical in Communication Science (S_PMOPCW)

    Assessing admissibility (submitting documents)

    If you want to know whether you are directly eligible to apply to the Master's programme or whether you would first need to complete a bridging course, then apply (without obligation) in Studielink by 31 May and subsequently add the following documents to your VU Dashboard as soon as possible:

    • CV
    • certified (provisional) transcript
    • relevant course information on your prior educational training (preferably a description from a study guide with an indication of the study load and possibly also a literature list).
    • a cover letter, i.e. a brief justification of your choice, so that the Admissions Committee can establish whether the Master’s programme is a good match.

    It must become apparent from the course descriptions that you meet the following three criteria:

    1. you have obtained at least 10 ECTS credits for quantitative statistics at the level of the subjects S_DIS (Descriptive and Inferential Statistics) + S_QNRM (Quantitative research methods). You are knowledgeable about multiple regression, (M)ANOVA, factor analysis, moderation and mediation analysis;
    2. you have obtained at least 10 ECTS credits for subjects with content related to communication science;
    3. you have experience in conducting empirical research.

    The Admissions Committee may contact you to request or provide additional information.

    English language requirements

    To be admitted to the master’s programme all applicants must meet the following results in the English language test (no older than 2 years):

    • IELTS score with a minimum of 7.0
    • TOEFL score paper based test: 600
    • TOEFL score computer based test: 250
    • TOEFL score internet based test: 100
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A or B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B or C
    • VU TOEFL-ITP: 600 (only valid for VU University Amsterdam)

    Exemptions from the language test requirements are granted in the following cases:

    • Your bachelor's or master's diploma on the basis of which you ask for admission at the VU Amsterdam, was obtained in an English-language university programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK or USA.
    • Your bachelor's or master's diploma was obtained in an NVAO-accredited English-taught programme at a Dutch university.
    • Your bachelor's or master's diploma was obtained in an accredited English-taught programme in a different EU-country.
    • You have a Dutch vwo-diploma (level 6 vwo-nieuw).
    • You are a pre-master's student and have passed the pre-master’s assessment.

    Make sure to register on time at Taalloket for the VU TOEFL-ITP, as the possibilities are limited, especially during the busy summer period. If you have a Dutch Bachelor's degree obtained at a Dutch university, the first take of the VU TOEFL-ITP is free of charge.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree

    If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, you will only be admitted to the Master's programme in Communication Science once you have successfully completed the corresponding pre-master's programme . You will qualify for the pre-master's programme if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences, regardless of the programme, and meet all the other requirements of the pre-master's programme.

    You can gain direct admission to the Master’s programme in Communication Science if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences and have completed one of the following programmes:

    • Pre-master's programme in Communication Science (Radboud University Nijmegen)
    • Pre-master’s programme/bridging course in Communication Science (University of Amsterdam)
    • Qualifying Minor in Communication Science (University of Amsterdam)
      *Add your Minor or pre-master’s certificate to your VU Dashboard

    Application procedure
    1. Register for the pre-master's programme in Studielink by 31 May at the latest .
      After having applied you will receive your login information for your VU Dashboard.
    2. Complete your application in the VU Dashboard, including your application for the pre-master’s assessment.
    3. You must pass your pre-master’s assessment and obtain your Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences by 31 August .
    4. Ensure that your payment for the pre-master’s has been received by  31 August in order to complete your registration.

    You will receive practical information on your pre-master's programme before the start of the programme.

    Qualifying Minor in SWO (social scientific research) from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA)

    If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences including the qualifying Minor in Social Science Research at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam), you will be admitted after passing the following two courses, which are part of the Bachelor’s programme in Communication Science at VU Amsterdam:

    • New Media Challenges (S_NMC)
    • Communication Classics (S_CK)

    To take these courses you will need to register as a Minor student.

    You will not need to complete a pre-master's programme nor take the pre-master's assessment.

    English language requirements

    To be admitted to the master’s programme all applicants must meet the following results in the English language test (no older than 2 years):

    • IELTS score with a minimum of 7.0
    • TOEFL score paper based test: 600
    • TOEFL score computer based test: 250
    • TOEFL score internet based test: 100
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A or B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B or C
    • VU TOEFL-ITP: 600 (only valid for VU University Amsterdam)

    Exemptions from the language test requirements are granted in the following cases:

    • Your bachelor's or master's diploma on the basis of which you ask for admission at the VU Amsterdam, was obtained in an English-language university programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK or USA.
    • Your bachelor's or master's diploma was obtained in an NVAO-accredited English-taught programme at a Dutch university.
    • Your bachelor's or master's diploma was obtained in an accredited English-taught programme in a different EU-country.
    • You have a Dutch vwo-diploma (level 6 vwo-nieuw).
    • You are a pre-master's student and have passed the pre-master’s assessment.

    Make sure to register on time at Taalloket for the VU TOEFL-ITP, as the possibilities are limited, especially during the busy summer period. If you have a Dutch Bachelor's degree obtained at a Dutch university, the first take of the VU TOEFL-ITP is free of charge.

    Please upload a scan of the result of your test to your VU Dashboard before 31 August at the latest.

  • I have an international degree

    Direct admission

    You can gain direct admission to the Master’s programme in Communication Science on completion of one of the following Bachelor's programmes at a research university:

    • Administration and Organisation
    • Communication Science
    • International Bachelor Communication and Media (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

    Conditional admission

    You will be eligible for the Master’s programme in Communication Science if you have completed any Bachelor's programme at a research university, provided the Admissions Committee establishes that you meet the following three criteria:

    1. You have obtained at least 10 ECTS credits for quantitative statistics at the level of the subjects S_BIS (Descriptive and Inferential Statistics) + S_KWOM (Quantitative research methods). You are knowledgeable about multiple regression, (M)ANOVA, factor analysis, moderation and mediation analysis;
    2. You have obtained at least 10 ECTS credits for subjects with content related to communication science;
    3. You have experience in conducting empirical research.

    If you have a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Information Studies (CIW), your knowledge of communication sciences and experience in conducting empirical research will be adequate, but when you apply you must demonstrate that you also have sufficient knowledge of quantitative research methods (obtained at least 10 ECTS credits in quantitative statistics at the level of the subjects S_BIS + S_KWOM. You are knowledgeable about multiple regression, (M)ANOVA, factor analysis, moderation and mediation analysis).

    For each admission request, the Admissions Committee for the Master’s programme in Communication Science will decide on the contents and scope of a bridging programme where necessary. The subjects of this bridging programme can be taken at VU Amsterdam or at any other Dutch university, after approval by the Admissions Committee.

    The following relevant subjects in the field of quantitative research methods and statistics will be taught at VU Amsterdam (check in the Study Guide for descriptions of the courses):

    • Descriptive and Inferential Statistics (S_BIS)
    • Quantitative research methods (S_KWOM)

    The following relevant subjects in the field of communication science will be taught at VU Amsterdam:

    • Introduction to Communication Science (S_ICW)
    • Marketing and Persuasive Communication (S_MPC)
    • Media Entertainment (S_ME)
    • Media, Society and Politics (S_MMP)
    • New Media Challenges (S_NMC)
    • Communication Classics (S_CK)

    The following relevant subjects in the field of empirical research will be taught at VU Amsterdam:

    • Minor working group in Communication Science (S_MMP)
    • Pre-master's programme in Research Practical in Communication Science (S_PMOPCW)

    English language requirements

    If you are applying for one of our English-taught Master's degree programmes you will have to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by submitting English test results.  

    Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. 

    You can find which test types and scores are accepted, the deadlines for submitting test results and all other relevant information on our application page under the Language Proficiency Requirements tab. There you can also find an overview of exceptions to the English Language Proficiency requirement.

Check how to apply for Communincation Science

  • Application procedure with Dutch degree

    How to apply

    Direct admission

    1. Apply for the Master’s programme in Studielink by 31 may. After applying in Studielink you will receive login information for your VU Dashboard.
    2. Finish your VU Dashboard. As your admissibility doesn’t have to be assessed, you don’t need to add any documents (just tick the box “I upload this later”).
    3. Upon receipt of your application, your admission request will be processed and you will be notified whether you have been admitted or whether you must first meet additional requirements.
    4. Ensure that your payment of tuition fees for the pre-Master’s has been received by 31 August in order to complete your registration by then.
    5. Upload a scan of the result of your English language test to your VU Dashboard before 31 August.

    You will receive practical information on the programme before it starts.

    An application is not the same as enrolment. If you register for a degree programme in Studielink, you are not yet enrolled. You will be enrolled once you receive a message from Studielink to this effect. To be eligible you must have submitted all the required documents and arranged for the payment of the tuition fees before 31 August. An application commits you to nothing and it can be cancelled free of charge before 31 August.

    Additional information on the enrolment procedure.

    Conditional admission

    1. Apply for the Master’s programme in Studielink by 31 may. After applying in Studielink you will receive login information for your VU Dashboard.
    2. Add the requested documents* to your VU Dashboard and complete your application.
    3. Upon receipt of your application, your admission request will be processed and you will be notified whether you have been admitted or whether you must first meet additional requirements.
    4. Ensure that your payment of tuition fees for the pre-Master’s has been received by 31 August so that you can complete your registration by then.
    5. Upload a scan of the result of your English language test to your VU Dashboard before 31 August.

    You will receive practical information on the programme before it starts.

    *In order to complete your application you must upload the following documents:

    • a curriculum vitae (résumé), listing your previous education and relevant work experience.
    • a certified transcript of the grades you obtained in your Bachelor’s programme in English or translated into English by your university or a sworn translator. If you have followed or are following a master’s programme and/or more than one bachelor’s programme, please include transcripts of all these programmes.
    • a description of the relevant courses/modules followed and literature used during your previous higher education, that were part of your Bachelor's (and Master's, if applicable) programme, with a short description of the contents of these courses and the literature used (bibliography) to assess the theoretical background of the programme. You can either copy this from a study guide or type a 5-10 line description for each relevant course, if a study guide is not readily available. For the literature please mention the most relevant academic textbooks or articles used during your previous education.

    In order to determine whether your choice for the Master’s programme is a good match, please also add the following documents (in English):

    • (short) letter motivating your choice and explaining how you meet the entry requirements;
    • a proof of academic writing, such as (parts of) a thesis, paper or essay, that includes a clear research question, an explicit research methodology, a theoretical framework and academic literature references.

    The Admissions Committee will determine whether you are directly admissible to the Master’s programme or whether you first have to follow a bridging programme and if so, which courses you should take.

    The Committee might contact you for additional information and/or explain content and level of the Master’s in Communication Science.

    Please upload a scan with the result of your English language test to your VU Dashboard before 31 August at the latest.

  • Application procedure with an international degree

    Required format and required documents


    Please note: you will need to upload all required documents in one PDF file, using this template. Please download the template to check which documents are required for this programme. 

    Please prepare the required documents and arrange the payment of the application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

    It must become apparent from the course descriptions that you meet the following three criteria:

    1. you have obtained at least 10 ECTS credits for quantitative statistics at the level of the subjects S_BIS (Descriptive and Inferential Statistics) + S_KWOM (Quantitative research methods). You are knowledgeable about multiple regression, (M)ANOVA, factor analysis, moderation and mediation analysis;
    2. you have obtained at least 10 ECTS credits for subjects with content related to communication science;
    3. you have experience in conducting empirical research.

    The Admissions Committee will determine whether you are directly admissible to the Master’s programme or whether you first have to follow a bridging programme and if so, which courses you should take.

    The Committee might contact you for additional information and/or explain content and level of the Master’s in Communication Science.

    To complete your application please add the following documents a.s.a.p. but before 31 August at the latest:

    • a certified copy of your original Bachelor’s degree certificate. The certified degree must be in English or be translated into English by your university or a sworn translator. If you have yet to obtain your degree, you can ask the registrar of your university to provide an official statement to the effect that you are certain to graduate before 1 September;
    • a clearly legible copy of the page(s) in your passport (or ID-card if you are an EU student) that contain(s) your personal data. A copy of a passport or ID card that is no longer valid will not be accepted.
    • a scan with the result of your English language test.

    Application fee & deadlines

    As a prospective student, you must apply through Studielink, even if you have an international educational background or if you live abroad, or both.

    Additional information is available at: Information for international students.

    All students seeking admission to an international Bachelor’s or Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here. For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisor: masters.fss@vu.nl.

    Grants and scholarships

    As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.

    International Student and Alumni Ambassadors

    Our International Student and Alumni Ambassadors are happy to tell you all about their experiences with studying at VU Amsterdam and living in Amsterdam.

    • Our Student Ambassadors are current students at VU Amsterdam that represent a wide variety of programmes and countries.
    • Our International Alumni Ambassadors are VU Amsterdam graduates who are currently either working in the Netherlands or abroad, or doing a PhD or (second) Master's.

    You will find the full overview of our Ambassadors here: vu.nl/ambassadors. There you can chat with them directly.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? If you want to know whether you are admissible, please register in Studielink, adding the documents as mentioned in the paragraph above to your application in the VU-application portal. If you have any questions concerning the pre-master’s assessment, the payment of your tuition fee or your application in your VU-application portal, please contact the Student Desk.

Send an email to contact@vu.nl

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

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.fss@vu.nl 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 VU.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl

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

Contact

  • Irena Paap
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • masters.fss@vu.nl