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Build tomorrow’s technology

Are you interested in a joint degree that allows you to specialise in your own area of interest?

Do you have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related discipline? And are you ready to build the technology of tomorrow? Then the Master’s in Computer Science may be the programme for you.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor’s degree, VU premaster's or Bachelor’s degree at another university)

    The Computer Science Master's programme is open to students with an academic degree in Computer Science or a closely related field. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. 

    In order to gain admission to the Computer Science 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. Academic writing skill is to be demonstrated by submitting a thesis. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

    Specific requirements for the Master’s programme Computer Science
    For admission to the Master's programme Computer Science, a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a closely related programme is required. In general, we expect the following subjects to be part of your Bachelor's programme:  

    • Programming 
    • Algorithms 
    • Computer Systems 
    • Computer Networks 
    • Software Engineering 
    • Logic 

    Any one of the following subjects will increase your chances of admission:  

    • Databases 
    • Automata 
    • Graph Theory 
    • Compilers 
    • Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence 
    • Mathematics (Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics)

    This list is not exhaustive and having these courses on your diploma does not guarantee admission. However they are a strong indication of your admissibility.

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

    A Bachelor's degree obtained at a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission). Holders of a University of Applied Sciences Bachelor's degree (HBO) are are advised first to contact the pre-master’s coordinator before applying. An individual programme will be designed for the student in consultation with the coordinator. For further information regarding procedures on composing the pre-masters' programme for Dutch University of Applied Sciences graduates see also this page (Dutch).

    The pre-master's programme
    The pre-master's programme Computer Science enables you to gain admission to the Master's programme Computer Science (if the deficiency can be addressed in a programme of at most 30 ECTS). You'll follow a customized individual programme that is mainly composed of Computer Science Bachelor's courses. 

    You have to complete the pre-master's programme (30 ECTS) within 1 year. After you have finished the programme you can be admitted to the Master's programme Computer Science. For further content questions contact the pre-master's coordinator of Computer Science, dr. N. Silvis-Cividjan: n.silvis-cividjian@vu.nl

    Specific admission requirements for the pre-master Computer Sciences
    For HBO bachelor degree holders, the average grade for the bachelor should be at least a 7.5 or equivalent.

    Language requirements
    Students with a Dutch bachelor's degree do not need to pass a English Language proficiency test. 

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Enthusiastic about this programme? And do you meet the admission requirements? Find out how to apply.

    If you want to apply for a Master's programme at VU Amsterdam, the application procedure depends on your previous degree and whether you obtained your degree in the Netherlands or abroad. You find all information about the application procedure with a Dutch degree on the application page

    The application deadlines are:

    To start in September

    • 1 February for international students applying for one of the VU scholarships 
    • 1 April for non-EU/EEA students
    • 1 June for Dutch and EU/EEA students

    To start in February 

    • 1 November for non-EU/EEA students
    • 1 December for Dutch and EU/EEA students.

    Required documents 

    This Master’s programme requires students with a Dutch bachelor's degree to upload the following documents on VUweb (preferably in English). 

    • Bachelor's transcript (including your GPA)

    This document needs to be uploaded before the application deadline mentioned above. If not submitted on time, the application cannot be assessed by the Admission Board. Documents submitted after the application deadline will not be accepted.

  • I have an international degree

    The Computer Science 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 Computer Science 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. A Bachelor's degree obtained at an applied university or higher vocational education (HBO in Dutch) in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).

    Specific requirements Computer Science Master's programme
    For admission to the Master's programme Computer Science, a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a closely related programme is required. In general, we expect the following subjects to be part of your Bachelor's programme:  

    • Programming 
    • Algorithms 
    • Computer Systems 
    • Computer Networks 
    • Software Engineering 
    • Logic 

    Any one of the following subjects will increase your chances of admission:  

    • Databases 
    • Automata 
    • Graph Theory 
    • Compilers 
    • Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence 
    • Mathematics (Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics)

    This list is not exhaustive and having these courses on your diploma does not guarantee admission. However they are a strong indication of your admissibility.

    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.

  • Application 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 Application Form Template.
    Please check here which documents you need to submit for this specific Master's programme.

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure.

    For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisors: masters.fs@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.

  • Additional costs

    Master students Computer Science will have to spend approximately 200 euro per year for buying books. Students are expected to possess a laptop computer, running either Windows 10 or mac OSX, for participating in educational activities (which comes down to approx. 300 euro per academic year).

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: toelating.beta@vu.nl

For questions about the programme, please send an e-mail to the programme coordinator (contact information under 'Curriculum'). For more general questions, please send an e-mail 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.fs@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

Contact

  • Marija Bosnić
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl
  • Sandra van Daalen
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl
  • Jasper Oosterveld
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl