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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.

Academic year 2021-2022
VU Amsterdam expects all students to be able to attend classes on campus again as of September. We look forward to meeting you on campus. If you live abroad and are unable to come to the VU Amsterdam campus due to strict travel restrictions, there will be an online alternative for lectures and exams for this study programme up until December 2021. We expect everybody back on campus from January 2022 on.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    Generally speaking, students must complete their Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s before starting on their Master’s programme. This is known as the ‘BSc-before-MSc rule’. Due to the corona crisis, however, some students have had to partially stop their studies, resulting in an unfortunate delay.

    There has been examined how an exception to this BSc-before-MSc rule can be made possible for Master’s programmes at VU Amsterdam. This means that, under certain conditions, students who are lacking credits for no more than a few courses including their bachelor project, will still be able to start their Master’s at VU Amsterdam next year. This is a one-off measure. The missing credits must be completed during the 2021-2022 academic year, in other words no later than August 31 2022. Please read carefully below which rules apply for admission into this Master’s programme.

    The following rules apply this year for admission into this Master’s programme:

    Target groupNumber of EC at least achieved / % EC achieved
    Bachelor students at a Dutch University (incl. VU)150 EC
    Current pre-Master students24 EC
    HBO Bachelor students210

    Please note that, apart from the rules above, the following passages are still applicable and must be met to be considered for admission into the Master’s programme:

    • Admission criteria / requirements that are not EC related
    • English language proficiency requirements

    Do you meet these conditions or do you expect to meet these conditions by 31 August at the latest? If so, you can request exceptional admission no later than 1 August. You can do this by completing and submitting the form. 

    Do you want to start a Master’s programme in September? Then complete the form for exceptional admission to a Master’s programme. (not applicable for admissions in February 2022)

  • 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 related field like Informatics, Business Analytics or Artificial Intelligence. 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 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 premasters' programme for Dutch University of Applied Sciences graduates see also this page (Dutch).

    The premaster's programme
    The premaster'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 premaster'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 study advisor of the Master's programme Computer Science, dr. N. Silvis-Cividjan: n.silvis-cividjian@vu.nl

    English language proficiency 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.

    Please note: you will need to upload all required documents in one PDF file, using this template.
    Please check here which documents you need to submit for this specific 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 a Bachelor's or Master's 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.

    Your English test results can be included in your application file or sent to the following email (for non-Dutch degree holders): masters.fs@vu.nl
    The general requirements regarding language proficiency are found here.

  • Application with an international degree

    General application information
    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here. You will also find an explanation for each required application document on this page. After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure.

    Required format and required documents
    Please note: you will need to upload all required documents in one PDF file, using this template.
    Please check here which documents you need to submit for this specific Master's programme.

    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

    Student Ambassadors
    Some International students are happy to tell you about their experience with living and studying in Amsterdam. These Student Ambassadors come from all over the world and have attended various Bachelor's and Master's programmes. Our Student Ambassadors are listed here on this webpage: vu.nl/ambassadors. Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at VU Amsterdam.

  • 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