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Become more entrepreneurial

Are you interested in bringing innovative, viable and high-quality business ideas to life? Are you creative and ambitious? And do you want to think like an entrepreneur? Then the Master’s in Entrepreneurship is the programme for you!

For this programme there are strict admission criteria. These are set by the Admissions Board, which also decides on individual applications. Applicants are required to have an academic knowledge basis in Business Administration as well as basic knowledge of research methodology and sufficient analytical and statistical skills. For more information about the admission criteria please refer to the programme website.

Check if you meet the programme requirements and sign up

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

    After you registered for the UvA - MSc Entrepreneurship in Studielink you must apply for admission to the programme by submitting an online application on the UvA website. The deadline is 15 July.

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

    You will gain direct admission after completing the premaster programme; this is a full-time programme with courses on at least three days per week.

    Premaster programme

    The premaster programme is a deficiency programme that provides the necessary knowledge and prepares you for this master's programme. It is a 30 EC program that takes place in the second semester, from February through July. These courses involve both content as well as academic skills and knowledge, and research methods.

    Course details in the study guide

    Admission requirements

    In order to be admitted to the premaster’s programme you must have:

    - a bachelor’s degree from a business or economics faculty from an NVAO accredited institute of Higher Education


    - a GPA of 7.5 or higher, calculated over the last three years.

    If you do not meet these admission requirements you can remedy / eliminate these deficiencies by submitting a recent GMAT with a score of 550 or higher, or an equivalent GRE test. 


    If you don’t meet the admission requirements of GPA and faculty, you can be admitted to the premaster programme by submitting a ‘Graduate Management Admission Test’ (GMAT) with a combined score of at least 550 for the parts Verbal and Quantitative.

    Also note the following:

    - The score may not be older than five years, counted from the date you start with the premaster

    - The Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment score do not count for admission

    Please fill in the test that 'Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam' may receive your score. The official score will be sent by GMAT to VU. Please note that it may take up to 20 calendar days for the VU to receive your GMAT score, so plan GMAT on time.

    You can also submit a ‘Graduate Record Examinations’ (GRE) score for the parts Verbal and Quantitative to satisfy the GMAT score requirement. To convert your GRE score to its GMAT equivalent, use the GRE Comparison Tool!

    The School of Business and Economics (SBE) offers a course in preparation for the GMAT, the GMAT preparation course. The preparation course starts each year in August. For more information, please visit the website of the GMAT preparation course.

    Costs premaster

    Tuition fee 2022-2023: EUR 1.105,00

    Deadlines and application

    The programme starts each year in February, you must have completed your application before 31 January.

    Apply now

  • I have an international degree

    Please refer to the UvA website.

  • I am a VU Amsterdam Student with a BSc in (International) Business Administration, Econometrics & Operations Research, or in Economics and Business Economics

    VU students with a BSc in (International) Business Administration, in Econometrics & Operations Research or in Economics and Business Economics have direct access to MSc Entrepreneurship and need to register in for the VU - MSc Entrepreneurship programme before 15 July.

  • I am a UvA Student with a BSc in Actuarial Science, Economics and Business/Economie en Bedrijfskunde or Econometrics and Operations Research

    UvA students with a BSc in Actuarial Science, in Economics and Business/Economie en Bedrijfskunde or in Econometrics and Operations Research have direct access to MSc Entrepreneurship and need to register in for the UvA - MSc Entrepreneurship programme before 1 June.

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    As a result of the COVID pandemic, both our current as well as prospective students may have encountered study delays. To facilitate transitions within programmes (BSc) as well as to new programmes (MSc) a number of policies have been developed again for the upcoming academic year 2022-2023 in collaboration with the government and other universities.

    Please note that if you already made use of the so-called ‘Zachte Knip’ or ‘Soft-cut’ for the academic year 2021 – 2022 and are still in the same study phase as then, you will not be eligible to use it again

    For questions about the ‘soft cut’ for international students, please contact your International Student Advisors on  

    1. Transition from BSc programs to full-time MSc programs – national and EU

    In accordance with the agreements made with the Dutch government, VU Amsterdam has developed guidelines for the so-called “zachte knip” (soft cut, i.e., transferring from BSc to MSc program without completing the BSc yet.)

    Based on these guidelines and previous experience with the “zachte knip”, the following requirements have now been developed for admission to SBE full-time programs:

    Students are allowed to miss a total of 18EC of their BSc degree program (10% of the total of 180EC than can be obtained), provided that:

    • The student has completed his/her BSc Thesis
    • The general qualitative entry requirements for the specific program are met (as stipulated with other academic degree holders), rather than specific courses (as is now the case for our own BSc students).

    The above does not apply to admission to the part-time program in Accounting and Control, as this program starts twice a year.        

    For example, the MSc Marketing requires, in general terms:

    • A university Bachelor's degree that provides a sufficient foundation in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
    • Successfully completed courses and studied literature related to the core of this programme, consisting of
      • at least 18 EC in course work on Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, and
      • at least 12 EC related to statistics (to a level of being able to use techniques such as (multiple) regression, ANOVA and factor analysis).

    Requests for exemptions can be submitted via the usual procedures (examination board). The remaining 18EC need to be completed before September 1, 2023. If not, students will not be able to apply for their MSc degree. We have opted for the 10% maximum of missing EC, as it would be unlikely for students to have a reasonable chance of completing their MSc program otherwise. Even with 18EC missing, this is challenging. Students that start with a deficiency will therefore proactively be invited by the academic advisors to discuss their situation and see if they can offer help where needed.

    Click here to apply for the exceptional admission to a Master’s programme.

    Note: for non-EEA students, the regular rules apply.

    2. Transition from premaster programs to respective MSc programs

    Note: this applies to the premaster programs of the MSc in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Transport and Supply Chain Management, Finance, Marketing, Digital Business and Innovation and the full-time MSc Accounting and Control. There is a separate policy for the transition from the premaster to the part-time MSc Accounting and Control.

    Students are allowed to miss a total of 12EC of their premaster program (40% of the total of 30EC than can be obtained), provided that the student has completed his/her Academic paper.

    This 40% deviates from the VU guideline of 10-20% EC not completed. This is motivated by the fact that:

    • Our pre-master program only starts in semester 2 (contrary to most other programs at the VU) and our students are therefore disproportionally affected by the crisis;
    • The premaster program, for a substantial part, consist of courses that are part of larger scale programs. In replanning all assessments, the planning for the core program takes preference over the premaster, which in some cases might lead to less favourable circumstances for the premaster students (despite customized measures being taken as well).
    • In normal circumstances, many of our premaster students perform well, both in the premaster as well as in the master program. Hence, we are less concerned about the students that are not sufficiently ready to start the master will gain access via this route after all.

    The remaining 12EC need to be completed before September 1, 2023. If not, students will not be able to apply for their MSc degree. Also here, students that start with a deficiency will proactively be invited by the academic advisors to discuss their situation and see if they can offer help where needed. 

    Note: for enrolment in the premaster starting in February 2023, the regular procedure and requirements will be applied, given that this program only starts in semester 2.

    Click here to apply for the exceptional admission from a pre-Master’s programme to a Master’s programme.

Contact the Entrepreneurship programme

For questions about the programme content, application and admission please visit the webpage from the University of Amsterdam.