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Study, understand and influence human behaviour

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

    From academic year 2023-2024, the Psychology master's programme is a selective master's programme with capacity restriction. You are admissible if you meet the specific admission requirements and if you are selected for the programme.

    The following requirements apply to Master’s programme: Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology. Information on the Dutch Master’s programmes can be found on the Dutch website.

    Requirements with a bachelor programme in Psychology
    Students with a bachelor in Psychology from a different Dutch University and a minor in Social and Organizational Psychology (minor S&O) obtained at the VU are eligible for admission to the Master’s programme: Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology. Psychology students with a different minor are eligible for admission if they meet the following requirements:

    • A sufficient grade for M&D3: Individual and Organizational Diagnosis (6ECTS) or a comparable course (to be assessed by the admissions board).
    • One of the three following courses: Human Resource Management, Management and Organization, or Human Resource Development, or a comparable course (to be assessed by the admissions board).

    Requirements with a different bachelor degree
    With a related bachelor programme like (International) Business Administration (Bedrijfskunde), Public Administration and Organization Science (Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschappen), Beta Gamma Business Administration, Communication and Information Science (Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen), Communication Science (Communicatiewetenschap), or Human Resource Management (Personeelswetenschappen), obtained from a different Dutch University, students can enroll if they meet the following requirements:

    1. A minimum of 24 ECTS of completed Psychology courses consisting of:
    • Introduction to Psychology (6 ECTS)
    • An (introductory) course ‘Work & Organizational Psychology (6 ECTS) (or an equivalent course to be assessed by the Admission Board).
    • One of the following more specialized courses: Human Resource Management, Management and Organization, Human Resource Development, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development, (or an equivalent course to be assessed by the Admission Board).
    • One extra psychology course, such as personality, social, clinical, developmental, or cognitive psychology.
    1. A minimum of 18 ECTS of completed Quantitative methods courses, consisting of:
    • Statistics (6 ECTS)
    • Research methods (6 ECTS)
    • A sufficient grade for M&D3: Individual and Organizational Diagnosis (6 ECTS), or a different more specialized quantitative methods course (e.g., psychometrics, multivariate statistics, multiple regression, or structural equation modelling) (6 EC) (to be assessed by the Admission Board).

    To determine whether students are eligible for admission, students have to submit an admissions request in your dashboard on VU.nl (see Application with a Dutch degree or Application with an international degree).

    Inadmissible
    If you do not have one of the bachelor's degrees mentioned above, then you do not meet the admission requirements and you will unfortunately not be admitted to the Master's programme in Psychology.

    English language proficiency

    The admission board wants to stress the intensity of the programme: reading scientific articles and writing papers will be a key part, all in a very high pace. Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. As you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and for international companies.

    VU Amsterdam requires all applicants who have not completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia to take an English language test and to submit their score as part of their application. You can apply online for the Master's programme before having your English language test results yet. We do however advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for admission to the programme:  

    IELTS (academic): 6,5

    TOEFL

    • Paper based test 580 
    • Internet based test 92

    Cambridge English

    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C 
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C

    VU Amsterdam offers the TOEFL ITP English-language proficiency test. The test is offered by the VU Taalloket. You can find more information and register for this test at www.taalloket.nl.  

    Selection procedure

    The Master’s programme: Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology has a maximum of 90 places available. A candidate can apply for a maximum of two specializations within the Psychology Master’s programme, but can be admitted to only one specialization.

    Candidates will be ranked based on a score on the following two criteria:

    1. Motivation, reflection and fit of Bachelor curriculum content with the chosen specialization(s). For this criterion, you upload the motivation form for each chosen specialization under the heading Motivation letter
    2. The weighted average grade of the admission bachelor's programme with the reference date 1st of March 2023.

    Both criteria have the same weight.

    When the number of applications exceeds the maximum capacity of a specialization, candidates are selected according to the procedure described below:

    • The top 20% of the maximum capacity are selected directly; 
    • The lowest scoring 20% of the maximum capacity will be placedon the waiting list in order of ranking number;
    • The remaining spots within the specialization are allocated by drawing lots; candidates who are not selected immediately will be placed on the waiting list in order of the ranking list. 

    Candidates who are offered a placement must accept the offer within two weeks. If you decline the placement offer or if you do not accept the offer in time, you will not be admissible for the program in academic year 2023-2024, your place will then be offered to the next candidate in line.

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

    A candidate with an HBO bachelor's degree (regardless of which minor or premaster program was taken) does not meet the preliminary programme requirements for the Psychology master's program and is not eligible for admission to the Psychology master's programme.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Step 1: Register in Studielink
    Apply for the Master’s programme in Psychology before the 1st of March 2023. You will receive login details with which you can complete your registration in your dashboard on VU.nl. In your dashboard on VU.nl, select the master’s specialization(s) of your choice. A registration does not commit you to anything and can be cancelled free of charge until 1 September.

    Step 2: submit a request to evaluate your eligibility
    To determine whether you are eligible on admission, submit an admissions request in your dashboard on VU.nl

    Upload all the necessary documents in one joint PDF file. If you apply for more than one specialization click on 'change your selection' to add a new document. Only the last uploaded document is visible. The previously uploaded documents will not be deleted, they will only disappear from view. Incomplete submissions will not be taken into consideration.

    Step 3: participate in the selection procedure
    To participate in the selection procedure, upload the following documents;

    1. For selection criterion 1: upload the motivation form under the heading Motivation letter
    2. For selection criterion 2: upload a copy of transcript with reference date 1st of March 2023 under the heading List of transcript.

    Step 4: selection procedure result mid-May
    The result of the selection procedure will be announced via e-mail in mid-May. If you are selected immediately, you will receive a placement offer at the same time. A placement offer is valid for two weeks only. If a candidate rejects the placement offer or is too late for accepting, this placement becomes available again. The placement will be offered to the next candidate on the waiting list. Placements can be offered until mid-August.

    Step 5: Completing your registration
    Make sure you have met the prior education requirements, specific entry requirements and paid your tuition fees by 31 August 2023.

    Deadlines

    • 1 March 2023 - Register in Studielink;
    • 15 March 2023- submit complete admission file and selection documents;
    • Early-May 2023 - deadline for the admission board to communicate the decision whether you meet the specific prerequisites. Note: the sooner you complete your application file, the sooner you will receive a decision on this;
    • Mid-May 2023 - result selection procedure;
    • 31 August 2023 – complete your enrolment, including meeting the specific educational entry requirements and payment of tuition fees.
  • I have an international degree

    The Master's in Work and Organizational Psychology is the only English taught track of the Master's degree in Psychology and is open to both Dutch and International students. From academic year 2023-2024, the Psychology Master's programme is a selective master's program with capacity restriction. You are admissible to the Master's programme in Psychology if you meet the specific admission requirements and if you are selected for the program.

    Admission requirements

    The Psychology Master's programme is a selective programme. In addition to being selected for a spot in the programme, applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma must meet a number of requirements. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply.

    In order to meet the entry requirements of this Master’s programme, you need to have obtained 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. Typically, successful students in this programme have at least a 7,0 average grade (or an equivalent GPA score).

    Specific admission requirements for the Master's in Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology

    In order to meet the entry requirements of this study programme, a student needs to have:

    1.  completed (or is currently completing) a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or related programme;
    2.  successfully completed courses related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of):
      • At least 24 ECTS of completed Psychology courses, consisting of:
        • Introduction to Psychology (6 ECTS)
        • An (introductory) course ‘Work & Organizational Psychology (6 ECTS) (or an equivalent course; this is compulsory) (6 ECTS).
        • A more specialized organizational psychology course (e.g., Human Resource Management, Management and Organization, Human Resource Development, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development) (6 ECTS).
        • One extra psychology course, such as personality, social, clinical, developmental, or cognitive psychology (6 ECTS).
      • At least 18 ECTS of completed Quantitative methods courses, consisting of:
        • Statistics (6 ECTS)
        • Research methods (6 ECTS)
        • A more specialized quantitative methods course (e.g., statistical diagnostics, psychometrics, multivariate statistics, multiple regression, or structural equation modelling) (6 ECTS).

    Selection and Admission procedure

    The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. If the Admission Board decides that you meet the admission requirements, you can participate in the selection procedure. We use two criteria to select students:

    1. Motivation, reflection and connection to the curriculum of the programme. You can upload the motivation document for under the heading Motivation letter in VU-net. You can download the motivation document here from the second week of October.
    2. Current or final Grade Point Average (GPA) of your previous education.

    Both criteria are equally important. Applicants with the highest score will receive the highest ranking.

    When the number of applications exceeds the maximum capacity of a track, applicants will be selected according to the procedure described below:

    • The top 20% of the maximum capacity is admitted directly;
    • The least scoring 20% ​​of the maximum capacity will be placed on the waiting list in order of ranking;
    • The other places within the track are allocated by lottery; applicants who are not immediately selected will be placed on the waiting list in order of ranking.

    Applicants who receive a proof of placement must accept or decline the offer within two weeks. If you refuse the proof of placement or if you do not respond within the set two weeks, you will no longer be admitted in the 2023-2024 academic year and your place will be offered to the next person in the ranking.

    English language proficiency

    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.

  • Application with an international degree

    Applying with an international degree

    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.   

    If you have read the admission requirements and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required. 

    Step 1: Prepare documents and apply online

    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. Please apply at Studielink before 1 March 2023

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. Here you can find all relevant application information, including deadlines, a step-by-step explanation of the procedure and the English language requirements. In Studielink you can apply for the Master's Psychology and in your dashboard on VU.nl you can choose the Work and Organizational Psychology specialization. The deadline for handing in a complete application file is 15 March 2023.

    Step 2: Await decision on admission

    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain conditional admission, you can participate in the selection procedure. 

    Step 3: Participate in the selection procedure

    To participate in the selection procedure, please upload the motivation document under the heading ‘motivation letter’ in VU-net. Please note that you can upload the motivation document at the same time as your application file.

    Around the middle of May 2023 you will receive the result of the selection procedure. If you are admitted directly you will receive a proof of placement. If you are not admitted directly, you could receive a proof of placement up until half August 2023. 

    Step 4: Accept the proof of placement

    Applicants who receive a proof of placement must accept or decline the offer within two weeks. If you refuse the proof of placement or if you do not respond within the set two weeks, you will no longer be admitted in the 2023-2024 academic year and your place will be offered to the next person in the ranking.

    Step 5: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!

    Make sure to finalise your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on what to do after you are admitted. When all of the conditions are met, you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam! 

    Grants and scholarships

    International students can apply to several scholarships. For all VU scholarships, please see www.vu.nl/scholarships. Any available external grant or scholarship can be found through Study in 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? You can contact the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences for questions and practical information: toelatingscommissie.fgb@vu.nl

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.fbms@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

  • Nina Vredegoor
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
  • masters.fbms@vu.nl