Applying in MyInfo

Graduate School of Humanities

After completing steps 1 to 4, you will be able to complete your UvA Master's application in MyInfo. Please find detailed information and instructions below.

Application documents in MyInfo

As part of your online Master's application, you must submit all of the following documents in MyInfo before submitting your MyInfo form:

  1. Official higher education transcripts and diplomas 
    UvA applicants: UvA students can upload a print screen of their grades from SIS.
  2. Bachelor's diploma (if you have already completed your Bachelor's)
  3. Motivation letter
    Note: for selective programmes, the motivation letter is one of the selection criteria. For non-selective programmes, the motivation letter is not a selection criterion, but it should reflect that your expectations of the Master’s programme match the content of the programme and will serve as a starting point for tutor meetings to discuss your focus within the Master’s programme.
  4. CV or resumé (including contact details of two referees)
  5. Sample of academic written work (5-10 pages)
  6. English language test (unless you are exempt)
  7. Programme specific documents (if applicable)

How to name your documents

Please make sure you upload your documents according to the format: Document_Your full name (i.e. if your name is John Smith an you are uploading your motivation letter, you will upload the document as: Motivation letter_John Smith etc.. If your name is Jane Edwards, you upload your CV as: CV_ Jane Edwards).

Uploading your transcripts and diplomas

UvA applicants

Students who are completing their Bachelor's degree at the UvA at the time of applying can upload a print screen of their grades from SIS. UvA graduates who have already obtained their Bachelor's and/or Master's degree at the UvA, need to upload their official transcript(s) and diploma(s).

In addition to your transcripts and diplomas, you are also required to add a short description of the courses that are relevant to the Master's programme you are applying for and a list of the courses you still need to finish.

If you are applying for a Dual or Research Master's and your GPA is lower than the required 7 for Dual Master's or 7.5 for Research Master's, then you are required to add an explanation for this in your motivation letter.

Dutch (non-UvA) previous higher education

Applicants with a Bachelor's and/or Master's from a Dutch university other than the UvA will need to upload official transcripts of their university education. Print screens from online grade registration systems are not accepted. Add a short description of the courses that are relevant to the Master's programme you are applying for and list the courses you still need to finish.

In addition to your transcripts and diplomas, you are also required to add a short description of the courses that are relevant to the Master's programme you are applying for and a list of the courses you still need to finish.

If you are applying for a Dual or Research Master's and your GPA is lower than the required 7 for Dual Master's or 7.5 for Research Master's, then you are required to add an explanation for this in your motivation letter.

Non-Dutch previous higher education

If your transcripts and diplomas (if obtained) are in a language other than Dutch, English, German, French or Spanish, you need to upload the original transcripts and diplomas (issued by your university), as well as translations of these documents in Dutch or English made by a sworn translator.

In addition to your transcripts and diplomas, you are also required to add a short description of the courses that are relevant to the Master's programme you are applying for and a list of the courses you still need to finish.

If you are applying for a Dual or Research Master's and your GPA is lower than the required 7 for Dual Master's or 7.5 for Research Master's, then you are required to add an explanation for this in your motivation letter.

Can I apply before having completed my Bachelor's?

Many applicants to Master's programmes are still in the process of finishing their Bachelor's degree. If this applies to you, then you can upload a transcript of records with the courses and grades obtained so far. Make sure to also include a list of courses from your Bachelor's that you still need to complete. Please note that it is a strict requirement that students starting their Master's on 1 September, need to have obtained their Bachelor's degree on 31 August at the latest.

Applying for more than one Master's programme

You may apply for a maximum of two tracks. If you wish to do so, you can select a second track in the MyInfo application form. Please note that we will start by processing your first track. Only if you are not conditionally admitted to your first track will we continue to process your second track. If you are conditionally admitted to your first track, your application to the second track will be cancelled.

Is my application complete after uploading all the documents and submitting the application form?

In case you receive a conditional offer to one of our Master's programmes, you will need to send us the following documents by post in order to be unconditionally admitted. These documents need to be certified. Please find below the deadlines for sending in certified documents.

UvA Humanities students:

  • Your graduation from your Bachelor's needs to be registered in SIS on 31 August at the latest. The Education Desk will notify the Admissions Office of your graduation.

UvA students from other faculties:

  • Your graduation from your Bachelor's needs to be registered in SIS on 31 August at the latest. Make sure you notify the Admissions Office once you have received confirmation from your Education Desk that you have graduated. The Admissions Office will then be able to verify your graduation in SIS.

Students with a Dutch Bachelor's degree:

  • Before 24 August: Certified official transcripts from your Bachelor's degree (and Master's degree if applicable)
  • Before 24 August: A certified copy of your Bachelor's diploma (and Master's diploma if applicable)

Students with an international Bachelor's degree:

  • Before 1 August: Certified official transcripts from your Bachelor's degree (and Master's degree if applicable)
  • Before 1 August: A certified copy of your Bachelor's diploma (and Master's diploma if applicable)
  • Before 1 August: Official translations of your transcript(s) and diploma(s) if they are in a language other than Dutch, English, German, French or Spanish

What is a certified document?

All transcripts and diplomas (or official graduation statements that include the date you graduated) sent to the GSH by post must be properly certified. A certified document is an official copy of the original document. It must show your full name, the name of the institution that issued the document and the inked stamp of your school or university, and the signature of the representative working at this institution. Watch the video below to understand exactly what is meant by a certified document.

In case you receive the hard copy of your diploma after 31 August, please send us a graduation statement instead, signed and stamped by a representative of your university, together with your certified transcript. Your official graduation date on this graduation statement needs to be 31 August 2019 at the latest.

Students who completed their Bachelor's at the University of Amsterdam do not have to submit certified documents.

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Motivation letter

Motivate in around 500 words why you wish to study the programme. If you are applying for 2 MA programmes, you will need to write two separate letters of motivation. If you are applying for a Research Master’s, be sure to include the courses you wish to take and explain what you would like your research focus to be. If you have taken longer than the allotted time to complete your BA programme, please write a short note to explain the study delay.

Note: for selective programmes, the motivational letter is one of the selection criteria. For non-selective programmes, the motivational letter is not a selection criterion, but it should reflect that your expectations of the Master’s programme match the content of the programme, and will serve as a starting point for tutor meetings to discuss your focus within the Master’s programme.

Return to the application process for Master's programmes starting in September.

Published by  Graduate School of Humanities

17 October 2018