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Entry requirements

Graduate School of Humanities

The Graduate School of Humanities welcomes all students who meet the entry requirements for our Master's programmes.

Academic Bachelor’s degree obtained from a Dutch University (WO)

Applicants should have at least obtained an (academic) university's Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to the Master’s programme. In addition, each programme has its specific entry requirements. These can be found under the 'Application an Admission' section of each programme.

A degree obtained from a university of applied sciences (Dutch hbo) is not sufficient for direct admission to an academic Master's programme. You might be able to compensate for your deficiencies by doing a pre-Master’s programme.

Bachelor's degree obtained from a non-Dutch academic institution

The level of the Bachelor’s diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch (academic) university education. Additionally, the issuing higher education institution as well as the degree programme itself has to be officially accredited. All students' transcripts and diplomas will be evaluated following the Nuffic diploma recognition guidelines.

Grade average for selective programmes

If you are applying to a selective Master's programme, you are required to have a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of:

  • B/3.2 (American system) for Dual Master's programmes and 3.5 for Research Master's programmes.
  • 2.1 (an upper second class degree in the British system),
  • C (ECTS-system) for Dual Master's programmes and B for Research Master's programmes.
  • 7.0 (Dutch system) for Dual Master's programmes and 7.5 for Research Master's programmes.

Note: Admission will not be granted solely on the basis of sufficient grade point average.

English language requirements

All students applying to an English-taught Master's programme are required to be proficient C1 users of academic English. To demonstrate this, you must meet the official English language requirements of the Graduate School of Humanities when you submit an application. Please see the page below for more information on which types of proficiency tests and scores we accept.