Application procedure: establishing deficiencies
Every application for the MSc Business Administration (MSc BA) programme is assessed individually, based on the requirements. It will be assessed if the candidate has deficiencies for the MSc BA programme. If there are no deficiencies, a direct admission to the MSc BA programme will be the result. If there are deficiencies, it will be checked if these deficiencies can be eliminated within 30 EC (European Credits). If this is the case, the University of Twente will offer a bridging programme. Such a programme is called a pre-master programme, and it helps students transferring from similar programmes at other institutes of higher education (research universities or universities of applied sciences) to eliminate deficiencies. In general, the pre-master programme is not a standard package; courses to be taken by a student are determined on a case-by-case basis according to the needs of the individual student and depends on the candidate’s previous education. One can not apply for a pre-master programme separately; it has to be appointed by the Admission Committee after applying to the specific MSc programme.
Although no standard programme exist, we do try to standardize the procedure and the content of a pre-Master. Generally speaking, the pre-master’s programme BA for students with a (business administration related) Bachelor degree achieved at a university of applied sciences is normally worth 30 EC and is given each semester in English. In principle, all courses will consist of training in research methods and techniques and academic skills. Where possible, the topics are related to Business Administration fields. This involves 6 courses, each worth 5 EC (see both tables below for the standardized package). It is required that students’ mathematical and English language skills are of VWO (pre-university) level before the pre-master begins.
Recently the course codes for all undergraduate and pre-master courses are changed. If you received your admission letter for a pre-master package for intake moment September 2020, it will contain old course codes. Please refer to the list below; if the course name is below in the second column, the new corresponding course code is mentioned in the first column.
Research methodology and descriptive Statistics
Academic Writing (Pre-master)
In many cases the remaining 15 EC will consist of three courses that use Business Administration topics more in-depth to teach the research orientation and academic knowledge and skills. The most appointed pre-master courses are:
Researching Strategy & Marketing
Global Entrepreneurship & Business
Any personal circumstance that may affect the progress of your course of study must be reported immediately to your study advisor.
The pre-master programme must be completed within 12 months after commencement. Each student is given a maximum of two chances to pass the exams for each course. If you do not complete the pre-master programme within 12 months, you may not register for the MSc BA programme. If this is the case, but you are able to prove that due to personal circumstances you could not complete the programme, you can then submit a request to the Admission Committee for an exemption via the study advisor.
After students finalized their pre-master and their bachelor programme, students will be admitted to the MSc Business Administration programme of the University of Twente.