Admission goals, -policy and -standards, including academic prerequisites, are in line with the mission and programme objectives. They are clearly and publicly stated, specifying any differences for categories of students.
- Prospective students are directly admitted to the programme if they hold a BSc degree in Public Administration, European Studies or Political Science on an academic level.
- Students from vocational education or a Dutch university of applied sciences, are conditionally admissible to a premaster programme of 30 EC, depending on their educational background and grades. Students admissible to the 30 EC Premaster programme, need to fulfil this programme fully within one year.
- For the recognition of foreign qualifications, programme management is assisted by the central Admission Office of the university. The Admission Office also filters applicants, by making sure diplomas are legitimate and the level of English (at least IELTS 6.0 overall) is met.
The premaster programme includes a course on Introduction to Public Administration (5 EC), Academic Writing (5 EC), Statistics (5 EC), and a module in the bachelor’s programme (depending upon the moment of intake). The premaster serves two goals: (1) it is selective in the sense that prospective students are able to explore whether they have entry competences for the master’s programme; (2) prospective students can eliminate possible deficiencies and satisfy the entry requirements of the master’s programme.
Students can enrol in the programme in an academic year at two moments: in September and in February. This allows students who nominally studied the pre-master programme, or students with a slight delay in their bachelor’s programme, to use their time efficiently. The table underneath shows that enrolment, with the exception of 2018 is stable but low. This is a point of attention.