Admission and application for Dutch HBO students

Get in touch with a student of this Master's


As a Bachelor’s student from a University of applied sciences (HBO), you need to follow a pre-master first. Students with a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences (HBO) do not directly fulfill all the admission requirements. In order to start a master's programme you first need to do a pre-master's programme to bring your knowledge up to the required level.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Communication science

To qualify for the Communication Science programme you have to meet the following conditions:

  • Related field of study

    Whether you might be admitted to the (Pre-)Master's, depends on your previous education. There are several ways to find out if your bachelor's is sufficiently related. 

    Below you will find a list of related HBO programmes that give access to our pre-master’s programme. Successful completion of the pre-master’s programme gives you access to the master’s Communication Science:

    • Related HBO bachelor's
      • Accountancy
      • Bedrijfseconomie
      • Bedrijfskunde
      • Bestuurskunde
      • Bestuurskunde-Overheidmanagement
      • Business IT & Management
      • Commerciële Economie
      • Communicatie
      • Communicatie en Multimedia Design
      • Communicatiemanagement
      • Communicatiesystemen
      • Communication and Multimedia Design
      • Creative Business
      • Creative Media and Game Technologies
      • European Studies
      • Facility Management
      • Finance & Control
      • Finance, Tax and Advice
      • Fiscaal Recht en Economie
      • HBO-ICT
      • Hoger Hotelonderwijs
      • Hoger Toeristisch en Recreatief Onderwijs
      • Human Resource Management
      • Industrieel Product Ontwerpen
      • Informatica
      • Informatie Dienstverlening en Management
      • International Business
      • International Business and Languages
      • International Business and Management Studies
      • Integrale Veiligheidskunde
      • Journalistiek
      • Journalistiek en voorlichting
      • Kunst en Techniek
      • Maatschappelijk Werk en Dienstverlening
      • Management Economie en Recht
      • Media en Entertainment Management
      • Media en informatiemanagement
      • Media Informatie en Communicatie
      • Ondernemerschap & Retail Management
      • Personeel en Arbeid
      • Small Business and Retail Management
      • Social Work
      • Sportkunde
      • Technische Bedrijfskunde
      • Technische Commerciële Textielkunde
      • Technische Informatica
      • Toegepaste Psychologie

    Note: If you have completed another (related) HBO programme that is not listed above, you could be admissible too. In that case, please contact our study advisor, Jeanet Luijerink ( for more information about your admissibility. In all cases the admission committee will conduct an individual assessment procedure to determine if you have sufficient basic qualifications in Communication Science.

    Other (related) bachelor's could be admissible too. Find out if your educational institution is listed below and select your bachelor's to see if you might be able to enrol in the (Pre-)Master's.

    Can you follow this master's with your previous education?

    Tip: is your educational institute not listed? Check if a similar bachelor's is offered at one of the listed institutes. If that one is admissible, then you might be eligible with your bachelor's too! Just contact the study adviser Jeanet Luijerink if you are still trying to figure out if your bachelor's is sufficiently relevant. 

  • Required documents
    • Copy of diploma.
    • Transcript of records.
    • Summary of thesis in English language (BSc or MSc).
    • Motivational letter, explaining why you and the programme are a great fit (max. 2 pages). Give a clear and relevant statement of motivation for one of the specialisations.
    • Résumé stating relevant work experience, extracurricular activities, honours or awards obtained (Tip: use the format of Europass to make sure everything is included).


You have the option to follow the Pre-Master's during your current HBO bachelor's within a transfer minor. It's an option worth considering as it saves you time and money: the programme of 30 EC fits within your minor space and you do not incur any extra costs because you have already paid tuition fees for your bachelor's. A second option is to first get your bachelor's degree and then transfer to this Master's via the Pre-Master's. 

The Pre-Master's in a nutshell


You don't need to apply for the Pre-Master's directly. You apply by signing up for this Master's. UT will alter this to a pre-master's registration. Once you are admitted, you get access to the Pre-Master's automatically.


How you apply, depends on whether you take the Pre-Master's during or after your HBO bachelor's. If you take (part of) the Pre-Master's during your bachelor's, you apply for a transfer minor via the Kies op Maat website. If you decide to do the Pre-Master's after completing your bachelor's, you apply via Studielink.

Follow the Pre-Master’s during your minor?
Apply here
Follow the Pre-Master's after your HBO bachelor's? Start here!

Didn't graduate yet?

You may be admitted to the Pre-Master's on the condition that you still have to pass. Therefore, you can start up your application even though you have not yet completed your HBO bachelor's. You may be granted conditional acceptance based on your transcripts, detailed curriculum information, relevant research and expected graduation date. To finally be enrolled in the (Pre-)Master's, you do need to submit your bachelor's degree, once you have obtained this. 


After completing your HBO bachelor's and the Pre-Master's, you can start your Master's in Communication Science in February or September.

The Pre-Master's starts every September and February. Keep an eye on the application deadline and check them prior to your application. However, the deadline depends on the route you chose. For following the Pre-Master's during your HBO bachelor's – the so-called transfer minor – the deadline is earlier than the deadline when you wish to follow the Pre-Master's after the HBO programme.

Chat offline (info)
To use this functionality you first need to:
Accept cookies