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Business Data Science: Admission Criteria

At present, accreditation for the research master in Business Data Science is pending. Until accreditation occurs, all courses will be hosted by Tinbergen Institute in a separate track. Students will enroll in the Tinbergen Institute research master program.

Admission is highly selective. No more than 30 students are admitted each year. Admission is determined by an Admissions Board consisting of research fellows affiliated with the participating Schools and chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Criteria for admission are:

1. Bachelor’s degree

A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Econometrics, Operation Research, or Data Science. Students must complete their Bachelor’s program prior to starting the Master’s program.

2. GRE or GMAT test scores

Valid GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) and/or GRE (Graduate Record Examinations, General test) results from all international applicants. Applicants with a GMAT score below 700 or a GRE Quantitative score below 160 will not be considered. Successful applicants typically rank among the top 10% of examinees on the quantitative section of the GMAT or GRE.
Applicants holding a Dutch degree on 1 September (2019) are exempted from this requirement.

3. Excellent command of English

Students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency in one of two ways:
a. by holding a degree from a Dutch university or an institution at which English is the language of instruction, or:
b. by scoring at least 600 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 250 on the computer-based TOEFL, 100 on the internet-based TOEFL or 7 on the The International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Note: Chinese nationals should meet the institute’s TOEFL iBT or IELTS requirement; this is a condition for obtaining a NUFFIC Certificate. Chinese nationals (unless already enrolled at a university in the Netherlands) are required to register with the NUFFIC in Beijing to obtain a NUFFIC Certificate.

4. Letter of motivation and research proposal

Students should be strongly motivated to pursue a career in (academic) research. Such motivation will be assessed based on a written letter of intent, including a research proposal (maximum two pages). The statement of purpose should be 300-500 words: it should include an explanation of the applicant’s purpose for undertaking graduate study, his/her reasons for applying to the Research Master Business Data Science in particular, his/her research interests, professional plans, and career goals. An interview with the Director of Graduate Studies and/or members of the Admission Board may be included in the selection procedure.

5. Writing Sample (optional)

Bachelor or master thesis (in English) or a published article.

6. Names and email addresses of two recommenders

These email addresses should be professional (not gmail etc.). It is recommended to contact these individuals beforehand, so that they are prepared when TI sends them an email inviting them to send a recommendation. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that your recommenders submit their references before the deadline.

7. An interview may be part of the selection process

Other admission criteria being equal, preference is given to candidates who show capacity for higher academic performance.