643 Top Masters Programs in Netherlands 2020

Higher education in the Netherlands is a binary education system consisting of research-oriented degrees called Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (WO) and HBOs (Hoger Beroepsonderwijs), which provide professional degrees for students interested in career fields that do not primarily involve research. It is the WO programs that allow students to earn Master's degrees in the Netherlands, with the option to… Read more

Higher education in the Netherlands is a binary education system consisting of research-oriented degrees called Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (WO) and HBOs (Hoger Beroepsonderwijs), which provide professional degrees for students interested in career fields that do not primarily involve research. It is the WO programs that allow students to earn Master's degrees in the Netherlands, with the option to perform research concerning several disciplines: sociology, linguistics, health and medical sciences, biology, agriculture, engineering and anthropology, just to name a few.

Many graduate level courses offered at Dutch universities are given in English. For example, the University of Amsterdam has over 130 master's degree programs in English and Leiden University offers 80 that are taught in English. The reason behind the Netherlands to be so motivated in offering hundreds of courses in English is its institutional pledge to commit to internationalization and further enhance its already multicultural, open-minded society.

Notes Concerning the Master's Degree in the Netherlands:

  • Most students complete their master's degree within two years. Afterward, they are qualified to enter a doctorate program if desired
  • Dutch universities do not offer on-campus accommodations so students should make plans ahead of time to rent a place to live.
  • The academic year in the Netherlands runs from September to June, with summer vacation lasting from July to September 1
  • Residential permits are issued as long as the student has a valid passport, is enrolled full-time, has medical insurance and enough money to purchase a return ticket.
  • The grading system used by universities consists of a "10" for excellent (uitmuntend); "7" for very satisfactory (ruim voldoende); and "2" for poor (slecht). Dutch universities also integrate the pass/fail (voldoende/onvoldoende) system for certain courses.

Earning a Master's degree in the Netherlands is also affordable, with tuition fees averaging international graduate students less than $14,000 per year (10,500 euros). For European Union students attending master's level courses in the Netherlands, cost is usually around 2250 euros.

The Netherlands WO Master's programs require students earn a bachelor's degree prior to applying for a master's degree as well as the completion of at least 60 and no more than 120 credits. For students desiring a master's degree in math, the natural sciences or agriculture, the full 120 credits is necessary before beginning graduate school. Students will be expected to write a master's thesis to earn a Master of Science or Master of Arts degree.

Students from outside the European Union will need to acquire residential permits to attend a Dutch university. The Netherlands also asks that students who come from certain counties to apply for and receive a provisional residential permit, or MVV, before they can enter the country. The university a student chooses will submit applications on the student's behalf as long as they have the proper documentation. In addition, international graduate students will need to show proof they have the financial means to support themselves while living in the Netherlands. Currently, that amount should be at least $1000 a month or 750 euros. Chinese students will need to apply online for a Nuffic Certificate, which is not difficult and is simply a protocol of the admission process.

Taking a Masters degree in the Netherlands is a top choice for many students. Below you will find links which will lead you to more information about learning opportunities in the Netherlands. Click on “Read more” to get an overview of the particular university and to get free information that concerns specific programs. Start the search for your future degree right away! 

Read less
The Master Institute of Visual Cultures – St. Joost School of Fine Art and Design
's Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

The master's programme Ecology Futures focusses on how art and design can help define and change the narrative around today's anthropocentric worldview. Through artistic resea ... +

The master's programme Ecology Futures focusses on how art and design can help define and change the narrative around today's anthropocentric worldview. Through artistic research rooted in scientific methodologies, students will be challenged to develop their own position, both theoretical and practical. Linked to the new Material Incubator lab space, students will be encouraged to explore and engage with the biological world as a way to express concepts, directly incorporating living matter into their work. Together we will envision all kinds of different ecological futures, developing critical work about our position as humans in relation to all other living and non-living entities, aiming to achieve a radical shift in perception on society today. The programme is led by core tutor, Xandra van der Eijk. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
01 Sep 2020
01 Aug 2020
Campus
 
NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A hallmark of the programme is the international character of services, in which cultural differences concerning providing service and quality of life play an important

A hallmark of the programme is the international character of services, in which cultural differences concerning providing service and quality of life play an important -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
14 months
English
Sep 2020
15 Aug 2020
Campus
 
HAN University of Applied Sciences
Arnhem, Netherlands

In this master track, you will focus on becoming an authority on Sustainable Energy Systems.

In this master track, you will focus on becoming an authority on Sustainable Energy Systems. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
18 months
English
Campus
 
Netherlands Maritime University
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Part-time Master Shipping and Transport is a management program designed for maritime professionals who wish to combine their carreer with further higher education.

The Part-time Master Shipping and Transport is a management program designed for maritime professionals who wish to combine their carreer with further higher education. -
MSc
Part-time
27 months
English
Campus
 
Zuyd Hogeschool
Maastricht, Netherlands

At the Master Interior Architecture you will learn to develop a concept for a space based on your own ideas and artistic vision and to realize that concept.

At the Master Interior Architecture you will learn to develop a concept for a space based on your own ideas and artistic vision and to realize that concept. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
01 May 2020
Campus
 
Erasmus MC Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences - Erasmus University Rotterdam
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Research Master program in Health Sciences aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of methods in either clinical or public health research. Specializations ... +

The Research Master program in Health Sciences aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of methods in either clinical or public health research. Specializations include clinical epidemiology, epidemiology, public health epidemiology, genetic and molecular epidemiology, and health economic analysis. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
European Leadership University
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Master of Data Science programme consists of 60 ECTS credits coursework with a final project. You can complete 9 modules in 12 to 16 months and earn your master’s degree i ... +

The Master of Data Science programme consists of 60 ECTS credits coursework with a final project. You can complete 9 modules in 12 to 16 months and earn your master’s degree in Data Science. -
Master
Online & Campus Combined
Part-time
12 months
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
ESA Business School - Ecole Supérieure des Affaires
Beirut, Lebanon +1 More

Train finance professionals to master and deepen their knowledge of the necessary theories and tools for the evolution of their functions.

Train finance professionals to master and deepen their knowledge of the necessary theories and tools for the evolution of their functions. -
Master
Full-time
16 months
French
Oct 2020
Campus
 
University of Groningen - Campus Fryslan
Groningen, Netherlands

Ever considered a career in sustainability and management? This Master's programme will teach you everything you need to know about Sustainable Entrepreneurship. The global ec ... +

Ever considered a career in sustainability and management? This Master's programme will teach you everything you need to know about Sustainable Entrepreneurship. The global economy is undergoing a transformation towards a sustainable society in which the interests of people, planet, and profits together are the driving force, rather than neoclassical industrial economic systems. -
Master
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Maastricht School of Management
Maastricht, Netherlands

The MSM Master in Management (MM) program is a one-year full-time master’s program for recent graduates and young professionals with the ambition to manage people and processe ... +

The MSM Master in Management (MM) program is a one-year full-time master’s program for recent graduates and young professionals with the ambition to manage people and processes with success in any organization, country or context. -
Master
Full-time
English
28 Sep 2020
15 Jul 2020
Campus
 
The Hague University of Applied Sciences
The Hague, Netherlands

The Master in International Communication Management (MA) program attracts students from across the globe who possess a broad spectrum of professional interests and experience ... +

The Master in International Communication Management (MA) program attracts students from across the globe who possess a broad spectrum of professional interests and experience. -
Master
Full-time
12 months
English
Campus
 
The Master Institute of Visual Cultures – St. Joost School of Fine Art and Design
's Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

During this two-year Master programme, students from various disciplines develop practice-led and process-orientated artistic research that is supported by research-led teachi ... +

During this two-year Master programme, students from various disciplines develop practice-led and process-orientated artistic research that is supported by research-led teaching. The aim of the programme is to enable starting artists to develop intellectual and practical skills and the confidence to do what every new generation of artists has to do: to redefine their practice and their role in relation to society. The programme is led by a core tutor, Charl Landvreugd. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
01 Sep 2020
01 Aug 2020
Campus
 
The Master Institute of Visual Cultures – St. Joost School of Fine Art and Design
's Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

During this two-year Master program, students from various disciplines learn how to provide meaning to the world outside of the studio. In an interdisciplinary learning enviro ... +

During this two-year Master program, students from various disciplines learn how to provide meaning to the world outside of the studio. In an interdisciplinary learning environment, students will explore how to take environmental, social, cultural and political factors as the basis for design processes. Through exposure to a variety of design methodologies and practices, students learn to iterate design concepts and are able to analyze, inform and shape their projects from concept to final project. Students learn to design with emerging technologies and creative software to create new perspectives and innovative forms of design and user experiences. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
01 Sep 2020
01 Aug 2020
Campus
 
The Master Institute of Visual Cultures – St. Joost School of Fine Art and Design
's Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Our high-performance professional master is a one-year programme and is directed towards helping everyone realize their potential. This is achieved through a fully integrated ... +

Our high-performance professional master is a one-year programme and is directed towards helping everyone realize their potential. This is achieved through a fully integrated approach to the field of Animation, as well as expanding the areas of creative practice in an interdisciplinary way. We create a space of experience and encounter that encourages dialogue in relation to current formal, technical, thematic and theoretical concerns that are relevant today. We are committed to supporting ambitious and diverse study interests and approaches. -
MA
Full-time
English
01 Sep 2020
01 Aug 2020
Campus
 
NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Leeuwarden, Netherlands

This is a 1-year master programme for students who want to become expert content and media strategist. In this course, you will learn how media content can contribute to organ ... +

This is a 1-year master programme for students who want to become expert content and media strategist. In this course, you will learn how media content can contribute to organisations and their stakeholders, and how to develop effective content and media strategies to help organisations achieve their communication goals. -
Master
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
15 Aug 2020
Campus