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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! 

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Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam, Netherlands

This master track focuses on how land and natural resources are approached, handled and how these elements contribute to, or slow down, the development of equitable and sustai ... +

This master track focuses on how land and natural resources are approached, handled and how these elements contribute to, or slow down, the development of equitable and sustainable cities. It engages with the influence of land governance on supporting sustainable and resilient urban development in social, economic and environmental aspects. Key topics include settlement informality, displacement and gentrification. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
01 Jul 2022
Campus
 
Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Venlo, Netherlands

This programme is designed for new or recent graduates from any discipline with little or no work experience who wish to gain a business and management qualification in order ... +

This programme is designed for new or recent graduates from any discipline with little or no work experience who wish to gain a business and management qualification in order to pursue a career in management on a strategic level. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2022
01 Jun 2022
Campus
 
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication - Erasmus University Rotterdam
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Master in History is an interdisciplinary programme: we combine knowledge and theories from both the humanities and the social sciences to analyse complex historical issue ... +

The Master in History is an interdisciplinary programme: we combine knowledge and theories from both the humanities and the social sciences to analyse complex historical issues. An international and comparative approach teaches us to identify similarities and differences in historical case studies. -
Master
Full-time
English
05 Sep 2022
15 May 2022
Campus
 

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European Master in Renewable Energy and European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management
Groningen, Netherlands +3 More

Within the rapidly expanding European renewable energy industry, an urgent demand exists for more post-graduate trained staff, specialized in renewable energy technology. EURE ... +

Within the rapidly expanding European renewable energy industry, an urgent demand exists for more post-graduate trained staff, specialized in renewable energy technology. EUREC together with leading European Universities involved in renewable energy education and training have responded to this demand through the development of the European Master in Renewable Energy. -
Master
Full-time
3 semesters
English, Spanish, French
Sep 2022
15 Apr 2022
Campus
 
NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Leeuwarden, Netherlands

If you are service-minded, critical, and curious, and always have your customer's interest in mind, this master's degree is perfect for you. It is a springboard for a successf ... +

If you are service-minded, critical, and curious, and always have your customer's interest in mind, this master's degree is perfect for you. It is a springboard for a successful and dynamic career in the ever-changing hospitality industry. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
14 - 26 months
English
Sep 2022
15 Aug 2022
Campus
 
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam, Netherlands

In a global economy, cities and regions are in a constant state of economic development and transition. This master track delves into how cities facilitate innovation and entr ... +

In a global economy, cities and regions are in a constant state of economic development and transition. This master track delves into how cities facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship to stimulate growth and build economic resilience. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
01 Jul 2022
Campus
 
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The access to adequate housing is a perpetual global challenge and a process often tainted by political, social and economic exclusion and injustice. This master track offers ... +

The access to adequate housing is a perpetual global challenge and a process often tainted by political, social and economic exclusion and injustice. This master track offers the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the main principles of adequate housing provision and apply them in assessing existing policies. Students will learn how to devise the best possible mechanisms that foster accessible, affordable, available, acceptable and adaptable housing. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
01 Jul 2022
Campus
 
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Smart and resilient cities are vital in tackling the growing threat of climate imbalance, and fostering sustainability. This master track focuses on different analytical and p ... +

Smart and resilient cities are vital in tackling the growing threat of climate imbalance, and fostering sustainability. This master track focuses on different analytical and practical approaches to accommodate resilience and environmental sustainability in urban areas worldwide. Students have the opportunity to learn about the most recent trends and developments related to smart and resilient cities. Key topics include the impact of nature-based solutions, climate mitigation and adaptation, sustainable energy, water and transport approaches, and smart city innovations. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
01 Jul 2022
Campus
 
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Cities are complex, dynamic systems, influenced by various stakeholders. This master track goes deeper into how planning can respond flexibly to the urban dynamics and how dif ... +

Cities are complex, dynamic systems, influenced by various stakeholders. This master track goes deeper into how planning can respond flexibly to the urban dynamics and how different parties can engage in the co-production of a commonly desired urban development. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam, Netherlands

This master track focuses on how local governments can manage, finance and provide infrastructure to deliver quality services while improving the cities’ green performance. Ke ... +

This master track focuses on how local governments can manage, finance and provide infrastructure to deliver quality services while improving the cities’ green performance. Key topics include renewable energy, green transport and digital infrastructure, waste management and sanitation, and the provision of drinking water. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
01 Jul 2022
Campus
 
Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Venlo, Netherlands

There are 2 optional programme pathways - MSc in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management (ILSCM) and MSc in International Procurement and Supply Chain Management ( ... +

There are 2 optional programme pathways - MSc in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management (ILSCM) and MSc in International Procurement and Supply Chain Management (IPSCM). -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2022
01 Jun 2022
Campus
 
Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Tilburg, Netherlands

The Master of Music at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg, the Netherlands, is an advanced degree programme for highly gifted musicians who seek a career as ... +

The Master of Music at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg, the Netherlands, is an advanced degree programme for highly gifted musicians who seek a career as a professional performer on the international concert stage. The unique dimension of the Master of Music at Fontys is the personalized component: students receive a two-year scholarship and can tailor the program in accordance with the needs of their emerging career. Students may use their scholarship for taking courses with professors at Fontys and even with external professors and artists. -
Master
Full-time
24 months
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Tilburg, Netherlands

Located in the heart of Tilburg, the Netherlands, Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts is dedicated to the study and investigation of cultural developments of all kin ... +

Located in the heart of Tilburg, the Netherlands, Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts is dedicated to the study and investigation of cultural developments of all kinds, and to understanding how they can produce meaningful change within our shared spaces. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Eindhoven, Netherlands

The Master of Science (MSc) in Digital Technology Engineering is a 2-year program offered by Fontys University of Applied Sciences. You will get an extra specialization in Dig ... +

The Master of Science (MSc) in Digital Technology Engineering is a 2-year program offered by Fontys University of Applied Sciences. You will get an extra specialization in Digital Technologies and you will learn about software & hardware, AI, machine learning, data analysis & statistics, and develop new skills. Become the engineer who crosses disciplines, overseeing the process of product development, product integration, business development and organizational processes! And contribute to a rapidly changing society by driving digital transformation. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Feb 2022
15 Nov 2022
Campus
 
Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Tilburg, Netherlands

The urban designer's core competence is the ability to design spatial conditions facilitating diverse and dynamic urban programmes and urban conditions with respect for the so ... +

The urban designer's core competence is the ability to design spatial conditions facilitating diverse and dynamic urban programmes and urban conditions with respect for the social, ecological and economic values of the site and society. -
MSc
Part-time
48 months
English
Sep 2022
Campus