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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 +1 More

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

This specialisation 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 the switch to a circular economy, renewable energy, green transport and infrastructure (include drainage) and sanitation, and the provision of drinking water. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2021
15 Apr 2021
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
27 Sep 2021
15 Jul 2021
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
Campus
 

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Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Rotterdam , Netherlands

Through the one-year Master in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship, you will achieve a deep understanding of enterprises and learn how to effectively advise clients or lead your ... +

Through the one-year Master in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship, you will achieve a deep understanding of enterprises and learn how to effectively advise clients or lead your own business. -
Master
Full-time
English
Feb 2021
Campus
 
University of Groningen - Campus Fryslan
Leeuwarden , Netherlands

Which impacts does tourism have on the social, cultural, environmental, and spatial characteristics of an area? How do tourists influence and are influenced by places and cult ... +

Which impacts does tourism have on the social, cultural, environmental, and spatial characteristics of an area? How do tourists influence and are influenced by places and cultures? How can tourism geography with its long tradition in researching human's activities, behaviours, and impacts in place, time, and space help in understanding the challenges that contemporary tourism is facing? You will tackle these questions and study the interactions between tourists, visitors, local communities, and the natural, and build environment in detail in the Tourism Geography and Planning track. Tourism is a global phenomenon with important regional and local impacts. Due to a large number of tourist trips and the possible economic influences, tourism development is often seen by policymakers as an important strategy for regional development. As COVID-19 has shown, tourism is a fragile phenomenon: it can suddenly come to a grinding halt leaving communities that rely on tourism without means to sustain their livelihood. Moreover, before COVID-19, tourism had reached a level that threatened that same heritage (both human and natural) on which it depends. The Tourism Geography and Planning track offers critical insights into the role of the tourism sector in such liveability and identity questions. It offers international, place-based, critical, and research-oriented approaches. In line with the teaching and research philosophy at RUG/Campus Fryslân, the track’s approach to tourism is transdisciplinary involving disciplines such as history, anthropology, psychology, spatial planning, and hospitality studies in the curriculum and dialogue with global and local actors in (sustainable) tourism development. Through these theoretical perspectives, you will develop the capacity to understand, analyse, and evaluate complex problems related to (sustainable) tourism development and planning. -
MSc
Full-time
English
01 Sep 2021
01 May 2021
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Groningen , Netherlands

The MSc in Accountancy & Controlling prepares you for a role as an accountant or controller in a dynamic world which faces major developments in IT and increasingly emphas ... +

The MSc in Accountancy & Controlling prepares you for a role as an accountant or controller in a dynamic world which faces major developments in IT and increasingly emphasizes sustainability issues. This is an internationally accredited program, providing high-quality teaching that meets both AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities worldwide achieve. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
01 Sep 2021
01 May 2021
Campus
 
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam , Netherlands +1 More

As a product of a new collaboration between the Department of Public Administration (Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, ESSB) and the Institute of Housing and U ... +

As a product of a new collaboration between the Department of Public Administration (Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, ESSB) and the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), this programme is a specialisation within the MSc in Public Administration of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. -
Master
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam , Netherlands +1 More

Cities are complex, dynamic systems, influenced by different stakeholders, which requires a more flexible approach. This specialisation track delves deeper into how planning c ... +

Cities are complex, dynamic systems, influenced by different stakeholders, which requires a more flexible approach. This specialisation track delves deeper into how planning can respond flexibly to the urban dynamics and how various stakeholders can engage in the co-production of a commonly desired urban development. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2021
15 Apr 2021
Campus
 
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam , Netherlands +1 More

In a global economy, cities and regions are in a perpetual state of competition. This specialisation track examines how cities use innovation and entrepreneurship to drive gro ... +

In a global economy, cities and regions are in a perpetual state of competition. This specialisation track examines how cities use innovation and entrepreneurship to drive growth and build economic resilience in an unstable global economic climate. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2021
15 Apr 2021
Campus
 
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam , Netherlands +1 More

Smart and resilient cities are essential in tackling the growing threat of climate instability. This learning track focuses on different analytical and practical approaches to ... +

Smart and resilient cities are essential in tackling the growing threat of climate instability. This learning track focuses on different analytical and practical approaches to foster resilience and environmental sustainability in urban areas worldwide while covering the most recent trends, developments, and tools related to urban environment, sustainability and climate change. Key topics include the impact nature-based solutions, climate mitigation, and adaptation, sectoral approaches related to energy, water and transport, and urban form have on urban resilience. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2021
15 Apr 2021
Campus
 
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam , Netherlands +1 More

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

The access to adequate housing is a perpetual global challenge and a process often tainted by political, social and economic exclusion and injustice. This learning 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
12 months
English
Sep 2021
15 Apr 2021
Campus
 
Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam , Netherlands +1 More

This specialisation track focuses on how land and natural resources are accessed, managed and how these aspects contribute to, or hinder, the development of equitable and sust ... +

This specialisation track focuses on how land and natural resources are accessed, managed and how these aspects contribute to, or hinder, the development of equitable and sustainable cities. It tackles the importance of land governance in supporting sustainable and resilient urban development in social, economic and environmental terms. Key topics include settlement informality, displacement and gentrification. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2021
15 Apr 2021
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 months
English
Campus
 
NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Leeuwarden , Netherlands

The International Leisure, Tourism & Events Management master programme is the perfect specialisation if you are interested in developing sustainable leisure concepts. You ... +

The International Leisure, Tourism & Events Management master programme is the perfect specialisation if you are interested in developing sustainable leisure concepts. You will earn a dual degree in just over 1 year, all while creating the future of tourism at an international level. -
Master
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Rotterdam , Netherlands

Take your knowledge of Supply Chain management to the next level and transform your managerial and leadership skills with a one-year Master in International Supply Chain Manag ... +

Take your knowledge of Supply Chain management to the next level and transform your managerial and leadership skills with a one-year Master in International Supply Chain Management. -
Master
Full-time
English
Feb 2021
Campus
 

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