Entry requirements (Non Dutch degree)

Master's in Communication Science

On this page you will find the entry requirements for direct admission to the Master’s programme in Communication Science.

If you don’t fit the profile entirely, you are still welcome to apply. When you have the right undergraduate qualifications (academic level and background) but a lack of knowledge and experience in the required areas, it is plausible you will be conditionally admitted based on completing a pre-Master's programme or online course first. The admissions board will evaluate every applicant individually based on:

  1. Academic Bachelor’s or Master's degree
  2. Bachelor’s curriculum and courses attended
  3. English language proficiency

Undergraduate qualification: Academic level

Applicants who obtained a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree at a research university (wo) are eligible to apply for one of our Master’s programmes. Which means that applicants with a non-Dutch degree need to meet the same qualifications. The minimum level of your diploma should therefore be at least equivalent or comparable to three years of a Dutch research-oriented university. To establish whether your degree is equivalent this level we need to assess it first. This will be done by professional diploma evaluators based on the guidelines of the Nuffic (an organisation for internationalisation in education). Please find an overview of the descriptions of different foreign education systems on their website

Hence, students with a Bachelor’s degree obtained at a university of applied sciences (HBO) or an equivalent of it, cannot be admitted to the (pre-) Master’s, but may opt for taking the short-track Bachelor's programme at the College of Communication to meet this criterion and then re-apply. This short-track Bachelor’s (verkorte Bachelor) is taught in English and Dutch.


Undergraduate qualification: Background

Admission (conditionally) is usually realistic for students that at least hold an academic Bachelor's degree in Communication Science or a related discipline (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Communication & Information Studies, Media Studies, Journalism with a research emphasis, Business Administration and International Relations). However, these students will probably have to complete some extra coursework (pre-Master’s or online course) prior to the Master’s programme depending on their knowledge of theories in Communication Science and (quantitative) social science methods and statistics.

Students with a completely different Bachelor’s background, without any links to the field of Communication Science, are most likely not eligible for the (pre-) Master’s programme.

Knowledge about theories of Communication Science

The Master's programme in Communication Science expects you to have a certain understanding of Communication Science theories. The admissions board will evaluate this based on your Bachelor’s curriculum and completed courses. Work experience is not taken into consideration.

Knowledge about theories of (quantitative) social science methods and statistics

The Communication Science Master’s programme has its roots in sociobehavioural sciences. In line with its sociobehavioural tradition, the programme attempts to teach you how to systematically observe and measure the effects of media and communication. In order to make the most of our Master’s programme in Communication Science, you must be at ease with the use of certain sociobehavioural data collection methods (such as survey design, experimental design), and statistical models to analyse the data (such as measurement models, linear regression, and analysis of variance). This level of knowledge has to be confirmed by the content of your courses during the academic Bachelor’s programme. Work experience is not taken into consideration.   

Experience in conducting empirical research with the use of inferential statistics

Besides knowledge of social science methods and statistics, we require you to be able to conduct and evaluate quantitative empirical research. This will be evaluated based on research papers written during the Bachelor’s programme.   

English language proficiency 

All Communication Science courses in the Master’s programme are taught in English. You must therefore be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English. That is why we require evidence of English language proficiency from non-native speakers of English with a non-Dutch degree. Please note that if you do not meet this requirement, admission is not possible. We only accept test result from TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Advance English or Cambridge Proficiency English. Other English tests are not considered valid.

Requirements regarding English language level are*:

  1. TOEFL: Internet test 92, Computer test 240, Paper test 580
  2. IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 for each part minimum)
  3. Cambridge Advanced English: A(C2), B(C1) or C(C1)
  4. Cambridge Proficiency English: A(C2), B(C2) or C(C2)

English language test results may not be older than 2 years

All language test scores need to be sent directly by the testing organisation to the Graduate School of Communication by regular post. When sending the TOEFL results, please make use of our institutional code: 3995.

Native speakers of English are, of course, exempted from the requirement. This includes applicants who were raised in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the UK, the USA and New Zealand.


If you have questions that are not answered on this website, please contact our admissions office:

Published by  GSC

22 February 2018