Admission requirements

The requirements for admission for a PhD position in Business and Organisation are the following:

  • The candidate must have completed a research master of an equivalent programme in business Administration, Economics, Operations Research, Sociology, or a related discipline.
  • The candidate must have excellent results in their first degree/graduate study (average >7,5).
  • The candidate must have explicit interest in and motivation for scientific research. ABRI wants to make sure that students make a well-informed and appropriate decision when entering our programme. All applicants are thus asked to write a letter of intent to clarify their aspirations, ambitions and research interests.
  • The candidate must have done the GMAT test (Graduate Management Admission Test) or the general GRE test (Princeton Graduate Record Exam). The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration will reimburse 50% of the costs of the GRE/GMAT test for students of this faculty who apply for a PhD position at this faculty. We do not have a GMAT or GRE cut-off score. The average GMAT score for admitted applicants is above 550, and the average GRE score is above 85%. However, standardized tests are just one of many application components we look at and a score below 550 on the GMAT or 85% on the GRE does not disqualify applicants from serious consideration.
  • The candidate must have a good command of English. Students, whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from a Dutch institution or from an institution at which English is the language of instruction, are therefore required to demonstrate their proficiency in English. They can do so through by scoring at least 600 on the paper-based or 250 on the computer-based TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or scoring 7 on the IELTS test (International English Language Testing System), which is required for applicants with the Chinese nationality.
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