Frequently Asked Questions

Can exemptions be made for the GRE or GMAT test?
No, the GRE or GMAT test is required for all the applicants.

The test score will not be the primary criteria for acceptance, but in circumstances of choosing between exceptional candidates the test scores may be a determining factor.

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.

Is the GRE or GMAT test required for Dutch applicants?
Yes, the GRE or GMAT test is required for all the applicants.

The test score will not be the primary criteria for acceptance, but in circumstances of choosing between exceptional candidates the test scores may be a determining factor

What is the tuition fee?
In the Netherlands PhD students are considered employees of the university and will receive a salary. There is no tuition fee.

Is it possible to apply for a scholarship?
In the Netherlands PhD students are considered employees of the university and will receive a salary. This salary is enough to cover all living expenses.

Is my educational background sufficient for a PhD in Business and Organisation?
The required entrance level of education for students to the PhD Programme in Business and Organisation is a research master (MPhil) or its international equivalent in Business Administration or a related discipline. If we are in doubt we always ask the Admission Office of the VU University for an assessment of a candidate's educational profile and we can, in most cases, say after this first assessment if a student is eligible or not. This first assessment can take up to three weeks.

How should I send the recommendation letters?
You can send them yourself together with the rest of your application (scanned letters) by email.