Application & Admission

MaastrichtMBA with its Triple Crown accreditation keeps high standards with regard to the application and admission procedures. To safeguard the programme’s current quality and to ensure a stimulating learning environment in future as well, we only select smart, talented and motivated professionals with an entrepreneurial attitude, a creative spirit and an inquisitive mind to take part.
Are you ready to embark on your unique learning journey with MaastrichtMBA? The sooner we start, the sooner you can launch your career in exciting new ways!

Application procedure

Applying for an MBA programme can be an ambigious endeavour, yet we prefer to make this procedure as simple as possible for candidates interested in MaastrichtMBA. Our application procedure in a nutshell.


Your application starts by filling out our online application form and uploading the required documents.


Once we have received your complete application file, you are invited to an intake interview with the MBA director.


After the interview, the MBA Admission Committee will carefully review your application and reach a conclusion.


Throughout your application process, you can contact us at anytime! All the way from your initial orientation to the ultimate decision to apply for MaastrichtMBA, you can contact our MBA Admission Office 24/7 to personally guide you through the process.


MBA Admission Office

Tongersestraat 49
6211 LM Maastricht (Netherlands)
T: +31 43 388 49 39
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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, you need to adhere to the following minimum requirements:


Bachelor’s degree from a recognised research university or university of applied sciences


Five years of relevant work experience obtained after your bachelor’s degree


Proficiency in English, including reading, writing and speaking


Depending on your professional background you might need to present an additional admission test

Admission Test

Based on the weight of your admission file and the outcome of the intake interview, the MBA Admission Committee is also allowed to request an additional admission test, like the GMAT or the Executive Assessment. Where the GMAT is for young professionals with up to 10 years of work experience, the Executive Assessment is for more senior professionals with at least 10 years of work experience. Candidates with a Master or PhD degree are exempted from taking this additional admission test.


The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an independent, international, standardised admission test. The test measures candidates’ verbal, mathematical and analytical skills. Our business school uses the GMAT for young professionals with up to 10 years of work experience to determine the competencies of these potential candidates for an advanced study in business and management.

To kick off your preparations for the GMAT, please visit the GMAC website or contact the MaastrichtMBA office for more information. The majority of candidates will need at least several weeks afterwards to get ready for the test.


Do you want to prepare yourself for the GMAT exam? Together with our partner GMAC, we offer you a recorded webinar about understanding and preparing for the GMAT exam. Click on this link to watch the webinar.



The Executive Assessment is specifically designed for Executive MBA (EMBA) programs. It is for more senior professionals with at least 10 years of work experience and it has been created specifically to measure the skills and knowledge of experienced professionals. It’s designed to require minimal preparation and the exam takes significantly less time at 90 minutes. Also, instead of being reported separately, your Integrated Reasoning score on the Executive Assessment is included as part of your Total score.


For more information about the test, please visit the Executive Assessment website or contact the MaastrichtMBA office. Next to that, EA practice assessments are available on their website.

Application deadlines

MaastrichtMBA provides three intakes per year. The time interval between application and start is necessary to allow the MBA Admission Committee sufficient time to assess your application file and to allow you as an accepted candidate enough time to show up well-prepared for your first educational episode.


Application deadline: March 2, 2020


Application deadline: June 3, 2020


Application deadline: November 2, 2020

Step 1: the application

Your application starts by filling out our online application form and uploading a bundle of required documents. Based on your input, the MBA Admission Office creates a personal application dossier that allows the MBA Admission Committee to perform a detailed assessment on your eligibility for the programme.
Below you find more information on each of the documents required to complete your application.

Application form

Applying for our MaastrichtMBA programme starts by filling out the official online MBA application form. This form will ask you to provide general information about you as a potential student of our MBA programme. The application form will establish the foundation of your admission profile.

Click here to start your application process.

Motivation letter

The motivation letter provides you with the opportunity to present unique information about yourself to the MBA Admission Committee. The letter should answer the following questions:

  • Why do you opt for MaastrichtMBA of Maastricht University?
  • What do you consider the added value of this MBA for you?
  • What are your ultimate career goals and how can this programme contribute to reaching those goals?
  • What value will you as a participant add to the programme and its current students?
  • What other information would you like to add to distinguish yourself as a candidate for the MaastrichtMBA programme?
Curriculum vitae

The curriculum vitae contains a description of your current job and your past work experience. It should include the dates of employment and company name, job title and responsibilities, management experience, budget responsibility and achievements.

Degrees and transcripts

Certified copies of your degrees and transcripts can be obtained at the student affairs office of your university or other legal authorities such as notaries and municipality offices. Certified copies contain the text ‘certified copy from original’. International candidates whose academic records are in a language other than English, French, German or Dutch must submit both the originals as well as certified translations.

Reference forms

We request that you provide us with two references from persons who are able to assess your intellectual ability, maturity, motivation, leadership potential and suitability for admission to MaastrichtMBA. The references could be from your employer, the person you report to, or a former employer. The format of the reference is defined by the online reference form that your referees should fill out.

Click here to visit the reference form.

Admission test *

Candidates for MaastrichtMBA who are required to take an additional admission test like the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Executive Assessment (EA) should make sure that the official score report is sent directly to our business school.

Language Proficiency *

For the MaastrichtMBA programme, proficiency in speaking, reading and writing English is essential since the entire programme is conducted in the English language. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not graduated with a degree from an English speaking university could be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Test (IELTS).

Passport & passport-size picture

Please include a digital copy of your passport or identity card and a digital passport-size picture of yourself. These documents are solely required to complete the formal registration process at Maastricht University. Following on the submission of these documents, you will receive a student ID card at the start of the MBA programme, which proofs you are an officially registered student at our university.

Application fee

The fee for applying to the MaastrichtMBA programme amounts to € 200 and covers the handling costs of your application dossier. The fee will be invoiced to the stated invoice address and is unrelated to the final decision by the MBA Admission Committee.

* These elements are not required for all applicants. Please make sure to ask the MBA Admission Office before taking any tests.

Step 2: the interview

Once we have received your complete application, you are invited to an intake interview on campus with our MBA director. To prepare well for the intake interview, go through your application documents and make sure you can touch upon elements that might have remained unclear. Also take a look at the contents of your motivational letter and see if it adds value to elaborate a bit more on your motivations and arguments for joining MaastrichtMBA.
As a final advice, please note that the intake interview serves to “add a face” to the application file and learn more about the person behind the documents, so please don’t fear the interview too much. We won’t bite, on the contrary, we are very keen on welcoming you at Maastricht University!

Step 3: the assessment

After your application documents have been submitted and the intake interview has taken place, the MBA Admission Committee will carefully review your application and reach a conclusion. The Committee is an independent panel of experienced academics and practitioners who will provide a binding advice to the MBA Admission Office. The Office contacts you as soon as the advice has been provided. Usually the assessment process takes 2-3 weeks to complete.


Congratulations! You are now a student of MaastrichtMBA, allowed to start at the next intake moment!


You are being granted admission, assuming you are going to meet additional criteria before you start, such as a GMAT score or a language test score.


Your application has been rejected because minimum requirements have not been met.

Step 4: apply today!

Confident about your decision to join MaastrichtMBA? We are honoured by your conscious choice! Applying for our programme starts right here! Your first step will be to fill out the application form below.


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