Application & admission

Admission requirements

  • a Master’s degree from a relevant academic field, including:
    – economics, international relations, political science, law, social sciences, business administration, health sciences or public health
  • basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics, which is measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience
  • basic knowledge of economics, social sciences, political science and/or law, which is measured by reviewing the content and level of previous studies and/or working experience
  • proficiency in English, with a minimum level of 600 PBT / 240 CBT / 100 IBT for the TOEFL or 7.0 for the IELTS (native speakers of English and students who received their Bachelor’s or Master’s education in English are exempt). Maastricht University’s TOEFL code is 7102.

In addition to filling in the online application form, applicants must submit the following:

Application requirements

  • certified copies of your certificates and grades and an explanation of the grading system
  • proof of English proficiency
  • motivation letter of 400 – 500 words
  • three letters of recommendation (in English only) by current or former professors or employers
  • one-page essay indicating the topic of research interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • copy of your passport
  • passport size photo
  • full information about your present study and/or job

We prefer to receive the documents as follows:

  • Essay, motivation letter and CV: uploaded through the application form
  • Passport and picture: uploaded through the application form (PDF or JPG)
  • Recommendation letters, directly from the reviewers to the programme
  • diplomas and transcripts: electronic copies initially and later on hard copies by postal mail


Application deadline:
15 February 2017 at midnight CET

online application form >>