Application and Admission - International Development Studies

On this page you will find information on the admission requirements for the MSc programme of International Development Studies at Wageningen University. Moreover you will find the details on how and when to apply. There are several opportunities to get a scholarship, which you will find together with an overview of the costs you will make when studying in Wageningen. Apply for admission early to improve the chances of getting a scholarship.

General requirements Wageningen University

  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) for the B.Sc. or B.A. study of at least 70% of the maximum scale. International students can check if they meet this requirement indicated in the International Credentials on the Admission Requirements page.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.

Specific requirements master's International Development Studies

To be accepted into this programme, you must have a bachelor's degree (B.Sc. or B.A.)  in the social sciences, or in economics.

Are you a Wageningen University student?

If you have a three-year academic bachelor's degree in one of the following studies, you are unconditionally admitted:

  • Bachelor's Economics and Governance
  • Bachelor's Health and Society
  • Bachelor's International Development Studies
  • Bachelor's Communication Sciences
  • Bachelor's Tourism

You do not have to apply for admission. Please contact the study advisor of International Development Studies to discuss your programme and which courses you are required to follow.

Have you done some other bachelor's programme at Wageningen University?

If you have done a large number of relevant social-sciences or economics courses as electives (optionals), you may also be eligible for admission. Contact the study advisor to discuss the possibiliy of admission.

Are you a student from another university?

Do you have a relevant degree (B.A. or B.Sc.) in the social sciences or economics from a university in the Netherlands or abroad? The duration of your study should be at least three years. You may be eligible for admission if you have done one of the following studies and meet all the admisison requirements, subject to the approval of the Admissions Board for Social Sciences.

  • Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
  • Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Business Economics
  • European Studies
  • International Relations and International Organizations
  • International Economics (and Finance)
  • Environmental Social Studies
  • Political Science
  • Human Geography
  • Sociology
  • Other relevant studies not mentioned here

If you have a relevant HBO degree in the Netherlands which is related to the social sciences or to economics, and you meet all the admission requirements, you may be eligible. You can apply for admission indicating which relevant courses you have done.

Do you have a technical background?

Students with a technical, life science or management background with an interest in international development and beta/ gamma integration should go to the programme MSc Development and Rural Innovation.

How to apply

Deadlines for applying

Please submit your application as soon as possible and certainly within the deadlines set by the Student Service Centre.

Application Deadlines for Dutch students, EU students and for Non-EU/EFTA students

Tuition fees

Tuition fees can vary, depending on for example your nationality and degree.

Find out which tuition fee is applicable for you

Financial information for Dutch students

The MSc International Development Studies is a two year programme, registered with DUO as a one year programme.

Inform yourself on your entitlement to a supplementary grant, study loan and a travel product through the DUO website.

Or contact the Student Dean: deanforstudents@wur.nl/ tel.: 0317-483618

Dutch students with a supplementary grant from DUO may be eligible for a one year's grant from Wageningen University in addition to a one year supplementary grant from DUO. Read more about the '5th year' of study finance (in Dutch).

Read more about the '5th year' of study finance



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