Application and admission

On this page you will find information on admission and registration for the MSc programme International Land and Water Management at Wageningen University.

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Admission requirements

General admission requirements
Students who wish to enrol in a MSc programme at Wageningen University must have:

  • At least a BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to the specific programme selected;
  • A GPA (Grade Point Average) for the BSc study of at least 7 (or 70% of the maximum of the scale);
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken;

The above admission requirements apply to all MSc study programmes at Wageningen University.

Specific admission requirements
The master's programme International Land and Water Management may have slight alterations, depending on the skills and competencies you have gathered in your former training. You might be admitted with a linkage programme, which means that we admit you, provided that you first successfully conclude a tailor made linkage programme of one to five periods. This makes up for possible deficiencies between your bachelor's and the master's International Land and Water Management.

Matching bachelor's degrees
On the Dutch webpages of this MSc programme an overview of matching bachelor's degrees is given (unconditional admission as well as possible admission).

Relevant foreign bachelor's degrees give possible admission. Here the Admission Board has to decide. A relevant bachelor's should include sufficient courses on soil and water, including courses such as soil and water conservation, land degradation, irrigation and drainage, GIS, hydraulics and hydrometry, hydrology on one hand and courses in the field of economics, agricultural and rural development, natural resources management, law and policy on the other hand. It could be that we admit you provided that you first follow a linkage programme to make up for deficiencies or advise you to follow specific courses in your master's programme. For questions on admission requirements of Wageningen University, see the webpages of the Student Service Centre. For specific information about the programme, mail to: mil.msc@wur.nl.

English language proficiency
To study in Wageningen in an English-taught MSc programme, it is essential that you speak, read and write fluently in English. All applicants except native speakers must be able to provide recent evidence of their spoken and written command of English. For more information about the English language proficiency: for Dutch students, EU students and non-EU/EFTA students. In addition to the entry requirements, all students (except native speakers) are required to undergo an assessment of their English language skills at the Wageningen in’to Languages prior to the beginning of their study.

Admission procedure

The applicant must complete the application form and submit it with all necessary documents. The Admission Committee reviews the application based on an individual assessment of the applicant's academic record (curriculum, grade point average and final thesis report or research paper) and relevant work experience. The applicants will be informed of the Committee's decision by letter.

We strongly advise you to contact the programme director before, during or shortly after the admission process. It is very important that once you have been admitted, you will start attending the proper courses because most courses are only offered once a year.

More information about 'how to enrol': for Dutch students, EU students and students from outside EU/EFTA.

Are you still in the process of obtaining your bachelor's degree?

Students in the last year of their BSc programme may also apply for admission prior to their graduation. The Admission Committee can tentatively admit a student based on a transcript of his or her academic record, relevant research conducted by the student and the expected date of graduation. Moreover the student needs to submit an official letter from his or her home university stating that the student will have completed all the requirements of the degree program in due time. After graduation, students must submit the certificate prior to the start of the academic year.

Study contract

After admission to the master's programme, the study advisor conducts an intake interview with the student during which the abilities and desires of the student are surveyed. A selection of graduate courses will be compiled for each individual student in accordance with the desired thesis topic. The graduate courses the student has selected must be approved. The individual program, the already acquired competencies and the deficiencies will be stated in a study contract.

Tuition Fees

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

Find out which tuition fee is applicable for you

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