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 should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent in the social sciences (e.g. sociology, anthropology, political science), or in economics. Your bachelor’s degree should contain (at least) 60 ECTS of social science or economic courses.

Linkage programme

Students who did follow social science or economics courses, but stay under the required 60 ECTS, might be admissible after finishing a linkage programme. A linkage programme consists of a maximum of 30 ECTS and is determined individually.

If you want to be considered for such a linkage program, please send in a regular application and make mention of this in you motivation letter.

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

Do you have a technical or life science background?

For students with a technical, life sciences or relevant management background, we offer the social science 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: studentdean@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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