The Computer Science programme is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.
In order to gain admission to the Computer Science Master’s programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. A Bachelor's degree obtained at an applied university or higher vocational education (HBO in Dutch) in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).
Specific requirements Computer Science Master's programme
For admission to the Master's programme Computer Science, a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a closely related programme is required. In general, we expect the following subjects to be part of your Bachelor's programme:
- Computer Systems
- Computer Networks
- Software Engineering
Any one of the following subjects will increase your chances of admission:
- Graph Theory
- Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence
- Mathematics (Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics)
This list is not exhaustive and having these courses on your diploma does not guarantee admission. However they are a strong indication of your admissibility.
Please check here which documents you need to submit for this programme.
English language requirements
VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Exceptions are made for students who have completed a Bachelor's or Master's in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.
The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to this Master's programme are:
• IELTS: 6.5 overall
• TOEFL Internet-based test: 92 overall
• Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C
• Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C
Please note that students who need a study visa must submit their English test results before 1 June. All other students have to submit the test certificate before 31 August (preferably sooner).
TOEFL and IELTS tests must have been completed no more than two years before 1 September of the year in which your course starts. Note that TOEFL MyBestScore is not accepted. Our institution code is 7947.
A PDF copy of your English test result can be sent to the following email (for non-Dutch degree holders): email@example.com
The general requirements regarding language proficiency are found here.