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Build tomorrow’s technology

Are you interested in a joint degree that allows you to specialise in your own area of interest?

Do you have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related discipline? And are you ready to build the technology of tomorrow? Then the Master’s in Computer Science may be the programme for you.

Admission requirements and application

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor's degree (VU Bachelor's degree, VU Pre-Master or a Bachelor’s degree at another university)

    The Computer Science Master's programme is open  to students with an academic degree in Computer Science or a related field like Informatics, Business Analytics or Artificial Intelligence. 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. Academic writing skill is to be demonstrated by submitting a thesis. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

    Specific requirements for the master’s programme Computer Science
    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:  

    • Programming 
    • Algorithms 
    • Computer Systems 
    • Computer Networks 
    • Software Engineering 
    • Logic 

    Any one of the following subjects will increase your chances of admission:  

    • Databases 
    • Automata 
    • Graph Theory 
    • Compilers 
    • 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.

  • I have a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) Bachelor's degree (Pre-Master's programme)

     A Bachelor's degree obtained at a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission). Holders of a University of Applied Sciences Bachelor's degree (HBO) are are advised first to contact the Master’s coordinator before applying. An individual programme will be designed for the student in consultation with the coordinator. For further information regarding procedures on composing the Pre-Masters' programme for Dutch University of Applied Sciences graduates see also this page (Dutch).

    The Pre-Master's programme
    The Pre-Master's programme Computer Science enables you to gain admission to the Master's programme Computer Science (if the deficiency can be addressed in a program of at most 30 ECTS). You'll follow a customized individual programme that is mainly composed of Computer Science Bachelor's courses. 

    You have to complete the Pre-Master's programme (30 ECTS) within 1 year. After you have finished the programme you can be admitted to the Master's programme Computer Science. For further content questions contact the study advisor of the Master's programme Computer Science, dr. N. Silvis-Cividjan: n.silvis-cividjian@vu.nl

    General language proficiency requirements
    The general requirements regarding language proficiency are found here. You can send a copy of your English test to the following address: toelating.beta@vu.nl.

  • I have an international degree

    The Computer Science programme is open to both Dutch and international students, with an academic degree in Computer Science or a related field like Informatics, Business Analytics or Artificial Intelligence. 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:  

    • Programming 
    • Algorithms 
    • Computer Systems 
    • Computer Networks 
    • Software Engineering 
    • Logic 

    Any one of the following subjects will increase your chances of admission:  

    • Databases 
    • Automata 
    • Graph Theory 
    • Compilers 
    • 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.

    General English language proficiency 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): masters.fs@vu.nl
    The general requirements regarding language proficiency are found here.

  • Application

    Enthusiastic about this programme? And do you meet the admission requirements? Find out how to apply.
    If you want to apply for a Master's programme at VU Amsterdam, the application procedure depends on your previous degree(s) and whether you obtained your diploma in the Netherlands or abroad. You find all information about the application procedure with a Dutch or international degree on the application page.

    The application deadlines are:

    • 1 February for international students applying for one of the VU scholarships 
    • 1 April for non-EU/EEA students*
    • 1 June for non-Dutch EU/EEA students
    • 1 June for holders of a Dutch bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality)

    *non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit can still apply until 1 June

    Are you applying with an international degree?
    You can find more information about the required documents on the application page (see Required documents). Once you have completed the application, our International Student Advisors will contact you via email.

    Further information for international students about

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Science for questions and practical information: toelating.beta@vu.nl

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma? You can contact the International Student Advisors of the Faculty of Science - Marija Bosnić, Sandra van Daalen and Jasper Oosterveld: masters.fs@vu.nl

International students are also welcome to call the International Student Advisors of the Faculty of Science: Marija: +31 20 598 5409, Sandra: +31 20 598 7459 and Jasper: +31 20 598 6104

Do you have any other questions?

Send an email to contact@vu.nl

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