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Spotlight on Rotterdam School of Management

Prodigy Finance - September 21, 2018

Ready to learn everything you need to know about business masters degrees at Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University? You're in the right place!

Prodigy Finance Rotterdam School of Management spotlight

Erasmus University began as the Dutch School of Higher Commercial Education in 1913 and the Rotterdam School of Management quickly established itself as an amazing centre for business education when it joined the university less than 50 years ago.

RSM, like the city of Rotterdam, has a unique approach to life and makes the most of its international status. As the second largest city in the Netherlands, Rotterdam is never short on opportunities. And, with the majority of its MBA grads remaining in Europe, it’s easy to see it as the place to begin a new future. 

Erasmus University fast facts

Public university

University enrollment: 29,790

RSM alumni: 36,000+

Graduate students: 10,878

International students: 5813

Where is Erasmus University?

  • City: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • City population: 635,389 with a metropolitan population of 1,181,284
  • Climate: temperate oceanic climate type: winters are cool to cold (Jan mean: 3.6°C/38.5°F) with a few snowy days per month; summers are mild to warm with occasional hot days (Jul mean: 17.8°C/64°F)
  • Nearest airport: Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM), Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
  • Time zone: From October-March (02:00 CEST); from March to October (03:00 CEST)

A quick look at the latest Rotterdam MBA class 

Gender: Male: 64% / Female 36%

Average age: 30

Average work experience: 6 years

International: 97%

Nationalities: 38

Class size: 135

What can you study at Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University?

The Financial Times puts the Rotterdam School of Management in 9ᵗʰ position on the latest European Business School ranking, with its MBA sitting in 11ᵗʰ spot. Its MSc in International Management is rank 11ᵗʰ worldwide. 

And, that’s just the beginning of the varied and respected degrees at this school. 



Tuition fees

International Full-time MBA

12 months


Executive MBA

22 months, part-time


Global Executive OneMBA

21 months, part-time


Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA

24 months, part-time


MScBA Accounting & Financial Management

1 academic year


MSc Business Information Management

1 academic year


MSc Finance & Investments

12 months


MSc Finance & Investments Advanced

16 months


MSc Global Business & Sustainability

1 academic year


MSc Human Resource Management

1 academic year


MSc International Management / CEMS

18 months


MSc Management of Innovation

1 academic year


MSc Marketing Management

1 academic year


MScBA Master in Management

16 months


Research Master in Business and Management

2 years


MSc Organisational Change & Consulting

12 months


MSc Strategic Entrepreneurship

1 academic year


MSc Strategic Management

1 academic year


MSc Supply Chain Management

12 months


Rotterdam School of Management job placement

Recruitment is taken seriously at RSM, with the school using every tool in the box to connect students with recruiters and potential employers. 

In addition to networking sessions and recruiting events, the school makes the most of CV books, job posting boards and industry panels

Together, these methods ensure grads make the most of their skills and choose fulfilling employment opportunities

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What's it like to live at Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management?

Rotterdam is a super vibey international city and makes a great place for single students - as well as those with families. And, you’ll find plenty of housing options for every preference. The university also has some housing units available and are prepared to help international students find their home in the city.

The Erasmus Food Plaza offers students food from across the world for those that want a taste of home, and that’s just an on-campus offering; the city offers so many options from groceries to gourmets.

Students won’t need a car to get around with walking and bicycling complementing the city’s public transport system.

How to get into the next Rotterdam School of Management MBA Class

The Rotterdam School of Management accepts around a third of the students that apply for their International Full-Time MBA programme. While these may seem like good odds, it has to do with the connection the school attempts to make with potential applicants before they apply.

At the very least, applicants with their eye on RSM should make use of the school’s CV assessment and pre-screening options before launching into essay writing. The admissions team is always open for questions, as they want to ensure a great fit for everyone they accept.

There is no single ideal candidate for an RSM MBA degree, but the school does value those that bring varied work and life experiences to the table. They want classroom discussions and students that are prepared to share their views. RSM welcomes MBA applicants with unique backgrounds and encourages those who embrace change and flexibility.

Interviews, which can take place anywhere in the world, are offered to those who pass through the initial review of their application. While test scores and years of work experience aren’t necessarily tipping factors for RSM admissions, you may want to keep these in mind when preparing your application.

  • Average GMAT scores: 640
  • Average years of work experience: 6

Rotterdam MBA application deadlines for January 2019 entry



Round 1

10 April 2018

Round 2

12 June 2018

Round 3

14 August 2018

Round 4

16 October 2018

Last round for applicants requiring a visa

Round 5

13 November

Only for applicants not requiring a visa

Rotterdam MBA admissions details

Application fee: €100

Required essays: 3

Recommendations: 2, on the reference forms provided

GMAT test: required, GRE accepted in its place

Language test: not required for the initial application, however proof of English language skills may be requested later in the form of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. 

MBA cost of attendance (for 2019 academic year)

Tuition: €50,500

Housing: €8400

Living costs: €8400

Health insurance: €1200

Total est CoA for 1 year: €68,500

Although RSM doesn’t require MBA applicants to prove their English proficiency in the initial application, they can request test scores at any point in the admissions process for those they’re not certain will cope with the English language instruction provided. 

If you don’t regularly communicate in English or don’t have an undergrad degree which was completed in English, you may want to investigate test centres, dates and costs - just in case.

Does RSM offer scholarships to international students?

The Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University does offer a number of scholarships to candidates admitted to the International Full-time MBA programme. Keep in mind that you may apply to as many of these scholarships that you qualify for, but you’ll only be awarded one.

Applications for scholarships run parallel to application deadlines and you’ll want to ensure you apply for both admission and scholarships at the same time. The university does make it as easy as possible to see what’s available and they do their best to assist admits in finding the financing they need.

Prodigy Finance international student loans for Erasmus University

Prodigy Finance offers loans for international masters students at Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University.

Students from supported countries pursuing MBAs are eligible to apply.

  • MBA Maximum loan amount: up to 100% of cost of tuition minus scholarships and sponsorship

  • Minimum loan amount: €15,000
  • Typical interest rates: 5.5-8.5% (fixed) over the 3-month GBP Libor base rate (variable)
  • All loans disbursed directly to the university according to due dates

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