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#7 Rotterdam (RSM) MBA Admissions Q&A with Mr. Bart Scheenaard

Rotterdam MBA Admissions Manager Bart Scheenaard

“The Netherlands has been a country with an external outlook for many decades. We are a small country and we need to have a forward-looking, outgoing attitude to get business done. 95% of people here speak English and we have a very entrepreneurial outlook here.”

I recently spoke with Mr. Bart Scheenaard, MBA Marketing & Admissions Manager for the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. The Rotterdam MBA is one of the few MBA programs that is triple accredited by EFMD, AMBA and AACSB. Only 1% of business schools have all 3 accreditations.

Bart emphasized the international nature of the program (40 different nationalities in a 140 student class) and the Netherlands, a progressive and business-friendly country where most business is conducted in English. Rotterdam MBA graduates also benefit from a great visa arrangement where they can stay in the Netherlands for one year to find a job.

The school takes a “counseling approach” to admissions – Rotterdam encourages candidates to get in touch with the admissions team before submitting their applications so the team can evaluate their fit with the one-year program.  Rotterdam has a rolling admissions process so candidates should apply early to improve their chances of admission and winning scholarships.

The Rotterdam (RSM) MBA in 3 words: cooperative, international, connected.

Listen on for much, much more!

Touch MBA’s Rotterdam Crib Sheet

Program Highlights

  • 1 intake/year in January
  • Length: 1-year
  • Class size: 120-140 students,
  • 30-40 nationalities / intake, class is more than 95% international
  • Campus in Rotterdam, Netherlands – the world’s 3rd busiest port
  • Top 1% of business schools that is triple accredited by EFMD, AMBA and AACSB
  • Focus on sustainability, doing business right
  • Alumni ranked CSR highest
  • Many employers in Netherlands don’t require employees to speak Dutch
  • Graduates are allowed to stay in Netherlands for one year post graduation
  • Expats only have to pay 30% taxes (vs. 50% for Dutch people)
  • Netherlands is one of the most globally connected countries in the world
  • Rankings: #42 Financial Times 2016, #76 Economist 2015
  • Accredited by AACSB, AAMBA, EFMD


  • 4 deadlines from Apr – Nov; Rotterdam extends interview invites 1-5 days after receiving a complete application, and returns decisions within 4-6 weeks.
  • Number of applicants / place: not available
  • Rotterdam already knows 60-70% of applicants through its “counseling approach” to admissions; candidates should contact the admissions office for a profile evaluation
  • Avg GMAT: 640, GRE accepted
  • RSM also conducts an in-house business case assessment in lieu of the GMAT/GRE.
  • Avg age: 29, Avg work experience: 6 years, 3 years minimum work experience requirement
  • TOEFL not required
  • Apply early if you’re from a competitive application pool (i.e. Indian nationality)
  • Interviews are conducted by an RSM alumnus or alumna, staff member or faculty member


  • Tuition for class starting in January 2017: 46,500 Euro
  • 1 in 4 students receive financial aid (loan or scholarship)
  • Scholarship amounts range from 2,500 – 10,000 Euros
  • Scholarships are open to all nationalities and are merit-based
  • Rotterdam does not include scholarships w/ offers (you apply for them after accepting offer)
  • Rotterdam offers loans directly to students
  • Improve your chances for scholarships by applying in earlier rounds.


  • ~130 students each year are hired by 100 different employers
  • ~50% find jobs in Netherlands, ~25% in Europe, ~10% North America, ~10% Asia
  • Flexible visa arrangement: graduates can stay in Netherlands for one year
  • Majority of business in Netherlands is done in English
  • 10-15% move into management consulting (Dutch usually required)
  • 30% do internship after finishing electives, 3 months before graduation

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