Frequently Asked Questions

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ERIM does not conduct preliminary assessments, so please do not send us any documents by email. 

Should I contact the project supervisors myself?

No, you are not expected to contact the project supervisors yourself (unless indicated otherwise in the vacancy announcement). They will contact you if they have questions or want to schedule an interview.

When is the application deadline?

  • To be announced

The deadline for application is specified in each project description as well. Please note that the deadlines for some PhD vacancies might differ from the above-mentioned general deadlines. Please find further details on the PhD Vacancies page.

When will the selection results be available?

The selection results will be communicated to the applicants approximately two months after the application deadline (mid March 2021).

Can I inquire about the status of my application?

We would kindly ask you not to inquire about the selection results before the selection period is over. The results are always communicated to applicants in due time.

Could you return my documents when I do not get accepted to the programme?

No. ERIM will not return any documents included in your application package. Never send original diplomas or transcripts. Your application, including certified copies of your diplomas and transcripts, will become property of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Do all PhD projects have to start in September or are there any exceptions?

Normally, the new PhD projects should start in September with the start of the new academic year. In some cases a different start date is possible. For example, if you are selected for a PhD but will officially acquire your master's degree in September then it is possible to start later with your PhD (e.g. per October or November). Other exceptions may also be possible.

Number of projects one can apply for?

Maximum two (2), additional applications will be invalidated. These can be two projects of the same specialization.

I live outside the Netherlands. Am I supposed to come to Rotterdam for an interview if the project supervisor would like to contact me?

Skype or telephone interviews can be used as an alternative to a meeting in person.

How do I obtain certified copies of my diplomas and transcripts?

A certified copy can be issued by your university, a notary, a sworn translator or at a City Hall.

Is a GMAT or GRE test required for all applicants?

Yes, a GMAT or GRE is required for all applicants to the programme and is mandatory. It is also required for graduates of Dutch universities, for those who have followed a programme entirely in English, for native speakers of English, for those who have obtained their degrees with distinction, etc. The GMAT or GRE test requirement is not waived under any circumstance!!!

Can I replace a GMAT/GRE test by a similar kind of test taken at my university or at the ministry of education of my country?

No, we only accept official GMAT or GRE test results.

Do I need to submit a TOEFL/IELTS test if I have done a GMAT/GRE test?

Yes, applicants are required to provide ERIM with both GMAT/GRE test results as well as a TOEFL/IELTS language test result.

Do I need to submit a GMAT/GRE test if I have done a TOEFL/IELTS test?

Yes, applicants are required to provide ERIM with both a GMAT/GRE test and a chosen language test.

The bachelor/master programme(s) I have followed was/were taught in English. Do I still need to submit a TOEFL/IELTS test?

In general ERIM requires that applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores of the TOEFL or IELTS test. If the language of instruction of your entire university education (bachelor and master programme) was English, you may submit a TOEFL/IELTS waiver request. The final decision on the waiver request will be made by ERIM.

Do you accept English proficiency tests other than TOEFL/IELTS?


Do you accept the TOEFL ITP test?


Can I apply for a waiver from GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS?

The GMAT/GRE test cannot be waived under any circumstance!! It is possible to apply for a waiver from TOEFL/IELTS if the medium of instruction for your entire university education (bachelor and master's programme) was English. In this case please enclose an extra letter with your motivation to your application. Do not forget to enclose any relevant documents.

My country does not have a GMAT/GRE office or the tests are fully booked for the coming months. Do I still have to submit the test?


My official GMAT/GRE report can only be available shortly after the application deadline. Is that a problem?

The official results take ca. 3 weeks. However, the preliminary test results are available immediately after the test. You can submit them to the ERIM office before the official results arrive. That would help us with timely preliminary assessment of your application package.

Are there minimum requirements for GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS tests?

We expect excellent applicants to have high GMAT/GRE scores (above 85%) and a good command of English (the expected score for Internet-based TOEFL is 100, for the paper-based TOEFL 600, and for IELTS 7.5).

My GMAT/GRE/ TOEFL/IELTS test results turned out lower than I expected (due to illness, lack of time for preparation, etc.). Can I re-take a test?

Yes, you may re-take the tests. If you have improved the score, the admissions committee will take into consideration the better scores.

Reference letters?

You have to have two (2) letters of reference. Once you submitted your application, your referees will receive an automatic email from us to submit their reference letters. They have two (2) weeks to do so after the deadline. Only academic reference letters will be accepted.

Do you offer part-time opportunities?

The ERIM PhD in Management programme is offered only on a full-time basis. For a part-time PhD option, please refer to this site.

Do you support the sandwich model?


I will officially complete my master degree within a few weeks/months after the application deadline. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can apply. In this case you need to submit the most recent (preliminary) official list of grades instead of the final transcript. Naturally, one can only be appointed for a PhD when the master's degree is formally obtained and the final study results are excellent.

Is my educational background sufficient for the PhD in Management?

The required entrance level of education for students to the PhD Programme in Management at ERIM is four years of Dutch scientific university education (MSc or MA) or its international equivalent. If we are in doubt we always ask the Admission Office of the Erasmus University for an assessment of a candidate‚Äôs educational profile and we can, in most cases, say after this first assessment if a student is eligible or not. This first assessment can take up to three weeks. 

I have an MBA degree. Can I apply for the PhD in Management?

The required entrance level of education for students to the PhD Programme in Management at ERIM is four years of Dutch scientific university education (MSc or MA) or its international equivalent. MBA degree holders may apply for a PhD but they should note that the MBA degree does not grant an automatic admission to a PhD in the Netherlands. The reason is that MBA programmes (including the highly ranked ones) are mostly practically and not academically oriented. If your MBA programme includes a graded master thesis as a standard part of its curriculum then it is more likely that this particular MBA degree would give you an admission to a doctorate in the Netherlands. In any case it needs to be verified by the Admission Office of the Erasmus University. The first assessment can take up to three weeks.

Can I participate in the PhD programme in Management and keep living outside the Netherlands?

No, the ERIM PhD in Management programme is only offered on a full-time and on-campus basis.


Our PhD positions are fully funded in accordance with the Dutch labor laws. No need to fill out scholarship forms. Upon admission, the scholarship (salary) is automatically granted.

What is the PhD tuition fee?

We do not charge fees to accepted PhD candidates.

Application fee?



No, ERIM does not provide housing facilities.