Rotterdam MSBA Overview

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Introduction to Rotterdam MSBA

Business has become data-rich, even the more ‘traditional’ sectors of business. They need people who can find the business benefits through decision-driven analytics. Think of supermarkets with their abundance of data, or logistics and its dependence on routing and timing information. 

You’ll learn to understand, solve and communicate operational, tactical and strategic challenges from data in organisations in this specialisation in our one-year, full-time MScBA study programme. 

What these challenges have in common is their complexity. They need advanced analytics. The results can be extremely valuable for business. You will learn to look beyond correlations for causal relationships that can help you tackle real-life problems in the business world. 

After completing your core courses, you can choose from electives such as Analysing digital footprints, Supply chain analytics, or Fintech: business models and applications. You’ll then write your thesis.




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What is a good GMAT score for Rotterdam Business Analytics?

Short Answer – The average GMAT score at Rotterdam MSBA is generally 600+ as per the last entering class. If you score above 600, you have a fair shot and you will receive an encouraging response to your profile evaluation from the admission committee. 

Long Answer – There is no such thing as a safe score, higher is always better. In our years of consulting experience, we have seen our clients with very low scores, getting selected into top schools like MIT and on the other hand, someone with a 770 getting rejected too. A good benchmark that we advise all our clients to beat is the average GMAT score of the last entering class as mentioned in the Class profile published every year. Scoring above the average gets you a fair shot; 

“The higher your score, the better is it for your interview or admission chance.” 

If you plan to apply with a score that is below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, let’s say, you are starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can definitely catch up in other sections of the application by writing outstanding essays or performing really well in an interview later. But it is always nice to start ahead of the competitor. A higher GMAT score helps one gain a competitive advantage.

“What if you are from the over-represented Indian or Asian Pool?”

The over-represented candidate pool of Indian or Chinese applicants usually goes through a rigorous preparation process for GMAT, with a lot of Indian applicants scoring quite high. Hence, the overall competition and the Average score for this diaspora go up by a few notches. That is why we recommend candidates within the most over-represented profiles to shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 

Why Study Rotterdam MSBA?



This is why you should consider pursuing MSBA at Purdue University:

  • 121 average number of students in cohort 
  • 54% international MSc students in programme 
  • 95% of MSc graduates employed within 6 months after graduation 
  • Examples of industries where graduates work: consulting, financial services, retail, CPG industry 
  • Examples of graduates’ job titles: marketing analyst, data scientist, business analyst, supply chain analyst, financial analyst, financial modeller, customer journey specialists 

Program Costs + Living Expenses : Rotterdam MSBA


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The Tuition fee for RSM MSBA is $26,768.55 and an additional $14,940.59 goes into living costs additionally.

Employment Prospects : Rotterdam MSBA


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    Most Sought-after Jobs

Marketing analyst

Data scientist

Business analyst

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Financial analyst

Business Analytics & Management is a new specialisation of our MScBA designed to fulfil the growing business demand for graduates with strategic business and management skills who can create business benefits using advanced analytics.

RSM master graduates are individuals who all combine intellectual curiosity with practical skills geared towards creating positive change in business. The average salary at RSM MSBA for the last graduating class was $78,280.00. 92% of the class was employed within 3 months of graduation.

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Eligibility Criteria for Rotterdam MSBA


For this programme you can apply with a research university bachelor degree in any discipline containing

  • a minimum total of 20 EC in qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistics, of which at least 10 EC have to be in quantitative research methods or statistics.
  • 10 EC in programming and 10 EC in business administration are highly recommended.

As most RSM MSc programmes do not contain introductory courses to the main subject of the master, applicants are required to have taken a sufficient number of relevant courses during their previous studies. If you are already studying in a master, these courses can also be included in the evaluation. Work experience or professional certificates, such as the CFA, can not be used to compensate for the lack of relevant courses.


RSM requires a minimum level of mastery and ambition from its applicants. 

Applicants who will obtain their bachelor diploma from a research university outside of the Netherlands must prove their mastery and ambition with 

  • GMAT test result with the minimum score of 605 (GMAT Focus Edition)
  • and an above average Grade Point Average (GPA) in their own country / university.

English Proficiency

In order to guarantee the required minimum level of  English proficiency, an applicant must be able to show proof of proficiency on at least C1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language – CEFR). You can submit your application first without the English results but they must be submitted by the application deadline, or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first).  English proficiency can be proven in different ways

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Scholarships Available : Rotterdam MSBA

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) offers multiple scholarships to prospective students from non-EEA countries who are not entitled to pay the EEA tuition fee, provided their grades are considered ‘excellent’. RSM also offers one scholarship, the Erasmus Trustfonds Scholarship, to students from EEA countries.

Important Scholarships
RSM Non-EEA Scholarship of Excellence
Erasmus Trustfonds Scholarship
Erasmus University Holland Scholarship

Specializations & Electives Offered

In Block 2 ,three core electives are offered* that teach you more about specific business domains:

  • Marketing 
  • Operations and Business Information Management 
  • Finance and Accounting

Each of these courses familiarises you with core models in the respective business domains, relevant challenges, and some of the analytics used to tackle these. You will have the opportunity to follow two out of the three offered electives, substantially broadening your business knowledge. 

In the electives in Block 2 through 5, which run in parallel to the thesis trajectory, you can select two electives that either focus on a specific class of analytics tools with broad application or a business domain with a specific set of analytics tools.

A list of electives can be found below: 

  • Supply Chain Analytics
  • Marketing Models
  • Principles of Financial Modeling
  • Customer Analytics
  • New Finance/Accounting Elective
  • Digital Economy Analytics
  • Supply Chain Analytics
  • Analyzing Digital Footprints
  • FinTech: Business Models & Applications

*Please note that certain electives may be very popular. Although we can place most students in the elective(s) of their choice, there are no guaranteed places.

FAQs About Rotterdam MSBA

Once a year the following MSc Employment report get’s published. In this report you can find where alumni start working (employers), what their gross anual salary is and how fast they find a job after graduation

Yes, RSM has an Artificial Intelligence system for this: Careerset.

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In order to guarantee the required minimum level of English proficiency, an applicant must be able to show proof of proficiency on at least C1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language – CEFR). You can submit your application first without the English results but they must be submitted by the application deadline, or before the programme has reached maximum capacity (whichever occurs first). 

You can get a taste of working life – from large multinationals to fast-growing start-ups – by applying your new wealth of knowledge to a real company problem during your internship, which is optional in your programme. The RSM Career Centre will support you in finding a suitable position. Many students acquire their first job after graduation from the contacts they make during their internship. 

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