Indeed, 98% of the school’s MBA students here are from outside the Netherlands. Little more than 10% of the students come from North America. Nearly 40% are European, with the rest coming from around the globe. It helps that the RSM MBA is recognized by the Dutch Government as a qualifying degree for a one year post-study job search visa and knowledge migrant residency permit.
Near or far the school requires students have a minimum of two years work experience, and Luijendijk-Steenkamp says members of the current class have an average of six years experience.
“We do value people with solid work experience,” says Luijendijk-Steenkamp, explaining, “What you bring to the table, and how you will add value to the classroom discussions matters.”
Round 1: 24 April 2017
Round 2: 26 June 2017
Round 3: 21 August 2017
Round 4: 16 October 2017
Round 5: 13 November 2017
APPLICATION ESSAY TIPS
Essay 1 –
How do you see your career developing and how will earning the RSM Erasmus University MBA help you achieve your goals? (Do NOT exceed 500 words)
To predict your career’s future development does require a brief summary of its evolution to date, but don’t make the mistake of writing 400 words about your past and leaving only 100 to outline your future and Rotterdam’s role in preparing you for it! I suggest spending about 200 words on your past, and then 100 on your goals, and 200 on the unique way that the Rotterdam program will prepare you for your future. Be sure your goals are consistent with what other graduates do after graduating!
Essay 2 –
Describe your favorite hobby, pastime or sport and explain how it reflects your personality. (Do NOT exceed 500 words)
Rotterdam is proud that it prepares its graduates to collaborate across cultures and integrate people and planet into their profit goals, so Admissions will be seeking evidence of the ways in which you have collaborated and taken initiative in the community in the past. Use this space to highlight not only the hobby/pastime/sport but also specific situations within it in which you demonstrated these abilities.
Essay 3 –
Describe the most difficult decision you have made and its personal effect on you. (Do NOT exceed 500 words)
Rotterdam has a strong focus on preparing its graduates to juggle competing stakeholder needs. These competing needs are what make decisions difficult! Choose an example here in which those stakeholders each have clear, legitimate, and conflicting agendas and lead the reader through your thought process in resolving them. Creativity in problem solving will be an essential element of a successful essay. And remember to discuss the effect this decision had on you at the end!
Essay 4 –
Optional Please feel free to supply any additional information that you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in making the final decision on your application.
I highly recommend submitting an optional essay that demonstrates to Rotterdam another area of impact. This will make your application more compelling – assuming the examples you share demonstrate your ability to take initiative, be a big-picture thinker, and make a global impact.