Degree from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO)
This page outlines the step-by-step process for completing your application to a Master's programme at Utrecht University. Please read this information thoroughly before starting your application.
We offer a Pre-Master’s programme for students who study at a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) in the area of theatre, dance, media, arts and culture.
Whether or not you are eligible for the Pre-Master’s programme depends on the nature of your education and your grade point average. If you are an above-average HBO student, with a study programme that is relevant to the Master’s programme, then register for the Master’s programme and write a letter of motivation. You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written texts.
For a general idea of what your Pre-Master's programme may look like, check the Pre-Master's Programme page.
Kies op Maat
To prepare for the MA programme in Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy, it is possible to already do courses during your studies at the University of Applied Sciences. This way you possibly do not need to do a full Pre-Master’s programme to qualify for the MA programme or you can complete your Pre-Master’s in less time. You can find more information on the Kies op Maat website. There may be additional requirements when you want to take these courses.
If after completing these courses, you do want to be admitted for the master programme, please apply in the regular way. The Admissions Committee will decide whether you can be admitted directly or whether you will have to take some additional Pre-Master's courses.
Registration and costs
To register for the Pre-Master’s programme, you can sign up for the Master’s programme. The Admissions Committee will then decide whether you will be admitted to a Pre-Master’s programme, and if so, which courses you must take. Only then may you register for the Pre-Master’s programme. Have a look at the costs of a Pre-Master’s programme (in Dutch).
Not sure if you are eligible?
You can contact the Programme Coordinator with questions about your eligibility.
If you do not meet the entry requirements, you might be eligible for a Pre-Master's programme. If you wish to apply for the Pre-Master’s programme, you must follow the regular application procedure for the Master’s programme. The Admissions Committee will then decide whether you will be admitted to a Pre-Master’s programme, and if so, which courses you must take. Only then may you register for the Pre-Master’s programme.
For a general idea of what your Pre-Master's programme may look like, check the Pre-Master's programme page.
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Your application is complete when you have (1) fully submitted your OSIRIS application, (2) uploaded all required documents and (3) paid the application fee (if applicable). After the deadline has passed, incomplete applications will be cancelled.
The following documents must be uploaded before the application deadline:
Diploma or graduation statement
A scan of your transcript (including courses, grades and GPA)
Please make sure the document has a stamp and signature of the institute.
Writing Sample: A (previously) written paper in English of approximately 3000 words, or a (selective translation of a) Bachelor's thesis, discussing a theatre, dance or performance topic of your own choice, which demonstrates academic writing and thinking skills, active use of a theoretical framework, and complies with international standards for academic referencing.
After submitting your application to Studielink, you will receive an email with login details for OSIRIS Online Application. Here you can upload all required documents and check the status of your application.
After you upload all documents in OSIRIS, the Graduate School will evaluate them. We strive to inform you of our decision within 20 working days.
If you are admitted, your admission letter will describe the next steps towards enrollment. In most cases your admission is conditional, which means you will have to send additional documents or complete more steps.