Pre-Master’s program

The pre-Master’s program is a program in preparation for the discipline-specific modules of the Executive master. This program has been developed in order to bring the knowledge and skills of all participants in the group to the same level, so that everyone can optimally profit from the substantive modules of the master. More specifically, the pre-Master’s program is mandatory for participants with an HBO background (higher professional education) who wish to start with an Executive master. For participants that have a university degree, the pre-Master’s program is optional. There is also the possibility to separately take the pre-Master’s program, i.e. without registration for an Executive Master.

How is the pre-Master’s program constructed?

The pre-Master’s program consists of three modules:

1. Accounting and Finance
The online and in-class modules consist of two modules: Accounting and Finance. The objective of this module is to expand and refresh academic and analytical basic knowledge of accounting (financial external reporting) & finance (corporate finance). Assessment: after every lecture day you take an online test. If you pass 2 out of the 3 tests, you will be exempted from the final test.

2. Quantitative Methods
Basic skills of statistics are covered within this module. On the one hand you will be tested on interpreting and drawing up different types of graphs, on the other hand you will learn to apply the basic functions within statistics. After the final lecture day you will make an online test.

3. Academic Reading and Writing
This module aims to provide you with an academic skillset needed to successfully start a master program. The emphasis in this module is on researching, reading, assessing and writing scientific literature. After the final lecture day you will write an academic paper (literature review) to show that you have mastered this skill.

When will the pre-Master’s program be offered?

The pre-Master’s program is offered five times a year.

   Starting Month   Lecture days (9.30h-17.00h)  Location   Language 
 1  December 2019  December 3, 10 and 16, 2019  Utrecht  Dutch
 2   March 2020  March 12, 19 and 25, 2020  Tilburg  Dutch/English
3  June 2020  June 9, 16 and 23, 2020  Utrecht  Dutch
4  September 2020   September 3, 10 and 17, 2020  Tilburg  Dutch/English
5  September 2020  September 22, 30 - October 6, 2020  Utrecht  Dutch
6  December 2020  December 1, 8 and 15 December, 2020  Utrecht  Dutch

What are the costs of the pre-Master’s program?

The costs of the pre-Master’s program are € 300,- per module. Are you not required to partake in the module, but wish to refresh your basic knowledge? Then it is possible to get access to the online materials at no cost. If you subsequently decide to participate in all of the modules, without it being mandatory (lectures, literature, assessments and feedback) then this is possible at the usual rate of € 300,- per module.


If you are obliged to take the pre-Master’s program before the start of the master, you will do all three modules. Unless you start with one of the Executive masters below:

• Master of Management and Organization (exempt from Quantitative Methods)
• Master in Finance (exempt from Accounting and Finance)
• Master in Business Valuation (exempt from Accounting and Finance)
• Master of IT Auditing (exempt from Accounting and Finance)
• Master of Marketing (exempt from Accounting and Finance)

Furthermore, the Academic Director can determine that one or more components of the pre-Master’s program apply to you, even though you have a university degree. For example if you have a university degree in a different area than the Executive master. 

More information

Do you have any questions? Please contact your program adviser.

the pre-Master’s program is for participants of:

Sandy Keulemans
Sandy Keulemans
Program Adviser