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Four components are required for the online application to the MEL master. These components are:

  1. Filled in MEL application form MS-word format or PDF format
  2. A relevant bachelor or (exceptionally) equivalent professional experience
  3. Demonstrated proficiency in the English language
  4. Two letters of recommendation MS-word format template

All components are further clarified below.

Filled in MEL application form

Fill in the MEL application form MS-word format or PDF format as accurately as possible to avoid any delays in your application process.

Relevant bachelor or (exceptionally) equivalent professional experience

The Programme is open to candidates from a wide variety of professional, educational and cultural backgrounds. To be considered for admission to the Programme, candidates need to have earned a (relevant) bachelor’s degree or (exceptionally) equivalent professional experience. Previous academic records are closely examined. Work experience is a distinctive advantage in the selection process, while the combination of the two is ideal.

You are required to send us copies of all diplomas and official transcripts in the original language (with official translations if these documents are not in English). If you have not yet obtained your bachelor’s degree, please mention your (expected) graduation date and include copies of all transcripts obtained to date. Please also include the grading scheme of your institution which is usually on the back of the transcript. 

Please note that if you are admitted to MEL, you will be required to send the certified copies of your diplomas and transcripts directly to the MEL Office. Your admission statement will specify exactly which documents are needed, as well as the certification requirements and the deadlines for submission.

Demonstrated proficiency in the English language

Demonstrated proficiency in the English language is required to enter the master MEL. All students must be able to read with ease, follow lectures and express their thoughts in fluent written and spoken English. Non-native English speaking applicants are required to submit their Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL] score or their International English Language Testing System [IELTS] score in support of their application. For IELTS we require a minimum overall band score of 6.5. Other proficiency tests (e.g. Cambridge Proficiency) may also be taken into account by the Admissions Committee.

We only accepts English language test results that are no more than two year old, issued by the following organisations:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

However, this does not apply if:

  • Completed your secondary or higher education in the USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or Canada (except French taught programmes in Canada)
  • Have obtained a degree in an English taught programme
  • Are a Dutch student with VWO-level English; in this case, you may also be exempted at the discretion of the Faculty Admission Committee

Letters of recommendation

Special attention is given to the required two letters of recommendation, which give an indication of your aptitudes and capabilities for postgraduate study. The Admissions Committee prefers that at least one of the reference letters is work-related. The second letter of reference may come from someone who knows you in an academic setting.

The reference letters can be sent to info@maritimeeconomics.com by the referee’s.

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

If the Admissions Committee have any doubts regarding an application, they may ask the applicant to take a GMAT test. The Admissions Committee strive to minimize the risk of certain subjects hindering a student while studying at MEL and previous experience has shown that the GMAT has a good predictive value when it comes to programme performance.

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