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Choosing your Master's

Choosing your Master's

How do you choose your Master’s programme?

Choosing a Master’s programme is an important step in shaping your (academic) career.

Step 1. Getting started

First of all, you can map your wishes and possibilities. The next step is an orientation on the range of Master’s programmes in the Netherlands or abroad. Consider other options as well, such as finding a job or perhaps arranging an interim year.

Download The Master Plan: How to choose a Master’s (pdf, 14 p.)

Step 2. Choose a Master’s programme that suits your interests and future plans

Of course, a Master’s programme is about fulfilling your own personal academic interests. A completed Master’s degree, though, is also proof to your future employers that you have the potential to become a fully developed professional.

This page contains information that can help you make a balanced choice.

Go to Master’s and the job market

Find out more about doing a Master’s abroad

Check whether pursuing a PhD programme is suitable

Step 3. Check the application and selection procedures, and the deadlines

An increasing number of Master’s programmes select their students through an admissions procedure. This entails setting certain requirements to your Bachelor’s degree, the marks you’ve obtained and the courses you took. In some cases, you’ll even have to submit a cover letter.

Selection deadlines are usually quite early and may vary per Master’s programme.

Read about how to prepare for your application

Step 4. Consider your financing and payment options

A Master’s programme may cost quite a lot.

Financing your Master's


For all students

The UvA organises several information events to help you get all the information to choose your Master’s programme with care.

UvA Master’s Week and Master’s Day

For UvA students

Have you read the info and would you like to consult an adviser? For example about writing a cover letter for your Master’s application, or about how to gain an overview of your own options?

Contact Student Careers Centre