Preparatory minor for HBO students

It is not possible for HBO students to be admitted directly to a Master’s programme. First, they must participate in a pre-Master’s programme that will provide them with the basic scientific knowledge and academic skills at the level of a university Bachelor’s programme. Successful, motivated HBO students can start an preparatory minor at the Nijmegen School of Management during their HBO degree programme. This programme will be taken as a minor during the HBO degree programme. This will reduce the costs of the pre-Master’s programme to be taken later.

About this study curriculum

Students can take up to 30 ECTS of courses from the pre-Master’s programme. This amounts to 5 courses. For more information on the preparatory minor programme, click on one of the Master’s specialisations listed below.

Admission requirements

With a Political Science-related, hbo-programme, you are eligible for admission to the preparatory minor. The following hbo-programmes are eligible for the preparatory minor:

  • Bestuurskunde/Overheidsmanagement
  • Journalistiek
  • Lerarenopleiding Maatschappijleer/Geschiedenis
  • Recht
  • European Studies
  • International Business and Management

The above overview is not exhaustive. If your programme is not listed and is related to Political Science, please contact the study advisor.

For all candidates, they need a declaration of consent from their hbo-programme (from the institute's management and examination board) and a declaration of consent from the Radboud University's Political Science Examination Board. To do so, submit a written request to the Political Science Examination Board. Please include your name, address, e-mail and telephone number. Indicate that you are requesting admission to the preparatory minor, which courses you want to take and why you have chosen Political Science.

  • Admitted hbo-students are enrolled at the Radboud University as contract students. Hbo-students who have already obtained at least 150 EC with at least 7.5 average (unweighted) over all grades obtained so far are directly admissible.
  • Hbo-students with at least 150 EC obtained and 7.0-7.5 average (unweighted) on all grades obtained until then must also submit a motivation letter; the Political Science Examination Board of the Radboud University decides whether the student can be admitted.

Admission to the preparatory minor means that the student is directly admissible to the pre-Master's degree after obtaining the hbo-diploma.


To participate in a preparatory minor, you must register as a student at Radboud University using the following form.


You do not pay an extra fee for a preparatory minor because you are still enrolled at your own educational institution during this pre-Master's programme. However, you will pay a fee for the remaining part of the pre-Master's programme. The fee is determined by the number of EC. Calculate your fee here.


More information? Please contact the study advisor of Political Science.