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Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: May 20, 2020.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $54,000

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $54,000

Acceptance Rate: 53%

Full-Time Enrollment: 151

Median GMAT: 670

International: 99%

Minority: 11%

Female: 42%

Male: 58%

Average Age: 29

Application Deadlines: June 9; August 4; October 6; November 3.

The Rotterdam MBA: What You Need To Know

Rotterdam might not spring to mind as a hub of global business, but as home to the largest port in Europe and located just a stone’s throw from cities like Amsterdam, Brussels, and Frankfurt, this city is plugged into northern Europe’s business heartland.

The school is regularly ranked as one of the top 10 in Europe, and was 66th on The Financial Times’s global full-time MBA ranking in 2020. As befits Rotterdam’s history as a trading city with a global outlook, an astonishing 99% of students on the 12-month, 150-person MBA are international, with East Asia contributing 33%, Central South Asia 18%, Latin America 15%, Western Europe accounting for just 11%, the Middle East 1%, Central and Eastern Europe 6%, and Africa 4%. North America made up 12% of the most recent cohort.

RSM prides itself on going beyond the Anglo-American fixation on shareholder value and aims to get students thinking about their impact on the world as future leaders. “The world is facing big societal, economic, and ecological challenges, and we believe business is a powerful instrument for solving them,” the university says. It champions the Dutch approach, meaning “a global perspective, an innovative approach, a critical mind, and a focus on collaboration and sustainability.”

This is not just hot air. There is now just one written essay on the full-time MBA admissions process: “How have you been a force for positive change in the world?” Electives include courses on advanced sustainability, the circular economy and sustainable supply chains, and study trip themes include social impact through innovation and sustainability.

In terms of academic background, 43% of the most recent class studied economics and business, 30% were engineers, 3% studied law, and around 10% each came from humanities & art, science & medicine, and other fields.

RSM graduates might not have the biggest bump to their salaries — the three-year increase for the class for 2016 was 76% according to FT — but many students land jobs in northern continental Europe, where the standard of living is extremely high, even if the salaries don’t reach Wall Street levels.

One in four graduates tends to make the triple jump, a change in function, sector, and geography. Those with an entrepreneurial attitude also have access to the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam Science Tower, an impressive regional incubator for start-ups.

Ansgar Richter, Dean

RSM’s mission is “to be a force for positive change in the world,” and we use the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals framework in our education and research. We want executives to be aware of their responsibility to promote the greater good, not just to make money. We help them to understand how they can contribute to solving the world’s biggest problems, for instance in designing business models that do well, but also do good at the same time. This idea is embedded in our MBA and especially in the personal leadership development courses. Our aim is to build character, values, and attitudes in our MBA students.

Katsiaryna Pakhomava, MBA 2020

I managed art gallery auctions on cruise ships for 10 years. It’s an addictive job: it’s well-paid and I traveled a lot. It’s also very hard work, and a very specific niche. Then I took a sabbatical. I was literally climbing a mountain in Nepal when I decided I wanted to upgrade my skills to prepare for the next step. I knew how to reach revenue goals, but wanted to sharpen up my management and leadership skills such as public speaking, finance, and negotiating so I can offer more to my next employer and teams. The MBA gives you all of that. The next step is to find a job that is on land, not sea, and more “normal.” I want to try out marketing.

Yuta Taniguchi, MBA 2020

I’m the successor of a family business, a traditional 120-year-old Japanese hotel. I can learn by doing, but wanted to learn from international and academic perspectives how to manage inter-cultural employees and the growing tourism when I’m the CEO. RSM also has a sustainability focus. I want to learn how to combine what guests want and what’s good for the environment. And I can’t predict the future of the company and of tourism, but I wanted to prepare to learn how to deal with it.

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Contact Information

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50,
Bayle Building
Rotterdam, Netherlands 3062PA
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From The School

With an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), you’ll drive your career further than you’ve ever imagined. Because succeeding in business takes more than knowing business principles.

Business is a powerful instrument for solving our world’s societal, economic and ecological challenges.

At RSM, we aim to improve the practice of business and management through our ground-breaking research, world-class education, and engagement with industry and society. You have found the right place to become a force for positive change by learning how to be more critical, creative, caring and collaborative.

Focused on diversity
At RSM, you’ll learn about people from around the world by sitting next to them in class. Each one of our courses provides a truly global business school experience, representing more than 30 nationalities. You’ll also tap into our active alumni network to build connections from among 36,000 alums worldwide.

Personal Leadership Development (PLD)
All of RSM’s English-language MBA programmes are built on the revolutionary Personal Leadership Development programme. Based on RSM’s groundbreaking research, PLD explores the fundamental drivers of human behavior and teaches you the thought processes behind smart decision-making.

International Full-time MBA
Our 12-month International Full-time MBA programme starts in January, and features in-depth analysis of all the issues you’ll need for a successful career. Get to know the latest management research from the minds that actually produce it. And along the way, gain functional skills in international finance, consulting, strategy, supply chain, sustainability and marketing to round out your resume.

Executive MBA (part-time)
Ready to accelerate the career you’ve worked tirelessly to achieve? Our 22-month part-time Executive MBA programme allows you to keep moving forward in your current career while earning the same acclaimed training as our International Full-time MBA programme. Adapted to fit the demanding schedules of working executives like you, this programme offers growth and continued development for effective business professionals, now and in the future.

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