Admission process - general principles
To qualify for a CBS master's programme, applicants must fulfil all of the following:
- The programme’s specific entry requirements
- The programme’s language requirement (Danish or English at a certain level)
- The general entry requirement of having a bachelor degree
All CBS master's programmes have a limited number of places. If there are more qualified applicants than places available at a programme, there will be a selection process, according to programme-specific selection criteria.
You can find specific entry requirements, selection criteria, and language requirements for each programme by viewing their individual admissions pages. View all CBS master's programmes.
Each master programme has their own specific entry requirements - a certain number of ECTS-points within specific areas of study. In addition, each programme has their own specific selection criteria which are used if there are more qualified applicants than places available at a programme.
The specific entry requirements are, customarily, covered by academic and research-oriented courses at bachelor level (for example, courses taken at CBS, Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen and the like).
If you have completed vocational, more practice-oriented courses (for example, courses as part of a Professional bachelor’s degree programme), the academic level of the courses and their theoretical, research foundation may not be sufficient to cover the specific entry requirements of Master’s degree programmes at CBS.
Courses done at master level are not able to be used. Courses must have a specific academic content and level of analytical competence comparable to bachelor level courses at CBS, and it is CBS Admissions who determine if a course can fulfil a certain specific entry requirement or not. We make our assessment based on official course descriptions and study programme regulations.
The exact number of ECTS-points stated in the specific entry requirements must be covered. For example, 29 ECTS-points are not sufficient for covering a 30 ECTS-points requirement.
According to the rules and regulations set out by the Ministry of Higer Education and Science in "Kandidatadgangsbekendtgørelsen" (The Master’s Decree), §2, applicants to higher education in Denmark must have a relevant bachelor education or another relevant education at the same level.
Applicants who do not fulfil this entry requirement will be assessed as a dispensee according to §5 in "Kandidatadgangsbekendtgørelsen".
"Kandidatadgangsbekendtgørelsen" (The Master’s Decree) can be found at retsinformation.dk by searching "Adgang kandidatuddannelser" in the search box called "Titel" (in Danish only).
NB: The same is true for applicants who do not fulfil the programme's language requirement.
What do we take into consideration when assessing you as a dispensee?
- The contents of the courses within the specific entry requirements
- Number of ECTS-points within the specific entry requirements
- Your motivational essay
- Documented interest for and experience in the relevant area
- The academic content of your educational background
- To some extent your grades in general
A motivational essay must be personal and specific, and it must prove that you are well informed and have put a lot of thought into your choice of education. It should explain the purpose and motivation of you choosing this particular education. You should answer questions such as:
- What can you bring to the table?
- Why do you think your educational background is relevant?
- Why do you think your work/ life experience is relevant?
- How can you compensate for the fact that you do not fulfil the general entry requirement?
- Your educational background is the most important factor in our assessment, however, your life and work experience might also be considered, if they are relevant with regard to the chosen programme.
Your motivational essay must not exceed two A4 pages.