English level B - Graduate programmes

The language requirements are very strict. Be sure to check what level is required for each programme you are applying to. On this page you will find information about how you fulfil English level B.

See what level your programme requires

English B with minimum grade level 6.0:

MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems

MSc in Economics and Business Administration - General Management and Analytics

English B with minimum grade level 2.0:

MSc in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship

MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care

MSc in Social Sciences in Public Management and Social Development

Can't see your programme? Then you need to fulfil English A (if English-taught programme).

Deadline

The English language requirement must be fulfilled by the application deadline.

If you need to take a language test/exam, your scores must be available to CBS Admissions by the application deadline. To ensure that your test/exam scores are available to us on time, it is important that you sign up for a test/exam taking place well in advance before the deadline. You should expect 3-4 weeks from the test date until you can make the results available to CBS.

If you have already taken an IELTS or TOEFL, remember to check that your test is no older than two years by the application deadline.

Do I fulfil the English level B requirement?

You fulfil this requirement if you have upper secondary qualifications from Denmark (ie. stx, hhx, htx, hf) and have passed English at the B level with the required minimum average (2.0 or 6.0 on the Danish grading scale depending on the specific programme, see above). Otherwise, the English requirements are very strict, and only the qualifications listed below are accepted as alternative fulfilment.

If you fulfil English level A, then you also fulfil the English level B requirement.

Applicants with a legal claim
If you study a bachelor degree at CBS and have legal claim to a master programme, you automatically fulfil the language requirement for your legal claim master and you do not need to do anything further.

In addition to the qualifications listed under the English A requirement, the following also fulfil the English level B requirement:



Upper secondary qualifications

Only the exact listed qualifications fulfil the English B language requirement. In your application you must upload the exact documentation described below, as proof that your upper secondary qualifications fulfil the language requirement.
The requirement is not met if the courses/qualifications listed below have been failed.
Other qualifications or types of documentation do not fulfil the language requirement.


International Baccalaureate (IB)

Required qualifications Equivalent to English B 6.0 on the Danish grading scale Equivalent to English B 2.0 on the Danish grading scale Required documentation

•    English A1, higher level 
•    English A2, higher level
•    English B, higher level
•    English A1, standard level
•    English A2, standard level
•    English B, standard level

English A Language and Literature, higher level

English A Language and Literature, standard level

English A Literature, higher level

English A Literature, standard level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minimum grade: 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minimum grade: 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official IB diploma and/or transcript
Alternatively, give CBS access to your results via IBO.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



European Baccalaureate (EB)

Required qualifications Equivalent to English B 6.0 on the Danish grading scale Equivalent to English B 2.0 on the Danish grading scale Required documentation
  • L III – 4 years
  • L IV – 4 years (4 hours)

For upper secondary studies completed in 2020 or earlier: minimum grade: 7.50

 

For upper secondary studies completed in 2021 or later: minimum grade: 7.21

For upper secondary studies completed in 2020 or earlier: minimum grade: 6.00

 

For upper secondary studies completed in 2021 or later: minimum grade: 5.00

Official EB diploma and/or transcript

 

 

 



Austria

Required qualifications Equivalent to English B 6.0 on the Danish grading scale Equivalent to English B 2.0 on the Danish grading scale Required documentation

English as a first foreign language, min. 9 weekly hours accumulated during the final three years of the Oberstufe

 

 

 

 

Minimum grade: 3

 

 

Minimum grade: 4

 

 


Reife- und Diplomprüfung diploma certificate including Stundentafel covering (min.) 5 years of the Oberstufe

 

Minimum grade: 3

 

 

Minimum grade: 4

 

 


Reifeprüfung diploma certificate including Stundentafel covering (min.) 4 years of the Oberstufe



Denmark

Required qualifications English B 6.0 on the Danish grading scale English B 2.0 on the Danish grading scale Required documentation

English at level B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.0(average of all English level B grades)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.0 (average of all English level B grades)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upper secondary (ie. stx, hhx, htx, hf) certificate:
  •     a scan/photo of the original, stamped and signed hard copy OR
  •     a digitally signed certificate downloaded from Min Kompetencemappe

Alternatively Gymnasialt suppleringskursus (GSK) exam certificate

 

NB: Even if you are studying a bachelor programme at CBS, we do not have the documentation you sent in with your bachelor application, so you must upload it when you apply for a master's programme.

  Official IKV assessment Kompetencebevis



England, Wales, Northern Ireland

Required qualifications Equivalent to English B 6.0 on the Danish grading scale Equivalent to English B 2.0 on the Danish grading scale Required documentation

GCSE (with a min. of 6 subjects) as well as A-level (Advanced level) (with a min. of 3 subjects) 

 

 

 

GCSE up until 2018: Minimum grade: D or 4

 

GCSE from 2019: Minimum grade: C (C* required for Northern Ireland) or 4

 

AS-/A-levels: minimum grade: C

GCSE: minimum grade: G or 1

 

AS-/A-levels: minimum grade: E

 

 

GCSE certificate(s), AS level certificate(s) and A level certificate(s)

 

 

 

 

 


Finland

Required qualifications Equivalent to English B 6.0 on the Danish grading scale Equivalent to English B 2.0 on the Danish grading scale Required documentation

Minimum 8 English courses

 

 

Minimum

grade: 7

 

 

Minimum 

grade:5

 

 

Official certificate - Ylioppilastutkintotodistus / Studentexamensbetyg) and official transcript - Lukion päästötodistus/Avgångsbetyg från gymnasiet


Germany

Required qualifications Equivalent to English B 6.0 on the Danish grading scale Equivalent to English B 2.0 on the Danish grading scale Required documentation
Regardless of federal state:
English studied in each of the four half-years of the Qualifikationsphase

 

 

 

 

Minimum:

•3 (9 punkte)

 

(average of all English courses)

 

 


 

 

 

Minimum:

•4 (5 punkte)

 

(average of all English courses)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diploma - Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abiturzeugnis)

and

Report card for all 4 half-years in the Qualifikationsphase as well as the Abiturprüfung
For Waldorfschule/Rudolf Steiner Schule:
English studied as a Prüfungsfach in the Abiturprüfung
 



Iceland

Required qualifications Equivalent to English B 6.0 on the Danish grading scale Equivalent to English B 2.0 on the Danish grading scale Required documentation

For upper secondary studies completed according to the 2008 reform:

Minimum 15 Fein (new credits) obtained in English; of these, minimum 10 Fein must be at Þrep (qualification level) 3 or higher

Minimum grade: 7(modulsystem)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minimum grade: 5 (modulsystem)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Official transcript (in Icelandic) for Stúdentspróf.

NB: Letters issued by the institution that do not list the names, module codes, grades and codes/points for all the passed courses are not accepted.

 

 

 

For upper secondary studies completed according to the 1999 reform:

Minimum 15 einingar (old credits) obtained in English; at least one English subject must be at level 5 or higher (ENS 103+203+303+403+503)



Norway

Required qualifications Equivalent to English B 6.0 on the Danish grading scale Equivalent to English B 2.0 on the Danish grading scale Required documentation
Engelsk min. 8 hours weekly, allmenfaglig retning
Engelsk VG1 + VG2 International English (SPR3008 & SPR3009)
 

Minimum grade: 4

 

(average of all English courses)

 

 

 

Minimum grade: 2 

 

(average of all English courses)

 

 

 

 


Official (digitally signed) transcript for the Vitnemål for videregående opplæring

 

 



Sweden

Required qualifications Equivalent to English B 6.0 on the Danish grading scale Equivalent to English B 2.0 on the Danish grading scale Required documentation
Before 2014:
Engelska min. Kurs C


Minimum grade: 15/C/VG

 

 

 

 

Minimum grade: 10/E/G

 

 

 

 

Official transcript for Gymnasieexamen från ett högskoleförberedande program or Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan

 

 

 

From 2014:
Engelska steg 7 (ENG07)
 
Tests and exams
The English language requirement must be fulfilled by the application deadline.

To ensure that your test/exam scores are available to us on time, it is important that you sign up for a test/exam taking place at least three-four weeks before the application deadline.

Only the following English tests and exams are accepted for the fulfilment of the English B language requirement:

TOEFL

TOEFL internet-based test (iBT)

English B 6.0:
A TOEFL iBT test result of at least 94 with minimum 20 in each discipline is required.
Your scores are valid only if they are no more than two years old by the application deadline.
TOEFL iBT Home Edition is accepted.
MyBest scores are not accepted.

English B 2.0:
A TOEFL iBT test result of at least 83 with minimum 20 in each discipline is required.
Your scores are valid only if they are no more than two years old by the application deadline.
TOEFL iBT Home Edition is accepted.
MyBest scores are not accepted.

Required documentation:
Your TOEFL scores will be verified in the TOEFL database. You must list Copenhagen Business School as one of your score recipients when you sign up for the TOEFL test, or order a score sheet for Copenhagen Business School if you have already taken the test. The TOEFL institution code for CBS is 7035.
You must upload either your digital copy, or a scan of your hard copy, TOEFL score sheet to the Application Portal.

IELTS

IELTS Academic test

English B 6.0:
An IELTS academic test result of at least 7.0 with minimum 6.0 in each discipline is required.
IELTS tests that are more than two years old by the application deadline are not accepted.
IELTS Online is accepted.

English B 2.0:
An IELTS academic test result of at least 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each discipline is required.
IELTS tests that are more than two years old by the application deadline are not accepted.
IELTS Online is accepted.

Required documentation:
Your IELTS results will be verified in the IELTS database. Please instruct your test centre to make your results available to Copenhagen Business School, either when you book your IELTS test or after the test date.

You must also upload a scan of your IELTS test report form to the Application Portal. If you have not received the physical test report form, you can upload a document with the "Test Report Form Number" (TRF Number) so we can verify your scores.

Cambridge exam

Cambridge C2 or C1 examination

English B 6.0:
A Cambridge C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) passed with min. C, corresponding to a score of minimum 200, or a Cambridge C1 Proficiency (Certificate of Advanced English) passed with minimum C AND a score of minimum 185 is required.

English B 2.0:
A Cambridge C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) or a Cambridge C1 Proficiency (Certificate of Advanced English) is required (no minimum score required).

Required documentation:
You must upload your Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) or Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) Statement of Results and/or Certificate.
Your results are only valid if they can be verified through the Candidate Results Website. Make sure to register for the service and share your results with Copenhagen Business School. There is no expiration date on the validity of the CPE/CAE exam results.

The following alternatives are not accepted for fulfilling the English B language requirement:

- a bachelor degree taught in English (except for specific circumstances listed under the English A requirement)
- a letter from your university
- a letter from a professor
- documentation for an English test other than the specific ones listed on this page or under the English A requirement

 

The page was last edited by: Web editor - Student Communications // 11/23/2022