Documentation for graduate admission

On this page you can find information about documentation regarding admission.

You must upload all relevant documentation for your application to the Application Portal by the application deadline for the group that you are applying in.

It is your responsibility to upload all the relevant documentation. We base our assessment of your application exclusively on the documentation received by the deadline. If any documentation is missing or incomplete, this can result in a possible rejection.

You must upload the following as a bare minimum when applying for admission:
• A scan or photo of your passport
• Documentation that you meet the language requirement(s)
• Grade transcript

Check whether you also need to upload:  
• Registration of courses
• Bachelor diploma
• Self-assessment
• Course descriptions
• Personal statement

You must upload a copy of your passport, which clearly indicates your citizenship, when you apply via the Application Portal. If you do not have a valid passport, you may also upload a national identity card clearly stating your citizenship.
If you have dual citizenship, then you must upload copies of both passports.
If you are currently residing in a different country than the country you are a citizen of, you must also upload a copy of your current residence permit in that country.
Grade transcript
You must upload an official grade transcript, issued by a representative of your university's Academic Registrar's Office, Examinations Office or equivalent.
The transcript must carry the issuing institution’s stamp and signature or an online verification code. A home-made list of the courses you have taken is not sufficient. “Self-declarations” (for example, the Italian “Auto-dichiarazione”) or documents that claim to be "valid without signature" are not acceptable.

Accepted formats:
  • A good quality color scan of a hard copy document, carrying the institution’s logo/letterhead, ink stamp or raised seal, and ink signature of an authorized official
  • Electronic documents with an online verification code that we can verify on the issuing institution’s website or in a national verification portal. Make sure to provide us with a password, if needed.
  • Electronic documents signed by your university with a valid electronic signature (for example, an eSignature from a provider on the European Union Trusted Lists)

The grade transcript must include all courses that are done at bachelor level, including obligatory courses and electives done at CBS or at another university.

It is important that ECTS-points (alternatively, credits, points, number of hours etc.) for all the courses you have taken are clearly listed on the uploaded grade transcript.

If you have been on exchange or have courses credited/transferred from previous studies at a different institution, you must also upload the official grade transcript issued by the respective university. It is not a problem if the university in question uses a different grading system or credit system.

For students from CBS or other Danish universities
If your transcript has been retrieved automatically you do not need to upload a certified, official copy of the transcript yourself. All the programmes that you have been enrolled in should be listed under “Completed academic degrees” or “Academic degrees in progress”.

Click on the files listed under “View/Edit upload” to check if the documentation that has been retrieved by the system is complete and correct. You are responsible for making sure that all the necessary information is available for each application. If no documentation has been retrieved, or you cannot view the retrieved information, or the documentation retrieved is incorrect or incomplete, then you must upload the official grade transcripts, signed and stamped by your university, as described above. If you study a CBS bachelor, the transcript does not need to be signed and stamped.
Courses in progress that are part of your bachelor degree 
If you have not yet finished your degree, you must upload a preliminary grade transcript, as well as a proof of registration for all the courses you still need to take in order to finish your degree (both obligatory and electives or exchange courses). The proof of registration must include complete course titles and ECTS-points/credits load.
You may be accepted to a Master’s programme on condition that you finish your undergraduate degree, including the courses currently in progress. In that case, you must document you have passed all the courses and completed your bachelor's degree before study start of the programme at the latest. Failure to do so will result in annulment of your conditional acceptance to the master’s programme.

For students from CBS or other Danish universities
If you are studying at a Danish university, you can upload the transcript 'Study overview' from the online student service.
Language requirement 

Make sure to check the language requirement for the programme you are applying for and check if you need a language test. You can find information about language requirements under Entry Requirements and the programme you are applying for. 

You can see which language tests and exams CBS accepts on the English level A and English level B pages.

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

Language tests
If you need to take a language test/exam, your scores must be available to CBS Admissions for online verification with the test organiser 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 application deadline. You should expect 3-4 weeks from the test date until you can make the results available to CBS, as follows: 

Applicants who fulfil the language requirement through their upper secondary exam

Some applicants fulfil the language requirement through their upper secondary exam. If you're unsure whether or not this applies to you, please check the relevant language requirement page (links are available in the left-hand menu).

If you fulfil the language requirement through one of the upper secondary exams specified, you must upload an official copy of your exam certificate (signed and stamped by the relevant authority).

If you fulfil the language requirement through an upper secondary education in Denmark (ie. stx, hhx, htx, hf) and you don't have access to the hard-copy certificate, you can download a digitally signed copy from Min Kompetencemappe.

Bachelor diploma
If you have finished your bachelor's degree, you must upload a copy of your bachelor's diploma.
Your bachelor's diploma (or degree certificate) is issued by your university when you have successfully completed all the activities required in order to be awarded/conferred the respective degree. It must include all the following elements:

• the name of the institution awarding the bachelor’s degree
• the date when the degree was awarded (cannot be a future date)
• the name of the person to whom the degree has been issued
• the academic title/degree that has been awarded.

A bachelor’s diploma/certificate is printed on the institution’s letterhead, and has an ink stamp or raised seal, and official signatures. If you have received your bachelor’s diploma/certificate, you must upload a good quality color scan of the hard copy document.

You can apply for a master's programme even if you have not yet finished your bachelor degree or received your final diploma. In this case, your official, up-to-date preliminary grade transcript is sufficient as proof that you are currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree and expect to document that you have completed it before the end of the application round.

If you are accepted to a master’s programme, you will have to document that you have finished your bachelor’s degree before you can begin studying at CBS. You will be expected to upload your final bachelor diploma and grade transcript before study start of the programme at the latest. Failure to do so will result in annulment of your conditional acceptance to the master’s programme.


NB: CBS Admissions will perform random checks to verify the authenticity of the uploaded documentation. You may therefore be asked, before study start, to hand in your original bachelor diploma and grade transcript for a thorough verification.

Course descriptions
You must upload official course descriptions for courses you think can fulfil the specific entry requirements or be relevant in connection to the selection criteria at the programmes and various MSc EBA/cand. merc. concentrations (read more about selection on the programme's individual admission pages).

As an example of a suitable, official course description, please see Principles of Financial Accounting

Official course descriptions must be issued by the university - for example from a course catalog or the university website. They can be copy/pasted with a link to their location online. Course descriptions that you have written yourself are not sufficient.

If we have made an advance assessment for your bachelor degree, you do not need to upload course descriptions for the obligatory courses.

You do not need to upload course descriptions for courses taken at CBS.
You can upload a maximum of five files for each question in the Application portal. If you have more than five course descriptions, please merge them into one file (word or pdf).

NB: We reserve the right not to take into account unofficial course descriptions.

Bachelor thesis or internship

The bachelor thesis or an internship cannot be used to fulfil the specific entry requirements or used as part of the selection criteria assessment for a programmes or a concentration.
You should therefore not upload your bachelor thesis or documentation on internship.

Courses that are not part of your bachelor degree
Have you passed, or are planning on passing, any other courses that are not a part of your bachelor degree but you think are relevant for your application?

You must upload official grade transcripts for the courses you have passed by the application deadline.

If you intend to pass courses, which are not part of your bachelor degree, before study start of the graduate programme you are applying for, you must upload documentation for enrolment in all the bachelor level courses in progress.

If you are not yet officially enrolled in the courses, you must upload a document that clearly states which courses you intend to pass before study start.

The documentation for courses that are not a part of your bachelor degree (passed courses or courses in progress) must include:

  • Which university the course is taken at
  • The course title
  • The number of ECTS-points for the course
  • Course description (if the course is not taken at CBS)
  • When the course starts (if you have not yet passed the course)
  • When you have passed the course / intend to pass the course

There are two types of courses you can take in addition to your bachelor degree:

Qualifying supplementary courses
Supplementary courses are used to fulfil the specific entry requirements for a graduate programme.
Please be aware that:
  • There are specific rules for how many courses you can take and when you take them, please see the rules regarding supplementary courses.
  • Registration for qualifying supplementary courses must be documented by the application deadline
  • Qualifying supplementary courses must be passed before study start

Selection courses
Selection courses can be taken in order to improve your chances in the selection process, if they are relevant for the programme's selection criteria.
Please be aware that:
  • Selection courses must be documented and passed before the application deadline.
Self-assessment (course matching)
You may include, in a separate document, your own suggestions regarding which specific entry requirements your courses can cover or which course areas your courses can cover in relation to the selection criteria.

If you are applying for your natural progression master, or if there is an advance assessment for your specific academic background indicating you fulfil all specific entry requirements, you don't have to upload a self-assessment.

You can use the form on the programmes' individual admissions pages (under "self assessment (course match)".
Personal statement
We only look at personal statement in the following cases: 
1. A limited number of programmes in connection to the selection criteria: once you have decided which programme you want to apply for, you can find out whether a personal statement is part of the selection process at the programme's individual admission page. Please note that a personal statement is not part of the selection proces for the MSc EBA, unless you are a dispensee. 
2. Always for scholarship applicants: if you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, you are to write and upload a personal statement - read more about scholarships

3. Always for dispensees: if you do not fulfil the general entry requirement of having a bachelor degree, you must include a personal statement in your application. Have a look at the individual programme's admission pages to find further information on the personal statement and being assessed as a dispensee. You are to write a personal statement for each programme you are applying for, however, if you are applying for more concentrations within the same programme you are only to write one personal statement (for example only one personal statement is necessary if you apply for the MSc EBA/cand.merc. programme, whereas multiple personal statement are necessary, if you apply for more than one MSocSc/cand.soc. programme).
If your documentation is in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English, German or French, no translation is required. However, we do encourage you to make a translation available for us if the documentation is in German or French.
If your documentation is in any other language than the languages mentioned above, you must provide us with a copy of the documentation in the original language as well as a translation.
The translation of diplomas/grade transcript should be made by an authorised translator, whereas you are welcome to translate course descriptions yourself.
Applicants from RUC and Aalborg University?

Projects from RUC and AAU can be used for the specific entry requirements for some of CBS’ graduate programmes. 

A project cannot be used to fulfil the specific entry requirements for the MSc in EBA/ cand.merc. programme.

A project that is not finished nor passed (i.e. does not appear on the grade transcript) by the application deadline will not be considered under any circumstances.

The following documentation is needed to assess a completed project:

  • The table of contents
  • The abstract
  • The research question and problem justification
  • The bibliography of the paper

Do not upload the following

We do not use CVs, GMAT tests or recommendation letters in your assessment.

The page was last edited by: Student Affairs // 10/08/2021