Graduate

Graduate Admission - Step 2

STEP 2 - YOUR APPLICATION: On this page you can find information about the application process for our graduate programmes, including: application deadlines, application and tuition fees, scholarships for non-EU/EEA citizens, applying online via the Application Portal, necessary documentation, rules and exemptions regarding admission.

Step 1

Entry requirements

Step 2

Your application

Step 3

Our answer

Step 4

Enrollment

When and how do I apply?

There are two application groups, depending on your citizenship and whether or not you need a student residence permit to live and study in Denmark. There are different deadlines for each group, so check carefully which dates apply to you.

Which group do I apply in?

Group 1: You apply in this group if

  • You are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland OR
  • You are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, but you do not need a student residence permit to live and study in Denmark

Group 2: You apply in this group if

  • You are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland AND
  • You need a student residence permit to live and study in Denmark AND
  • You are applying for an English-langauge programme
Group 1: When and how do I apply?

What do you need to do?
  • Submit your applications
  • Upload all documentation

Certain non-EU/EEA citizens may be required to pay an application fee (see more below)

How do you apply? Apply electronically via the Application Portal. The application round is expected to open mid-January 2018.
Application deadline 1 March 2018 at 23:59 CET
Answers available No later than 10 June 2018
Study place confirmation 17 June 2018 at 23:59 CET

If conditionally accepted

The deadline for documenting fulfilment of the conditions is
1 September 2018

Group 2: When and how do I apply?

What do you need to do?
  • Submit your application(s)
  • Upload all documentation
  • Apply for a scholarship (if you are interested in one)

Non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay an application fee (with certain exceptions, see more below)

How do you apply?

Apply electronically via the Application Portal. The application round is expected to open mid-December 2017.

Application deadline

15 January 2018 at 23:59 CET

Answers available

15 March 2018

Study place confirmation

22 March 2018 at 23:59 CET

If conditionally accepted

The deadline for documenting fulfilment of the conditions is
1 June 2018*

*In certain cases, you may obtain a deadline extension for completing supplementary courses and/or your bachelor degree and/or paying the tuition fee. This will have an impact on your student residence permit application. You cannot obtain a deadline extension for documenting fulfilment of the English language requirement.



Online application

You apply for CBS graduate programmes via the Danish universities' shared Application Portal. It is also here that you upload documentation, receive instructions from your caseworker, find the answer to your application and confirm your place of study, if you are offered one.

Prepare in advance - it takes time to fill out an application!

We recommend that you start working on your application well in advance of the application deadline. We estimate that it takes at least 40 minutes to fill out an application if you have your documentation ready beforehand. 

You will find detailed information about the questions in the application form and their corresponding required documents in the "Step-by-step guide" to the application below.

See our quick PDF iconOverview of required documentation (pdf)

Remember to check documentation for graduate admission - here you can also see if you need any of your official documents translated.

Log in to the Application Portal

The Application Portal can be accessed via NemID, with an existing student login at a Danish university, or by creating a new user account from scratch.

For information on how to log in to the system, please see the documents listed below. 

Once you have submitted an application, a confirmation letter will be uploaded to your account in the Application Portal, under the "Messages" tab. Check the letter and note your Application ID number. You will need it in order to communicate with CBS Admissions regarding your application.

You will receive a notification email every time there is an update to your application.

When you are ready to begin the process, go to the Application Portal.

Step-by-step guide to the application form

Go through the step-by-step guide to see which questions are asked in the Application Portal and what documentation you must upload.

You can save a draft if you wish to interrupt your application and return to the Application Portal to continue editing it and submit at a later point. Keep in mind that once you have submitted your application, you can no longer upload documentation or make any changes. 

It is your responsibility to upload all the relevant documentation. If any documentation is missing or incomplete, this can result into a possible rejection. Please be aware that you have to upload the documentation to each application you make.

You can upload a maximum of 5 files for each question in the Application portal. If you have more than 5 files (eg. more than 5 course descriptions), please merge them into one file (word or pdf).

You can see where in the application you are by looking at the steps below.

Steps in the Application

Create your application
When you log in to the Application Portal, you are directed to your “Personal start page”. 
To find the programme(s) you are interested in and begin an application, select the tab “Create application” (Marked with a blue box in the picture below).
 
Create application
 
Your name, your Danish civil registration number (CPR number) and email address are displayed at the top of the page. 
 
If you do not have an official CPR number, the system automatically generates a temporary pseudo-CPR number for you. 
 
Indicate your citizenship
If you are applying using your NemID or an existing student login at a Danish university, you will be asked to indicate your citizenship by selecting it from the list. If you are applying as a self-registered user, the information regarding your citizenship is already available and the “Citizenship” box is pre-filled.
 
If you are a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country, you must also indicate whether you have a residence permit in Denmark or any of the other Nordic countries by ticking the box “Residence permit”. 
 
NB: You will be asked to upload a copy of your passport and current residence permit later in the application, so make sure to provide correct information at this step!
Find the programme you wish to apply for

Under “Institution name”, choose “Copenhagen Business School”.

Under “Type of programme”, choose “Master”. 

You do not need to fill out the fields “Programme name” or “Study start”. 
 
Click “Search”. 
 
Under “Search results”, you will now see the full list of graduate programmes you can apply for at CBS in the current application round. 

NB: there are different application deadlines for different groups of applicants. Check the overview of application deadlines to find out when you need to apply.
 
Create application
 
Select the programme/concentration combination you want to apply for, then press “Continue to application”.
 
Step: Official data transfer

If you are studying, or have studied, at a Danish university, the Application Portal can automatically retrieve documentation for your study activities.

Select all the relevant universities, then press the button “Transfer data”. By doing so, you are giving CBS permission to access your documentation. If the transfer succeeds, you will not need to manually upload the documentation that has been retrieved. It is important that you check to see that the correct documentation has been transferred. If you cannot see the documentation, you should upload it yourself later in the application.
 
You can continue filling out the application form while the data is retrieved. Go to the next step in the application by pressing “Next”.
 
Official data transfere
 
Step: Personal details
Personal details

Citizenship and residence permit 
You must now upload documentation to prove the citizenship you have indicated earlier. 


Personal details

If you are a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country but you currently live in Denmark or another Nordic country, you must also upload official documentation regarding your residence permit. We need the information in order to decide if you are exempt from paying the application fee and tuition fees for the programme.

Personal details
Step: Entry requirements
Entry requirements
 
Bachelor degree start and country
Choose the date you began your bachelor studies. If you cannot remember the exact date, try to approximate it as accurately as possible.
 
Select the country in which you studied/are studying your bachelor programme from the list. If you are studying a dual bachelor degree, select the country in which the first part of your bachelor degree took place.
 
Your bachelor degree and your passed bachelor courses 
If you did not transfer official data, or if your bachelor degree is not from a Danish university, you must add your bachelor degree and upload documentation for it manually. 
 
Choose the appropriate box:
  • If you have already finished your degree by the time you apply, choose “Add completed academic degree”.
  • If you have not finished your bachelor degree yet, choose “Academic degree in process”.

Entry requirements

List only your qualifying bachelor degree, and only onceDo not provide information about any courses that are not a part of your qualifying bachelor degree.

A window appears when you press “Add academic degree in progress” or “Add complete academic degree”.

Fill out the obligatory fields as follows:
  • University: Type in the official English name of the university where you are studying your bachelor degree (e.g. “Lund University” or “Bocconi University”).
  • Programme: Type in the name of your bachelor degree, e.g. “BSc. in Business Administration” or “BA in German Studies”.
  • Date passed/expected to pass: Choose the date when you think you will finish your bachelor degree. If you do not know the precise date yet, select the last day of the month when you expect to graduate, e.g. 30 June 2017.
  • Missing ECTS-points: If you are currently on the sixth semester of your bachelor degree, you would normally be missing 30 ECTS-points at the time when you apply.


Documentation: Press the button “Vælg fil” to choose the documents you wish to upload. You may upload up to 5 documents for each bachelor degree you list.

Documentation for your bachelor degree/courses
An official grade transcript issued by your university The grade transcript must include all courses you have passed so far as part of your bachelor degree. It is important that ECTS-points (Alternatively, credits, points, number of hours etc.) for all the courses you have passed are clearly listed on the uploaded grade transcript.
Your bachelor diploma If you have already finished your bachelor degree, you must upload a copy of your bachelor diploma, which indicates clearly that the bachelor degree has been awarded, and the date on which it was awarded.
Translations
Upload a translation if your documentation is not in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English, German or French. 
 
The translation of diplomas/grade transcript should be made by an authorised translator.
 
Your transcript has been retrieved by the Application Portal 
If your transcript has been retrieved automatically, 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.

Bachelor courses in progress
If you answer “Yes” to the question “Bachelor courses in progress”, you must upload documentation for all the courses that are going to be a part of your bachelor degree, but are not yet on the official bachelor degree transcript. 

If you have been on exchange to another university, you must upload the official grade transcript issued by the exchange university. It is not a problem if the university in question uses a different grading system or credit system.

Upload an official proof of registration for all the remaining courses, or a document listing all the courses in question. Include the following information:
  • Name of the university where the course was taken
  • The course title
  • The number of ECTS-points (credits etc.)
  • When you have passed the course or expect to pass the course (be as precise as possible)

If you are studying at a Danish university, you can upload the transcript 'Study programme in Danish' or 'Study programme in English' from the online student service.

Entry requirements

 
Other passed courses at bachelor level
If you have passed courses which are not a part of your bachelor degree, (e.g. any courses you have studied before you began your degree, at the same time as you were studying the degree, or after your finished bachelor degree), you must upload official grade transcripts for the courses you have passed by the application deadline. 

The transcript must include the following information: 
Name of the university where the course was taken
The course title
• The number of ECTS-points for the course
When you have passed the course. 

Other courses in progress at bachelor level
If you intend to pass courses which are not a 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 courses in progress at bachelor level.

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 must include: 
Which university the course is taken at 
The course title
The number of ECTS-points for the course
When the course starts 
When you intend to pass the course.

Course descriptions
You must upload official course descriptions for those courses which you think can fulfil the specific entry requirements or for those courses that can be relevant in connection to the selection criteria at the programmes and at the various MSc EBA/cand. merc. concentrations (Read more about selection on the programme's individual pages on admission and entry requirements). As an example of a suitable, official course description, please see Principles of Financial Accounting

If we have made a standard assessment for your bachelor degree, you only need to upload course descriptions for your electives. You do not need to upload course descriptions for courses taken at CBS.

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

You can upload a maximum of 5 files for each question in the Application portal. If you have more than 5 files (eg. more than 5 course descriptions), please merge them into one file (word or pdf).

Previous assessment or self assessment
If you have answered ”Yes” to the question ”Previous assessment”, upload your appraisal letter or your letter of acceptance/rejection from last year.

Alternatively, 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. You can find a self-assessment form and more information under "Are you qualified?" on each programme's individual page on admission and entry requirements.

You do not need to upload a self-assessment for CBS courses.
 
Language requirement 
You may apply even if you do not yet fulfil the English or the Danish language requirement. The requirement must, however, be fulfilled before study start (earlier for Group 2 applicants - see all deadlines at the top of the page).

It is a good idea to consider how and when you will fulfil the requirement, please see more under the specific programme.
Step: Documentation after deadline
Documentation after deadline

The step “Doc. after deadline” is primarily reserved for exchanging information with CBS Admissions after the application deadline. 

Other documentation
If your caseworker establishes, after the application deadline, that more documentation is necessary in order to assess your application, you will be asked to upload it under the section “Other documentation”.

You will receive an email notification informing you that there is an update to your application. The email contains a link to the Application Portal. Log in to your account using this link and go to the “Messages” tab, where you will find a letter explaining what you need to upload, to which application, and what the deadline for uploading the requested documentation is. 

In the Application Portal, go back to the tab “See status of applications” and identify the application in question. It will have the status “Request for documentation”. Press the button “Edit Application”.

Documentation after deadline

Go to the step “Doc. after deadline”, where you will find that the section “Other documentation” now has an orange upload button, meaning that the section has been unlocked and you can upload the requested documentation here:

Documentation after deadline

You can only upload documentation under the section “Other documentation”. It is not possible to make any other changes to your application. 

NB. Only the documentation specifically requested by CBS Admissions will be taken into consideration after the application deadline. Any further documentation will not be considered in the assessment of your application. 
 
You must resend the application once you have uploaded the requested documentation. CBS Admissions will only receive the new documentation after the application has been re-submitted:

Documentation after deadline
 

If you pass a course or a language test or finish your bachelor degree after you have submitted your application, you do not need to provide CBS Admissions with the respective documentation until after you have received an answer to your application.

In case you are offered a place of study at CBS, your caseworker will ask you to upload documentation and will give you access to edit the application.

Reserved for caseworker uploads
If CBS Admissions needs to send you any documentation, this will be uploaded under the section “Reserved for caseworker upload”. 
 
You will receive an email notification informing you that there is an update to your application. The email contains a link to the Application Portal. Log in to your account using this link and go to the “Messages” tab, where you will find a letter explaining what document has been uploaded and to which application.
 
Go back to the tab “See status of applications” and identify the application in question. Press the button “View Application”.

Documentation after deadline

 

Scroll down to the end of the application to get to the last section - “Reserved for caseworker uploads”. The document attached by the caseworker (In Danish: “Bilag fra sagsbehandler”) will be visible. Open it by clicking on the document icon under “Download”.

Documentation after deadline

Ready to submit?
Ready to submit

Click on ”Review application” to open a window with a summary of your application.

Make sure all the information you have provided is correct. Once you submit your application, you will no longer be able to edit it or to upload any more documentation. 

Scroll back up and press “Next” to get to the “Send application” step.

Ready to submit

If you are sure that you have finished editing your application and uploading documentation, press the “Submit application” button.

When you have submitted the application, you will receive an on-screen confirmation that the application has been received by CBS Admissions.

Ready to submit
 
Go to the tab “See status of applications” – you will see your new application listed with the status “Received”.
 
Go to the “Messages” tab to find a receipt for your application in PDF format. The letter contains important information, why it is vital that you read it and save it. Note the Application ID number – you will need this ID number in case you have to communicate with CBS Admissions regarding your application.
 
You have also received an email with the title “Receipt for application to graduate admission at CBS” - this email confirms that your application has been received and provides you with a link from which you can access the Application Portal in the future.
Prioritise your applications
You can only apply for 3 programmes
If you wish to submit more than one application for a CBS programme, you will be asked to prioritise your applications. You can change the order of your priorities every time you submit a new application. It is only possible to prioritise your applications after you have submitted them – you cannot prioritise applications with the status ‘draft’.

Always consider your choice of priorities carefully. Only your first three priorities will be taken into consideration per application round.

NB: If you have legal right of admission to a master’s programme at CBS, other rules apply to you. Read more about the rules for applicants with a legal claim.

Keep in mind that CBS Admissions will only assess the applications you have submitted by the application deadline that is relevant for your applicant group. If you submit a new application after the application deadline for your applicant group has expired, the respective application will be annulled. Moreover, if you change the order of your priorities after the application deadline for your applicant group has expired, the changes you have made will not be taken into consideration by CBS Admissions. 
After submitting an application
Once you have submitted the application, you can no longer edit it or upload documentation, unless a caseworker gives you permission to do so.
 
You will receive an email notification every time we upload a new letter to your application via the Application Portal. Make sure you have access to the email address associated with your account throughout the entire application process. Remember to check your inbox and your spam folder for updates regularly. 
 
The email notification contains a link to the Application Portal. Follow it and log in using the same method as you did when you created the application.
 
When you log in, you will be directed straight to the tab “See status of applications” where you can see at which stage in the application process your CBS application is.
 
Go to the “Messages” tab to find the letter uploaded by CBS and follow the instructions given in the text.
 
If you have submitted applications to other universities in Denmark, you will also see information about these under the “See status of applications” and “Messages” tabs.
 
Other Danish universities may have different application deadlines and procedures. It is your responsibility to keep yourself informed about the deadlines and procedures that concern your applications for CBS’ graduate programmes.
 
If you have specific questions or concerns regarding your CBS application that are not answered anywhere on these pages, you may visit the graduate admission contact pages to see how you can get in touch with CBS Admissions.
 
If you have decided that you no longer want your application to be assessed by CBS, you can withdraw your application by pressing the “Cancel Application” button.
Translations

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.

 

Step: Programme-specific information

 Step Programme-specific

Motivational essay?

You will be asked to upload a motivational essay in the section “Programme-specific information”, if you are applying for one of the following programmes: 

MA in International Business Communication
Cand. Soc Human Ressource Management
Cand.soc.Politisk Kommunikation og Ledelse
Cand.merc.(kom.)
MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems
MSc in Business, Language and Culture 
MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care 
MSc in Advanced Economics and Finance 
MSc in Business Administration and Ebusiness 
MSc in Social Sciences in Public Management and Social Development
MSc in International Business and Politics 
MSc in Social Sciences in Management of Creative Business Processes 
MSc in Social Sciences in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
MSc in Social Sciences in Service Management
MSc in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship

If the programme you are applying for is not on the list above, a motivational essay will not be taken into consideration.


If you are applying for one of the programmes mentioned above, you ought to look into what should be included in the essay by following the link. If you are asked to upload a motivational essay, the essay will be used in the selection process and you cannot continue with the application until you have uploaded it to your application. 
NB: We never consider the motivational essay in connection to the specific entry requirements. 

Do you have a legal right of admission to a master’s programme, which requires a motivational essay?

As the following programmes have selection you MUST write a motivational essay, even though you have a legal claim:

MA in International Business Communication
MSc in Business, Language and Culture 
 

If you have a legal claim for one of the following programmes, you do not have to write a motivational essay, but just upload a blank word document.

Cand.merc.(kom.)
MSc in International Business and Politics 
MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems

Check to see if you have a legal claim under “Your natural graduate programme”.

If you are applying for MSc in Business, Language and Culture 
The programme MSc in Business, Language and Culture requires you to be proficient in a language other than English.

Select your second language from the dropdown menu in the application form: Chinese, French, German, Spanish or Japanese.

You must upload documentation of how you will fulfil or are in the process of fulfilling the second language specific entry requirement. The requirement must be fulfilled before study start. 

If MSc in Business, Language and Culture is your natural progression, you alredy fulfil the second language requirement if you apply for the same language as the one you studied during your bachelor programme, and you do not need to upload documentation. Insted you can upload a blank word document. Check to see if MSc in Business, Language and Culture is “Your natural graduate programme”.

BLC
 
If you are applying for MSc in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship
Selection criteria 
If you apply for the MSc in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship, you should consider uploading, in addition to your motivational essay, a CV, as well as relevant recommendations, as these will be used in the selection process. These documents may be essential in determining whether or not you will be offered admission.
 
Apply for the 2nd year of the programme
If you have already passed (or will have passed by study start) courses at graduate level corresponding to the 1st year of MSc in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship, you may apply for enrolment for the 2nd year of the programme at the same time as applying for ordinary enrolment.

For more information, please see "Enrolment at the second year" on the MSc in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship entry requirements page.
If you are applying for cand.merc.aud. 
If you apply for admission to cand.merc.aud., you must state in your application whether you wish to apply for the programme as a full- or a part-time student. 

If you want to study cand.merc.aud.as a part-time programme, you (or your employer) will need to pay for the courses you will be taking. For additional information see: Adgangskrav for cand.merc.aud (Available only in Danish). 
The master's rule
If you have graduated from a Danish two-year master’s programme, you can apply for an exemption (Read more about it further down on this page, under "Rules and exemptions"). The exemption is only given in certain circumstances.
 
If you have passed or are enrolled in courses at master level or you have already completed a master’s programme, you must upload your transcript and/or your diploma, as well as official translations, at this step.

 

Application fee, tuition fee, scholarship and residence permit

Certain types of applicants must pay an application fee in order to have their graduate application assessed by CBS Admissions and/or tuition fees in order to study at CBS. Certain types of applicants may also be eligible for a scholarship. Please read more about these topics below.

Non-EU/EEA citizens - Application fee
If you are not a citizen of a EU/EEA country and you have not obtained/ will not obtain a bachelor degree issued by a Danish university, you are required to pay an application fee in order to have your application(s) assessed. In other words: if you apply for a CBS graduate programme and have obtained/will obtain a bachelor degree issued by a Danish university, you are not to pay an application fee, regardless of your citizenship.

Exceptions from the rule:

If you have one of the following residence permits, you have the same rights as a Danish citizen and are therefore not to pay the application fee.

  • "Permanent opholdstilladelse" - permanent residence permit in Denmark
  • "Opholdstilladelse med mulighed for varigt ophold" - residence permit with a view to permanent residence in Denmark
  • "Opholdtilladelse jævnfør EF/EØS-bekendtgørelsen" - residence permit in Denmark according to the EU/EEA regulations

Permanent residence in another Nordic country (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands) may also grant you an exemption; CBS Admissions will make a decision based on your actual residence permit.

Contact CBS Admissions if you are unsure whether your residence permit exempts you or not.

If you have one of the above residence permits, it is very important that you upload documentation for it when you apply at the "Personal details" step in the Application Portal.

If you are in the process of applying for EU/EEA citizenship, but you have not yet received your passport, you must pay the application fee.

If you are in the process of applying for one of the above residence permits, but you have not yet obtained one, you must pay the application fee.

The application fee is 100 EURO (or 750 DKK) per applicant per application year. You only have to pay the application fee once, even if you submit more than one application during an admission round.

Your applications will not be assessed until CBS Admissions has been able to confirm the payment.

Payment
The application fee is payable only by credit card transfer via CBS' Webshop. Select the product "Application fee for full-time bachelor and graduate programmes" in the left menu and add it to your shopping cart.

In order to complete your order, you will need to register as a user for the CBS Webshop. When you register, make sure that your first name and last name (i.e. the name of the person applying to CBS) are written exactly the same way as in your application in the Application Portal. You will receive a confirmation e-mail when your payment has been approved. You must upload a copy of this confirmation e-mail to your application under the "Application fee" question to help us identify your payment.

Below you will find a document with step-by-step information about how to make a purchase in the CBS Webshop:

PDF iconcbs_guide_to_paying_the_application_fee.pdf


Reimbursement
The application fee will be reimbursed if you are accepted to and start at one of the programmes applied for (i.e. you fulfil all entry requirements and are registered as an active student by 1 October). The application fee can only be reimbursed on condition that you open a Danish bank account after moving to Denmark. The application fee will not be reimbursed under any other circumstances. The reimbursement of the application fee takes place between 1 October and 31 December.

NB: A service fee might be retained by the bank(s) processing the reimbursement.

Non-EU/EEA citizens - Tuition fee

Citizens of EU countries as well as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are not to pay tuition fees. All other nationalities are required to pay tuition fees when studying in Denmark (see below for information on a possible exemption based on prior residence in Denmark).

The tuition fee for students enrolling in any full-time, two-year graduate programme at CBS in September 2017 is EURO 6,250 per semester (EURO 12,500 per year).

If the tuition fee is paid from a Danish bank and you choose to pay in Danish kroner, the tuition fee is DKK 46,875 per semester (DKK 93,750 per year).

You may also apply for a scholarship to obtain a tuition fee exemption (as well as a monthly grant), read more about scholarships below.

Special rules concerning tuition fees apply to the MSocSc in Public Management and Social Development, please see Entry requirements – MSocSc in Public Management and Social Development.

Exemption: 
You may be exempt from paying tuition fees if you have one of the following types of residence permits in Denmark:

  • "Permanent opholdstilladelse" - permanent residence permit in Denmark
  • "Opholdstilladelse med mulighed for varigt ophold" - residence permit with a view to permanent residence in Denmark
  • "Opholdtilladelse jævnfør EF/EØS-bekendtgørelsen" - residence permit in Denmark according to the EU/EEA regulations
  • “Opholdstilladelse som medfølgende barn” – residence in Denmark as an accompanying child (the documentation must state that you are "medfølgende barn" - the text "medfølgende familie" is not sufficient.

You may also be exempt from paying tuition fees if you have permanent residence in another Nordic country (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands); please note that CBS Admissions will make a decision based on your actual residence permit.

Having a student residence permit does not under any circumstances exempt you from paying the tuition fee. Contact CBS Admissions if you are unsure whether your residence permit exempts you or not.

If you have one of the above residence permits, it is very important that you upload documentation for it when you apply at the "Personal details" step in the Application Portal.

We accept the following documentation:

  • Certified copy of your residence permit letter from the Immigration Services
  • Certified copy of your residence permit card
  • Certified copy of the page in your passport giving you residence permit

Based on the documentation you upload, CBS Admissions will grant (or deny) you an exemption.

If you are in the process of applying for one of the above residence permits, but you have not received it yet, you must also upload documentation from the immigration authorities confirming this.

If you are in the process of applying for EU/EEA citizenship, but you have not yet received your passport, you must upload documentation confirming this.

Depending on the situation, CBS Admissions may extend the deadline for paying the tuition fees or receiving a copy of your residence permit or EU/EEA passport.

Please note that you may still be required to pay the application fee.

Terms and conditions:

The tuition fee can only be paid by bank transfer. This means that the tuition fee cannot be paid by credit or debit card. You will receive an invoice with details about how to pay the tuition fee via your application in the Application Portal.

The tuition fee must be paid per semester. The payment cannot be split up in several installments.

If you are offered a place at CBS, you must pay the tuition fee for the first semester by the deadline given in your letter of acceptance. The deadline depends on your application group and on whether or not you need a student residence permit to study at CBS. An overview of the different deadlines if available at the top of the page.

Note that CBS Admissions will not initiate the student residence permit application process (in case you need to apply for a student residence permit) before you have paid the tuition fee. Read more about the student residence permit application below.

CBS Admissions will also send you invoices for the subsequent semesters before the beginning of each semester (i.e. before 1 February and 1 September).

If you have paid the tuition fee for the whole programme (four semesters), but, against expectations, you do not complete the programme within the prescribed period of study (four semesters), you will not be required to pay any additional fees. Keep in mind, however, that, if you come to Denmark on a student residence permit, this is only valid for a limited amount of time.

We strongly encourage you to make sure that the programme you wish to enroll in is the right choice for you, in terms of content, future career opportunities, etc.

Reimbursement:
It is only possible to have the tuition fee reimbursed in the following cases:

  • If you are conditionally accepted at the programme and do not, against expectations, fulfil the requirements stated.
  • If you have paid for the coming semester, but withdraw from the programme before the semester starts, the tuition fee for the coming semester will be reimbursed. The tuition fee cannot be reimbursed if you withdraw from the programme after semester start (i.e. 1 September and 1 February).
  • If you, after having paid the tuition fee, obtain a residence permit exempting you from paying the tuition fee. In this case, the validity date of the permit, and not the date when the permit was issued, is of importance. e.g.: If the residence permit is valid beginning 31 August or earlier, then the tuition fee for the autumn semester will be refunded; if the residence permit is valid beginning with a date between 1 September and 31 January, then the tuition fee for the autumn semester cannot be reimbursed.

The tuition fee is automatically reimbursed to the account from which it was paid. If you close the account after applying/moving to Denmark, or if you have not paid the fee from a bank account, the automatic reimbursement cannot take place.

NB: A service fee might be retained by the bank(s) processing the reimbursement.

CBS scholarship
CBS receives a limited number of government scholarships each year to fund highly qualified full-degree students from non-EU/EEA countries, also called CBS scholarships.

For these scholarships CBS welcomes applications from highly qualified and motivated graduate applicants, who come from countries outside of EU/EEA and need a student residence permit to study at CBS, regardless of gender, age, nationality and religion - we are interested in your motivation and your academic background.

Facts:
Each scholarship consists of a tuition fee waiver and a monthly scholarship of DKK 7,000 to assist with living costs in Denmark. The grant is paid out in advance every month and has a maximum duration of 22 months, starting 1 September the year you are accepted. The grant is taxable in Denmark according to the rules and regulations governing income from grants and tax exemption for developing countries.

In 2017 CBS offered 25 scholarships.

Who:
You may be considered for a CBS scholarship if you:
  • are a non-EU/EEA citizen
  • need a student residence permit to study at CBS
  • pay the application fee (unless you have a bachelor degree from a Danish university or university college) by 15 January, 23:59 CET
  • apply online via the Application Portal by 15 January, 23:59 CET
  • upload documentation and a motivational essay by 15 January, 23:59 CET

You may not receive a scholarship if you are eligible for SU (Danish State Educational Grant) or any other type of public support in Denmark.

Procedure:
If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you must apply for admission no later than 15 January, 23:59 CET, via the Application Portal.

When you apply for admission, you must indicate that you wish to be considered for the CBS scholarship in the Application Portal and upload a motivational essay. A selection committee will assess the scholarship applications and in some cases decide to interview an applicant; the committee will make the final decision as to which applicants will be offered a scholarship.

Applicants who are offered a CBS scholarship will be notified of this by 15 March at the latest via the Application Portal. Applicants who are not offered a CBS scholarship, but are accepted to a CBS programme, will receive an invoice for the first tuition fee payment.

Selection: 
The scholarship is aimed at highly qualified and motivated students. The scholarship is not given based on financial needs. Your academic record and your English proficiency will be assessed together with your motivational essay.

The motivational essay must be personal and specific, and it must prove that you are well-informed and that you have put a lot of thought into your choice of education. It should also explain your purpose and motivation for choosing CBS and a particular programme. You may want to consider the following when writing your motivational essay:

  • Reasoning your motivation for choosing CBS and a particular programme
  • Explaining exactly why CBS and a particular programme is the right one for you
  • Elaborating on what you can contribute to CBS and the programme and why
  • Outlining your future plans such as your intended career path
  • Highlighting any extra-curricular activities/pro bono work that you believe to be especially relevant
  • Describing how work experience/internship has affected you and your choices
  • Giving an impression of who you are as a person and a potential student

Your motivational essay may not exceed two A4 pages.

If you apply for a programme where the selection process includes a motivational essay, this will be covered by the scholarship motivational essay, in other words, you are only to write one motivational essay to serve both purposes.

Terms and conditions:
If you are offered a scholarship, you have until 22 March, 12 noon CET to accept the scholarship. CBS Admissions will then initiate the student residence permit application process.

To keep receiving the scholarship, you must be an active student throughout the prescribed duration of your studies at CBS.

You will lose your scholarship if you change to a different type of residence permit than a student residence permit.

The scholarship is granted for a specific master's programme and concentration. To keep receiving the scholarship, you must remain enrolled in the same programme/concentration. We strongly encourage you to make sure that the programme you wish to enroll in is the right choice for you, in terms of content, future career opportunities, etc.

If you, against expectations, do not complete the programme within the prescribed period of study, you will not be required to pay any tuition fee. However, you cannot receive a grant extension (a dispensation can only be given in extraordinary circumstances, such as severe illness). Keep in mind that to study in Denmark you must have a valid student residence permit, which is only granted for a limited period of time.

The scholarship grant is paid out in advance the last banking day of the month (except for the first payment). Make sure to bring sufficient funds to cover your expenses in Denmark for the first few months, as the process of registering with the various local authorities in order to start receiving the grant can be very lengthy.

Student residence permit

If you are not a citizen of a EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you must hold a residence permit in order to reside and study in Denmark. You have the possibility to apply for a residence permit as a student if you have been offered a study place at CBS at a full-time programme.

CBS Admissions will start the student residence permit (ST1) application process when you have paid the tuition fee for the first semester or accepted a scholarship offer, and if you have fulfilled the English language requirement for the programme you are accepted to.

The ST1 application can be initiated if you are conditionally accepted on condition that you pass courses at summer university, or on condition that you finish your bachelor degree by study start. However, you should be aware that your student residence permit application will be considered incomplete until you are fully accepted to CBS.

The student residence permit application is online, via NewToDenmark.dk. We fill in our part of the ST1 application form, confirming that you will be a student at CBS, and then send you, via the Application Portal, the details you need in order to access the form online. You are then to fill in your part of the application according to the instructions given and submit it online. You must then, within 15 days, show up in person at the nearest Danish representation to have your biometric features recorded.

The application is processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. The agency will also require you to pay a fee as part of submitting the application; in some cases the Danish representation may also require you to pay a local fee. When the necessary fees have paid, all documentation and information is available, and you are fully accepted to CBS, the agency will begin processing your application for a student residence permit. The processing time is normally up to eight weeks.

CBS receives a copy of the student residence permit letter directly from the agency.

The student residence permit is normally given with a validity date from 1 August; the permit is usually, if certain conditions are fulfilled, given for the prescribed duration of your studies plus a period of six months for job-seeking. 

It is a condition for the residence permit that you are active and enrolled in the study programme for which the permit is given. If this is not the case, the agency can revoke your residence permit. CBS Admissions is obliged to inform the agency if you are not actively following the study programme.
EU/EEA citizens
If you are a citizen of a European Union country or Norway or Iceland or Switzerland or Liechtenstein, you are not to pay an application fee and/or tuition fees for your studies, regardless of your educational background.

If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen with permanent residence in another EU/EEA country, you are not exempt from paying the application fee or the tuition fees; however, special rules apply to you if you live in another Nordic country; read more under "Non-EU/EEA citizens - Tuition Fee".

Special rules on tuition fees apply to the MSocSc in Public Management and Social Development programme. Read more at Entry requirements – MSocSc in Public Management and Social Development.
 

 

Rules and exemptions

Admission to full-time degree programmes is regulated by "Kandidatadgangsbekendtgørelsen" (The Master’s Decree) which can be found at retsinformation.dk by searching "Kandidatadgangsbekendtgørelsen" in the searchfield called "Titel" (in Danish only).

In addition to this, admission is also regulated by the individual Rules and Regulations (Studieordning) for each degree programme.

As an applicant, you are thus subject to a lot of rules, but in some areas, special circumstances could result in an exemption being given.

Do you already have a master's degree?
Rules and regulations regarding a second degree

If you’ve already completed a Danish graduate degree, you cannot be accepted to a new graduate degree.

You can, under certain circumstances, be exempt from this rule if one of the following conditions is fulfilled:

  • We assess that you cannot use your previously passed master’s degree in the labour market due to health issues.
  • Your master’s degree was completed at least 6 years before the study start of your Master’s degree you are applying to.
  • Your master’s degree has significantly changed or no longer exists.
  • You apply for admission to a master’s degree that is a natural extension from a bachelor degree at CBS, which you were admitted to by 1 February 2017.


You can read more about the rules and regulations governing admission to Graduate Admissions in Kandidatadgangsbekendtgørelsen §11 (in Danish only).You can find the regulation by searching for "Kandidatadgangsbekendtgørelsen" in the search field "Titel" on: www.retsinformation.dk

If you wish to apply for an exemption, you must upload an application for exemption (in Step "Programme specific information") in the Application Portal, with your application for admission. Remember to include as documentation:

•    Your exam certificate as documentation for the completed master’s degree

Any additional documentation required, depends on the grounds on which you are applying for exemption. For example be:

•    Doctor’s note, documenting loss of ability to work
•    Documentation of the significant changes in, or closing down, of your degree

Education exempt from the restrictions of a second degree
The Danish Agency for Science and Education maintains an ongoing list of the degrees that are exempt from the restrictions of undertaking second degrees.

At CBS,
•    Cand.merc.aud is exempt from the Rules and Regulations of a second degree in 2017 and 2018

Previously passed courses at graduate level

If you have passed any courses at master’s level, but you have not yet finished a master's degree, prior to starting a graduate programme at CBS, you must indicate this in the application form. If you are accepted to a master's programme at CBS, any courses at master’s level you have passed before study start will be assessed and may be credit transferred into your programme.

The assessment takes place after you have been offered and accepted a study place at CBS, and it is made by the study board of the respective graduate programme.

Are you currently enrolled at another graduate programme?

You can only be enrolled in one full-time programme at a time in Denmark or abroad. If you are accepted to CBS and accept the study place offer, you must withdraw from any other full-time programme before 1 September, otherwise you will face legal consequences.

Exemptions

Write a letter explaining your situation in as much detail as possible. Please write to Admissions and ask for your application to be opened so you can upload your letter in the Application Portal. Make sure to write “My Application” and your Application ID in the subject line of the email. Upload your request for exemption in the Application Portal and attach documentation wherever possible.

Your exemption request will only be assecced if CBS offers you a place - therefore the processing time for an application for exemption is one month from you have received an answer to your application for admission.

Exemption practice

Here is a list of the most common types of requests we receive for exemption. Following each type of request, there is a description of the common CBS Admissions practice in response to that type of request.

Remember: Each application for exemption is reviewed on a case-to-case basis, taking into account your personal and specific situation. The information in the table below should therefore be viewed as guidelines rather than definitive responses to each type of request.
 

Type of exemption Exemption Practice
Entry requirements:  
Specific entry requirements Exemption is typically not granted  
Language requirement Alternative fulfilment is very rarely granted
General entry requirement ( a Bachelor degree) Alternative fulfilment may be granted
Supplementary activities outside the time constrains cf. the rules regarding supplementary courses (under 'Becoming qualified') -  and before the 1st of September 2016

Exemption can be granted

Supplementary activities that exceeds 30 ECTS-points and are taken before the 1st of September 2016

Exemption may be granted in exceptional situations

Supplementary activities that exceeds 30 ECTS-points and are taken after the 1st of September 2016 Exemption cannot be granted
Supplementary activities outside the time constrains cf. the rules regarding supplementary courses (under 'Becoming qualified') and after the 1st of September 2016 Exemption cannot be granted  
Deadlines:  
Application deadline Exemption is typically not granted
Documentation deadline Exemption is typically not granted
Incomplete bachelor degree by study start Exemption may be granted in exceptional cases, read more at Step 3 - Conditional acceptance.
Deadline for documenting fulfilment of conditions before study start Exemption may be granted in exceptional situations
Graduate programme regulations:  
You already have a master’s degree and are applying to take the same master’s degree with a new concentration (typically at MSc EBA/ cand.merc.)

Exemption cannot be granted

 

Re-enrolment and Administrative Enrolment at CBS

Find information about re-enrolment and Administrative Enrolment at CBS on the page Other paths to CBS.

 

Read more about the next step in the application process: Step 3 - Our answer

 

The page was last edited by: CBS Admissions Office // 09/18/2017

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