Students with a wide range of bachelor degrees may apply for admission, but the bachelor’s degree must include at least one introductory course and one more advanced course in statistics or probability. The candidate student should submit a Curriculum Vitae (including the courses and credits in the Bachelor program), a letter (1 page) stating the student’s motivation for applying to the program, and (in most cases) two reference letters.

In the first semester, the course Mathematics for Statisticians will level up the necessary mathematical knowledge for successfully completing the master program. The entry level for this course is equivalent to Dutch high school VWO Mathematics A. Detailed information, instruction video’s and excersises to get your math skills (back) in shape quickly, can be found on this page.

Students can apply online. More information about the application procedure can be found on the masters in Leiden website.

Courses may also be followed separately, e.g. by PhD students or researchers.  For questions about the application, you can contact the Front Office Student Affairs.

For information about grants for international students, see Nuffic –, or Grantfinder, and specifically the Erasmus programme.

Admission to the programme

Admission to the program is granted by the Board of Admissions and is dependent on a candidate’s academic achievements and motivation. A motivation letter is required. The admission process may include an interview.

Students from a variety of backgrounds may be admitted. An indication of the desired background is given by the following:

  1. basic knowledge of calculus (for the Netherlands: VWO Wiskunde B)
  2. bachelor degree from a research university (for the Netherlands: a HBO-degree alone is insufficient)
  3. at least 20 EC in the bachelor degree program concern statistics/advanced methodology and/or (higher) mathematics
  4. these courses have been concluded with an average mark of at least 7.5/10 (or GPA ≥ 3.4)
  5. proficiency in English (see below).

Students fulfilling these requirements will be admitted conditionally on motivation. Students may compensate for one or more requirements, as judged by the Board of Admissions.

Students with a bachelor degree in mathematics, psychology, computer science, or econometrics from a university in the Netherlands will typically fulfil requirements 2, 3, 5.

The scheduled program starts in September. Additional requirements regarding preparation in statistics/mathematics/computer programming apply for admission later during the academic year.

All foreign students must provide a copy of an English proficiency certificate evidenced by an appropriate language test.

  • IELTS: minimum 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • TOEFL: internet based 90
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), minimum grade C

This requirement does not apply if the student has completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or possesses an International Baccalaureate.

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