Premaster Stochastics and Financial Mathematics

Stochastics and Financial Mathematics

Generally speaking, students must complete their Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s before starting on their Master’s programme. This is known as the ‘BSc-before-MSc rule’. Due to the corona crisis, however, some students have had to partially stop their studies, resulting in an unfortunate delay.

There has been examined how an exception to this BSc-before-MSc rule can be made possible for (pre)master’s programmes at VU Amsterdam. This means that, under certain conditions, students who are lacking credits for no more than a few courses (this may also be the final project), will still be able to start their Premaster programme at VU Amsterdam next year. This is a one-off measure. The missing credits must be completed during the 2020-2021 academic year, in other words no later than August 31 2021. Please read carefully below which rules apply for admission into the Premaster programme Stochastics and Financial Mathematics.

Premaster programme Stochastics and Financial Mathematics.
The following rules apply this year for admission into the Premaster programme:

Target groupNumber of EC at least achieved / % EC achieved
HBO bachelor students235 EC
University level (WO) students165 EC

Please note that, apart from the rules above, other admission criteria / requirements that are not EC related are still applicable and must be met to be considered for admission into the Premaster programme.

Request exceptional admission
Do you meet these conditions or do you expect to meet these conditions by 31 August at the latest? If so, you can request exceptional admission no later than 1 August. You can do this by completing and submitting the form.
Do you want to start a pre-Master’s programme in September? Then complete the form for exceptional admission to a pre-Master’s programme.

Applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree in a field closely related to Mathematics, can apply for a premaster’s programme. The premaster consists of (at most) 30EC courses of the Bachelor’s programme Mathematics. Therefore admission is only possible if there are less than 30EC credits deficiencies. This means that students who did less than 60 credits Mathematics courses in their current programme cannot be admitted.

An individual programme will be designed for the student depending on his/her background in consultation with the Master coordinator and the academic advisor of the Bachelor’s programme Mathematics.

The deadline for application is 15 July.


If you have general questions about the pre-masters in Stochastics and Financial Mathematics, please contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Science: