Admission to MAS and MBA

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General admission requirements

Candidates can be admitted to an MAS or MBA programme if they are holders of an ETH/EPFL Master's degree or an equivalent degree from another university. Admission is based upon the applicant's personal dossier.

Highly qualified applicants who do not satisfy this criteria may in exceptional cases be admitted if they possess suitable professional experience and additional qualifications in the respective fields.

There is no automatic entitlement to admission.

Programme-specific requirements

In view of the special focus of certain programmes, or the way they are organised, admission to these may be made dependent upon additional requirements such as the professional experience, special prior knowledge or qualifications of the candidates, or alternatively on there being sufficient supervisors and training facilities available.

You can find more information in the detailed descriptions for the individual programmes.

Admission process

The Centre for Continuing Education reviews all applications and forwards those which meet the formal criteria to the programme managers. They consider the applications and ask the Centre for Continuing Education to accept or reject the candidates. This process takes place in May and June for admission to the autumn semester, and in November and December for admission to the spring semester.

Admissions decision and withdrawal

The Centre for Continuing Education will send you an admissions decision in writing. A positive decision indicates that you are firmly accepted and matriculated at ETH Zurich. You need not confirm your participation. If you need to withdraw, however, you must inform us in writing by the deadlines mentioned in the acceptance letter. Late cancellation will incur high cancellation fees.  

Language requirements

The programmes are taught in German and/or English. You can find the requirements for specific programmes in the Overview.

You are responsible for assessing your own language skills. At the level of continuing education courses, ETH Zurich does not normally require a test to be taken, but it accepts no responsibility if your language skills prove to be inadequate.

Please use the Common European Framework to help you assess your abilities. You can download the grid for self-assessment and a checklist to determine your language level. Further information and language tools are available on the website of the common Language Centerof ETH and the University of Zurich.

Recognition of prior learning

ETH Zurich takes a rather narrow view when it comes to recognising prior learning. It works on the basis that to graduate from ETH Zurich, you must have studied at ETH Zurich. Furthermore, the quality of the continuing education benefits if participants can feed expert knowledge that they have already acquired into the courses.

The Regulations on Continuing Education allow a maximum of 20% of the total credits for the programme to be recognised, if those credits were acquired at ETH Zurich or another educational institution recognised by ETH Zurich as being equivalent, and were acquired no more than five years ago and are found to be equivalent in content by the programme managers. Certain programmes may apply stricter rules. Evidence must be provided of any previous credits which you wish to have recognised.

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