Admission to the Master's Program

With the exception of Bachelor's students matriculated at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics, all students must submit a matriculation petition via online application for admission to the Master's program. This does not automatically guarantee admission to the Master's program at our Faculty.

Legal bases

Admission to a program at our Faculty is regulated by the ordinance on admission to studies at the University of Zurich and by the Faculty program regulations.

Ordinance on admission to studies at the University of Zurich

Faculty program regulations

Procedure

Admission to the Master's program involves the following three steps:

  1. Application assessment by the University: The Admissions Office reviews the application based on the formal criteria set out by the ordinance on admission to studies at the University of Zurich.
    Information on the application procedure
    Online application for a Master's program with a Bachelor's degree from another higher education institution
    (Applications may only be submitted online via the central UZH Admissions Office. Unsolicited documents will not be returned or forwarded.)
  2. Faculty categorization process: Once the Admissions Office approves the application, the documents are forwarded to the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics (examination delegate) for specialized academic review and categorization. Each application is reviewed individually.
  3. The Admissions Office sends you a decision on admission, informing you of your admission and categorization.

Categorization process

Categorization is only subject to specialized academic review in the case of the major study program. It is carried out for the major study program for which you have applied. The minor study program can be selected in line with the regulations.

The applicant is then categorized into a level of study:

  • Bachelor's program,
  • with conditions, which must be fulfilled before admission to the Master's program,
  • Master's program with additional requirements, or
  • directly into the Master's program.

Faculty examination delegates decide on the categorization according to specifications set out by the Faculty.

Details of categorization in Business and Economics

Details of categorization in Informatics

Additional requirements and conditions

Additional requirements and conditions are Bachelor's-level modules (Bachelor's courses and/or a Bachelor's thesis) that you must complete in addition to the Master's program. Additional requirements must be fulfilled within a certain deadline during the Master's study program. Conditions must be completed prior to the Master's program. It is important to note that most Bachelor's courses are held in German.

The deadlines specified for any additional requirements or conditions and the maximum permitted number of failed attempts according to the decision on admission are binding.

Previous knowledge and requirements

All students are required to possess at least the knowledge provided by the common compulsory program at Bachelor's level, even if they have been categorized into a Master's degree program without requirements or conditions. Any knowledge they are lacking must be acquired through independent study.

Common compulsory program at Bachelor's level

You can find information on subject-specific requirements on the subpages below:

Business and Economics

Informatics

The minor study program can be selected in line with the regulations. In this case too, students are responsible for acquiring any knowledge they are lacking themselves. For this reason, please ensure you read carefully through the requirements in the course catalogue for the minor study program you wish to take. If you wish to choose a faculty-external minor program, the requirements defined for that program will apply.

Proof of language proficiency

Students who intend to complete a degree program in a language other than their native language must present the necessary proof of English or German proficiency before studies begin. You can find information on the language in which the study program is conducted in the program regulations (Appendix A1):

Regulations

It is especially important to provide proof of proficiency in German for the Master's degree program in Business Administration. Information about language requirements and certificates recognized by UZH can be found here:

Language requirements at UZH

Letters of recommendation

Applicants may submit a letter of recommendation from a professor who is sufficiently familiar with and can evaluate the applicant's academic quality. The form below or an informal letter may be used for this. In all cases, the letter of recommendation must be signed by the professor and may then be submitted along with the other application documents or submitted directly by the professor as a separate item. The Faculty uses the letter of recommendation as an additional basis for making decisions during the categorization process.

Letter of recommendation (DOCX, 71 KB)

Review of admission to minor program

Students pursuing a major program at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics can select freely from the internal minor programs offered by the Faculty and published in the course catalogue. There is no further specialized academic review for admission to the minor program. You are responsible for filling any gaps in your education or skills. The knowledge you are expected to have can be found in the course catalogue.

Course catalogue

For admission to faculty-external minor programs offered by other faculties, the requirements of the relevant faculty must be taken into account. It is possible that additional requirements or conditions will need to be met. Please note that some of these must be completed in German. You can find out the requirements and necessary language skills from the relevant faculty.