The Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics observes an open, quality-focused admissions policy based on the admissions regulations of UZH as well as its own regulations and practices. The information below gives you an indication of which categorization to expect.
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Graduate Management Admission Test / Graduate Record Examination
Students are strongly encouraged to submit GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. With a good GMAT/GRE score, graduates of a university of applied sciences and applicants from universities outside Switzerland, in particular, generally place higher.
GMAT/GRE scores can only be submitted as part of the application; scores that are submitted at a later point will not be considered.
Last year the average GMAT score of students who were admitted directly to the Master's program was 660.
GRE scores will be converted to GMAT scores.
Prior university studies in business and economics
Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university:
Holders of a Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university will be categorized into the Master's program in the same specialization as their Bachelor's degree without additional conditions (although additional requirements may apply).
Bachelor's degrees from universites in accordance with the Lisbon Convention:
The same requirements apply as for graduates of Swiss universities. The categorization is based on an evaluation of the curriculum of the program of studies completed. If the curriculum deviates in subject-specific areas, additional requirements or conditions (typically 60 ECTS credits) must be completed. Applicants may be categorized into the Bachelor's program.
We strongly encourage applicants to submit GMAT/GRE scores, as this facilitates the evaluation of the applicant's knowledge in the areas of specialization.
Applicants holding degrees that do not fall under the Lisbon Convention are strongly encouraged to submit GMAT/GRE scores along with their application, as this is the only way we can evaluate their knowledge in subject-specific areas. Applicants may be categorized into any level.
Degree in business and economics from a university of applied sciences
Applicants holding a degree from a university of applied sciences who meet the admission requirements of UZH are generally not able to enter the Master's programs directly. Experience has shown that knowledge and skills are lacking equivalent to more than 60 ECTS credits.
The decision is based on an evaluation of the curriculum of the program of studies completed. These applicants are generally categorized into the Bachelor's program, where they must typically complete 90 of the 180 ECTS credits from the Bachelor's program.
We highly recommend that GMAT/GRE scores be submitted, as this facilitates the evaluation of the applicant's knowledge in the areas of specialization.
Attention: Please note that graduates of a university of applied sciences must have earned an overall grade of 5.0 or B in a Bachelor's program in order to study at the Master's level at UZH.
Bachelor's minor degree in business and economics
Graduates with a minor degree comprising 60 ECTS credits in a specialization in business and economics may apply for the Master's program majoring in the same specialization. Applicants are admitted with additional requirements (all courses from the assessment level and the common compulsory program at the Bachelor's level must be completed).
All other graduates with minor degrees and sub-disciplines are considered as applicants who have completed prior studies in other fields (see next section, below).
Prior studies in other fields
An effort is also made to admit applicants with a university degree from fields other than business and economics, provided they have sufficient basic knowledge in the areas of specialization.
Applicants may be placed at any level. Submission of GMAT/GRE scores is absolutely required in order to be assigned to a level higher than the assessment level.