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Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics

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. Students already enrolled at UZH must apply for a change of study program in the student portal. Only prospective students complete an online application.

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


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
    Note for students already matriculated at UZH: If you would like to change your degree or study program please do so at "My Requests and Invoices" in the student portal.
    (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 by 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.

Please note that the deadline for completion of additional requirements will not be suspended if you transfer to another faculty (i.e., enroll at another faculty) or leave UZH (i.e., withdraw from the University). Expiry of the deadline brings about the related consequences (e.g., exclusion from studies).


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 (see appendix A4.3 of the study regulations)

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

Business and Economics


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 on the UZH-Degrees-Website in the respective program description.


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

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.

Weiterführende Informationen

MSc in Quantitative Finance

Application and admission to the Master of Science in Quantitative Finance are handled separately. All information can be found on the following page:

FAQ Master's Admission

On this page you will find frequently asked questions about master's admission.

Studies and work: Work permit for students from third countries

According to the provisions of the Office for Economy and Labour (Amt für Wirtschaft und Arbeit, AWA) students from third countries may pursue a part-time job or an internship for a maximum of 15 hours per week. Please inform yourself in time about the restrictions on the work permit.