FAQ Master's Admission

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

Master's programs

Which Master's programs can I study at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics?

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics offers the following two-year consecutive mas-ter's programs in Business and Economics and informatics: 

Economics

Business Administration

Management and Economics

Banking and Finance

Information Systems

Data Science

People-Oriented Computing

Software Systems

Artificial Intelligence

Can I also start in the spring semester?

Yes, at master's level it is possible to start in both the autumn and spring semesters. On the UZH website you will find all the information about the semester dates.

Can I study part-time?

Our master's programs are basically full-time studies, with lectures usually taking place during the day in the week. You can study part-time, but please note any deadlines for fulfilling additional re-quirements and that master's modules lose their validity after five years. This means that they can no longer be credited towards the degree. 

What does the timetable of a study program look like?

Our master's programs do not have fixed timetables. In our program regulations you will find the compulsory and core elective modules of a specific study program. According to these guidelines, you design your timetable individually. You can see when the modules are offered in the course catalogue.

 

Application

How do I apply?

You apply online via the UZH application portal.

There are two steps to the application process:

  1. The Admissions Office formally checks the application. This means that it collects and verifies your documents. Please note the application deadlines.
  2. As soon as your dossier is complete and has been formally checked, it will be forwarded to the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics for a subject-related review. There, the catogorization to a level of studies takes place.

Further information on the application process can be found on the UZH website.

When can I apply?

In the following table you will find the application deadlines. Please note the shortened deadlines when applying with a visa.

Semester

visaless with visa
Spring semester 1 July to 30 November 1 July to 31 July
Fall semester 1 January to 30 April 1 January to 28 February

Do you have a numerus clausus? Should I therefore apply as early as possible?

No, we do not have a numerus clausus. It makes no difference to the catogorization into a level of studies when you apply within the application deadline. However, the earlier you apply, the faster we can process your application. Please note that a large number of students do not apply until the last week of the application period.

Do I need a language certificate?

Each study program has one main language of instruction. German is the main language of instruction for the Master in Business Administration, in the other master programs of our Faculty English is the main language of instruction. You have to prove that you have sufficient knowledge of the respective main language of instruction. If you apply with a Swiss Matura or with the Passerelle, or if you have completed your bachelor's degree at the University of Zurich, you do not need any further proof of language proficiency.

You can find the language certificates accepted by the Admissions Office on the following website

I will not have completed my bachelor's degree by the application deadline. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply. Since many applicants would like to seamlessly follow their bachelor's degree with a master's degree, many do not yet have a bachelor's degree. However, in addition to your current transcript of records, please also submit a summary of the courses you have yet to complete so that these can be used for categorization purposes.

What must be shown in the transcript of records?

The transcript of records should show the exact title, the number of ECTS credits as well as the grades of the fulfilled courses and the booked courses of the last semester. For the application to the Master in Economics, the weighted overall grade must also be evident (overall GPA). Please also include an explanation of your home university’s grade system if your university does not use ECTS credits. In addition, please complete the document filed on our website for the calculation of the weighted overall grade.

Is the submission of a GMAT or GRE score mandatory?

See the tables below for an overview of submitting GMAT or GRE scores for our two study programs.

Masters in Business and Economics

  GMAT or GRE
Bachelor from abroad mandatory
Bachelor from a university of applied sciences mandatory
Bachelor's degree from other fields Switzerland/abroad mandatory

Master in Informatics

  GRE
Bachelor outside EU/EFTA recommended
Bachelor from a university of applied sciences not relevant
Bachelor's degree from other fields Switzerland and EU/EFTA not relevant

For more information on GMAT and GRE scores, please visit the following websites:

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

What do I need to be aware of for GMAT and GRE?

GMAT and GRE scores must not be older than five years. Older scores cannot be verified by the Admissions Office. If you are taking a test for the application at UZH, please indicate the corresponding institution code:

GMAT XZM-HL-36, University of Zurich - All other Masters
GRE institution code 7136

We do not accept Score Reports from the GRE General Test at home and the GMAT online exam.

I am applying from a university of applied sciences. What should I pay attention to?

You must have achieved a minimum final grade of 5 in your bachelor's degree in order to be able to formally apply. If you have both a bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences and a master's degree from a university of applied sciences, the minimum final grade is not mandatory.

I need a visa. What should I pay attention to?

On the UZH website you will find a detailed guide on how to proceed. Under no circumstances should you enter Switzerland on a tourist visa, as this cannot be subsequently converted into a residence permit.

Guidelines for Students with Visa Requirements

I am having technical problems filling out the online application, what next?

If you are unable to upload a document, please note the maximum size of 20 MB. In addition, only PDF files are accepted, except for the passport photo. Please also note the tips on the following website.

How much is the application fee?

The application fee for the master is 100 Swiss francs. These are not refundable, not even if the application is rejected.

 

Catogorization into a level of studies

What are the possible catogorizations into a level of studies?

In the best case scenario, you will be approved with no additional requirements or conditions.

If you have gaps in your transcript of records, you can be admitted with up to 60 ECTS requirements to close them. You must fulfil these requirements in the first four semesters.

If we have to give you more than 60 ECTS in total to close your gaps, you cannot be admitted to the master.

Admission with conditions is only possible for the minor in business and economics. Conditions must be met before you start your master's degree.

If you are missing more than 60 ECTS credits, you will receive a rejection.

An admission to a major study program at our Faculty allows you to choose all our minor study programs in business and economics and informatics - without a further review of your transcript. However, since our minor study programs are also consecutive in the master's degree, we strongly recommend that you acquire the relevant knowledge individually.

I am applying for the master's program at your Faculty. What will my assignment probably be?

With a bachelor's degree in the same field from a Swiss university, you will probably be admitted to the same master's program without any requirements or conditions, provided you meet the requirements of the Admissions Office. Please note, however, that in any case a sur dossier review of each application will take place.

In the case of foreign bachelor's degrees or bachelor's degrees from other fields, we are generally unable to carry out a pre-evaluation of your bachelor's degree. In any case, a sur dossier review of the application is carried out. Please note our information on completeness and the recommendations for the submission of GMAT or GRE.

I want to choose a major in business and economics and a minor in informatics (or vice versa). Is that possible?

If you choose a major and minor study program of our Faculty, admission is based on the chosen major. Admission to the minor of our Faculty (minor study programs from informatics or business and economics) takes place without a further review of your transcript. Since our minor study programs are also consecutive in the master's degree, you must bring along or individually acquire the corresponding knowledge.

Can internships and work experience lead to a better categorization?

During the grading process, your complete dossier is looked at. The emphasis is on your academic background.

 

After receipt of the decision on admission

I've been given an admission with requirements. What does that mean?

You have been admitted to the master's program, but must fulfil the requirements imposed on you within four semesters. The deadline for completions starts with the first module you take at our Faculty – no matter if a master's or requirement module. Although you are allowed to take master's modules, we recommend that you concentrate on the requirement modules first.

Please note that you will be excluded from studying at our Faculty if you do not fulfil the requirements within the four semesters.

You will find relevant information about the study program in your decision on admission and the accompanying appendix; read both carefully and keep the letter and appendix in your files. 

I have been assigned conditions. What does that mean?

You have been placed preparatory phase for a master's study program. Before you can start the master, you must fulfil the conditions imposed on you within four semesters. Only then can you take master's modules.

You will find relevant information about the study program in your decision on admission and the accompanying appendix; read both carefully and keep the letter and appendix in your files. 

Why did I receive a rejection?

Each assignment is made carefully sur dossier. Your application dossier has been thoroughly and comprehensively reviewed, also taking into account academic achievements that were still outstanding at the time you submitted your application. Unfortunately, we do not have the time to answer questions about individual rejections by e-mail or telephone. If you do not agree with the negative admission decision and wish to challenge it, you have the option to submit an appeal. In the decision you will find an appeal instruction, which informs about the legal procedure including deadlines. You will find further information on this website.

I do not agree with the decision. What can I do?

If you do not agree with the admission decision and wish to challenge it, you have the option to submit an appeal. In the admission decision you will find an appeal instruction, which informs about the legal procedure including deadlines. You will find further information on this website.

I have been granted admission. How do I proceed now to get registered?

For registration, you must be able to show proof of residence in Switzerland. Only then will you receive the invoice for the semester fees, the registration and the login data for the UZH. You may have to submit any outstanding documents - bachelor's degree certificate, language certificates, etc. - as well. You will find all formal steps on the website of the Admissions Office and its FAQ.

How much will my semester fees be?

The semester fee consists of the tuition and fees, the compulsory and the voluntary semester fees. Please note that foreign students are charged a surcharge of CHF 100 for the master and CHF 500 for the bachelor. You can find a detailed breakdown of the fees on the following website.

I am registered and already have the login data. How do I book modules?

You will find detailed instructions for module booking on our website.

Please note that if you decide not to take a module, you must cancel it within the module booking deadline, otherwise the module will be regarded as a failed attempt.

I have already studied at the master's level. Can I get credit for something?

Before you apply for the master's degree, no binding statements can be made regarding the recognition of credits you have already completed. Please note that compulsory modules must in any case be completed with us and that you must acquire two thirds of the ECTS credits at UZH for a degree at the Faculty. Requests for credit transfer from other universities can in any case only be made after successful admission.

If you have a completed master's degree in a field that can be chosen as a minor in combination with your major, you have the option of submitting request for transfer of credits to provide flat credit for the master's minor.

You can apply for credit for individual level-appropriate master's modules that have not yet been used for a degree and are no more than five years old.

Please follow the instructions on our website for the formal submission of an application.

 

After commencement of studies 

Where can I find answers to my general questions about studying?

Many questions can be answered with the program regulations, you can find them as PDF on our website.

You will receive an e-mail from us approximately three times per semester with information about your studies. Please note that this e-mail is always sent to your university e-mail address. Therefore, please check your UZH mailbox regularly.

I've fulfilled my requirements, now what?

If you have fulfilled the requirements on time, you do not have to do anything else. You will not receive an official notification that you have fulfilled the requirements, but you may now start your master's thesis.

I won't be able to meet the requirements, now what?

Please report in time to the student advisory services or for a possible change to the responsible contact for the master's admission. If the deadline has already expired, you will be excluded from studying at our Faculty, both in business and economics and in informatics. A change is then no longer possible.

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Contact
Stefania Muscella
Master's Admission
Dean's Office
Tel.: +41 44 634 45 17
E-Mail