• General requirements:

Bachelor’s degree granted by a state-recognized University of at least 180 ECTS (or equivalent) to be obtained before starting the Master. The term may be postponed in case some assessments are recorded, or the bachelor thesis is defended later on, on a case-to-case basis. The Bachelor's degree gives access to a Master's programme in the same field.
Admission to programmes in other fields can be subject to the addition of levelling courses by assessment of the competent Faculty in charge of evaluating the application.

Students who have exceeded the number of attempts to pass exams (definitive failure) in any Swiss or foreign university cannot be admitted to the same Faculty or subject area (Art. 6, Regulations for admissions and enrolment).

  • Specific requirements:

Please refer to the individual Master programme websites in the Admissions section.

Admission of candidates with academic curricula other than those indicated for each Master's program above is assessed individually. Program directors may require such candidates to include additional courses in their study plans when deemed essential for their academic curriculum.

  • Language:

Admission to English-language Master programmes at USI requires a good command of English. Non-native English speakers applying to the Master’s or whose previous degree was obtained in another language are required to provide an internationally acknowledged language certificate equal to the B2 level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR) or equivalent (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).

The language certificate must be included in the application package.
We only accept the English qualifications mentioned above. The certificate must still be valid at the point of the application. We generally cannot accept language test results older than three years as of September 1st.

The B2 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:

IELTS* 5.5
TOEFL* Computer-based: 183
Internet-based*: 65
Paper-based: 513
Cambridge English B2 First
TOEIC Listening & Reading: 785
Speaking: 150
Writing: 160

Students admitted under the above-mentioned condition must achieve a C1 competence in English within the maximum time required to obtain the Master's degree.
The level can be certified either by attending a language course offered at USI during the Fall and Spring semester, by taking the final exam, or by providing an internationally acknowledged language certificate*.

The C1 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:

IELTS* 7.0
TOEFL* Internet-based*: 100
Cambridge English C1 Advanced, grade C or above
BEC (Business English), grade C or above
TOEIC Listening & Reading: 945
Speaking: 180
Writing: 180

*Update 30.01.2023 - Academic Year 2023/24
Certificates obtained by passing the IELTS Academic Online or TOEFL iBT Home Edition tests may also be submitted for admission to the programme.