• 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 programme above is assessed individually. Programme directors may require such candidates to include additional courses in their study plans when deemed essential for their academic curriculum.

  • Language:

Admission to the A.Y. 2024/25

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

TOEFL Internet-based: 85
Cambridge English First grade B
TOEIC Listening & Reading: 860
Speaking: 170
Writing: 170


  • The language certificate must be included in the application package: candidates whose Bachelor's was entirely taught in English must upload an official document mentioning the tuition language (e.g., official transcript, diploma supplement, or any other official certificate issued by the university) in the application form.
  • We only accept the above English qualifications (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge English, TOEIC).
  • 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.
  • Certificates obtained by passing the IELTS Academic Online or TOEFL iBT Home Edition tests may also be submitted for admission to the programme.