Master's Degree Programs

For Students in a Bachelor's Degree Program at the University of Zurich (direct entry)

If you are a UZH student in a Bachelor's degree program and want to continue studying in a Master's degree program, you must apply for the program during the next online semester enrollment. Do not use the online application.

Prospective students of a specialized Master’s Degree Program at the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics have to apply in two stages:

  1. Pre-registration at the respective institute of the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics. Please check their pre-registration deadlines.
  2. After the institute has provisionally accepted you, the Student Services will inform you about the next steps.

Applying to a Master's Degree Program

- with a Bachelor's degree from another university
- with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Zurich but without current student status at UZH

You must submit your application by filling in the online application form (in German only) if you have a Bachelor's degree from an other university or if you have taken time off after earning a Bachelor's degree at the University of Zurich.

Prospective students of a specialized Master’s Degree Program at the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics have to apply in two stages:

  1. Pre-registration at the respective institute of the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics. Please check their pre-registration deadlines.
  2. After the institute has provisionally accepted you, the Student Services will inform you about the next steps.

Admission Requirements

Admission to a Master’s degree program generally requires a Bachelor’s degree with a total of 180 ECTS credits from a university recognized by the University of Zurich.

In the same field of study

Students with a Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university can enroll directly in a Master's program in the same field of study without having to fulfill any further conditions, although certain restrictions may apply.

In another field of study

Acceptance to a Master's program in another field of study may be made conditional on acquiring additional knowledge and skills.

Admissions Policy

The following types of admission to a Master's degree program are given:

  • Direct admission, with no restrictions or further conditions.
  • Admission with restrictions, if you are required to fulfill certain conditions while working toward your Master's degree.
  • Conditional admission, if you are required to fulfill certain conditions before you begin your Master’s course. You have a total of four semesters to complete the requirements. Please note that during this period you may only earn the required ECTS credits. You are not allowed to acquire credits toward a degree.
  • Admission with conditions and restrictions: The requirements above apply.
  • Placement in a Bachelor's degree program: In the case that your degree is not equivalent to a Bachelor's degree at the University of Zurich (180 ECTS points) or the conditions and restrictions to admission make up more than 60 ECTS points, you will be placed in a Bachelor's program in your field of study. Your previously earned credits will be transferred to the Bachelor's course. After earning your degree, you can enter directly into a Master's program at the University of Zurich.
  • Denial of Admission: If the level of your education in general does not meet the standards at the University of Zurich, admission will not be granted.


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: Master's degree program with minor subjects

Master’s degree programs in the Faculty of Arts require one or two minor subjects, depending on the field of study. If you have a Bachelor’s degree but did not have a minor subject, you will normally have to acquire the necessary qualifications in retrospect.

In the case of second minors (15 points), you can make up for up to 30 ECTS points in the form of restrictions, i.e. during the regular course of study.

In the case of first minors, you can make up for up to 60 ECTS points, generally in the form of conditions, i.e. before you can begin your regular course of study.

How to Apply

You can find all the details on applying to UZH here Application Procedure. Please be sure to note the deadline for submission Application Deadline.