What are the admission requirements for continuing education programs?
Part-time degree programs for professionals have different admission requirements depending on the subject and type of study. A person is not automatically entitled to enroll in a certain degree program.
In general, a Master's degree from a university or equivalent certification from a recognized higher education institution is required. Highly qualified individuals who do not meet these criteria may be accepted in exceptional cases if they are able to document their professional experience and additional qualifications in the relevant subject areas.
Admission to certain degree programs is decided on the basis of an interview or entrance examination.
Proficiency in the language(s) of instruction is a prerequisite for all degree programs.Show answer Show question
What types of continuing education degree program are offered?
Continuing education programs are standardized across all Swiss universities. Programs differ with respect to the length and scope of studies, i.e. what students are expected to achieve in terms of ECTS credit points.
The following types of programs are available:
- Master of Business Administration (MBA, four to six semesters, 60 ECTS credits, part-time for professionals)
- Master of Advanced Studies (MAS, four to six semesters, 60 ECTS credits, part-time for professionals)
- Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS, two to four semesters, 30 ECTS credits, part-time for professionals)
- Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS, one to two semesters, 10 ECTS credits, part-time for professionals)
Continuing education courses (one to several days)Show answer Show question
What does ECTS stand for?
ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. One ECTS credit point is equivalent to 30 hours of work.Show answer Show question
Can tuition fees be paid in installments?
Fees for continuing education degrees are usually billed in installments. The director of the respective degree program can provide further details.Show answer Show question
Can I receive credit for work completed in other courses?
Yes, this is possible but the process for doing so depends on the specific degree program.Show answer Show question
How does a continuing education degree program differ from an undergraduate degree?
One of key aims of a continuing education program is to link academic knowledge with one's career.
Continuing education programs create a direct connection between the curriculum and students' professional work in their field through the selection of subject matter, expert input, discussions, case studies and projects. The focus of these programs is to strengthen the student's problem-solving skills, which are practiced in practical tasks relevant to the person's field of work.Show answer Show question