Master programs

May I register for several programs?

Yes, any candidate can apply to several programs. Important: Please send only one enrollment request by master.

I will obtain my Bachelor degree after the application deadline, can I apply without it?


You may apply to a Master program without having completed your Bachelor degree.

If accepted, your candidature will be under the condition that you succeed and graduate before the start of the Master program in September.

What are the GMAT/GRE tests and TOEFL/IELTS/CAE ?


The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized test in English, which allows evaluation of main skills required to study management. This test is frequently requested to access business schools.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is also a standardized test in English, which evaluates the verbal and qualitative reasoning, analytical writing and the critical thinking skills. It is a test often required for graduate studies in different fields.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) are three standardized tests, which evaluate the capacity to use and understand English language in a university context for non-native English speakers. The TOEFL was created by an American organization, whereas IELTS and CAE were created by British institutions.

Do you accept test results (GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS/CAE) over 5 years old?


The GRE and GMAT scores are valid 5 years.

The TOEFL and IELTS are valid for 2 years.

However, we recommend adding your previous scores (older than 5 and 2 years) to your application file with your most recent score.

The CAE does not have an expiration date. However if it is older than 2 years, please submit a proof that you have been practicing English since.

I will retake the GMAT or GRE after the deadline, can I send my score after February 28th?


No, unfortunately we do not accept documents after the deadline. The Scientific Committee will review only complete applications. Be sure to complete the checklist for each Master program you are applying to and please make sure all the required documents are present.

You can however at the end of the test, print out the unofficial score and add it to your application file.

I have problems with my enrollment procedure, whom should I contact?


All questions regarding the enrollement at the University of Geneva should be sent to Admissions, via the online platform: kayako

How to apply for equivalencies?


You are entitled to request equivalencies (transfer credit) for previously completed (or not) university-level studies. You must state this in your letter of motivation whilst applying. It is not possible to request equivalencies after acceptance to a program.

Is knowledge of French language mandatory ?


Applicants do not have to provide proof of French language knowledge as most GSEM Masters courses are taught in English. However, basic knowledge of French language is recommended if a candidate is required to follow a preliminary or complementary program, program that may include courses taught in French.

Although being an international city, Geneva is a French speaking Canton. All official administrative documents, papers, letters are in French. It will help to have a basic knowledge of this language

I wish to apply to a Master program, is my degree recognized by University of Geneva?


University of Geneva recognizes foreign university programs that are similar to those existing in Switzerland (i.e. minimum 3-year bachelor program, 180 ECTS credits and public institution).

The institutions must be listed in the following reference publications as public institutions with a university status: World Higher Education DatabaseUnited Kingdom National Recognition Information Centre and Anabin.

In some cases, the University of Geneva may recognize certain private universities, such as those with whom institutional agreements exist. The private institutions must offer academic programs in different fields (for example in science and/or medicine) and must be able to deliver up to PhD academic degrees.

For more information : http://www.unige.ch/admissions/sinscrire/universites-et-programmes-reconnus/

When do courses start?

At the beginning of academic year in September. There is no Spring intake. The Academic Calendar provides all general information and key dates.

How do I register to a course in another faculty?


As for any other regular exam, you must register online via the portal by GSEM deadline. You must also register to the other faculty’s Student Services, within their deadlines (may not be the same as GSEM).

When are exams dates published?


Exam schedule is available earliest 2 weeks before the session. They are available on GSEM website and on the portal. Once these dates are published, please check the portal on a regular basis, as they may be subject to updates.

How do I request an extension to the duration of my studies?

For a 90 ECTS credits Master, you have a minimum of 3 semesters and a maximum of 5 to complete your program. For a 120 ECTS credits Master, you have a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 6 to complete the program.

If for justifiable reasons, you are unable to finish your master within the deadline, you may address an extension request latest 1 month before the start of the semester concerned.

The request for extension of studies should be motivated in a letter addressed to the Dean and sent to the following address:

      GSEM - Service aux étudiant-e-s
      A l’attention du Doyen Marcelo Olarreaga
      Uni-Mail - Bureau 3287 A
      Bd du Pont-d'Arve 40
      CH 1211 Genève 4

How to declare an absence to an exam?

Absence due to sickness or accident:

In case of sickness or accident during the exam session, you should provide GSEM Students Services with the following,  within the 3 days after the exam :

1) The original medical certificate

2) A completed paper form  « avis d’absence à un examen », available on the faculty’s website.

If the reason for absence is accepted, the form is returned with an official approval. The absence is then considered as accepted and is registered as a “justified absence”.

In case of sickness or accident during the semester – If you feel unable to prepare your exam under the best conditions and wish to benefit of a « justified absence », you must present a medical certificate before the exam session indicating the reason of your inability to sit the exam.

Nevertheless, should you sit the exam, you will not be able to prevail the medical certificate in order to cancel the grade. Your exam will be graded and considered as definitively acquired.


Absence for other reasons:

For any other reason for absence to an exam (case of force majeure), a postal letter with supporting documents, should be addressed to the Scientific Committee within 3 days after the occurrence of the case de force majeure. If the reason is accepted, the form will be returned with official approval. The absence is then considered as justified and is registered as “justified absence”.

The postal letter should be addressed as follows :

 GSEM - Service aux étudiants
      A l’attention du Comité Scientifique
      Uni-Mail - Bureau 3287 A
      Bd du Pont-d'Arve 40
      CH 1211 Genève 4

"Excused" students do not lose an “attempt” (tentative).

How do I apply for a leave of absence ?


If you wish to interrupt temporarily your studies, you may obtain a leave of absence whilst remaining registered « immatriculé » to the University. A leave of absence is possible for one or two semesters. Depending on the degree followed, this request may be renewable.

During the leave of absence, you will be requested to pay a partial tax of CHF 65.- per semester but will not be authorized to sit exams. A leave of absence semester(s) is not taken into account in the total duration of your studies.

The request is addressed by letter to the Dean at the following address:

      GSEM - Service aux étudiant-e-s
      A l’attention du Doyen Marcelo Olarreaga
      Uni-Mail - Bureau 3287 A
      Bd du Pont-d'Arve 40
      CH 1211 Genève 4

In order to be processed, the letter and the following form formulaire de demande de congé must be received by GSEM Student Services latest one month before the start of courses (semester)

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