General prerequisites for admission

Persons holding a Master’s degree from one of the ETHs or an equivalent degree from another university may be admitted to a university continuing education programme. Admission is based upon the personal dossier of the applicant.

Highly qualified applicants who do not fulfil this prerequisite may be admitted in exceptional cases to certain programmes if they can prove that they have the appropriate professional background and additional qualifications in the required fields. More information can be found on the websites of the individual programmes.  

There is no automatic entitlement to admission.

Programme-specific admission requirements

Admission to certain programmes may be subject to additional prerequisites in areas such as professional experience, specific previous knowledge and qualifications. It may also depend on supervision capacity and training facilities. For further information please see the detailed descriptions of individual programmes: MAS, DAS, CAS

Further requirements

Language requirements

The programmes are conducted in German and/or English. Please see the requirements of the individual programmes in the overview for your programme.

The School for Continuing Education requires no proof of language competence. Individual programmes may, however, require proof.

For help in estimating your language level please refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You can download the external pagelevel raster and a external pagechecklist for self-assessment here.

For further information please see the website of the external pageLanguage Center of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.

Recognition of previous learning

The external pageWeiterbildungsverordnung [continuing education ordinance; no English version] permits the recognition of a maximum of 20 ­% of programme credits

  • if these credits were earned at ETH Zurich or at an educational institution recognised by ETH Zurich as equivalent;
  • if these credits are not older than 5 years;
  • and if the content of these credits is considered equivalent by the programme director.

Some programmes may have stricter rules. Credits submitted for recognition must have documentary proof.


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