Who can apply?
Our selection process is highly competitive. Each year, we have the good fortune of examining a pool of extremely talented individuals from all over the world. A successful candidate to the MIS programme usually satisfies three prerequisites. First, she/he has followed undergraduate economics classes and is familiar with the main concepts of the discipline. Second, she/he has a solid mathematical background and is thus comfortable with the technical aspects of economics. Third, she/he has excellent GRE scores, very good grades and highly supportive letters of recommendation.
What does it prepare you for?
For a small department, we punch way above our weight in terms of student placement: we have been remarkably successful over the years in sending our students to top-level national and international institutions, from the World Bank, the IMF, or the UN system more generally, to central banks, NGOs and think tanks. For those who choose to pursue a PhD, we have two excellent programmes of our own, and if you decide to test the waters at leading international universities, you should know that we have a great track record in terms of getting our students into top schools, both in the US and in Europe.
The six core classes provide training in graduate-level microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. They are taken over the first three semesters of the program. You will also take a math refresher course, affectionately known as the "math bootcamp," before the beginning of the first semester.
Electives can be chosen both from the department's offerings and from those of other academic departments in the Institute.
By the beginning of your second year, you will identify a supervisor for your master thesis. Students normally narrow down their research topic during their third semester, leading to a concrete thesis proposal by the end of the semester. You will focus on writing your thesis during the fourth semester, under the guidance of your advisor.
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesEconomics International Relations View 39 other Masters in Economics in Switzerland
- Only online application forms and recommendations submitted electronically can be considered.
- Only one application for one specific programme may be submitted per year.
- Application fees are non-refundable.
- Applicants are responsible for ensuring their application is complete and for monitoring the progress of their application via online status updates.
- Once an application has been submitted, no additional materials can be considered; changes cannot be made
- Applicants are responsible for meeting all costs related to authenticating their application documents.
International Applies to you6933 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 6933 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA Applies to you4333 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4333 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
The Institute strives to support its students throughout the duration of their studies, to the extent of its ability. It does so through financial aid (below) and paid jobs (teaching assistantships, research assistantships and administrative positions). In 2014, nearly half of our students received direct or indirect financial support from the Institute.
In particular, the Institute makes extensive efforts to assist its doctoral students. We aim to make financial aid available to all first year doctoral students with documented financial need. In subsequent years, doctoral students may apply for a teaching or research assistantship. The option of applying for a scholarship also remains open during the four-year programme, particularly in the final year to help with the completion of the thesis.
The Institute deploys invests considerable resources in financial aid, with the goal of attracting talented scholars from around the world, regardless of origin and financial ability. While other institutions generally offer only tuition reduction, the Institute also provides a large number of cost of living scholarships of CHF 18,000 each.
We expect all of our students to contribute toward the cost of their education. Therefore, and in a spirit of responsibility and solidarity, each recipient of a full scholarship is required to pay an annual tuition fee of CHF 1,000.
Financial aid is awarded by the Scholarship Committee on the basis of a written application documenting financial need; by exception, a few merit-based scholarships are awarded each year on the basis of academic excellence.
Financial aid may take the following forms:
A full scholarship in the amount of CHF 18,000, which corresponds to the minimum living costs for one year;
A partial scholarship in the amount of CHF 9,000;
A merit scholarship awarded on the basis of academic excellence; it may be associated with a paid position as a teaching assistant or with need-based tuition reduction. An annual tuition fee of CHF 1,000 is charged in all cases.
In addition, tuition reduction may be awarded in combination with all types of scholarships.
Scholarships are awarded for one year and may be renewed on the basis of a documented application, in accordance with the resources available at the Institute. Full scholarships for Master degree students are generally renewed for a second year, following review of the student’s financial situation, provided that the s/he is in good academic standing and depending on the availability of financial resources.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.