FAQ's MA

I would like to take on the Master's major in Political Science at the UZH. I have a Bachelor's degree in another subject from another university. Will I be admitted?

In principle, the following applies: The regulations governing admission to study at the University of Zurich (RZS) are authoritative for admission. The subject of Political Science in the main subject is consecutive, i.e. the prerequisite for the Master's degree (120 or 90 ECTS) is a completed Bachelor's degree in Political Science (Political Science events of at least 60 ECTS). If you would like a detailed examination of your admission, please apply regularly for a Master at the UZH. More information can be obtained here. We will only provide information on a possible admission at our department if your dossier (including all documents) has been thoroughly examined by the UZH. It is possible that you will be subject to admission requirements, which means that you can, for example, complete some courses from the Bachelor's program parallel to your Master's.

In the case of applicants with a foreign education, two conditions must be fulfilled for a Master's degree at the University of Zurich:

a) The university where you completed your Bachelor's degree must be recognized and accredited in Switzerland.

b) Your Bachelor's degree must entitle you to a Master's degree at your home university.

For the clarification of these two points, you can apply directly to the admission office for foreign students. This office will then decide about your admission into the MA with main subject Political Science and on any conditions or restrictions.

What are the prerequisites for admission to the big MA minor in Political Science (30 ECTS)?

The regulations governing admission to study at the University of Zurich (RZS) are decisive for admission. Prerequisite for the Master's degree in the big Political Science minor is a completed Bachelor's degree with the big Political Science minor (60 ECTS). Here you can find more information about the Master's application.

What are the prerequisites for admission to the small MA minor in Political Science (15 ECTS)?

The regulations governing admission to study at the University of Zurich (RZS) are decisive for admission. Prerequisite for the Master's degree in the small minor subject Political Science is a completed Bachelor's degree with the small minor Political Science (30 ECTS). Here you can find further information for the Master application.

In addition to the "Master of Arts in Social Sciences" in Political Science, is there another Master program in Political Science in Zurich?

Do I have to study in the MA with the same subject combination as in the BA?

Theoretically not. You can also apply for a different combination of subjects. However, you may be rejected in certain subjects due to a lack of prior education, or you might be subject to conditions and restrictions, e.g., that you have to complete additional courses.

What is the "Studium Generale"?

In the small MA minor Political Science (15 ECTS) at least three credit points must be collected in the form of the Studium Generale. This is a module (at least 3 ECTS), which can be freely selected by the students from the entire university (UZH and language center). The Studium Generale plays no role for MA main subject (90/120 credits) and big MA minor (30 credits) in Political Science.

When will the Master Colloquium, which is to be completed parallel to the composing of the Master's thesis, be held?

Every semester.