Is BS a bachelor's or master's degree

Degrees: Bachelor, Master, Doctorate

The master’s degree is the second level and aims to deepen and specialize in the previous bachelor’s degree. Depending on the course, the master’s course comprises 90 or 120 credit points and lasts at least one and a half to two years. Exceptions are the master’s courses in human medicine and chiropractic, which comprise 180 ECTS and last three years.

Admission is granted directly to anyone who has a Swiss Bachelor's degree from the same type of university and wants to continue studying in the same field of study (applies to universities of applied sciences only to a limited extent). In all other cases, admission can be made dependent on proof of further knowledge through additional credit points.
Further information: Admission to university courses

At universities and in some technical colleges, the master’s degree is the norm. The study time for a master’s degree is usually three or four semesters. If you study part-time, it can be extended accordingly.

Consecutive, non-consecutive and specialized master’s programs

In contrast to the so-called Master of Advanced Studies or Master of Advanced Studies MAS, the courses described here are referred to as undergraduate master’s courses. There are the following variants:

  • In terms of content, the consecutive master’s degree programs follow directly on from a bachelor’s program by deepening and possibly expanding the technical knowledge or part of it (example: bachelor's degree in economics> master's degree in economics). At universities, the transfer to a consecutive master’s degree in the relevant subject is made without additional requirements. The master’s courses at universities of applied sciences, on the other hand, are often only accessible to graduates with a good or very good bachelor’s degree.
  • In terms of content, non-consecutive master’s courses are not directly linked to a specific bachelor’s course. They are independent, often interdisciplinary courses with a thematic focus, to which one is admitted with different bachelor degrees without additional requirements (example: Bachelor Economics> Master European Studies).
  • Specialized master’s courses are non-consecutive courses for which additional requirements that are identical for all applicants are made or selection procedures exist. The number of places is usually limited (example: Bachelor in Economics> Master in Climate Science).
  • Joint Masters are specialized master’s courses that are offered in cooperation with other, often foreign universities.

You can search for consecutive and non-consecutive Masters via studyprogrammes.ch: To do this, click on the "Masters" option under "Advanced Search" and select the "Access from field of study" that appears (the list of hits is unfortunately not complete). Specialized master’s programs are displayed via the relevant option.

The advanced training masters are not to be confused with these so-called undergraduate master’s courses of the second degree: With the Master of Advanced Studies MAS (or MBA, EMBA) with at least 60 ECTS credit points, the universities offer a federally recognized further education degree. MAS courses are mostly designed to be part-time and not subsidized. They do not entitle you to admission to a doctoral program.
Further information: Further education degrees at universities: CAS, DAS, MAS

Masters degrees

Academic master’s degrees are awarded exclusively by universities.
The following master’s degrees are awarded in Switzerland:

  • MA (Master of Arts):
    Humanities, arts, courses in teaching, partly social sciences
  • MSc (Master of Science):
    Natural sciences, economics, health, partly social sciences

Individual university faculties also award the following master’s degrees:

  • MEng (Master of Engineering)
  • MLaw (Master of Law)
  • MMed (Master of Medicine)
  • M Chiro Med (Master of Chiropractic Medicine)
  • M Dent Med (Master of Dental Medicine)
  • M Vet Med (Master of Veterinary Medicine)
  • MTh (Master of Theology)