Master admission criteria & application


In addition to this page, please consult the ‘General’ and ‘Master’s’ sections of our FAQ for all information about our admission requirements and processes.

This page informs you about:

  • Eligibility conditions
  • The application process
  • Important deadlines

Application: eligibility

Anyone holding a Bachelor’s degree from a university (or equivalent) in a field related to the EPFL curricula can apply for a Master’s program. However, please be aware that admission is competitive. Only candidates with excellent academic records and references have good chances of being accepted. Candidates who already hold a Master’s degree, or equivalent, in the field (or similar field) of the program for which they would apply are not eligible.

We also advise you to take notice of the requirements that are specific to every Master’s program.

Current EPFL students are automatically registered in the Master’s program of their field of study and only need to approve their registration on IS-Academia. They need not follow the application procedure to continue their studies in the same field. Should several Master’s programs be consecutive to their Bachelor’s degree, they can request registration in any of these programs in the FRAC form at the beginning of their first term at the Master’s level.

Students from other Swiss universities who completed a 180-ECTS-credit Bachelor’s program in the same field of study must follow the full online application procedure, but they are exempted from providing referees’ contact information. Admission to a consecutive Master’s program is guaranteed, but additional credits may be required.

Current EPFL students and students from other Swiss universities who would like to change their field of study or access a specialized Master’s program must follow the full online application procedure. A minimum average grade of 4,50 over the entire Bachelor’s program is required for such an admission. This criteria is however not a guarantee of admission as the quality of the application, the relevance of the followed Bachelor’s program compared to the Master’s cursus of interest, and the motivation of the candidate will also be assessed. Current EPFL students are exempted from providing referees’ contact information.

Holders of a degree from a Swiss University of applied sciences (HES/FHS) are admitted to EPFL’s Master’s programs provided they have an HES/FHS Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields of studies, with an average grade of 5,00 or above: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microengineering, or Computer Science/Communication Systems. They can access the Master’s programs that are consecutive to the corresponding EPFL Bachelor’s degree, i.e., respectively: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Molecular and Biological Chemistry/Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Electrical and Electronics Engineering/Neuro-X, Mechanical Engineering, Microengineering/Robotics/Neuro-X, and Computer Science/Computer Science-Cybersecurity/Communication Systems/Data Science/Neuro-X. They will however need to succeed a preparatory year of 57 to 60 ECTS credits. For detailed information about the preparatory courses, please contact the person specified on the page describing your Master’s program of interest. Holders of a degree from a Swiss University HES/FHS apply in the field of studies corresponding to their Bachelor’s degree and follow the preparatory year in that field. If applicable, they then select the consecutive Master’s program they wish to take.

For students who followed courses at EPFL as exchange students and apply for a Master’s program: if Master’s credits obtained during your exchange program were not used at your university of origin, you will be able to validate them for your Master’s program, subject to validation and a maximum of 30 credits.

Online application: Process

Application: important deadlines

Applications can be filled online from mid-November to the 15th of December, or from the 16th of December to the 31st of March.

Decisions are sent late March for applications registered by the 15th of December and mid-June for the applications registered by the 31st of March. You can freely choose to apply by the December deadline or the March deadline. Regardless of which deadline you choose to meet, studies begin in mid-September following acceptance.

Candidates who need a visa are strongly advised to apply by the December deadline in order to have an answer earlier and have enough time for the visa procedure (which can take up to 3 months).

An intensive French language course is offered to all accepted candidates. It starts four weeks before the beginning of the semester.