At EPFL, part of our mission is to provide continuing education opportunities. While our Master’s programs may open the door to a first job, professionals need to continually stay abreast of the latest developments in today’s fast-moving fields. It is therefore essential for them to continue learning throughout their careers.
New, highly specific fields are emerging that influence our entire society. And it’s precisely in these fields that we offer continuing education programs that lead to a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS). These programs are available to those who already have a university degree.
In direct democracies like Switzerland, citizens are called upon to make decisions requiring in-depth knowledge. That’s why EPFL also has a responsibility to disseminate this knowledge, particularly as it relates to scientific fields. We therefore offer Certificate of Open Studies (COS) programs, which are available to everyone.
Preparatory modules as well as non-degree training courses are also available and can be developed to meet specific needs. Moreover, with our MOOCs, people from across Switzerland and abroad can acquire targeted knowledge.
EPFL’s Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree is awarded after at least one year of study, knowledge assessment and thesis work. MAS programs grant at least 60 ECTS credits.
Our Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) and Legum Magister (LL.M) degrees are part of the MAS family.
EPFL’s Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) is awarded after at least 250 contact hours (not including hours of individual study), knowledge assessment and, in most cases, thesis work. This program grants between 30 and 59 ECTS credits.
A DAS can be incorporated into a modular MAS curriculum.
EPFL’s Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) is awarded after at least 120 contact hours (not including hours of individual study), knowledge assessment and, in some cases, thesis work. This program grants between 10 and 29 ECTS credits.
A CAS may be incorporated into a modular MAS or DAS curriculum.
EPFL’s Certificate of Open Studies (COS) program is open to anyone, with no prerequisite university degree. Classes are generally taken online and evaluations are conducted in person at an accredited test center. The entire program (theoretical instruction and individual assignments) can total between 420 and 600 hours and grants between 10 and 29 ECTS credits.
Some of our CAS, DAS and MAS programs offer open modules – i.e., modules that can be taken individually by people who are not enrolled in a full CAS, DAS or MAS program.
MOOCs – or Massive Open Online Courses – are online educational programs offered by universities around the world. Generally free of charge, they can be taken by just about anyone with internet access. Learn more about the MOOCs offered by EPFL.
Our non-degree training courses lead to a simple certificate of participation. In some cases, they may also award ECTS credits (up to nine), provided that the course includes knowledge assessment.