Study programs structure

EPFL leverages the high-quality of its study programs among other key assets. It offers 26 Master’s programs, including seven specialized ones along with an Extension school for continuing education.

The Master’s programs capitalize on achievements made during undergraduate studies by increasing students’ specializations. They expand students’ theoretical learning by confronting them with practical projects in multidisciplinary environments and give them the opportunity to build a personalized curriculum.

EPFL’s master’s programs are designed to be flexible and give students the opportunity to customize their curricula according to their aspirations. They consist in two steps: the Master cycle (60 or 90 ECTS depending on the program) followed by a one-semester Master’s thesis (30 ECTS).

The EPFL Master cycle consists of compulsory courses, elective courses, and semester projects in a laboratory.

Elective courses can be taken freely or grouped into minors, specializations or orientations.

Specializations are mentioned in the Diploma Supplement and correspond to 30 ECTS courses proposed in a very specific field of the basic discipline of the Master’s studies.

An orientation is more of a general grouping of courses in the same field.

Minors are also mentioned in the Diploma Supplement and consist of a group of 30 ECTS compulsory and optional courses offered by one or several programs. Minors either tackle a multidisciplinary topic or offer complementary education to the classical engineering curriculum, thus opening up educational and career perspectives. Students can therefore choose from a wide range of minors in various fields in order to complement their major.

Students who follow an engineering program are required to complete an 8-week internship in a company as an integral part of their study program. This experience provides them with a practical immersion and fosters their professional development.

The 17-week Master’s project is a research project in an EPFL laboratory. It can also be performed in the frame of an exchange in a partner university, but must be under the supervision of an EPFL professor.

An extension to 25 weeks is possible if the Master’s project is carried out in an industry milieu, which allows for an early immersion in a professional environment.

Upon completion of these curricula, students obtain an EPFL Master of Science specifying the major and minor where appropriate.

Depending on the program, the graduate will have the right to use the title of Engineer, Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist, or EPF-qualified Architect.