Equivalence to a Master’s degree

The former EPFL diploma is de facto equivalent to the current Master’s degree.

If need be, owners of such a diploma can obtain a certificate of equivalence from the Registrar’s Office. To that end, please complete the online form for ordering a certificate of equivalence and pay the Fr. 30.- tax and processing fees if applicable (please note that orders cannot be accepted by email, by phone, nor in person at the Student Services Desk). The certificate of equivalence is provided in both English and French.

We kindly draw your attention to the following rules from the Swiss University Conference:

  • The old and new titles may only be claimed in alternance. This means that you are not allowed to display both titles (diploma and Master’s degree) on the same document.
  • You may not attach the field of studies to the Master’s title. Indeed, the old titles, whilst equivalent in level of education, do not acknowledge the same learning assets as the new Master’s degrees.

The professional title of architect or engineer, in the field specified on the diploma, remains valid.

Additionally, SEFRI publishes information about the recognition of Swiss titles in foreign countries and can also provide certificates to facilitate this recognition in the context of formal procedures.