Equivalence to a Master’s degree

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

During the extraordinary situation caused by the new coronavirus, the Registrar’s Office is only able to issue certificates in electronic form. They will be sent by email, with digitized stamp and signature, and a mention that the recipient can obtain a confirmation of the authenticity of the document by contacting the Student Services Desk at EPFL.

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 Commande de documents Bachelor / Master (in French only) and pay the flat fee of Fr. 30.-. The certificate of equivalence is provided in both English and French.

We kindly draw your attrention 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.