Minors

Students in a disciplinary Master’s program may further their studies in a given field of their education or develop interfaces with other programs at EPFL by choosing to take a minor. Students in the Management, technology, and entrepreneurship Master’s program must take the minor that was imposed upon admision to this Master’s program.

There are two types of minors:

  • the interdisciplinary minor, focused on a given field and made up of topics from several programs, or even dedicated topics
  • the disciplinary minor, focused on a single program, different from that of the student’s main Master’s program

The student informs his Master’s program of his choice of minor and selects it in the course-registration screen on IS-Academia, no later than the end of the first semester of his Master’s studies. To make your choice, have a look at the list of minors on the webpage Study plans and regulations, which specifies which ones are recommended for each Master’s program.

The selection of courses making up a minor is done with the approval of the student’s program and the person in charge of the minor. The student registers for these courses on IS-Academia, following the normal procedure.

A minor is successfully completed when 30 credits at minimum have been gained among the approved subjects. Each subject must be successfully completed on it own merits: there is no possible compensation between the subjects. These 30 credits add to the total for a 90-credit Master’s program (thus the total moves to 120) or replace 30 credits of options in a 120-credit Master’s program, in accordance with the application regulations of the program.

Some minors have a study plan with set subjects. These study plans are available on the webpage Study plans and regulations.

Admission to the minors in Science, Technology, and Area Studies (STAS) requires an applicationFor more details, please check the webpage of these minors.