Admissions to Graduate School
Are you an excellent student completing at least three years of university (or equivalent) education with rigorous background in computing, communication systems, engineering, mathematics, or science? Are you interested in pursuing a subsequent graduate degree at the EPFL School of Computer and Communication Sciences? Depending on the degree that you will have completed by the time you plan to start at EPFL, here is an overview of your options.
After four or five-year University Degree: PhD at EPFL
If you will have completed a four-year or a five-year degree, we advise you to apply to our PhD program (EDIC). Financial support in the form of a salary is available to all admitted students.
If you will have a four-year degree you can apply for PhD, MSc, or both. The admissions criteria in both cases are the same: we are looking for high potential to excel in research and coursework at EPFL. If you apply for MSc you must explain in your statement of purpose why you would prefer to pursue a MSc degree instead of a PhD for which you are also eligible. If you are applying for both MSc and PhD, please indicate this fact in both of your statements of purpose.
If you will have a five-year degree in an area different than the programs we offer in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences, please follow the same rules as for four-year degree programs in the previous paragraph.
Note that you are not eligible to start an EPFL MSc degree in some field if you are already scheduled to receive a five-year degree from your home university in a closely related field. In this case, PhD (EDIC) is the sole option for you.
After three-year University Degree: MSc at EPFL
If you are finishing a three-year university program, please apply to one of our MSc programs (listed alphabetically):
Financial support for MSc is available primarily through the research scholars program that not only provides financial support but also gives you an opportunity to work on research projects in one of the laboratories of our school. Additionally, EPFL awards a small number of MSc excellence fellowships that provide financial support.
You cannot enter our PhD program with only a three-year university degree.
Dual Degree MSc involving EPFL are possible only with universities with which EPFL has signed a dual degree agreement. Please inquire with your home university if such agreements exist and precisely which EPFL degrees are involved.