Frequently Asked Questions

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May I apply to this master if my university bachelor/undergraduate diploma is in a different field of study?

 

The Master in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable development is interdisciplinary and, in principle, welcomes all applicants from different fields of studies and expertise.

 

May I apply to this master if my university bachelor/undergraduate diploma was awarded by an institution outside Switzerland?

 

If you have an undergraduate diploma from a University outside Switzerland, the University's admission office will revise all the documents once you apply online and it may request further documents from you if needed it. You will have to complete the Application for equivalencies form. This is reserved for candidates who have studied in another university before applying for enrollment at the University of Geneva. The application for equivalencies (available in English and French) will only be forwarded to the relevant faculty if it is accompanied by an application for enrolment, and if the candidate is eligible for enrollment at the University of Geneva.

 

 

Am I eligible for this master's programme?

 

Candidates must submit all the necessary documents for the determination of their eligibility, as set out in the instructions for the assembly of an enrolment file provided in an appendix to the enrollment application form. Under no circumstances should candidates submit original degree certificates. Incomplete files will not be considered, and the University will not enter into correspondence with applicants. Please send an email to the master coordinator once you have applied in order to do internal follow-up.

 

Which test should I take the GRE, the GMAT, or both?

In the case of if you should take the GMAT or GRE, either of the two is accepted and you do not need to take both.

Graduates from the University of Geneva with GPA (average) higher than 5 do not to submit the GRE or GMAT exams.  TOEFL is still required.

 

Does the Master in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development has an Institutional code with the GRE and GMAT?

Yes, the codes are the follwoing: GRE (DI Code 0850) or GMAT (Master's code 651-QT-70).

 

What's the GRE about?

 

In August 2011, the GRE revised General Test replaced the GRE General Test. The revised test more closely reflects the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school and demonstrates that you are ready for graduate-level work. Please note you may submit the online application beforehand and afterwards complete the examination documents (such as TOEFL, GRE or GMAT). The deadline for submitting your test scores is 31 of May 2012.

• Verbal Reasoning — Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

• Quantitative Reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

• Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

Learn more about the content and structure of the GRE revised General Test.

 

What's the GMAT about?

 

The GMAT exam measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed in your education and work. It does NOT measure your knowledge of business, your job skills, specific content in your undergraduate or first university course work, your abilities in any other specific subject area, or subjective qualities, such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills. Please note you may submit the online application beforehand and afterwards complete the examination documents (such as TOEFL, GRE or GMAT). The deadline for submitting your test scores is 31 of April 2013.

 

For more information please follow the following link: http://www.mba.com/the-gmat.aspx

 

Do I have to "pass" the GMAT or the GRE? What's the minimum score I need to be accepted into the master?

 

There is no minimum score required as usually a percentile above 50 is considered competitive.  Each GRE/GMAT and TOEFL test score is reported with a corresponding percentile rank. A percentile rank for a score indicates the percentage of examinees who took that test and received a lower score. Regardless of when the reported scores were earned, the percentile ranks for these tests are based on the scores of all examinees who tested within a recent time period.   Please note the profile of each candidate is examined in detail and other aspects which may count positively in admission would include academic excellence, motivation and field experience.  Please submit your test scores to the following codes: - GRE (DI Code 0850) or GMAT (Master's code 651-QT-70) and English Proficiency Test  (TOEFL code number 3607) before April 30 2013.”

Graduates from the University of Geneva with GPA (average) higher than 5 do not to submit the GRE or GMAT exams.  TOEFL is still required.

 

When should I apply to this master's programme?

 

Please note the application process will be open from 2 January 2012 until 28 February. It's a short time, therefore it is strongly recommended to apply as early as possible.

Please note you may submit the online application beforehand and afterwards complete the examination documents (such as TOEFL, GRE or GMAT). The deadline for submitting your test scores is 31 of April 2013.

 

For students with bachelor/undergraduate diploma from a Swiss University the deadline is 30 April 2013. However, for these candidates too early application it is highly recommended. Please keep in mind the system may get very slow close to the end of deadline due to the amount of applications from all Master programs and undergraduate students. Therefore, the earlier the better!

 

What's the deadline to submit my GRE, GMAT and English test result?

 

If you haven't taken the exam or if you haven't receivied the final results before the end of the application process finishes 28 February 2013 don't worry. The deadline for submission of your results is 30 April 2013. Do not wait until you have the final resul of the test to apply. You must fill in your application and send it before 28 February 2013. 

 

What's the deadline to submit my GRE, GMAT and English test result?

If you haven't taken the exam before the end of the application process finishes 28 February 2013 don't worry. You have until 30 April 2013 to submit your results. 

 

What are the career opportunities that might arise as a consequence of obtaining this Master?

 

Today, various international organizations such as the World Bank, the OECD and the ILO use the expression of 'socially and environmentally sustainable' development to designate a broad range of activities affecting simultaneously a number of spheres. It is now widely agreed in academic and policy circles that promoting sustainable development requires a systemic perspective on the long-term consequences of today's policies for tomorrow's environment, society and economy. An important step in the evolution of the sustainability concept has been the realization that a sustainable development process demands the involvement of all actors who are likely to be affected by some regulatory norms. Clear examples of these trends can be found in the fields of environmental and labour standards, which have seen the emergence and diffusion of multi-level and multi-layered private-public partnerships composed of international organizations, multinational enterprises, administrative branches of the national state, NGOs and various other types of civil society organizations.

 The Knowledge and skills provided in the Master in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development, along with your personal interest will lead you in any of these sectors mentioned above. Please also note this master offers the opportunity to undertake an internship in an area related to your interests and capacities. This will be most likely a good milestone in your career.

 

Which scholarships are offered to study this master or in Switzerland in general?

 

The University of Geneva directly is not granting specific scholarships for this master's programme. Most of the Scholarships available in Switzerland are provided directly by the Federal administration. The Swiss Government awards a range of scholarships to foreign students through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS): university scholarships (Swiss universities and Federal Institutes of Technology), arts scholarships (schools of music and fine arts) and scholarships for universities of applied sciences (UAS). These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies or research in Switzerland at a public funded university or recognized institution.

Please follow this link to confirm whether your country of origin is part of the Swiss government's scholarship scheme