M.A. Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development (HEC)

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR925 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR925 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
Geneva - University of Geneva | Geneva, Switzerland
The Master in Standardisation, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development is quintessentially interdisciplinary, as it involves three disciplines: sociology, management and economics. Courses are primarily taught by faculty members and external teachers appointed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), with the approval of the scientific committee.



The curriculum is divided into four parts. The first and largest consists of required courses. The second examines standardisation efforts and their impact. The third enables students to expand and strengthen their knowledge by taking electives from amongst the Master’s courses in Environmental Science. The fourth consists of a work placement and dissertation.

Career opportunities

HEC Geneva graduates find work in all sectors both in Switzerland and abroad. Given the nature of the Geneva economy, opportunities are usually found in banking, financial institutions, fiduciaries, consulting firms, insurance agencies, local and international manufacturing, international trade companies (e.g. commodities trading, product distribution), international or global organisations (e.g. ICRC, UNHCR, WTO) and public administration.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 28 February 2016
Tuition fee
  • EUR 925 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR 925 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


500 CHF / semester

During the online application process, applicants with a foreign degree will be charged an administrative fee of 65 CHF, to be deducted from the first-semester tuition fees.

Start date
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS

1.5 years : 3 semesters (5 max.)

Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

  • Environmental Policy
  • Global Health
  • Governance and Public Policy
  • International Political Economy of Standards
  • Voluntary Consensus Based Standards
  • Labour Market Policy
  • Organisations
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Sustainable Development
  • Economics and Socioeconomics of Globalization
  • Conformity Assessment
  • Management System for Sustainability
  • Strategic Planning of Sustainable Business


Level of French required
  • General placement test for non-Francophones
Admission criteria
  • A Bachelor in Social Science or an equivalent degree, adequate GMAT or GRE scores and a Certificate of Proficiency in English. Merit-based admission.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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