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

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR770 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
Geneva Summer Schools-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.

Description of Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development (HEC)


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 Masterís 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 February: for all graduates of foreign universities, April: for all graduates of Swiss universities/colleges
Tuition fee
  • EUR 770 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 770 Year (EEA)

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 September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS

1.5 years : 3 semesters (5 max.)

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

Requirements for Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development (HEC)

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 for Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development (HEC)

No work experience is required.

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Geneva Summer Schools-University of Geneva, Switzerland

Switzerland The University of Geneva is a French-speaking comprehensive University with a wide range of programmes in English. In addition to its nine faculties, it also boasts six National Centres of Competence in Research (PlanetS, SwissMap, Chemical Biology, Affective Sciences, Synaptic Bases of Mental Disease, LIVES Overcoming vulnerabilities) and is a co-founder of the Swiss Network for International Studies.

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