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Studying Master of Arts

The Master of Arts (M.A., Magister Artium) is the most common Master's degree besides the Master of Science (M.Sc.) and nowadays awarded by most universities in Europe as well as world-wide. In combination with a 3-year or 4-year bachelor programme Master programmes replace old five-year programmes such as the German Magister and Diplom or the Dutch doctorandus. The study duration of a Master of Arts programme differs. There are 1-year as well as 2-year Master programmes offered.

According to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) on average 30 credits each semester have to be achieved. A one-year programme has therefore typically 60 ECTS, a two-year programme 120 ECTS accordingly. The Master of Arts is typically awarded in fields such as languages, history, geography, philosophy, fine arts but also social sciences and has thus an overlap with the Master of Science.

In order to receive a Master of Arts, the completion of a dissertation based on independent research is usually required besides the completion of courses.

Studying in Switzerland

Switzerland is a federal Republic in western Europe. It comprises 26 cantons and has four official languages: German (predominant), French, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland is not member of the European Union and has the swiss franc as currency. It is the country with the highest wealth per adult in the world.

83 Master of Arts Master's degrees in Switzerland

M.A. Philosophy

The Master in Philosophy at USI is a research master with a special focus on theoretical philosophy and its history. It is a research master in that it requires students to submit regular written work, to produce research papers and to develop their discussion skills in class. It focuses on theoretical philosophy and its history in particular.

M.A. Quantitative Economics and Finance (MiQE/F)

The Master’s Programme in Quantitative Economics and Finance (MiQE/F) prepares students for ambitious careers where a solid understanding of the theoretical foundations of economics and finance, and a rigorous competence in quantitative methods are required. This combination provides graduates with a competitive advantage on the job market and direct access to highly selective Ph.D. programmes.

School of Economics and Political Science
M.A. Accounting and Finance (MAccFin)

The Master’s Programme in Accounting and Finance (MAccFin) from University of St.Gallen (HSG) enables you to view financial corporate management from an integrative perspective - for your future in consulting, executive management, Investment Banking, or auditing.

School of Management
M.A. International Tourism

Tourism is a relevant phenomenon of modern societies and an important economic reality worldwide. But the historical roots, the social mechanisms and the economic logic of tourism are not, as yet, fully understood. The International Tourism programme is offered at the Università Della Svizzera Italiana Lugano.

Faculty of Economics
M.A. Banking and Finance (MBF)

With a challenging curriculum, the Banking and Finance (MBF) programme at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) is one of the leading international finance programmes. The MBF is the ideal Master's programme for successfully starting your career in both the financial industry and in academia.

School of Finance
M.A. Sociolinguistics

The unique master's program in Sociolinguistics in the German-speaking region offered at the University of Bern is a two-year program devoted to various aspects of the relationship between language and society and their reciprocal influence.

Philosophisch-historische Fakultät
M.A. Social Anthropology

The MASA program at the University of Bern addresses all the varied aspects of social anthropology. The program also focuses on innovative research in both traditional areas, such as kinship, social exchange, religious and ritual practices, ethnicity, material culture and the human-environment relationship, and new fields such as gender studies and the anthropology of climate change.

Philosophisch-historische Fakultät
M.A. Dramaturgy and History of Theater

The Master of Arts allows students to acquire the knowledge and techniques required for a better grasp of contemporary realities, giving meaning to the intellectual wealth created by mankind over the centuries.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. English

Confront the complexities of English languages and literatures. Improve your methodological skills. Investigate your research interests. The MA Programme in Languages and Literatures in English offers a wide variety of topics, theoretical approaches and historical perspectives to explore.

Philosophisch-historische Fakultät
M.A. International Relations and Political Science

The International Relations/Political Science department offers students the possibility of completing a master’s degree through two programs – a stand-alone two-year master’s program, designed for students wishing to develop expertise in international relations; and a newly designed accelerated master’s program, tailored to speedily transition advanced students into doctoral research after three semesters.

International Relations and Political Science
M.A. Cultural Analysis

The three parts of the Master's Degree major in Cultural Analysis ("Sign - Language - Media", "Praxis - Subject - Power", and "Cultural Theory"), offers the student a major in the historical, theoretical and methodological analysis of Cultural Theory, Debate, Practice and Methodology.

M.A. Central Asian Studies

The Central Asian Studies program addresses the languages and cultures of Central Asia. Central Asia encompasses both Islamic and Buddhist regions and cultures in inner Asia.

Philosophisch-historische Fakultät
M.A. Business and Economics: Banking and Finance

The Banking and Finance program comprises the four areas of finance, financial economics, quantitative finance and financial services. Corporate finance covers corporate financial and investment management, including subjects such as optimal capital structure, corporate taxation, company and stock valuation methods and analysis of investment decisions.

M.A. International and European Security

The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) is based upon the internationally recognized training expertise of GCSP’s Leadership in International Security Course, a course on international security policy entering its 33rd year, and the long-standing academic expertise of the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva.

M.A. Anthropology of Transnationalism & the State

The Master program in Anthropology of Transnationalism and the State (ATS) addresses topics that have become increasingly important in view of the ongoing process of globalization and increasing international interdependencies and interconnections. ATS focuses on a group of related issues that are brought together to create a complex field of study: The state, migration, law and politics.

Philosophisch-historische Fakultät
M.A. Design (Masterstudio)

With the «Masterstudio Design», the FHNW Academy of Art and Design offers a Master's degree course in Design in which inquisitive individuals from a variety of design disciplines such as industrial design, fashion design, scenography, architecture, visual communication, the liberal arts as well as from related sciences, develop new perspectives for their professional careers.

M.A. Health Sciences

The Master in Health Sciences at the University of Lucerne offers students from a wide range of disciplines the necessary knowledge and skills towards a comprehensive understanding of health, functioning and disability.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
M.A. Politics: Comparative and Swiss Politics

Here, you can experience political research in the capital of Switzerland. This Master program is unique in Switzerland, with a focus on the comparative analysis of political and social developments in Switzerland. Along with an outstanding advisor system, the program also provides for a very inspiring atmosphere with internationally renowned and respected political scientists and Researchers.

Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
M.A. African Studies

The goal of the Master of Arts in African Studies is to convey to students deepened knowledge and skills in the interdisciplinary scientific engagement with Africa. Students acquire expertise and social and practical competence specifically related to the continent.

Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät
M.A. Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development

The current financial and economic crisis has prompted a heated debate on the need to rethink economic globalization in light of its social and environmental impact, and has given rise to a wide range of proposals to strengthen the regulatory framework within which international markets are (or should be) embedded. The external context therefore makes an interdisciplinary master's programme centred on the closely related themes of social regulation, standard-setting and sustainable development highly relevant.

M.A. Political Science

The Master's Degree Political Science major offers students a systematic examination of the topical questions and debated issues of political science and strengthens their analytical and methodological capacities.

M.A. English Language and Linguistics

The Master's Degree major in English Linguistics expands knowledge gained at the Bachelor's level.The Master's major course provides students with a deep and engrossing academic education, and with the skills to conduct independent scholarly work.

M.A. Business and Economics: Economics

Economics deals with the complex interactions between the markets and investigates ways to apply this knowledge to corporate life, policy and research. The Master of Arts in Economics and Business Administration is the right choice for students who have a strong interest in the field economics, possess academic curiosity and enjoy exact analysis.

M.A. Public Opinion and Survey Methodology

Public opinion polls and surveys on social, political and consumer behaviour have grown in importance in recent years. In parallel, methods of data collection as well as techniques and tools for analysis and interpretation of this data have been developed and become more complex.

M.A. International Business

The Master of Arts in International Business (MIB) equips you with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in the dynamic and global business environment of today and tomorrow. The program provides you with a solid foundation in international business, including its various functions such as marketing, finance, operations, human resources, and strategy.

Business Education
M.A. Anthropology and Sociology

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Development (ANSO) offers cutting edge research and teaching in both disciplines on contemporary actors, institutions, processes and dynamics of transnationalization and localization. Critical of totalising views of globalisation and development, ANSO bridges the conventional North-South divide, and the worlds of academia and policy.

Anthropology and Sociology of Development
M.A. Eastern European Studies

Students in the program learn about the specific political and social problems in East European societies, which are still in the midst of a transformation. Students acquire knowledge and skills in the following areas: Ethnic minority issues, the management of ethnic diversity, questions of political and social transformation, democratization processes and institutional transformation.

Philosophisch-historische Fakultät
M.A. European Global Studies

The MA program European Global Studies at the University of Basel is an interdisciplinary degree course focused on European studies from a global perspective. This academic and research-based program qualifies its graduates for a career in the private or public sector, in particular in national and international administrations, research, business and politics.

Europainstitut - Institute for European Global Studies
M.A. Medieval Studies

The Master's Degree major in Medieval Studies provides students with knowledge of the diverse academic methodologies pertaining to the development of the Middle Ages. The course empowers students to analyse the texts, resources, data and facts of the subject matter, to develop systematic application skills to analyse established historically foreign traditions, and to develop complex academic knowledge in its pertinent forms.

M.A. Theater

The degree programme is a specialised study curriculum aimed at people from a wide range of Theater disciplines and leads to a Master’s Degree in Theater - Expanded Theater in three semesters. During the programme artists from different performative disciplines learn and work together: actors, dancers, performers, puppetry performers and others.

M.A. English Literature

The Master's Degree major in English Literature expands knowledge gained at the Bachelor's level. The Master's major course provides students with a deep and engrossing academic education, and with the skills to conduct independent scholarly work.

M.A. Business and Law

The Master of Arts in Business and Law degree program is offered jointly by the Faculty of Law (RW) and the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (WISO). It is a mono program earning 90 ECTS credits. Consequently, no subsidiaries (minors) are permitted.

Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
M.A. Public Opinion and Survey Methodology

Public opinion polls and surveys on social, political and consumer behaviour have grown in importance in recent years. In parallel, methods of data collection as well as techniques and tools for analysis and interpretation of this data have been developed and become more complex.

M.A. Public Management & Policy

Studies in public administration and professional activity in this field both require knowledge in a wide variety of disciplines, such as, for example, Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Management and Sociology. This degree program offers interdisciplinary training with lectures and seminars and case studies focusing on methodology and subject area.

Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät
M.A. World Arts and Music

The Master’s programme in World Arts and Music offers insight into Western and non-Western traditions of music, art, and literature, studying them from perspectives such as globalisation, intercultural and transcultural studies, and cultural anthropology.

Philosophisch-historische Fakultät
M.A. Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes - CREOLE

CREOLE is the first Joint European Master Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bern. CREOLE is a research master designed for students wishing to specialise in topical areas of anthropology such as transnationalism, new identidies, material culture and visual culture.

Philosophisch-historische Fakultät
M.A. Chinese Studies

The Master's major degree program in Chinese Studies provides scientific training, specialist immersion and specialization, advanced Chinese language skills and the capacity for independent scientific work.

M.A. New American Studies

The Master of Arts allows students to acquire the knowledge and techniques required for a better grasp of contemporary realities, giving meaning to the intellectual wealth created by mankind over the centuries.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Business and Economics: Management and Economics

The Master of Arts (MA) in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Zurich offers students a comprehensive academic education in the field of economics. Completing the study program grants students access to exciting career opportunities as well as qualifying them to continue their studies at the doctoral level.

M.A. English Language and Literature

The Master's Degree major in English Language and Literature expands knowledge gained at the Bachelor's level. The Master's major course provides students with a deep and engrossing academic education, and with the skills to conduct independent scholarly work.

M.A. Information Management

The Master of Arts in Information Management gives candidates with a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems or related domains the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in the application of information and communication technologies in the economy and society.

Wirtschafts- und sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales
M.A. Japanology

The Master's Degree major in Japanology provides a specialised analysis of old and contemporary Japanese philology with a focus on religion and cultural and intellectual history or literature and linguistics.

M.A. Biology

The Master of Science in Biology offers a programme that permits students to select their area of specialization and acquire a diverse range of transferable skills. This Master begins with a core of courses that covers key topics in biology, with particular emphasis on methodological and quantitative aspects.

M.A. International Affairs

The complex challenges facing the global community demand knowledge and expertise transcending disciplinary boundaries. The Graduate Institute is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions devoted to the interdisciplinary study of international affairs. It houses departments of Anthropology/Sociology, Economics, History, Law, and Political Science specialised in international and development studies.

International Affairs
M.A. English Language and Literature

The Master of Arts in English Language and Literature is a second-cycle program that gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of one of the subjects they studied for their Bachelor’s degree.

M.A. English

The Master of Arts allows students to acquire the knowledge and techniques required for a better grasp of contemporary realities, giving meaning to the intellectual wealth created by mankind over the centuries.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Ancient Judaism

The aim of the program is to provide training for an academic examination of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, Roman and early Medieval periods.

Theologische Fakultät
M.A. Political, Legal, and Economic Philosophy

Citizens of modern societies are faced with a vast variety of questions concerning the relationship between politics, economics, morality and law. The Master program in Political, Legal, and Economic Philosophy (PLEP) of the philosophical department at the University of Bern aims to provide a context in which students from different countries can address these questions systematically.

Philosophisch-historische Fakultät
M.A. Specialised Translation

The Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI) is known for the quality of its programmes and its diplomas. We offer complete training in the fields of translation, conference interpreting, and multilingual information processing.

M.A. Computational Linguistics

This Master's Degree major in Computational Linguistics provides students with the skills to engage in independent academic work related to significant theories of the field, to identify practical and relevant problems in the area of the automatic processes and forms of linguistic information, to design solution concepts and to academically implement and present these solutions and results into the academic field through publications.

M.A. Public Management and Policy

The increasing complexity of the tasks performed by the State and its forms of intervention require a new understanding of public service in general and the modernisation of public administrations.

Social and Political Sciences
M.A. International Trading, Commodity Finance and Shipping

The Master in International Trading, Commodity Finance and Shipping offered by the University of Geneva, in cooperation with the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA), is one of a kind in Europe. The programme focuses on resource/product finance and goods flows, and examines specific economic concepts, such as credit analysis, financial instruments and payment methods for various transactions.

M.A. Gender Studies

The Master in Gender Studies proposes a gender-based reading of the social world and its power relations. Social interaction between the sexes is a central aspect of all societies and is therefore a vital research focus for the social and human sciences.

M.A. Translation and Technologies

The Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI) is known for the quality of its programmes and its diplomas. We offer complete training in the fields of translation, conference interpreting, and multilingual information processing.

M.A. World Literature

What is "World Literature"? Who decides on the answer to this question, which texts should be included? Which factors play a part? Does it make any sense to hold on to this rather vague concept? The World Literature degree program is about critically examining conventional definitions of "world literature" and redrawing the boundaries in view of the conditions prevailing in a globalized and media-driven world.

Philosophisch-historische Fakultät
M.A. Conference Interpreting

The Master in Conference Interpreting is designed to train future conference interpreters in simultaneous and consecutive interpreting. The programme also examines parliamentary procedures, conference terminology, international organisations and interpretation theory. The range of available languages allows students to choose combinations relevant to the job market.