Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #60 (ARWU) ,
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.


The notion of sustainable development was introduced in 1987 by the Bruntland Commission, which defined it as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

Originally conceived purely with reference to the environment, the scope of the idea of sustainable development has widened progressively. Today, international organizations such as the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO)use the expression 'socially and environmentally sustainable development’ to refer to a broad range of activities that simultaneously affect a number of spheres. In both academic and policy circles there is now broad agreement that promoting sustainable development requires a systemic perspective on the long-term consequences of today's policies for tomorrow's environment, economy and society.The following are some landmarks in the development of the new regulatory architecture:- The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) was launched in 1997 by UNEP in collaboration with NGOs to promote and standardize ‘sustainability reporting’, in which organizations communicate their economic, environmental and social performance to the public.- The Global Compact was launched by Kofi Annan in 1999 in Davos to encourage multinational companies respect basic human and labour rights, as well as environmental standards.- ISO produced, inter alia, two well-known families of standards: ISO 9000, which deals with quality management (firm-client relationships, performance, client satisfaction, applicable regulatory norms, etc.), and ISO 14000, which deals with environmental management with a view to improving environmental performance- Beginning in 2005, the ISO launched a process aiming to produce international guidelines on the social responsibility of organizations. The process led to the issuing of ISO 26000 on social responsibility. ISO 26000 is intended to assist organizations in contributing to sustainable development.


ACBSP and IACBE are both accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).EU Business School (EU) has been certified by EduQua, the first Swiss quality label geared toward adult further education. EU is one of the schools, institutions and academies in Switzerland to be certified by EduQua.
IQA International Quality Accreditation (IQA) was specifically designed to address the needs of business schools and other management development institutions operating in the dynamically changing environments of Central and Eastern Europe. Since then, IQA has evolved to encompass a wider market and to address the unique conditions and needs of local and national environments and emerging economies. All four campuses have this accreditation.
EU Business School has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) located at 11520 West 119th Street in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the ACBSP:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in:
  1. Communication & Public Relations
  2. Leisure & Tourism Management
  3. International Relations
  4. Sports Management
  • Bachelor of Science in:
  • Business Finance
  • Digital Media Management
  • Executive Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration in:
  • International Business
  • Communication & Public Relations
  • International Marketing
  • Global Banking & Finance
  • Leisure & Tourism Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • E-Business
  • Sports Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Design Management
  • Reputation Management
  • Online Master of Business Administration

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Quantitative Methods Basic course in multivariate methods for social scientists
  • Introductory course on development, both economic and social aspects
  • The Economics of Globalization
  • Environmental Economics
  • Comparative Sociology of Labor Markets
  • Voluntary, Consensus-Based Standards
  • Governance of Global Supply Chains
  • Labour Market Policy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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.
  • TOEFL (code number 3607)/ IELTS or equivalent test is required since compulsory classes are taught in English. The latter requirement is waived for graduates of Anglophone universities or programmes. Students with no prior knowledge of French are eligible to apply. Work experience is recommended but not mandatory.
  • Applications are reviewed in their entirety and preliminary decisions are released via email in late May, early June each year. Final decisions are not released until all application components are received.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    920 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 460 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    920 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 460 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • 500 CHF / semester

Living costs for Genève

  • 1350 - 2000 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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