Faculty of Humanities


An assessment is necessary if you:

  • want to register for a non-consecutive Master program (Mono, Major, and/or Minor) at our Faculty
  • graduated from a Swiss University and want to register for one of our Master programs (more information)
  • graduated from a foreign University and want to register for one of our Master programs (more information)
  • started your studies at another University and want to continue it at Bern University (see also crediting achievements)
  • want to change your field of study

Please contact the Admissions Office (ZIB) if you want to register for our study programs or if you want to change your field of study and read the websites carefully.

If you meet all admission regulations for the targeted academic year, the Admissions Office will forward your application to us or ask you to contact us directly.

The Dean's office checks your documents and forwards them to the study program supervisors. They assess your documents and decide whether you are free to enter the study program directly, if you have to take extra credits, or if former study achievements can be credited. The Collegium Decanale discusses and approves the program supervisor's assessments.

You will get the final decision via snail mail, this whole process can take up to four to eight weeks.

If the Admissions Office asks you to contact our Faculty for an assessment, please write an e-mail to the study office (Nadine Ruch) and add the following information:

  • enrollment confirmation (the e-mail from the Admissions office will do)
  • residential address and other contact data
  • enrollment number
  • information about your BA (combination of your fields of study) and about your targeted field of study combination at MA level

When assessing students for admission to a master's degree program, the university may demand additional admission requirements up to 60 ECTS. Some requirements must be completed before you can take up Master classes, some can be completed during your MA studies. We strictly advise you to complete the latter during the first two semesters of you Master studies.

If the both Major and Minor programs demand additional admission requirements of more than 60 ECTS, you cannot take up Master studies in the targeted combination.

Admission requirements are recorded in a special section of the study profile sheet at KSL. The section of additional attainments is created by the Dean's Office and can be seen in your study profile. If you do not meet the additional requirements, you have to quit your Master studies. The additional requirements cannot be compensated by other courses.

Degrees from Universities of applied sciences do not allow to directly take up a Master program. The University of Bern can admit students into a Master program with additional requirements (Extrait des conditions admission).