An assessment is necessary if you have started your studies at another university and would like to continue at the University of Bern or if you want to register for a non-consecutive master's program. You can only start a master's degree program if you already have a bachelor's degree from a university.
It is a good idea to contact the student advice service for the relevant subject in advance. They will undertake an informal appraisal of your attainments and provide advice about admission to a master's degree program.
You register for studies with the central Admissions Office (ZIB) or inform them if you want to change your subjects. The Admissions Office checks your documents and forwards them to the Dean's Office or asks you to contact us directly for an assessment. The Dean's Office checks the documents and sends them to the study coordinators of the major and minor subject. The study coordinators check whether your previous education is sufficient for a direct admission to a master's degree program, whether any additional attainments are required, or whether we can accept existing attainments (e.g. in the event of a change of subject, resuming studies or changing university).
The recommendations by the study coordinators are discussed at a meeting of the Collegium Decanale. The decision is sent in written form to either the Admissions Office or to you directly. This process may take four to eight weeks.
When assessing someone for admission to a master's degree program, the university may demand additional attainments in the form of admission requirements which must be completed prior to a program of study or admission requirements which can be completed during a program of study worth a maximum of 60 ECTS.
Admission requirements which must be completed prior to a program of study are requirements that need to be met before you can study a master's course.
Admission requirements which can be completed during a program of study are requirements that need to be met at the latest by the time you complete your master's.
In both cases, students are assessed in order to enroll for a master's degree program. Admission requirements which must be completed prior to a program of study and admission requirements which can be completed during a program of study are recorded in a special section of the study profile sheet. The section of additional attainments is created by the Dean's Office and can be seen in your study profile.
A degree from a Swiss university of applied sciences does not entitle to a direct admission into a Master's Degree program at the University of Bern. The University of Bern can admit students into a Master's Degree program with additional requirements (Extrait des conditions d'admission).