Admission to the Master's programme in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) Programme organised by the School of Economics and Political Science, taught in English, selection process for all applicants. Requirements Recognised university degree with at least 180 ECTS credit points If you have one of the following degrees from a recognised university or complete one before your chosen degree programme starts, then you can apply for this Master's programme: University Bachelor's degree in Economics, Social Sciences or Law with at least 30 ECTS credit points in Economics, Social Sciences, Law, Political Sciences, Public Administration or International Affairs. Consecutive University Master's degree in another discipline Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes must have been completed in the same discipline (consecutively) and amount to at least 270 ECTS credit points together. Your degree will be recognised if the following criteria are fulfilled: Your degree was awarded by a university, which is recognised in the country where you attended the course. You have completed all course work at a recognised or accredited university. You have completed at least half of the course work onsite at the university awarding the degree. You fulfil the minimum requirements for admission to the Master's degree programme at your home university. More information on the recognition of universities, university degrees as well as country-specific provisions can be found in the "Recognised external Bachelor's and Master's degrees" fact sheet. Evidence of linguistic proficiency When you apply, you must prove that your proficiency in the English language, used as the language of instruction, is at level C1 (CEFR). The University of St. Gallen accepts the following as proof: English as native tongue (= language of instruction at primary and secondary school) recognised Bachelor's degree programme completed in English evidence of linguistic proficiency in English at level C1 (CEFR) gained during the Bachelor's studies at the University of St. Gallen recognised language diploma at level C1 (CEFR), such as the IELTS Academic Score 7.0 (valid for two years), Cambridge Advanced Certificate (valid for five years) TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) with at least 100 points (valid for two years). You need to state the University of St. Gallen's institution code when taking the test: 7202 Selection process If the formal admission regulations are fulfilled and all documents have been submitted, we forward your application to the "MIA Admission Committee" for the selection process. A detailed description of the assessment process can be found in the MIA admission rules and regulations. Your GMAT or GRE score When evaluating GMAT scores the total score is taken into consideration, while for the assessment of the GRE score the Quantitative Reasoning section is decisive. If you have taken the test several times, the test with the best results will be considered. Test results must not be older than five years and must be provided to us directly by GMAC or ETS before the closing date for applications. It is important to state the Institution Code of the University of St.Gallen. Should you have failed to do so, then instruct GMAC or ETS to provide us with your test results in a timely manner. (Institution Code GMAT 5RK-QG-07, GRE 7202). The average grade of your Bachelor's Degree The average grade recorded on your degree certificate is decisive. If you do not have your final degree at the time of application, you must apply with a current transcript. All credits specified in the current transcript will be considered. Work experience, extracurricular activities, intercultural mobility and the letter of motivation Commitments and activities outside of your degree course, such as work experience, challenging internships or exchange semesters are only considered if you furnish proof thereof. List all of these activities on your curriculum vitae and furnish proof thereof. The curriculum vitae must be written in English. In the letter of motivation, describe in English in no more than three pages why you would like to pursue the MIA programme, where and how you carried out any extracurricular activities, what international experience you already have and what kind of work experience you already have. A high level of fluency in English is required. Writing sample Submit your completed bachelor's thesis (a final piece of written work for your Bachelor's degree) as a writing sample. If this is not possible, then submit an essay in English on a specific topic. This essay must be between 4,000 and 5,000 words long and be signed with our "Declaration of Authorship". Please find further information in the writing sample fact sheet. Programme-specific additional requirements Upon admission, some additional programme-specific requirements may be requested. You must complete the MIA Fundamentals Week before the Master's degree course starts. MIA Fundamentals Week The compulsory MIA Fundamentals Week takes place once a year at the beginning of September (calendar week 36) and is designed to get you ready for your Master's degree programme. You can start your Master's degree once you have successfully completed the Fundamentals Week. An application for the MIA Fundamentals Week is possible only after receiving the admission letter for the MIA programme. Inter-disciplinary core electives Depending on your previous university degree, the following inter-disciplinary core electives at a Master's level may be required: Legal Fundamentals of International Relations (6 ECTS credit points) Economic Fundamentals of International Relations (6 ECTS credit points) Political Science Fundamentals of International Relations (6 ECTS credit points) Evidence of proficiency in a foreign language All students must provide evidence of linguistic proficiency in one foreign language (in addition to the programme language English) to successfully complete their Master's degree programme. Students without any knowledge of German need to furnish this proof for German: at least level A1 (CEFR). You can either pass a language exam at the University of St.Gallen or submit a recognised external language certificate. For more information on language requirements, refer to the "Language requirements" fact sheet. Evidence of sufficient accounting knowledge All students must provide evidence of sufficient accounting knowledge to successfully complete their Master's degree programme. If you have already acquired sufficient knowledge of accounting during your studies, the evidence can be credited during the admission process. If this evidence is missing at the time of admission, the accountancy examination has to be taken at the University of St.Gallen. Application The degree programme starts in the autumn semester. The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250. Applicants with HSG degree use the Pdf-form to apply (see downloads section). Application period: 1 October - 30 April To the online-application Checklist: Documents to be submitted electronically Please have the following information and documents ready to upload: Digital passport photo Signed "General Provisions of the University of St. Gallen" Passport or ID card and, if applicable, a Swiss (permanent) residence permit Curriculum vitae in English - style template Evidence of linguistic proficiency in English Letter of motivation in English - style template GMAT or GRE test (official or unofficial score report) Writing Sample Higher education entrance qualification (Swiss Matura, foreign secondary school leaving certificate) Degree documents, if available. Otherwise current official transcripts from each university attended (including exchange programmes and transcripts from unfinished degree programmes). The current transcript must show at least 120 ECTS credit points for courses taken so that we can process your application. In the case of double degree programmes or "joint degrees", transcripts from each attended university including explanatory notes on the course programme must be submitted. If any of the documents are not issued in German, French, Italian or English, you must also submit a certified translation of the document in German or English. Please observe our guidelines "Certified documents and translations". Only one file can be uploaded per bullet point. You can use online tools such as online2pdf.com to create PDF files or to combine several pages into one PDF file. Make sure the files you send to us are legible so that we can process your application without delay. Swiss citizens need their Swiss social insurance number (AHV number) for the application. If you do not know your insurance number, please order a duplicate of your insurance certificate from the Swiss Central Compensation Office in good time. Alternative master's degree programme If you apply online before 31 March you have the option to specify an alternative programme in your application. You may choose one of the following programmes: MBI, MSC, MUG, MAccFin, MEcon, MIL. Only if in the selection process your application is rejected, will your application be checked again. If all formal admission requirements are fulfilled for the chosen alternative programme, the admission process starts for this alternative programme. Read up about language of instruction, admission requirements, and the admission process of the chosen alternative programme before you apply. What happens after you have applied online? We process your application The team at the Admissions and Crediting Office checks your data and your electronically submitted documents. Applications which fulfil the formal admission regulations are forwarded to the MIA Admission Committee. You can view the status of your application at any time in your user account. Your application documents are assessed by the MIA Admission Committee A detailed description of the selection process can be found in the MIA admission rules and regulations. The Committee evaluates each application consecutively. We notify you of our admission decision If the Admission Committee makes a positive decision, we email you the link to your electronic postbox. In your postbox you will find the Letter of Admission along with information on documents that you still need to submit. You also receive more information on your programme-specific additional requirements. Make sure you can receive our emails by adding the address firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe sender list in your email settings. You receive the semester fee invoice and joining information for the course Mid-July we will upload the semester fee invoice to your Compass postbox. At the beginning of August we will send you more information on course selection (Bidding), the compulsory introductory Kick-off Days, as well as the HSG Student Guide and Arrival Guide. Submit your degree documents in person into the Admissions Office Your admission is conditional until you submit all the necessary documents. If you have to submit original copies of your documents as per the letter of admission, please submit them to the Admissions Office in person no later than the start of the degree programme (calendar week 38). Certified documents can be posted to us in due time. Please do not send any original copies in the post! As soon as you have presented all the necessary documents, your admission is unconditional. We will send you a confirmation email. Should you not be able to submit the necessary degree documents before the degree programme starts (calendar week 38), we will not be able to admit you.