Admission to the Master's programme in Law and Economics (MLE)

Programme organised by the Law School, taught in German, no selection process.


A list of the recognised, accredited Swiss universities can be found at swissuniversities.

You do not need to submit proof of language proficiency when you apply. It is your responsibility to ensure that your command of the language of instruction is sufficient to allow you to complete your studies successfully. Recommended level at the start of the study is at least C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Programme-specific additional requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in Law from a Swiss University generally only have to take economics-related credits and provide proof of linguistic and accounting knowledge as programme-specific additional requirements.

In the first year of your Master's degree course you must take 30 academic credits in addition to your Master's degree credits. It is possible to transfer equivalent credits that have already been taken.

6 - 12 ECTS Credits: Law & Economics Methods I & II
8 - 20 ECTS Credits: Economic subjects from among the compulsory subjects of the majors BWL and VWL
0 - 8 ECTS Credits: Integration work from the major BLE

All students must take two language courses (foreign languages) in addition to their Master’s degree course to successfully complete their Master's degree programme. Crediting of internationally recognised language certificates is possible during your Master's studies. Please find a list of recognised language certificates in the Directives, Annex I on the last pages of the document.

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.


The degree programme can start either in the spring or the autumn semester. The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250.

Autumn semester application period: 1 February - 30 April
Spring semester application period: 1 September – 30 November

To the Online-Application

Please have the following information and documents ready to upload:

  • Digital passport photo
  • Signed Enrolment Agreement
  • Passport or ID card and, if applicable, a Swiss (permanent) residence permit
  • Curriculum vitae – style template
  • Higher education entrance qualification (Swiss maturity certificate or foreign upper secondary school leaving certificate)
  • Degree documents (degree certificate, final academic transcript, diploma supplement), 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.

Only one file can be uploaded per bullet point. You can use online tools such as 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 national insurance number, please order a duplicate of your insurance certificate from the Swiss Central Compensation Office in good time.

What happens after you have applied online?

The Admissions and Crediting Office checks your personal data and your electronically submitted documents. You will hear from us no later than six weeks following your completion of the online application.

Please log into your user account regularly to check the status of your application. If we need further information or documents, we will inform you directly via your account’s status overview page. Additionally, you will be requested by email to log into your user account.

You will receive the Letter of Admission or the Letter of Rejection in your electronic mailbox (Compass Mailbox). Please find the link to your Mailbox in the Online-Application user account at the top right of your status overview page. You can access your Mailbox using your SWITCH edu-ID log-in data.

Your admission is conditional until you submit all the necessary documents. You may post a certified copy of your degree certificate and a confirmation of exmatriculation to us by no later than the start of the programme (calendar week 38, calendar week 8). Do not post any original documents to us!

If you do not have your degree certificate by the time the degree programme starts, you have to submit confirmation by the end of calendar week 38 /calendar week 8 that you graduated from your university. The confirmation of graduation must clearly show that you have all of the course work required for graduation. The confirmation must also indicate when your university is going to issue your final degree certificate. Please note that you must also submit confirmation that you are no longer registered as a student there.

As soon as you have presented all the necessary documents, your admission is unconditional. We will send you a confirmation email.

Please find detailed information on the next steps before the start of your studies, accommodation, insurance and visa under the following link

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Admissions and Crediting Office
University of St.Gallen
Dufourstrasse 50
CH-9000 St. Gallen

+41 71 224 39 31
Tue.-Thu. 10:00 am - 11:30 am

At the office (05-003)
Tue.-Thu. 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
by appointment only