Admission to the Master's programme in Management, Organization Studies and Cultural Theory (MOK)

Programme organised by the School of Management and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, taught in German, selection process for all applicants.


You may apply for enrolment in this Master's programme if you hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree in economics, law, cultural or social sciences, and in humanities with a minimum average grade (not rounded) of 5.00 (Germany/Austria 2.00, Netherlands 7.50) from a recognised university (not university of applied sciences) or complete one before your chosen programme starts. If you have not completed your degree at time of application, the submitted current transcript must already meet the required minimum grade point average. For more information about how we calculate grades, please consult our grade conversion table.

Your degree programme will be recognised if, among other things, 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 at least 80% of your 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.

Detailed information on the recognition of universities, university degrees and country-specific provisions

If you have any questions on recognised degrees or degrees in similar subjects, please do not hesitate to contact the staff at the Admissions and Crediting Office who will be happy to help you.

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).

Selection process

If the formal admission regulations are fulfilled and all documents have been submitted, we forward your application to the MOK Admission Committee for the selection process. In this selection process, the MOK Admission Committee will assess your essay on a given topic and your letter of motivation.

Programme-specific additional requirements

Depending on your previous university degree, additional academic credits may be requested upon admission.

In the first year of your Master's degree programme you will need to take the following academic credits in addition to your regular Master's degree credits. It is possible to transfer equivalent credits that have already been achieved. The amount of academic credits, therefore, depends on your previous degree.

List of subjects (46 ECTS Credits):
4 ECTS Credits Strategic Management
4 ECTS Credits Marketing
4 ECTS Innovation Management
6 ECTS Credits Fundamentals of Financial Management (MOK)
6 ECTS Credits Economics and Economic Policy: an introduction (MOK)
4 ECTS Credits Introduction to Private Law (MOK)
18 ECTS Credits Cultural and Social Sciences

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 starts in the autumn semester. Please apply online. The application fee is CHF 250.

Application period: 1 October - 30 April

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 in German – style template
  • Letter of motivation in German – style template
  • Essay on a given topic - essay guidelines
  • Higher education entrance qualification (Swiss maturity certificate, 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. 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 regarding "documents to be submitted" and "translations" in the Directive on the Implementing provisions of the admission regulations.

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 insurance number, please order a duplicate of your insurance certificate from the Swiss Central Compensation Office in good time.

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, MiMM, MGM, MACFin, MEcon.

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?

The Admissions and Crediting Office checks your personal data and your electronically submitted documents. If your application is complete and fulfils the formal admission requirements, it is forwarded to the Admissions Committee.

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.

The MOK Admission Committee evaluates your application on the basis of the predefined criteria.

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 certified copies of the following degree documents: 

  • Final academic transcript and diploma supplement (if issued by the degree awarding institution)
  • Degree certificate 
    If the degree certificate has not yet been issued by the time of submitting the academic transcript, the graduation and the degree level have to be apparent unambiguously on the final academic transcript (i.e. degree awarded, graduated, degree granted).

Send a certified copy of your degree certificate and final academic transcript by postal mail to the Admissions- and Crediting Office of the University of St.Gallen by no later than the start of your study programme (calendar week 38). Should you not be able to submit the certified copies of your degree documents in time, you will not be able to start your studies.

Do not send any original documents in the post! A copy is considered to be officially certified if the content of the copy is identical to the original documents and if the home university or an official body confirms this with stamp and signature. Authenticated copies of the documents pass into the possession of the University of St.Gallen. They will not be returned.

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 note our guidelines regarding “documents to be submitted” in the Directive on the Implementing provisions of the admission regulations

As soon as you have submitted 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
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CH-9000 St. Gallen

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