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The Master in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development is interdisciplinary and welcomes applicants from all fields of studies.

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If you have an undergraduate diploma from a University outside of Switzerland, the University's admissions office will revise all documents once you apply online and it may request further documents from you, if needed.

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Candidates must submit all necessary documents for the determination of their eligibility, as set out in the instructions for the assembly of an enrolment file provided in an appendix to the enrollment application form. Under no circumstances should candidates submit original degree certificates. Incomplete files will not be considered and the University will not enter into correspondence with applicants.

In order to speed up the evaluation of the applications, after having completed the on-line application (available from January on) and having sent the documents to the admissions office, please send an email with a scanned version of all documents required in the application form to the Master coordinator (sinisa.hadziabdic@unige.ch). This will allow the scientific committee of the Master to examine the applications before having received the documents from the admissions office (which is a process that takes time).


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The test is not compulsory, but international students are encouraged to take part in one of the two tests. Either of the two tests is accepted and you do not need to take both.

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Yes, the codes are the following: GRE (DI Code 0850) or GMAT (Master's code 651-QT-70).

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In August 2011, the GRE General Test was revised. The revised test reflects more closely the kind of thinking required in graduate schools. The test is composed of three parts:

• Verbal Reasoning — Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

• Quantitative Reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

• Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

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The GMAT exam measures verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills developed during education and work. It does NOT measure job skills, specific knowledge acquired in undergraduate studies, abilities in specific subject areas, or subjective qualities, such as motivation, creativity and interpersonal skills.

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There is no minimum score required. A percentile above 50 is considered competitive. Each GRE/GMAT test score is reported with a corresponding percentile rank. A percentile rank for a score indicates the percentage of examinees who took that test and received a lower score. Regardless of when the reported scores were earned, the percentile ranks for these tests are based on the scores of all examinees who tested within a recent time period.

Please note that the GRE/GMAT score is not the only aspect the scientific committee of the Master examines when evaluating the applications. A very good GRE/GMAT score is usually a sufficient, but not necessary condition to be admitted. If a candidate has a low GRE/GMAT score or does not submit test results, the scientific committee puts aide the score and considers the overall profile of the candidate (undergraduate grades, letter of motivation, CV, professional experience,…) and, if there are enough convincing elements, the candidate can still be admitted.

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Please note the application process will be open from 2 January until 28 February. It is a short time interval. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to apply as early as possible.

Please note you may submit the online application beforehand and afterwards complete the examination documents (English test and GRE/GMAT). The deadline for submitting your test scores is 30 April.

For students with bachelor/undergraduate diploma from a Swiss University, the deadline is 30 April. However, even for these candidates applying early is highly recommended. Please keep in mind the system may get very slow close to the end of deadline due to the amount of applications from all Master programs and undergraduate students. Therefore, the earlier the better!

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You can take part in one these two tests until the end of April. This deadline is independent of the application deadline. If you are an international student, you may submit your test results after having applied by the end of February. Likewise, candidates from Swiss Universities may submit their application first and take part in the tests afterwards.

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Today, various international organizations such as the World Bank, the OECD and the ILO use the expression of 'socially and environmentally sustainable' development to designate a broad range of activities affecting simultaneously a number of spheres. It is now widely agreed in academic and policy circles that promoting sustainable development requires a systemic perspective on the long-term consequences of today's policies for tomorrow's environment, society and economy. An important step in the evolution of the sustainability concept has been the realization that a sustainable development process demands the involvement of all actors who are likely to be affected by some regulatory norms. Clear examples of these trends can be found in the fields of environmental and labour standards, which have seen the emergence and diffusion of multi-level and multi-layered private-public partnerships composed of international organizations, multinational enterprises, administrative branches of the national state, NGOs and various other types of civil society organizations.

The knowledge and skills provided in the Master in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development, along with your personal interest will lead you in any of these sectors mentioned above. Please also note this master offers the opportunity to undertake an internship in an area related to your interests and capacities. This will be most likely a good milestone in your career.

Additionally, through the realization of an academic thesis, the Master is also suited for those students willing to accomplish a PhD.

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The University of Geneva does not directly grant specific scholarships for this Master program. Most scholarships available in Switzerland are provided directly by the Federal Administration. The Swiss Government awards a range of scholarships to foreign students through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS): university scholarships (Swiss Universities and Federal Institutes of Technology), arts scholarships (schools of music and fine arts) and scholarships for universities of applied sciences (UAS). These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies or research in Switzerland at a public funded university or recognized institution.