Selection Process

In February (study start in September of the year in question), the Steering Committee reviews the applications. In early March each applicant will be informed about the outcome of her/his application via email. There are three possible outcomes:
 

Timeline 1. Directly Accepted 2. Interview Required 3. Not Accepted
Phase 1      
Early March Based on an exceptional dossier the candidate is accepted to join the program without any further examinations and interviews. For candidates who were neither directly accepted nor directly rejected, an interview will be required. He/she is asked to prove his/her prerequisite knowledge in finance and mathematics. Follow this link to see the required background material. No further information will be given about the reasons leading to the final decision. There is however a right to appeal against the decision.
During March   The interview process takes place in Zurich. Skype interviews might be accepted for overseas candidates. The candidates will be informed about the outcome via email at the end of March.  
Phase 2    
April Accepted applicants will receive details from the Admission Office of the University of Zurich regarding the official enrollment and about the existing deadlines to secure their place of study. Authorized copies of the documents (diploma, grades, certificate of knowledge of the English language) need to be submitted.  

I was not admitted, why?

Many applicants, most of whom are well qualified, would like to get an explanation why they were not admitted.

With the ultimate aim of welcoming excellent candidates, the selection procedure is carefully designed to offer a fair and balanced judgement of each candidate. The selection is based on initially independent opinions of the Members of the Steering Committee, followed by opinions of Alumni of the program and a final meeting where all intermediate feedbacks are aggregated and the decision is taken.

Our policy is not to get back and review applications again. We do not justify the denial nor will we offer advice on improving a future application. In many cases the only answer is that we only offer admission to the best qualified applicants given the desired size of our program. We intentionally keep the program small and selective.

You however have the right to appeal against the Steering Committee's decision.