Application and admission

The annual intake is limited to 30 students. The programme starts in the autumn semester of 2024 and interested applicants must apply by 30 April. To be admitted to the MSc Sustainability Transformations program, you need

  1. to register with the University of Bern, and you need
  2. to submit an application dossier.

Please note

The online assessment must be completed prior to registration (the report of this assessment is part of the application dossier). Persons who score less than 40%-points in the online assessment are advised not to apply for the study program.

The online assessment serves as an orientation for the fulfilment of the admission requirements. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from a Swiss university or a recognized foreign university with 60 ECTS in Sustainable Development or equivalent academic achievements may be admitted to the study programme.

The online assessment is a 35-minute test with multiple and single choice questions. Get your access code for the online assessment and find all further information about the online assessment on the platform after you have logged in.

Get your access code for the online assessment.

Once you have completed the online assessment, your application dossier has to be submitted to the Admissions office and will be handed to the study directorate of the Sustainability Transformations program for evaluation. Missing documents will be requested by the Admission office which leads to delay of the application process.

Please visit the faculty website for specific admission procedures for students with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Bern, from a Swiss or from an international University, respectively.

Important information for students who are already enrolled at the University of Bern

If you would like to apply for admission to the Master Mono in Sustainability Transformations, please e-mail your application dossier (as one PDF document) to the Sustainability Transformations study administration ( before 30 April. There is no need to send the documents to the Admissions Office (ZIB). Your application dossier must consist of the following documents:

  • Transcripts of your previous studies
  • CV (in English), containing details of your education
  • Motivation letter in English (max. 1 page)
  • Report of your online assessement 

Upon successful review of your dossier, you might be invited to an online interview. Interviews are expected to take place between the end of May and mid-June. Admission decisions will be communicated to applicants after mid-June.
You can apply to transfer from a Bachelor’s to a Master’s degree programme, or to transfer from a Master’s degree programme, from 20 May to 31 August via Selfservice. For more information on renewal of semester registration, please click here.

Application schedule

Please note that for this programme no spring intake is possible.



Fall intake

Application deadlines for new students 30 April
Online assessment open 15 February – 30 April
Personal interview 1-3 months after application deadline
Deadline for late applications* 31 August
Beginning of semester Mid-September**

*An application received late costs an additional fee of CHF 100; late applications from candidates who require a visa to enter Switzerland are excluded and will be transferred to a later semester.

**Please note that students are expected to arrive in Switzerland by the beginning of September (due to mandatory kick-off event before semester start)


For all questions and advice regarding admission, please contact the study administration of the Master Sustainability Transformations program:

Samira Wittenwiler,