Admissions Requirements

Applicants must fulfil the following requirements to apply to the Part-time MBA program at the University of St. Gallen.

1. Bachelor's Degree

You must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree (3 years) or a Diploma (4 years) with a minimum of 180 ECTS-Credits (European Credit Transfer System) equivalent from a recognized University or a University of Applied Science. Upon enrolment, the applicant must provide official transcripts and, if not in English or German, a certified translation. The degree will be officially verified.

2. Three Years of Work Experience

You must have a minimum of 3 years of full-time post-Bachelor degree work experience by the start of the intake you are applying for.

Part-time work experience may be considered if the sum is equivalent to three years of full-time work. Evidence thereof must be provided by the applicant.

Military service can be recognized as work experience depending on the position. Projects under a PhD can be considered depending on the topic and content of the project.

3. GMAT, GRE or Executive Assessment

You must submit a GMAT/GRE/EA score no older than five years. Should more than one GMAT/GRE/EA score result be held, the best score within the last five years will be recognised.

Please indicate the University of St.Gallen MBA as an automatic recipient of your official score report.

  • The University of St.Gallen MBA GMAT and EA institution code is 5RK-QG-13
  • The University of St.Gallen MBA GRE institution code is 0413

Test waivers:

  • CPA or CFA level 2
  • PhD holders
  • Other qualifications and experience considered on a case-by-case basis
4. Fluency in English

An English language test is required. To prove fluency in English, certificates equivalent to at least a C1 level on the European Framework for Foreign Languages (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, CPE, BEC Higher) are recognized. Please indicate the University of St.Gallen MBA programme as an automatic recipient of your official English test report. The University of St.Gallen MBA TOEFL Institution Code is 0198.

Test waiver:

Applicants holding at least a Bachelor’s degree taught entirely in English may be exempted from taking an English test. Applicants who can evidence regular use of English in a professional setting may also qualify for an waiver.

5. Two References

The contact details of two references are required during the online application process. The references should be able to assess various facets of your personality, your business achievements, and your leadership capabilities.

  • 1st referee: Current direct supervisor preferred
  • 2nd referee: Someone who has shared extensive experience in the applicant’s professional career or extracurricular activities.

By providing the contact details of the references, the applicant agrees that the admissions team can contact the references in case of any questions concerning the applicant's suitability for the University of St.Gallen MBA program.


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