Master's Degree Programs

At the University of Zurich, completing a Master’s degree program takes at least 4 semesters, consisting of 90 ECTS points for major and 30 ECTS points for minor studies.

Classes and examinations are generally held in German.

The Institute of Education offers four degree programs at Master Level:

Master of Arts in Educational Science

Structure

The Master of Arts in Educational Science offers two program formats:

The Master program covers the fields of:

  • Education and Working Environment
  • Education, Culture, and Politics
  • Inclusive Education
  • School, Instruction, and Didactics
  • Social Pedagogy and Socialization

Description

Educational Studies examines questions and problems related to upbringing, education, learning, assistance, and socialization. The Master’s degree in Educational Studies builds on the Bachelor’s degree program of the same name.

Those completing the major in Educational Studies are familiar with the relevant terminology, theories, and research approaches and traditions of the discipline. They are able to analyze, reflect on, and interpret theoretical and empirical findings, and have the ability to design, perform, and assess their own independent project and research work.

Those completing the minor in Educational Studies are familiar with the relevant terminology, theories, and research approaches and traditions of educational studies, and have an in-depth knowledge of selected topics within the discipline. They are able to analyze, reflect on, and interpret theoretical and empirical findings within these thematic areas.

The Master’s degree program confers the degree ‘Master of Arts in Educational Science’ (MA).

Professional fields

Those completing the major are equipped for demanding academic roles in educational teaching and research, and for leadership and management positions in the education and social sector, and in educational and social policy. Candidates can specialize in a concentration of their choice.

The minor provides additional qualifications for a wide range of roles, primarily in the public and private research, education, and social sector.

The Master of Arts in Educational Sience degree is a prerequisite for pursuing a doctoral degree program.

Further information

Information on admission to the Master program, the course of study, and completion of the program is available on our website in German.

Master of Arts in Educational Science and Psychology

Structure

The Master of Arts in Educational Science and Psychology offers one program format:

Description

The study program in Educational Science and Psychology builds on the Bachelor’s study program in the same subject. Those completing the program are familiar with the relevant terminology, theories, and research approaches and traditions of educational studies and the fundamentals of health, advertising, and consumer psychology. Beyond this they have explored in more depth their own chosen topics in the fields of education and psychology. They have the ability to design, perform, and assess their own independent project and research work.

The Master’s degree program confers the degree ‘Master of Arts in Educational Science and Psychology (MA).

Professional fields

The program opens up diverse professional opportunities, primarily in the public or private education and social sector. In particular, it qualifies candidates for direct admission to study for the Teaching Diploma for Upper Secondary Education, and to teach Educational Science and Psychology at upper secondary and specialist upper secondary schools.

The Master of Arts in Educational Science and Psychology degree is a prerequisite for pursuing a doctoral degree program.

Further information

Information on admission to the Master program, the course of study, and completion of the program is available on our website in German.

Master of Arts in Vocational Education and Training and Economic Education

Structure

The Master of Arts in Vocational Education and Training and Economic Education offers one program format:

Description

The minor in Vocational Education and Training and Economic Education is concerned on the one hand with specific questions related to vocational training, continuing education, and socialization, and on the other with general questions of upbringing, education, and socialization. Those completing the program have a basic knowledge of the terminology, theories, and research approaches of educational science, and specific knowledge of selected theories, concepts, and findings in adult and continuing education, educational policy, professional and specialist development, vocational training and education systems, the training and education market, lifelong learning, and workplace digitalization.

This Master’s degree program confers the degree ‘Master of Arts in Vocational Education and Training and Economic Education’ (MA).

Professional fields

The minor provides additional qualifications for a wide range of roles in the public and private education and social sector, and particularly in vocational training and education.

Further information

Information on admission to the Master program, the course of study, and completion of the program is available on our website in German.

Master of Arts in Education in the Life Course

Structure

The Master of Arts in Education in the Life Course offers one program format:

Description

The minor in Education in the Life Course looks into questions and problems related to upbringing, education, learning, assistance, and socialization, and analyzes corresponding processes and professional practices under both general and special conditions. Those completing the program have a basic knowledge of the terminology, theories, and research approaches of educational science, and specific knowledge of selected theories, concepts, and findings related to educational transitions and selection processes, biographical and development research, including education, democracy, and upbringing, and various contexts and stakeholders in education.

This Master’s degree program confers the degree ‘Master of Arts in Education in the Life Course’ (MA).

Professional fields

The minor provides additional qualifications for a wide range of roles, primarily in the public and private education and social sector. 

Further information

Information on admission to the Master program, the course of study, and completion of the program is available on our website in German.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Master guidance service.