Frequently asked questions

1. Are the ECTS credits obtained through courses followed during exchange programs abroad eligible?

The Admission Commission will analyze case by case the eligibility of ECTS credits obtained abroad.

2.  Is the GMAT/GRE test required for application? 

In conformity with EPFL requirements, such diplomas are well received, but not compulsory.

3. Are references (i.e. letters of recommendation) required?

References are required only for candidates external to UNIL-HEC or EPFL. Candidates from UNIL-HEC should send an email to asking for the validation of their application without the reference letters.

4. Is there any application fee?

EPFL and UNIL-HEC graduates do not pay any application fee. Candidates from UNIL-HEC should send an email to asking for the validation of their application without the fee. Candidates from other Swiss universities should pay an application fee of 50 CHF. Foreign  candidates should pay a fee of 150 CHF in accordance with the EPFL conditions.

5. Is there a limit number of students who will be accepted for this Master?

In principle yes, since the specificity of this Master program is having mixed teams of students with both engineering and economics/management profiles. The number of students enrolled in the program will depend on the number of applications.

6. Where will students be enrolled?

Candidates who will be accepted to the program will be officially enrolled at EPFL.

7. What is the tuition fee?

Since students will be enrolled at EPFL, the tuition fee is 780 CHF per semester according to the EPFL study taxes.

8. Is there any scholarship opportunity?

Along with the application procedure for the Master program, candidates can apply for an excellence scholarship or needs-based scholarship in accordance with the EPFL guidelines.

9. Will students have access on the three campuses?

The Master students will have complete access to facilities on UNIL and EPFL campuses. A number of activities will also be organized on the IMD campus.

10. Is the presence compulsory?

This Master is designed as a full time program. Courses will be mainly given during the week days (even if external interventions could be scheduled in the evening or during weekends). Also, this is a program which requires a lot of project team work so frequent interactions with peers will be expected. There is no such option as following the program part time

11. What type of diploma will graduates receive?

Graduates will receive a Master of Science in Sustainable Management & Technology degree delivered jointly by UNIL, IMD and EPFL. Please note that this degree is not equivalent to an Engineer degree.

12. There are a lot of interesting topics covered in the curriculum around technology and sustainability. However, there is no specialization as in other HEC Master programs. Is this something that is appreciated by the industry?

This is a Master program in management that seeks to anticipate the future directions of the economy, particularly in terms of technology and sustainability. This is its strength! On the other hand, it is true that it is designed to have a generalist orientation less specialized than some of the other Master programs offered by HEC Lausanne.

13. What will be the typical professional opportunities at the end of the Master’s program?

Due to the generalist nature of the program, we are aiming for a wide range of career opportunities in industry. Graduates will be trained in management with a focus on the world of tomorrow. They will have acquired interdisciplinary skills enabling them to navigate and be creative in all sectors impacted by technological change and requiring sustainable models of development.

14. Who will provide career services?

Career services will be provided by the Career Orientation Office at UNIL and the Career Center at EPFL.

15. Will graduates be alumni of all three institutions?

Yes, they will.

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