How to Apply for Graduate Programs

Webster University seeks certain qualifications from applicants to our master programs, listed below.

With new courses beginning about every 8 to 10 weeks, students can choose to begin studies at various times throughout the year.  Webster University Geneva operates on a rolling admission basis;  you simply designate the semester/term for when you wish to begin studies when you start an online application account, and submit your application with the supporting documents when it's ready for our review.

An admission decision is usually made within two weeks after we receive the submitted online form and all supporting application documents needed. For prospective students who need a student visa, we recommend completing your application at least four months before your desired enrollment date.

Admissions Application documentation

You can begin your application online and prepare to submit the following documents.  It is possible to submit the online application and follow-up with additional/remaing documents by email to  

  • Official transcripts (mark sheets with grades) indicating all undergraduate (bachelor) courses attended and the awarding of the bachelor’s degree.
  • Official certified copy of your diploma(s), if the awarding of the degree is not indicated in the transcripts.
  • Explanation of the grading system and scale, if not the American 4-point GPA scale.
  • Literal English translations of the diploma and transcripts (if they are not in English). Translations must be official: certified by an accredited translator or notarized by a competent legal authority. We do not accept photocopies of translations.
  • English proficiency results from TOEFL, IELTS or other exam scores, if required (see below)
  • A 500 word essay on one of the following two topics:
    1. Your past experiences that may have helped you shape your future goals and why; or
    2. How you expect this graduate program to help you achieve your future career or personal goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation. These can be professional colleagues, supervisors, and/or professors who are able to comment on your ability to be a successful graduate student.
  • An updated résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Photocopy of passport biographical page, plus any current residence permit or visa for Switzerland.

Note:  All application documents submitted to Webster University become the property of the university and cannot be returned or reproduced.  Be sure to keep a copy of all documents submitted. Additional documentation might be requested by the Admissions Committee during its review process.

Admissions Requirements

These requirements apply to Webster Master’s degree programs.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4 point scale, or its equivalent. Academic achievement in programs that use a different assessment scale is evaluated in the context of the relevant academic system.
  • The English language proficiency minimum requirements are listed below.  This is waived for those who pursued an accredited bachelor's degree in English in particular institutions (reach us for clarification, if needed).
  • Demonstrated capacity for graduate (master) level course work, as determined by the admissions committee (see Evaluation of Your Application, below)

Additional Criteria (exceptions to the above):  admission to the MBA and the MA Counseling requires specific prerequisites. For the M.A. in Counseling, an interview with the program director is part of the admissions process.  Please contact the admissions office for details.

English Proficiency

Webster University accepts score reports from several English proficiency examinations.  Below are the minimum scores accepted for admission.

TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) paper-based test:  575
TOEFL iBT (internet-based test):  89

IELTS overall band:  6.5

Webster now also accept scores from several reliable and valid test providers that have been made assessment available 'online, from home', as listed here:

Minimum score required: 120

Minimum score required: 3.9

Minimum score required: 70

Minimum score required: 68

SELT – 4 subjects (not the 2-subject test)
Minimum score required:  C1 mastery high pass

Evaluation of your application

Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and by an Academic Advisor. We look for evidence of your potential to be successful at Webster University and we take a holistic look at your academic and professional background, as well as your recommendation letters.  For those applying more recently from their bachelor studies, primary consideration is given to your academic performance, the rigor and content of your bachelor's degree coursework and your motivation. This includes your performance in courses that may be directly related to the Master's program (if applicable).

If it has been several years since your last university studies, your academic history is reviewed, yet your professional work experience, your current life situation, motivation and commitment (as demonstrated in your application essay), and your letters of recommendation letters are also considered.  All candidates must also meet our documented English language proficiency requirements.

We typically respond with an admissions decision within two weeks of receiving final documents that make your application complete.  We welcome conversations with applications during the process, and encourage either a face-to-face campus visit or phone/video call to clarify any questions or concerns along the way!

Application Fee

An application fee of CHF 50 (non-refundable) is charged to submit the application online.

Begin Your Application today!

The online application can be found here.

If you have any other questions please contact:

Jessica Geer

Graduate Admissions Representative
+41 22 959 8016