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Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 6 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost CHF500 per semester

Why a Master in Commodity Trading at the University of Geneva?


In the past years, Geneva has become the world's most important center for physical trading of commodities. Geneva offers a unique plattform for the deliberation and improvement of the international management of commodities. The University can therefore play an active role in this environment.


The Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) of the University of Geneva is striving to reinforce the collaboration between economic sectors and internationally renowed academic institutions, with the objective of bridging the gap between innovative research output and its use in the society.


The aim of this master is to match as closely as possible the needs of the industry with the excellence of academic education. At the academic level, the fundamental questions to be addressed are how will the world citizen be fed, heated, dressed, given job opportunities etc... in an efficient and ethical economic environment in the near future? This obviously implies research competences in management, economics, environmental sciences, regulations and also, more inderctly, in data science.


Structural components
Practical/Field work

Application procedure

For September 2020, registration will close on 28 February 2020.


For September 2021, registration will be opened from 8 January 2021 until 28 February 2021.


The program starts every year in September.


All details regarding the application is available under the University of Geneva website

Learning outcomes

Why a Master in Trading at the University of Geneva

  • To meet a growing demand from a flourishing industry
  • A unique environment for students to put into practice the theory learnt in class
  • The only program in Commodity Trading with a link between the academic and professional world


Given the unique nature of the program, and its small class size, successful applicants to the program must have:

  • An undergraduate (bachelor) degree (not necessarily in Finance) with a good overall average of grades, min. B on ETCS scale, from a university recognized as equivalent to the standard of the University of Geneva.
  • A GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score of at least 500 (and not the GRE).
  • Internship in a recognized trading, shipping, specialised commodity finance bank or services company related to these activities, in Swiztzerland.
  • Good knowledge of spoken and written English as the program is taught in English.

ISCED Categories

Project management
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Logistics and shipping management
Marine and maritime law