Admission Requirements

For admission to the Masters programs at the European Graduate School EGS, students must provide proof of an accredited Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent.

The Division of Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought at The European Graduate School / EGS offers students and scholars an exceptional academic experience centered on annual intensive seminar sessions led by eminent faculty in residence. This dynamic structure provides a critical and creative forum for students and scholars to engage with thinkers and artists distinguished in their fields.

To begin the application process for our degree programs click here: Online Application

To apply for our special 2020 auditing opportunity (described below) click here.

The application process is designed to allow us to identify independent-minded students who are prepared to accept both the challenges and the advantages of our cross-disciplinary, low-residency MA and PhD programs.  We seek creative individuals and those who will thrive in a diverse intellectual community.  We do not require special theoretical or philosophical expertise; we simply seek those who are eager to engage some of the most advanced cross-disciplinary thinking available.


Applications to the PACT Division of The EGS are accepted and reviewed year round.Once students are accepted into the PACT program, they must pay a tuition deposit within 21 days and then register for classes. They must pay the remainder of tuition upon registration. The EGS academic year begins the 1st of September and ends the 31st of August. Early application is encouraged to ensure entry into the program and session of choice. Please note our registration deadlines below and review our Academic Calendar↗ for further important dates and deadlines.

Registration Deadlines

Summer Session – Online Deadline to register: July 21, 2020
Fall Session / Valletta, Malta* Deadline to register: September 30, 2020
*The Fall Session 2020 in Valletta, Malta, is formally part of the 2020-21 academic year. US students applying for federal loans therefore need to use a 2020-21 FSA Direct Loan to register for the this session. For additional information, please contact Mark Cohen ( The deadline for auditors is 24 hours before the beginning of the course.


All application documents must be submitted online.


Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges, universities, and graduate schools (post-secondary institutions) must be sent directly to Sarah Hannis ( Copies of transcripts should also be included in the Online Application↗ when possible. Transcripts not originally in English, French or German must be submitted with certified translations in English or French.

Letters of Evaluation (Optional)

Applicants may submit up to three letters of evaluation/reference. Letters should include the evaluator’s signature and contact information.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The language of instruction at The EGS is English. Applicants who have not already completed a university degree where English was the language of instruction should submit TOEFL test results to The EGS.

TOEFL Educational Testing Service Code:
European Graduate School: 7418 or 7394


Doctoral students must begin by meeting a requirement of 12 seminars, which are normally completed in the first two years. The doctoral student then must select an advisor (this may happen with the help of the dean) and fulfill one to three years of officially supervised dissertation work  They must register for this supervision and pay a fee in each year. The number of years will be determined by the student’s advisor in consultation with the dean. At the end of the third supervision year, if the student has not completed the dissertation and has not been approved to proceed to a defense, the student may continue to spend up to two more years working on the dissertation without formal supervision.  The student must complete their dissertation and have it accepted for defense by the student’s past supervisor by the end of this period (a total of seven years as a full-time doctoral student at EGS).  Requests for leaves of absence by reason of hardship or health issues can be considered (they should be addressed to the dean).  But if, after seven years, and in the absence of a formal request for a leave of absence, the student has not finished their thesis and completed all requirements, they will be obliged to leave the program.  After a successful completion of the defense, the student will be granted the doctorate.

Masters students must begin by completing 12 seminars, normally during their first two years in the program.  An MA thesis may be submitted after the completion of course work within the second year of study.  Normally, however, students will continue for a third year under supervision as they complete their thesis.  They must register for this supervision and pay the established fee. The dean, or an EGS Fellow, will serve as supervisor.  In some cases, students may arrange for supervision with an EGS faculty member (with the approval of the dean).  At the end of the third year as a full-time MA student, the thesis will be submitted to the supervisor for evaluation (no MA thesis defense is required).  Students who are not ready to submit the thesis at the end of the third year may obtain extra time only with permission of the dean. Once the thesis is accepted, the MA degree will be granted.

Students who complete the MA degree at EGS and wish to continue in the doctoral program must apply officially for the doctoral program and, if accepted, can enter the program only after all MA requirements are met. The accepted MA thesis and the conferred degree must be on file with the EGS before the student can begin doctoral studies. All seminars taken to meet requirements for the doctoral degree must be taken as part of the doctoral program. Seminars taken before acceptance into the doctoral program, even if taken as electives and not used for meeting MA requirements, cannot be used to meet doctoral requirements. In brief, students doing both the MA and the PhD at EGS will need to take a total of 24 seminars as matriculated students to meet both sets of requirements.


The European Graduate School / EGS is a private, non-profit graduate school that is tuition funded. Committed to offering its students rewarding experiences of the highest academic standard affordably, The EGS strives to maintain low operating costs. We thus have less amenities than a full-service university, but our costs are considerably lower than those of most private institutions of higher learning.  Our funds are directed first and foremost to the learning experience, and we deliver more extensive advanced course study, and of a consistently higher quality, than what one will find in many European institutions.  This is a strong claim, and perhaps surprising given our intensive structure, but we urge individuals to look closely at what we are offering in order to determine its validity.

The global pandemic has obliged The EGS to adopt an online platform for the first time.  We are confident that the online courses offered this year will meet the very high standards of the EGS (our normal faculty are all participating) and the technical apparatus in place is tested and strong.  However, we believe that online study should be discounted.  We have therefore reduced the price of credit-bearing courses by 30% (to $1,150).  
Moreover, we have introduced a new auditing option that allows participants to attend individual courses in their entirety (six sessions of lectures and one devoted to questions and answers) at low cost: $350.  No application for this exceptional opportunity is required, and any visitor is free to join us. Individuals who audit four courses are eligible for a “Certificate of Online Study.”
Please note that for the online sessions of 2020, students will not be eligible for refunds once the session for which they have registered has begun.  Only in documented cases of illness or hardship will requests for refunds or an extension of credit for future seminar study be considered.
Fee Summary:
Individual credit-bearing courses for study leading to a degree (MA, PhD or Certificates of Study):  $1,150
Audited Courses: $350
Yearly supervision fees ($3000) and withdrawal fees ($440) remain at their normal level.
These prices reflect the special circumstances for our 2020 programming (both July/August and October).  We do not yet know whether we will return to normal functioning in 2021, and therefore cannot indicate the fees for study in that year.  However, should we return to normal, on-site programming (in Bergamo, Saas Fee, and Valletta), the fees should be comparable to those previously established for 2020.  That normal fee schedule can be seen immediately below for reference.

Previous Degree Cost (Current Average in USD)

MA (three years) USD  24,300.00
PhD (three years) USD  24,600.00
PhD (four years) USD  27,600.00
PhD (five years) USD  30,600.00

Tuition Fees / 2019-2020

Tuition fees are calculated in USD and based on the number of required seminar and workshop credits (seminars are 4,5 ECTS credits; workshops are usually two credits). Additional elective seminars must be additionally calculated (see schedule of fees).

Tuition Deposit upon receipt of admission first year USD 2,000.00
Individual seminars for meeting degree requirements USD 1,800.00
1st Year MA/PhD (six seminar package for those on US loans) USD 10,800.00
2nd Year MA/PhD (six seminar package for those on US loans) USD 10,800.00
Certificate of Study (six-seminar package for those on US loans USD 10,800.00
Certificate of Postdoctoral Research (six-seminar package for those on US loans) USD 10,800.00
3rd Year MA (Thesis Supervision fee) USD 2,700.00
3rd Year PhD (Dissertation Supervision fee) USD 3,000.00
4th Year PhD (Dissertation Supervision fee) USD 3,000.00
5th Year PhD (Dissertation Supervision fee) USD 3,000.00
Elective Seminars Selected by Matriculated Students (4,5 Credits) USD 1,800.00
Withdrawal Fee USD 440.00

*Tuition rates are based on the current curriculum and are subject to change. Tuition fees do not include health insurance, living expenses, travel expenses, and residency accommodation. For further questions, contact the admissions office (

Payment Submissions: All payments are made in USD.

Successful applicants will receive detailed registration and enrollment information in their letter of admission, including payment instructions and deadlines for tuition fees. Keep in mind that foreign money transfers can take up to 8-10 working days. All payment submissions must include the student’s name and student ID number. Receipt of payments will be confirmed after the payment has been credited to the EGS bank account. Once the full tuition fee has been credited to the EGS bank account, students will receive an email confirmation of final tuition payment.


Financial Aid refers to government-sponsored education loan programs. Depending on your country of origin, student loans are made available to help pay for the cost of higher education.

Canada (British Columbia)

StudentAid BC helps eligible students with the cost of their post-secondary education through loans, grants, scholarships, and other programs. B.C. student loans are provided by the provincial government and Canada Student Loans are provided by the federal government. These loans are managed as a single Canada-B.C. integrated loan at theNational Student Loans Service Centre↗ (NSLSC).

Canadian Ministry of Advanced Education Student Aid BC School Code

European Graduate School: MQKQ

Canada Financial Aid↗

United States of America

Through the U.S Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid program, citizens and legal permanent residents of the USA may obtain loans to cover the full cost of attendance at The EGS, including tuition, books, room and board, and travel and accommodation expenses. The European Graduate School / EGS is registered with the new Direct Loan Program of the U.S. Department of Education, which makes these government loans available.

U.S Department of Education Federal Student Aid School Code

European Graduate School: G35183

U.S. Financial Aid Manual (.pdf)

Other Countries

Please contact your government’s Department of Education or Education Ministry.


For students in the PACT division, The EGS offers a Matching Scholarship program, in which the university matches money raised by the student up to a limit of $2,000 per student per year. The money to be matched may be raised from any scholarship-providing organization – bank and government loans are not eligible for matching funds. The distribution of matching scholarships depends on available funds and will be disbursed to qualifying students on a first-come, first-served basis.


Students from countries with visa requirements for entry to Italy, Switzerland or Malta can request payment confirmation and a letter of enrollment via regular post. These documents will serve as the student’s “letter of invitation” and should be presented when applying for their visa.

For further questions please contact the admissions office ( or the financial aid office (