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 MDDP with ZHAW School of Management and Law


The agreement on the establishment of Master Double Degree Programme between Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) and ​ZHAW School of Management and Law (ZHAW) has been signed on 8th of August 2016. 

The double degree program will provide the opportunity to graduate students from both institutions to simultaneously pursue the Master degree from SGH and ZHAW.

Upon successful completion of the double degree program the following degrees shall be awarded by the partner institutions:

Within the programme students of each university will be studying 1 year at partner university; 1st year will be done at student's home university and the 2nd at student's partner university.​


 MDDP Partner


The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW; German: Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften) located in the city of Winterthur, with facilities in Zurich and Wädenswil, is one of the largest University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland and is part of the Zürcher Fachhochschule.

Currently, the university has eight schools, covering architecture and civil engineering, health, linguistics, life sciences and facility management, applied psychology, social work, engineering and management and law.

The ZHAW School of Management and Law​ obtained AACSB accreditation in 2015


 Programme structure


​​The intended period of study for the double degree program shall be two years (4 semesters). Double degree students will spend their first year at home institution, the second year at host institution. Full information shall be provided to the host institution on the courses that participants have taken at their home institution and vice versa.

Double degree students shall have access to courses and enjoy the same rights and privileges and be subject to the same rules and regulations as the regular graduate students in the corresponding Master study track of the host institution. They shall be registered as degree students at the host institution only for the parts of the study program that will be carried out under the responsibility of the host institution.

Students admitted for the double degree program shall complete the study plan of the programme presented in Annexes 1 and 2 to the agreement.

Any deviations from the study structure as stated in the agreement shall be approved jointly by the partner institutions by mutual written agreement in a form of an annex to the agreement on an individual case-by-case basis.


 Study programme


 Master thesis


​​In addition to the mandatory coursework at both institutions, as set forth in the agreement, the double degree student is required to write a Master thesis. All students of this double degree programme will write Master thesis at SGH. The Master thesis at SGH is worth 20 ECTS and ZHAW will transfer 12 ECTS to comply with ZHAW diploma regulations. The partner institutions assure the legal and organizational preconditions required for enabling the double degree students to start with the Master thesis in their second study year.

The Master thesis has to be delivered in 2 copies; 1 to each institution. The Master thesis shall be supervised by the faculty member from SGH and reviewed by a faculty member from ZHAW ensuring in this way joint supervision of the Master thesis. The language of the Master thesis is English.

Part of the completion of the Master thesis at SGH is a defence of the thesis. Faculty members of both SGH and the ZHAW shall participate in the defence. The defence will be conducted in English.

The management process of the preparation of the Master thesis should meet all the legal and academic constraints of SGH and the ZHAW.


 Selection criteria


​​Candidates for the double degree program will be selected by their home institution according to selection criteria jointly defined and agreed upon by SGH and ZHAW. Due to the higher workload compared to the ordinary Master study tracks at the partner institutions, only highly qualified students shall be selected for the double degree program. Each institution has the right to admit up to 5 students per year to the double degree program, unless this number is varied by mutual and written attachment to this agreement.

The host institution shall be granted access to any written application documents and protocols of selection procedures for the double degree program. The host institution has the right to send a representative with advisory status to selection interviews of the home institution for the double degree program. Joint selection interviews by the home institution and the host institution are encouraged.

The double degree candidates must satisfy all admission requirements of the host institution, including:

  • language proficiency requirements – all double degree candidates must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of English language proficiency Level B2+ according to the requirements of the Common European Framework (CEF). Link to certificates recognised by SGH can be found on main website of Double Degree Programmes.

  • good knowledge on Bachelor level of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Statistics. 

Each institution reserves the right to require double degree candidates to complete the standard enrolment documents and to provide the results of any required entrance examinations. The host institution has the right to not accept a double degree candidate from the home institution for academic rationales or any other substantial reasons.


 Key dates


Selection dates for 2021:

17 September 2021

Applications should be sent by email and by post to:

SGH Warsaw School of Economics - International Centre, build. A, room 7



 Selection process


Application documents [printed on both sides] required from the SGH candidates to double diploma include:

  • On-line application form​
  • Motivation letter addressed to Selection Commission to double degree programme between ZHAW School of Management and Law and Warsaw School of Economics (in English, max. 1 page)

  • CV of the Applicant in the Europass format

  • Copy of the BA diploma

  • Official course transcript or diploma supplement with grades received (in English)

  • Document certifying fluency in English

  • First draft of the study programme (preferred field of study/study path, list of academic interests, etc.)​


Please, note, we do not accept originals of language certificates.






Mr. Michael FARLEY

Head International Development and Projects
IEMBA Program Director 
ZHAW School of Management and Law
Department International Business
Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Stadthausstrasse 14, PO Box
CH-8401 Winterthur
Tel. +41 58 934 46 15

SGH – Academic tutor


Institute of International Management and Marketing
Collegium of World Economy



​According to the Rules and Regulations of selection for international programmes and exchanges at SGH, all students accepted for double diploma programmes are not allowed to apply for any other exchange or programme that involves mobility abroad in the given academic year. It especially refers to Erasmus, PIM and bilateral exchanges and and international programmes like CEMS MIM.