The Master in Commodity Trading is a unique program in Europe. It focuses on the financing of resources, products and the trade flows of goods, and includes courses in relevant areas of economics such as credit analyses, financial instruments, and means of payment for different transactions. Shipping, legal aspects, the protection of goods and risk management are also addressed.
The Master in Commodity Trading is special because students follow academic classes while working in trading.
Austin Distel / Unsplash
Graduates find work in all sectors in Switzerland and abroad. Given the nature of the Geneva economy, opportunities are usually found in banking, financial institutions, fiduciaries, consulting firms, insurance agencies, local and international manufacturing, international trade companies (commodities trading, product distribution), international or global organizations.
min 3 - max. 5 semesters | 120 credits ECTS
Required courses (1st semester) 30 credits
Finance and Investment
Legal Aspects and Regulations
International Economics and Trade
Natural Resource Economy and Agri Commodities
Required specialized courses (2nd and 3rd semester) 42 credits
Metals, Ores, and Mineral
Hedging Tools & Technics
Shipping, Transport & Logistics
Energy Oil and Gas
Types of Financing for Commodity Companies
Trade Finance for Banking Instruments
Financial Statements Analysis
Commodity Price Mechanism
Commodity Price Risk
Sustainable Finance & Business Ethics
Required Work Placement 30 credits
Master Thesis 18 credits
Registration for 2020 is now closed. Applications for September 2021 will open 11 January 2021 and close 28 February 2021.
There is only one new intake of Master’s students each year, in September. Once you have been admitted, your attendance from day one of the Master’s program is mandatory.
This admission process is for candidates who have never studied at the University of Geneva – there is a double application – one application file to be sent to the Admission office and one application to download for the Faculty. All candidates must download an application for the Faculty with the requested documents you have indicated. More information is available on the official admission page here.
There are two steps to the application process:
1) UNIGE enrollment
Candidates who have never studied at the University of Geneva must enrol and send an application to the University of Geneva's Admissions Office. This application has to be sent by post mail. If you are outside Europe, we would advise you to send it via DHL. If you wish to apply for several different Master's programs, please submit only one enrolment request.
Note: The second step can be done as soon as you have submitted your « UNIGE enrollment» (first step).
2) Master's online application
All candidates must apply to the GSEM Faculty. This should be done online. If you wish to apply for several different Master's programs, please submit a separate application for each Master's program.
Your online application for the Master's in commodities trading must contain the following documents:
Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages A4)
Motivation letter in English (1 page A4)
Grade transcripts of previous studies (Bachelor and other university studies)
Copy of your Bachelor degree if already obtained (and other degrees if any)
Two letters of recommendation
GMAT ou GRE
CHF 500.- per semester