Master in Commodity Trading in Geneva

If you are a bachelor student or graduate interested in a master in commodity trading, the University of Geneva offers the best available program for you.

The Master in Commodity Trading in Geneva

Officially named Master of Arts in International Trading, Commodity Finance and Shipping, completing this program is one of the best ways to become a commodity trader.

The master is a part-time program based in Geneva, Switzerland, simultaneously taken with a traineeship. This master in commodity trading has been developed in association with the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA).

This means, you’ll be in Switzerland doing an traineeship in the commodity trading and shipping industry and studying. Believe me, there is no better way to land a job.

Let’s have a look at what to expect:

Program characteristics:

  • Master in commodity trading program starts in September on a yearly basis
  • Program lasts 18 months plus mini thesis
  • There are 2 semesters and 8 modules per semester. Each module lasts a total of 24 h of class. Find the schedules here.
  • 120ECTS (72ECTS lectures, 30ECTS for the traineeship report, 18ECTS for the thesis)
  • Lectures, case-studies, and field research (thesis)
  • Classes take place at Uni Mail in Geneva
  • Class size is 30 students (very selective, applicants to admitted students is about 5-1)
  • Students must secure a industry related position
  • Program content has three content foci
    • Components of Trading;
    • Commodity Hedging and Price Risk; and
    • Commodity Finance and Financial Risk Management
  • Tuition fees are 500CHF per semester
    • Employers will pay for the full cost of the program to the university
    • Employers will additionally pay a salary to the student
The Master in Commodity Trading takes place in Geneva
View of Geneva, Switzerland, where the Master in Commodity Trading takes place.

Application stages:

  • Stage 1: Application
    • You should submit your application by March/April
  • Stage 2: Students selection
    • The admission committee will review the applications by May
    • Selected students will be pre-admitted and send an official mail to proceed to the next decisive round
  • Stage 3: Part-time Traineeship
    • Students need to secure a traineeship at one of the firms collaborating in the process by aproximately July or August.
    • The University of Geneva helps candidates link with employers
    • Students who have been pre-admitted to the program and offered a traineeship position will be able to start.
  • Stage 4
    • In September classes start for admitted students

Next, let’s have a look into what it takes to get an offer.

Basic application requisites:

  • Be a last-year undergraduate bachelor student (or graduate with less than 3 years of work experience)
  • Take the GMAT with satisfactory score (minimum score >500)
  • Once pre-admitted, you’ll have to secure a traineeship at one of the commodity trading firms. The university will support you with the job-hunt, yet only about 20% of pre-admitted candidates find a traineeship and hence secure a final master offer.
  • Good level of English (as supported by the GMAT result)
  • Two recommendation letters
  • CV (see our tips here)
  • Motivation Letter (see our tips for cover letters here)
  • Fill in online application form
  • Copies of your certificates
  • Send physical copy per post with all required application materials

Remember to double check the actual requirements as posted at the official website.

You can find the official brochure here.

Alternatively, you might want to read out post on how to land a trading job in Switzerland.

Are you going to apply? Good luck!

David Goldstein

David is the Head Editor at Commodity Trading Guru. He has trading experience at large commodity trading houses globally. Currently he lives with his family and two dogs in a village near Geneva and enjoys triathlons and snow sports. Ask him about fine wine and modern art.