To ensure international recognition, USI became one of the first universities in Switzerland to adopt the Bologna Process and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). For the Executive Master of Science in Communications Management program (EMScom), participants earn a total of at least 60 ECTS credits. In order for the credits to be granted, however, participants must sit through either a test or turn in a paper at the end of each course.
For the two residential sessions in Singapore (Singapore Management University) and Los Angeles (UCLA Anderson School of Management), participants must hand in a topical paper. For all other courses, they are subject to a comprehensive test. These tests are usually scheduled for the second or third weekend after an EMScom session. To minimize the time spent away from work and family, tests are taken online from wherever participants have internet access.
The tests are designed so that degree-seeking candidates can demonstrate their ability to apply concepts as opposed to simply reciting facts from memory. A variety of sources, including course texts, can be consulted when taking the tests. Thus, test scores reflect a more realistic and professional approach to problem-solving.
Here is some information about the tests and how they are administered:
- Tests cover material discussed during the courses
- All tests are administered online, allowing participants to access them from home or the office
- Tests are scheduled on the Saturday and Sunday morning following the completion of each EMScom session
- Grades, based on a scale of 1 to 10, are released six weeks after the test day. Successful completion of the program requires a grade point average of six or greater on a 10-point scale
- Tests may be rescheduled only under special circumstances.