The University of St.Gallen has pursued strategic cooperation ventures with leading business universities worldwide ever since 1990. The upshot of this is that students are able to opt for a double degree programme at the HSG and another university and to obtain two full Master's degrees at the end of their studies.
The University of St.Gallen cultivates a so-called double degree partnership with twelve schools:
- ESADE, Barcelona, Spain
- Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford/Boston, USA
- Fundaçaõ Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP), São Paulo, Brazil
- HEC School of Management, Paris, France
- INCAE Business School, Alajuela, Costa Rica
- Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris, France
- Nanyang Technical University, Singapore
- RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden
- Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
- Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy
- Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul, South Korea
In the first year of their studies at the Master's level, HSG students remain in St.Gallen and complete all the required courses, as well as a number of courses in contextual studies. For the second year, they move to a partner university, where they also study in a Master's programme. The number of credits to be earned depends on individual Master's programmes and on the partner university. Since students earn the credits required for the degree in St.Gallen and at the partner university, the time they have to spend studying does not double. To conclude their studies, students write a Master's thesis as a rule and submit it to the University of St.Gallen and the partner university. If they complete their studies successfully, students will be awarded a Master's degree by both the HSG and the partner university of their choice.
Students of partner universities are also able to obtain a double degree. For this purpose, they come to St.Gallen for the second year of their Master's studies.
All the Master's programmes except the Master's programme in Management, Organization Studies and Cultural Theory offer a double degree option. Since the number of places and partner universities is limited, students must undergo a competitive selection process. Approx. 30 students of the University of St.Gallen complete such a double degree programme every year, and about the same number of students from partner universities come to St.Gallen.