DAS in Public Administration

Participants choosing to follow only the core courses in public administration, made up of six modules of six days each, can obtain a DAS (Diploma of Advanced Studies) in Public Administration worth 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). In order to qualify for the DAS, students will have to fulfil the demands of the different core lessons, notably, to write a personal dissertation for one of the six modules.

The DAS is equivalent to the first-year programme of the MAS in Public Administration (MPA). However, holders of the DAS do not automatically gain the right of admission to the MAS, and they are subject to all the criteria and rules established for admission to the MAS. IDHEAP’s Committee on Continuing Education can decide to grant a certificate of equivalence for the ECTS credits gained during the DAS. Should the student eventually obtain an MPA, then the DAS certificate must be returned to IDHEAP.


Total registration and tuition fees for the DAS come to CHF 13,500. This includes all the teaching materials and use of the IDHEAP library. Should the student continue on to study for the MPA, then the tuition fees for the DAS will be deducted from the usual total registration and tuition fees for the MPA.

Students can start the DAS programme at the beginning of any trimester (registration must take place at least one month before the start of the next trimester). The number of places being limited, registrations will be considered on the basis of the date of receipt.

Candidates wishing to apply for a place on the DAS course should fill out the on-line registration form and attach the following documents:

  • An electronically validated registration form;
  • A letter of motivation;
  • An up to date curriculum vitae;
  • Photocopies of your most recent diplomas and qualifications;
  • One passport-sized photograph;
  • A copy of your identity card or passport;
  • Proof of payment of the CHF 120 registration fee (see below).

In order for your dossier to be examined, a non-reimbursable registration fee of CHF 120 should be paid into the following account:

Bank: PostFinance, 1010 Lausanne, Switzerland
Account: 10-157849-1
Clearing Number: 9000
IBAN: CH30 0900 0000 1015 7849 1
Beneficiary: Fondation pour la formation continue universitaire lausannoise
EPFL - Innovation Park, Bâtiment E, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Reference: 01 215 500

As mentioned above, a copy of your bank or postal payment receipt should be attached to your application dossier.

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