DAS in Trading

Dedicated to employees having already several years of experience within commodity trading or related services, this programme can also provide the opportunity to change business direction for professionals active in other sectors.

The credits obtained by this certificate will be valid for a further MBA (Bologna compatible).

Teaching format

This program has been created by GSEM Executive, University of Geneva and the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA). STSA represents some of the most important trading companies in the world. The lectures will be given by well known professors and experts in the trading field.

The Diploma consists of 11 modules of 24 hours each and 1 module Trading Game of 24 hours.

This program is offered in 2 formats:

  • Bi-weekly Format for professionals living in Switzerland and around.

Courses take place on every other Friday afternoon and Saturday morning and sometimes 3 days in a row: Thursday, Friday Saturday. Each module is subject to an evaluation and the participants must attend all classes.

  • International Format for professionals living abroad:

University of Geneva Executive MBA now offers a Trading EMBA program. This format consists of 3 blocks of 3 modules taking place in Geneva combined with 3 virtual modules per year. For more click here

For each hour of instruction, 2 hours of reading, preparation, case studies and homework are required. Both programs are in English.


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Registration for 2017-2018 will open in January 2017 and close on 30 April 2017.


Duration : 1 academic year (288 hours)

Programme : 12 modules spread over one academic year.

Schedule :
Bi-weekly Friday afternoons and Saturday morning:
Fridays from 2.15 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Fees :
16 000 CHF (includes all 12 modules)


Who should attend

Those connected to the trading industry who want to fully understand the global picture and functioning of the commodities market, plus the economic and financial implications of that market for their profession: corporate and financial auditing, fiduciaries, IT, banking, legal and law firms, insurance, import/export, and of course, those in shipping and trading.

The Commodity Trading Diploma is designed for those who would like to further their education in the area of commodity trading, or for those who are considering making a career change and would like to work in the field.

Created with and for professionals

GSEM Executive, Université de Genève and the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA) have joined together to create the Diploma in Advanced studies in Commodity Trading. Created with and for professionals, the diploma is conducted to best fit with the demands of working while studying.