What will I learn?

Our doctoral program covers all areas of computer science and of information and communication theory, from its mathematical foundations to systems, platforms, and interdisciplinary applications. With roughly sixty faculty members affiliated with the program, it is one of the largest and most competitive doctoral programs on campus.

With a rich intellectual environment, a working culture and resources only matched by the highest rated academic institutions, and geographically located in the breathtaking Lake Geneva region, our program targets training bright minds to be the research and industrial leaders of the information technology revolution.

We have an award-winning and internationally recognized faculty targeting broad research areas, and working closely with top international research organizations. We have a strong track record of employment and placement on a global scale whether it is R&D in industry or academia, and many of our students are leaders and founders of start-ups. Our students are among the best represented at flagship conferences and compete for, and are recognized internationally by prestigious industrial PhD fellowships and awards. We have a large consortium of industrial affiliates with whom many of our students collaborate closely during internships.

Study options

Full Time (4-6 years)

Tuition fees
CHF 150 - Master degree of a foreign university, CHF 50 Master degree of a Swiss university, students with Master degree of EPF, EPFL will not charge any fee
Start date

17 February 2020, 14 September 2020


Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Route Cantonale,



1015, Switzerland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Doctoral studies at EPFL usually begin after a Master's degree in the relevant discipline. If you are currently enrolled in a M.Sc. degree program, your application will be considered for admission before you obtain your Master's degree; however, you must have your degree in hand at the time you arrive at EPFL for your doctoral studies. You must be proficient in English to pursue your doctoral studies at EPFL. For foreign applicants whose first language is not English or French, we strongly recommend that they provide us with the results of the TOEFL and/or GRE test. The results of the GRE general test is not required but recommended.

For international students

At the time of enrollment, a student must have a 4 or 5-year bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree, with a strong background in computer science, communication systems, electrical engineering, mathematics, physics, or a related field.