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As of February 2016, the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA- formerly recognised as the NCFHE) has licensed The European Graduate School (EGS) within The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) as a University (Licence number: 2015:007 / certification end date 28.02.2023), offering the following programmes:

  • Master of Arts in Philosophy, Art and Social Thought

  • Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy with a minor in Psychology

  • Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Coaching and Consulting

  • Master of Arts in Musical, Literary and Visual Thought

  • Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

  • PhD in Expressive Arts

  • PhD in Philosophy, Art and Social Thought

  • PhD in Literary, Musical and Visual Thought

Please find attached the University License


Kindly be informed that these programs are undergoing reaccreditation from the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA)

The European Graduate School (EGS) has two Divisions:

Founded in 1994

The AHS Division was founded in 1994 on principles envisioned at Lesley University (Cambridge, MA) in the area of "expressive therapy."  The teaching methods adopted adhered closely to the American model pursued at Lesley and benefited from an ongoing collaboration in the field.  
In its manner of exploring the ways in which a strong engagement with the arts can serve individual and societal well being, and have a transformative function in socio-political and ecological contexts, it answers in an important way to the ambitions of the liberal arts training in the American academy.  The experiential component and the emphasis on "poietic" practice prompted its founder, Paolo Knill, to connect the Division's project to that of the famous Black Mountain College (North Carolina, USA).


EGS offers degree programs, as well as continuing education, for practicing professionals on a Graduate and Post-Graduate level. Its uniquely dynamic academic setting in its campus in Saas-Fee  high up in the Swiss Alps - allows a creative encounter with the foremost practitioners and thinkers in Expressive Arts (Therapy, Education, Coaching, Consulting, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding) and in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought (Architecture, Art, Contemporary Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Film, Literary Theory, Literature, Media Studies, Performance Art, Photography, and Video).

The European Graduate School Mission Statment


Student Statement of the European Graduate School (EGS)

“In keeping with its cross-disciplinary purpose and its effort to orient its intellectual ambitions
toward concrete worldly engagement, the EGS seeks to build a richly diverse and inclusive global
community of scholars.
Admission to our program is based upon standard academic criteria, but also professional or
personal achievement where appropriate.
We welcome individuals of all ages from a broad range of professional and academic

The Expressive Arts

programs in the Arts, Health and Society Division take place within an interdisciplinary approach grounded in the concept of poiesis - our capacity to shape the world and thereby ourselves. Poiesis through play, art and ritual takes us into the alternative world of the imagination, thereby expanding our range of play and providing us with a greater sense of our own resources. Education in the Expressive Arts at EGS aims to bring together theoretical understanding, practical efficacy and experiential and aesthetic learning by a combination of lectures, discussions and in-class art-making. As part of our learning frame, we offer educational excursions in the beautiful countryside around Saas-Fee, as well as sessions of community art, performances and workshops. Our goal is to help students become prepared to creatively meet the challenges that they will face in their work and in their lives.

The Application and Admission process at the European Graduate School EGS is rigourous and personal. We welcome independent and mature students who can work well within a 23-day or 46-day intensive residency program. Our students choose their own emphasis and area of concentration when they select their Masters and Doctoral / PhD thesis projects. The language of instruction in the Masters and PhD programs is English, though theses can, in principle, also be written in German, French or Spanish or with an adequate translation.

Financial Aid is available through Matching Scholarships and work/study positions.


Students residing in Canada are eligible for Canadian Student Loans.

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