Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • General programme questions

    How does the MScF programme distinguish itself from similar programmes? Beyond high scientific standards, the programme is designed to prepare and facilitate the transition to the finance professions.

    The first semester concentrates on core courses in the foundations of modern finance, accounting, quantitative methods and economics. After the first semester, the small number of students allows interactive teaching and team work to solve case studies and projects.

    The programme has a strong focus on financial analysis, asset valuation and portfolio management so that it is tailored to take the CFA exams. These professional exams are highly valuable and recognized all over the world.

    Is it possible to prepare for the CFA exam while enrolled in the MScF? The Master has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose programme incorporates at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, which provides you with a solid grounding to sit for the CFA exams.

    Is it possible to follow the course part-time or from a distance? No.

    Are there evening sessions? Unfortunately there are no evening sessions.

    How many people do you admit each year? Our goal is to admit around 30 students every year.

    What is the academic calendar for the MScF? The courses start in mid September every year.

    Do you accept credits and transfers from other universities? Credits transfers obtained in other master programmes are limited to elective courses. They are reviewed case by case.

    Are all the courses in the programme compulsory? No, 30 credits (over 120) are electives.

    I am interested in a PhD in Finance. Does the MScF lead to a PhD? Every year, some students decide to write a PhD thesis at the Institute of Financial Analysis in Neuchatel or abroad (UK, US). Elective courses with strong theoretical foundations, either in Neuchâtel or at other Swiss universities, facilitate the enrollment in a PhD programme.

    Are there any open days I can attend to visit the School? Yes. Check with the secretary and make an appointment.

  • Financing a MScF degree

    What is the tuition and fee schedule for the MScF? Because our university is state sponsored, tuition fees in 2017 are kept at very low levels compared with international standards. They amount to CHF 515 per semester for Swiss residents and CHF 790 per semester for non-Swiss residents.

    Are assistantships available? Yes. However, most of the positions require to be fluent in French.

    What financial aid is available for domestic students? See the Social services webpage.

  • Admission questions

    What are the admission requirements? A Bachelor degree is required.
    Students with a degree in business, economics, math or engineering from a Swiss university are directly admitted.
    Students from universities of applied sciences are admitted to the 30 ECTS pre-programme course.
    Other applications are reviewed by the admissions committee once the application form has been sent.

    I received a bachelor's degree from a non-Swiss university. Am I eligible to apply to the MScF programme? Yes, you are strongly encouraged to apply. The committee decides whether you are admitted directly to the core programme or to the pre-programme depending on your background.

    Do you recommend preparatory courses? An introductory course in finance (Principles of finance) is highly recommended.

    Do I need to submit evidence of my English language proficiency with my application? No. However, if your understanding of English is weak, you have no chance to survive in the programme.

    Is the GMAT/GRE test required? No. If you passed the tests, send your transcripts with the application.

    Who should write recommendation letters? Two representative professors from your Bachelor degree or one professor and your former employer/mentor.

  • Pre-programme courses

    Are grades in the pre-programme courses used in admissions decisions? Yes. If you are granted the credits of the pre-programme courses, you are admitted in the programme without additional academic requirement.

    Do you have to be a UniNe student to take the pre-programme courses? Yes, when enrolled in the pre-programme, you are already considered as part of our community.

    How much do they cost? The tuition fees are CHF 515 per semester for Swiss residents and CHF 790 per semester for non-Swiss residents.

  • Application questions

    What is the application fee? The application fee (100 CHF in 2017) corresponds to the cost of examining your application. Once you are admitted in the programme, this amount is deductible from the tuition fee.

    What are the application deadlines?
    Programme: 30 April 2018
    Pre-programme: 31 December 2017 (30 ECTS) / 30 April 2018 (60 ECTS)

    When will I receive a decision on my application? Your application is reviewed in less than a month after your application.

    I will complete my Bachelor degree before the beginning of the MScF program, but not before the admission deadline. Can I still apply? Yes. However, you need to have your bachelor degree before the programme starts.

    What is the reapplication procedure? The same as the normal application. If your application was rejected, do not reapply unless you obtained another diploma in the meantime.

  • Application process

    How do I submit an application and what documents do I need to provide? How much is the deposit payment? Follow the link. The deposit payment is CHF 100.

    Can I defer my offer? Yes. You need to keep us informed before the end of September.

  • Internship and employment

    How many students are able to get internships? This number is highly variable from 10% to 30% depending on the year but most students prefer to write their thesis under the supervision of a professor.

    Are the internships guaranteed? No. Until now, students easily get internships. However, the administrative burden for non Swiss or non EU students should be considered seriously.

    What is the average salary for MScF graduates? The median is CHF 80'000 when hired and CHF 100'000 after three years for Alumni working in Switzerland.

  • University of Neuchâtel ressources

    Where do I get help as an international student? See the Social services webpage.

    What career resources are available to the MScF students? The university does not offer individualized career resources services. However, we do provide services to write a CV and be prepared for interviews. See the Centre de carrière webpage.

    Does the university provide accomodation? Yes, You will find information on the Prospective students accomodation webpage.

    Can I learn French while studying at the University of Neuchâtel? Yes, for more information visit the ILCF webpage.

    Does our Institute offer merit-based scholarships? Yes, an annual CHF 5'000.-- grant is rewarded on a competitive base.

    Can I play sports at the University of Neuchâtel? Neuchâtel is perfectly located for outdoor sports like rock climbing, skiing (cross-country, back country, free ride), mountaineering, sailing and mountainbiking, see the Service des sports webpage.

  • Visa & immigration

    Do I require a visa to study in Switzerland? If you are a non-EU citizen, you need a visa. For EU citizens, no visa is required.

    What do I need for my visa appointment? See this page.