Master of Science in Finance

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Study overview

The Master of Science in Finance offers an outstanding education in finance. Students gain a profound knowledge in the methods used in practical modern finance. This Master is a full-time two-year finance degree with a strong focus on financial analysis and portfolio management. 

​A programme approved by the CFA Institute*

The Master of Science in Finance prepares students for the Chartered Financial Analyst® exams, an internationally recognized certification, which has more than 142’000 recipients throughout the world and among which 1’500 work in Switzerland. Teaching is practically oriented while ensuring a solid academic framework. The strong academic foundation provides the skills necessary to understand contemporary finance both in professional and academic circles.

* Part of the University Affiliation Program

  • Programme structure

    With over ten specialists, the Institute of Financial Analysis is dedicated to teaching (Bachelor, Master’s, PhD and Continuing Education) and research in financial analysis. Among the fields of interest are asset pricing and valuation, risk management, regulation of financial markets, corporate finance, and international accounting and finance. 

    Programme objectives

    The programme consists of four semesters of 30 ECTS credits each.

    • The first semester concentrates on core courses in the foundations of modern finance, accounting, quantitative methods and economics.
       
    • During the second semester, there is a transition towards case-solving as several  courses place a special emphasis on applications.
       
    • The third semester covers advanced topics in finance and provides exposure to the profession.

    Through the programme, elective credits (20 ECTS) allow a customization of the curriculum to match students’ professional goals. During the last semester, students write their master thesis (30 ECTS) and apply the learning of previous courses. The thesis is written independently or during a training period at a financial institution (or at the finance department of a corporation).

  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities

    Students are trained for a broad range of financial positions: investment management, hedge funds, security analysis, corporate finance, venture capital and corporate restructuring, investment, commercial and retail banking, corporate planning, regulatory bodies, audit and consulting firms, investor relations, and finance within the public sector (central banks, governments and international organizations).

    Examples of firms where our graduates have started their careers: Credit Suisse, UBS, Aravis venture capital, Olympia Capital Holding, KPMG, Deloitte, Elsevier, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, OCBC Bank, PepsiCo, Swissquote, Towers Watson, etc.

  • Admission conditions

    Students with a bachelor degree from Swiss universities

    Students with a bachelor degree in business or economics, math or engineering from Swiss universities are directly admitted.

    Students with a bachelor degree in another field with sufficient exposure to finance and economics from Swiss universities are directly admitted.

    • Application deadline: 30 April 2019
    • Beginning of the programme: 17 September 2019

    Students with a bachelor degree in business from Swiss universities of applied sciences

    Students with a bachelor degree in business from Swiss universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschule, HES or HEG) are admitted  following successful completion of a 30 ECTS pre-programme.

    • Application deadline: 31 December 2018​
    • Beginning of the pre-programme: 18 February 2019​
    • Beginning of the MScF programme: 17 September 2019

    30 ECTS pre-programme courses (subject to modification):

    • Consolidation (in English)
    • Empirical methods for economists (in English)
    • International Finance (in English)
    • International Financial Reporting Standards (in English)
    • Mathématiques appliquées 2 (in French)​
    • Principles of Finance (in English)

    For non-French speakers, it is possible to take online courses in English, subject to approval of the Director of the Master in Finance programme.


    Students with a non-Swiss bachelor degree

    Requirements: bachelor degree in business or economics, math or engineering or a bachelor degree in another field with sufficient exposure to finance and economics.

    If accepted directly, students can start the master programme.

    • Beginning of the MScF programme: 17 September 2019

    If accepted conditionally, students can start the master programme following the successful completion of a one-year 60 ECTS bachelor-level pre-programme (available in English).

    • Beginning of the one-year 60 ECTS bachelor-level pre-programme: 17 September 2019
    • Beginning of the MScF programme: September 2020.

     

    • Application deadline: 30 April 2019
    • For students needing a visa, we recommend to apply before February 2019.

Specific strengths

The comfortable small size of the classes provides a unique atmosphere in the classroom, allowing for interactions with professors and other students. Some other specific features of this programme:

  • Practical application knowledge
  • Team work presentations
  • Preparation for CFA charter
  • Solid academic framework
  • Possibility to combine the master’s thesis with an internship
  • Multicultural environment

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Degree awarded
Master of Science in Finance
 
Credits
90 ECTS, 3 semesters
120 ECTS, 4 semesters
Teaching language
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