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Application procedure

Please apply either online or - when online applications are closed - by email to the Registration Office (Bureau des immatriculations) using this application form (fees are mentioned on page 2).

Content of the application file:

  • Application form and all the documents indicated on the form
  • Short letter of motivation (highly recommended)
  • One letter of recommendation (not mandatory).

⇒ ​TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, IELTS scores are not required. However, the programme is entirely in English and therefore a good command of the language is recommended (IELTS score 5.5 or more).

Visa

Applicants who need a visa must start the procedure sufficiently early. We recommend that you apply about six months before the beginning of classes in September or February. See additional information here.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Students enrolled in a bachelor programme at the University of Neuchâtel

Students enrolled in a bachelor's programme at the University of Neuchâtel only need to complete this form and are directly admitted.

 

Students with a bachelor degree from a Swiss university

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

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

  • Application deadline: 30 April 2023
  • Beginning of the programme: 19 September 2023.

Students with a bachelor degree in business from a Swiss university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule, HES or HEG)

Students with a bachelor degree in business from a Swiss university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule, HES or HEG) are admitted conditionally following successful completion of a one-semester 30 ECTS bachelor-level pre-programme (available in English).

  • Application deadline: 30 November 2022
  • Beginning of the pre-programme: 20 February 2023
  • Beginning of the MScF programme: 19 September 2023​.

Students with a non-Swiss bachelor degree

a) Students with a non-Swiss bachelor degree are required to hold a bachelor degree in business or economics, math or engineering or a bachelor degree in another field with sufficient exposure to finance and economics.

  • Application deadline: 30 April 2023
  • If accepted, beginning of the MScF programme: 19 September 2023.

 

b) Students with a non-Swiss bachelor degree with a lack of finance, statistic, and econometrics courses are encouraged to indicate in their application that they are interested in the pre-programme with a start in Spring (30 ECTS) or Fall (60 ECTS). 

If accepted conditionally, students can start the MScF programme following the successful completion of the chosen pre-programme.

Spring pre-programme (30 ECTS)

  • Application deadline: 30 November 2022.
  • One-semester bachelor-level pre-programme (available in English) starting on 20 February 2023.
  • Successful students then begin the MScF programme on 19 September 2023.

Standard pre-programme courses: Principles of Finance (6 ECTS), Introduction to Derivatives (6 ECTS), International Financial Reporting Standards (6 ECTS), Consolidation (3 ECTS), International Finance (3 ECTS), Empirical Research for Decision Makers (6 ECTS).

If the student has already passed comparable courses, the pre-programme courses can be replaced upon request and subject to the approval of the Director of the Master in Finance programme.

Or:

Fall pre-programme (60 ECTS)

  • Application deadline: 30 April 2023.
  • One-year bachelor-level pre-programme (available in English) starting on 19 September 2023.
  • Successful students then begin the MScF programme in September 2024.

Tuition fees

  • CHF 515 per semester for Swiss residents
  • CHF 790 per semester for non-Swiss residents

See details on the page "Taxes universitaires" (in French).

Frequently asked questions

Application questions

General programme questions

Internship and employment

  • How many students are able to get internships?

    Many students complete an internship between two semesters.

    If certain conditions are fulfilled, students can earn 6 ECTS for completing an internship report.

    In addition, it is possible to write an internship thesis instead of a research thesis during the fourth semester. ​The internship thesis is a project completed under the guidance of a company and allows to earn 30 ECTS if a student signs up for the extended 120 ECTS Master in Finance.

  • Are the internships guaranteed?

    It is not possible to guarantee internships, because by Swiss law these have to be based on individual contracts between the student and a company.

    In our experience, good students from Switzerland and the EU comfortably find internships in Switzerland. Non-EU students have to consider additional administrative burdens and constraints from their visa. It is also possible to do internships in another country than Switzerland.

  • What is the average salary for MScF graduates?

    The median is CHF 80'000 when hired and CHF 100'000 after three year for Alumni working in Switzerland.

Need information?

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  • For questions regarding the programme please contact mscf@unine.ch
  • For questions regarding the application procedure, documents to submit and fees, please contact the Registration Office