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Application deadlines

  • 30 April to start programme in the autumn semester
  • 30 April to start the pre-programme (60 ECTS) in the autumn semester
  • 30 November to start the pre-programme (30 ECTS) in the spring semester.

Enrollment

The online platform is currently closed, therefore students need to submit their application by email, to immatriculation@unine.ch

University of Neuchâtel Registration and Conditions page.

Below are the specific admission requirements for the Master of Science in Finance programme.

Content of the application file

  • The application form and all the items indicated on the form
  • A short letter of motivation (not mandatory but highly recommended)
  • A recommendation letter (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).

All applications are reviewed by the admissions committee.

Admission requirements

Students with a bachelor degree from Swiss universities

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 2021
  • Beginning of the programme: 21 September 2021.

Students with a bachelor degree in business from Swiss universities 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 following successful completion of a one-semester 30 ECTS bachelor-level pre-programme (available in English).

  • Application deadline: 30 November 2020
  • Beginning of the pre-programme: 22 February 2021
  • Beginning of the MScF programme: 21 September 2021​.

Students with a non-Swiss bachelor degree

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.

Students with a lack of finance, statistic, and econometrics courses in their Bachelor studies are encouraged to indicate in their application that they are interested in the pre-programme with a start in spring (30 ECTS) or autumn (60 ECTS).

If accepted directly, students can start the master programme on 21 September 2021.

If accepted conditionally, students can start the master programme following the successful completion of:

  • A one-semester 30 ECTS bachelor-level pre-programme (available in English) which begins on 22 February 2021. Successful students then begin the MScF programme on 21 September 2021 (application for spring 2021)
  • A one-year 60 ECTS bachelor-level pre-programme (available in English) which begins on 21 September 2021. Successful students then begin the MScF programme in September 2022 (application for autumn 2021).

 

Standard Bachelor-level pre-programme courses (30 ECTS)

  • Principles of Finance (6 ECTS)
  • Financial Markets (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.

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.

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