Master of Science in Finance

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Study overview

The Master in Finance (MScF) degree provides you excellent career opportunities through studying in small classes in the heart of Switzerland, acquiring profound practical knowledge of modern problem-solving techniques in finance, and by preparing for the CFA exams.​

Profound. Practical. Personal.

Profound - Our programme is profound and offers you excellent training in the tools sought by financial institutions, corporations and government agencies. The MScF is partner of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. This means that the programme covers a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ and ensures that you acquire up-to-date knowledge in finance, which will also prepare you for the CFA examinations.

Practical - The programme focuses on practical applications where you learn how to utilise modern methods in finance. You will solve real-life problems during hands-on exercises, computer-lab sessions, internships, or field projects. Meetups with practitioners or the CFA research challenge provide you exposure to the profession.

Personal - Small classes allow for interactive teaching and teamwork in a multicultural environment. Our campus is located in the heart of Switzerland right next to the beautiful lake of Neuchâtel - an ideal place to form the basis for your career in finance.​

  • Programme structure

    MSc in Finance (90 or 120 ECTS)

    Our Master in Finance offers a core programme where you earn 90 ECTS in 3 semesters (18 months).

    Students interested in a research career have the option to complete a research thesis to earn additional 30 ECTS during an additional semester and bring the total amount of ECTS to the number of 120 (24 months).

    MSc in Finance with Data Science Major (120 ECTS)

    Do you plan to work in the intersection between Finance and Data Science?

    You can complement the Master in Finance core programme (90 ECTS) by earning additional 30 ECTS in Data Science courses (e.g., Machine Learning, Data Management, Programming, Computational Thinking, Business Analytics, Data Science for Business) during an additional semester and bring the total amount of ECTS to the number of 120 (24 months).

  • 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

    A Bachelor degree is required. Students with a degree in business, economics, math or engineering from a Swiss university are directly admitted. Other applications are reviewed by the admissions committee. Students from Swiss universities of applied sciences are admitted to the 30 ECTS pre-programme.

Specific strengths

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

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Degree awarded
Master of Science in Finance
Master of Science in Finance with Data Science Major
 
Credits
90 ECTS, 3 semesters or
120 ECTS, 4 semesters
Teaching language
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Master's programme information