Master in Finance


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. 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).

​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

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


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


Master's programme information

Career opportunities

  • Investment management
  • Hedge funds
  • Security analysis
  • Corporate finance
  • Venture capital
  • 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)