MSc in Finance

USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Program Description

MSc in Finance

USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Master Programme in Finance aims to provide in-depth knowledge of professional practice in financial markets. To achieve these targets a good knowledge of financial theory and quantitative methods is developed in the first part of the programme. These notions are then applied to the analysis of financial practice, including new trends.

Goals and Contents

Finance is the area of economics that studies investment decisions.These decisions are fundamental to the well-being of firms and individuals. Investment outcomes are affected by randomness. Investment decisions involve trade-offs between risk and expected return.

The Master programme stretches over two years (120 ECTS) and is structured to allow the students to personalise their study curricula according to their individual interests and educational backgrounds. It includes four semesters of lectures and seminars, and an internship. Typically, in the first semester students attend the foundation courses in order to acquire the basics of finance, accounting and statistics. The second and third semesters are
dedicated to core courses and electives. The final thesis should show the candidate’s ability to integrate acquired knowledge in the advanced scientific analysis of a topic in finance.

The Master programme includes four semesters of lectures and seminars and an internship. A thorough understanding of risk is necessary to the good management of financial assets. Therefore the first semester is dedicated to the economic and statistical foundations of financial markets and the quantitative disciplines necessary to model them. This knowledge is then applied to the analysis of financial instruments and their markets in the core courses of the second and third semesters. Because the programme is based on rigorous quantitative methods, students are required to take the core courses before they can chose electives. The final thesis should then show the candidate’s ability to integrate acquired knowledge in the scientific analysis of quantitative finance problems.

The Swiss Finance Institute at the University of Lugano coordinates the Master in Finance. The Swiss Finance Institute is an initiative sponsored by the Swiss Bankers Association with the purpose of achieving international excellence in banking and finance education and research at Swiss universities. The Institute is highly committed to banking and finance education in Ticino and Switzerland. The importance of the financial area for the Swiss economy strengthens the mission of the Institute to train the people required to meet the challenges of globalisation and the increasing competition in financial markets.

Student Profile

The Master of Finance trains students interested in careers within the core sectors of finance: Asset Management, Investment Banking, Hedge Funds, Risk Management, and Corporate Finance. The programme is aimed at international bachelor graduates with a strong background in mathematics who are interested in developing advanced technical expertise in finance. A good command of  English is a prerequisite.

Admission Requirements

The formal requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognised academic institution in Economics or related disciplines. Good command of English is required.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
2 years
Full time
16,000 CHF
Start date Sept. 2016
Switzerland Lugano
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End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 16,000 CHF