Master’s Programme in Banking and Finance.

University of St.Gallen (HSG), School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs

Program Description
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Master’s Programme in Banking and Finance.

University of St.Gallen (HSG), School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs

With a challenging curriculum, the Master’s Programme in Banking and Finance (MBF) is one of the leading international finance programmes. It ranked 8th in the Financial Times Ranking 2016.

In the fields of Financial Markets, Financial Institutions, Corporate Finance and Quantitative Methods, the programme offers high-quality education in both theory and application. It is designed to train our students in the critical reflection of various concepts and approaches prevailing in financial theory and practice.

Educational goals

The programme’s educational goals encompass three dimensions:

1. Functional dimension

An understanding of the function and importance of financial intermediation in the context of the present and future development of economic systems and its integration in the social, legal and political sphere.

2. Instrumental dimension

Knowledge of the theory and application of financial markets, characteristics and implementation of modern financial instruments, and the core functions of modern financial management.

3. Institutional dimension

Knowledge of the core functions of planning, steering and supervision of financial institutions and their strategic business units.

CFA & CAIA programme partnerships

The MBF programme is an official programme partner of the CFA Institute and the CAIA Association. The MBF programme covers more than 70 % of the candidate body of knowledge for all three levels of the CFA programme. These partnerships enable the MBF to award CFA and CAIA fellowships each year to outstanding MBF students who embark on the programme.


The MBF programme has been structured in such a way as to ensure that students are able to acquire their basic knowledge in the three compulsory courses Financial Markets, Financial Institutions, and Quantitative Methods in the first semester. In the second and third semesters, students may design their individual curriculum according to their preferences and choose several core electives to focus on financial markets, corporate finance, institutions or methods. In addition, the core studies comprise independent electives as well as a research seminar and the Master’s thesis which provides a thorough preparation for a Ph.D. Studies are completed with courses in Contextual Studies.

Industrial Partners

The MBF encourages the exchange between students, faculty and the financial industry. The “Partners of the MBF” with Credit Suisse Group, Deutsche Bank, UBS and Zürcher Kantonalbank, guarantee an early contact with potential employers and support the MBF in many ways. Our industrial partners award fellowships to the best students who start the programme, and they award prizes at the end of the programme for the best degree and the best Master’s thesis. Thanks to their ongoing support, the MBF invites visiting professors from internationally renowned universities on a regular basis. Doing internships and collaborating with the financial industry when writing the Master’s thesis is simplified thanks to the “Partners of the MBF”.

Career perspectives

The MBF guarantees a successful career start. Our students

• take up jobs involving practical work in financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, asset management firms, etc;

• work for consulting firms in fields related to financial markets;

• work as auditors in the fields of banking and insurance;

• pursue an academic career in finance, banking or insurance management in the context of doctoral studies (Ph.D.).

International exchange programmes

The MBF offers its students an opportunity to take part in double degree and exchange programmes:

• Exchange programmes with more than 190 partner universities worldwide

• CEMS Master’s in International Management

• DM2 double degree programmes

• Double degree with FGV-EAESP, Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo, Brazil

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This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 20, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 18, 2017
18 months
Full time
3,326 CHF
Apr. 30, 2017
Start date Sept. 18, 2017
Switzerland St.Gallen
Application deadline Apr. 30, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 18 months
Price 3,326 CHF
Fee for Swiss students: CHF 1426