Master in Private Banking and Wealth Management

Sciences Po

Program Description

Master in Private Banking and Wealth Management

Sciences Po

The Master in Private Banking and Wealth Management is SciencesPo’s one-year program for young graduates interested in private banking, wealth and asset management and humanities. It is the ideal program for serious students aspiring to become truly specialized private bankers and wealth managers.


The program focuses on the fundamentals of banking and, in particular, provides students with critical knowledge regarding assets, compliance, and the ethical and legal environment of wealth management. These foundational courses are contextualized and grounded in the humanities through SciencesPo’s core curriculum courses in political science, law, sociology, history and economics and completed by specialized skills training in ethics and compliance.

In particular, the Master in Private Banking and Wealth Management will:

  • Foster their analytical capacity through a multidisciplinary approach
  • Develop their skills in client relationship management, and managerial skills in general, with an emphasis on professional negotiation and digital skills
  • Develop their expertise across all asset classes and in global investment strategy optimization
  • Offer a privileged connection to SciencesPo’s network of corporate partners and facilitate access to the labor market

Innovative teaching methods

The master emphasizes interdisciplinary analytical tools and hands-on training workshops as essential to understanding and performing in the field of private banking and wealth management.

It is built on a case study approach that is further enriched by the experience and the diversity of the cohort. A high level of interaction is fostered by the small size of the class (the program enrolls 25 to 30 students a year).

Students also have access to the full curriculum of SciencesPo’s Department of Economics in business, management, finance and economics as well as SciencesPo’s graduate “common core curriculum” in the humanities. They may choose from a wide range of courses and workshops offered in English and French, according to their individual academic and professional needs and interests.


The Master draws upon SciencesPo’s world-class faculty and its unparalleled network of experts. The program also mobilizes the SciencesPo alumni community, whose members are committed to mentoring and guiding students in their projects and career development as well as to teaching “master classes”.

Core courses are taught by both members of its permanent faculty - notably calling upon the deep knowledge and expertise of Sciences Po’s Department of Economics - and by adjunct professors who are leading industry specialists from SciencesPo’s corporate partners.

Structure and Curriculum

Taught entirely in English with optional courses taught in English and French, the program includes:

  • A one-week orientation period in August in order to refresh fundamentals of quantitative skills
  • The Fall Semester made up of seven core courses and two electives
  • A three-week internship in January in private banking as a first step onto the labor market and as a networking opportunity – provided by SciencesPo
  • The Spring semester made up of seven core courses and two electives
  • The final Summer semester made up of six advanced courses and which is dedicated to developing practical leadership and management/professional skills.

In addition to these courses, students may choose to enroll in a language course. Non-French speakers are particularly encouraged to enroll in French language classes. The overall required number of credits is 100 ECTS, the equivalent of about 25 courses , which makes the curriculum one of the most demanding specialized master programs.


The candidates must hold at least a bachelor degree with either 3-year work experience or a Master Year 1 under validation and, ideally, internship experience. They must demonstrate proficiency in English. Admissions open in October for the 2016 intake .

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

Last updated May 13, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
1 year
Full time
21,000 EUR
Start date Aug. 2017
France Paris, Ile-de-France
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Duration 1 year
Price 21,000 EUR
Sciences Po awards scholarships to a select number of outstanding students that come in the form of tuition waivers, ranging from 10 to 50% of total fees.