Goals and Contents
The Master in Finance at USI offers preparation for a successful career in a modern financial world. These careers are spread across diverse fields such as data analytics, banking regulation, and crypto currencies. As a reflection of this diversity, the Master program is organized in three minors (streams): Quantitative Finance, Banking and Finance, and Digital Finance. The minors are designed to bring together the demands from the industry, individual interests and educational backgrounds.
Courses in the first semester are common across all minors. They are aimed at providing the students with the foundation of finance, statistics, programming, and accounting. They are basis for all subsequent courses and allow students to identify their personal interests and strengths. When entering the second semester, students choose the minor in which they want to specialize in. The second semester is then dedicated to core courses, establishing the foundations of Quantitative Finance, Banking and Finance, and Digital Finance. In the third semester, half of the ECTS (15) are from core (compulsory) courses, which complete the foundations of the chosen fields. For the remaining 15 ECTS, students have access to a great number of elective courses that allow them to customize their curricula according to their individual interests, educational backgrounds, and professional goals. They also can choose to undertake a field-project where they develop a consultancy study in group on behalf of a firm, under the supervision of a Faculty member.
The Master degree is obtained after fulfillment of the 90 ECTS from the courses in the minor. Students may also decide to prolong their stay in the program for one additional semester, where they can develop first experience with scientific research and writing for a potential academic career, for example within the prestigious and world-renowned SFI PhD program in finance. The master thesis awards additional 30 ECTS, bringing up the total to 120 ECTS. Alternatively, students may build a first-hand industry experience through an internship.
The program is accredited by the Swiss Finance Institute. To obtain SFI accreditation, students must achieve at least half of the overall ECTS from courses taught by an SFI Faculty.
The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degree in Finance is the completion of a Bachelor's degree granted by a recognised university in Economics or related disciplines. Candidates are required to be adequately prepared in the fields of economics and basic quantitative subjects.
Applicants are encouraged (compulsory for applicants with a Bachelor obtained in extra EU country) to provide GRE/GMAT scores in support of their application.
The number of seats is limited.
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Last updated October 26, 2018