Master’s Programme in Banking and Finance.

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

Program Description
EFMD Equis Accredited

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.

Curriculum: contents and structure

The core studies are made up of compulsory courses and electives, including a research seminar.

Compulsory subjects

In the first semester of the programme, students attend the compulsory courses Financial Markets, Financial Institutions, and Quantitative Methods. In these challenging courses the essential knowledge of finance will be acquired.

Core electives

In the second and third semesters, students may design their individual curriculum according to their preferences and can choose several core electives in order to focus on financial markets, corporate finance, institutions or methods. They can freely combine courses from our long list of core electives.

Research seminar

In the research seminar, students are re- quired to write a seminar paper with a research focus and they have to present their findings. In combination with the Master’s thesis, the MBF therefore provides a thorough preparation for a Ph.D.

Independent electives

Independent electives create additional choices: students may either attend further core electives of the MBF or courses of other Master’s programmes. A third option is to attend courses of the School of Management.

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

MBF students are offered an opportunity to participate in the following double degree and exchange programmes:
  • CEMS Master’s in International Management
  • Double degree programmes with ESADE, Barcelona, Spain; HEC, Paris, France; RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy; and FGVEAESP, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Exchange programmes with more than 190 partner universities worldwide
  • Admission to the MBF programme:

    Please consult our website for the latest detailed admission criteria.

    This school offers programs in:
    • English

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