Master in Banking and Finance (MBF)


Program Description

Fact sheet MBF

This fact sheet provides key information about the Master in Banking and Finance (MBF).

  • Master's program: Banking and Finance (MBF)
  • Degree: Master of Arts HSG (M.A. HSG)
  • Program start: MBF Integration Days (calendar week 36, mandatory for all students); Fall semester (calendar week 38)
  • Duration: 1.5 years / 3 semesters, full-time
  • Credits: 90 ECTS
  • Program language: English
  • Program running since: 2004
  • Accreditation: EQUIS, AACSB
  • Application window: 1st October to 30th April

Do you want to make an impact as a leader in the financial industry? Then the MBF is the ideal Master's program for successfully starting your career.

With a challenging curriculum in the fields of financial markets, financial institutions, corporate finance, and quantitative methods, the MBF offers a high-quality education in both theory and application. The curriculum is designed in such a way as to ensure that students are able to acquire the foundations in finance in the first semester. Subsequently, students are flexible to select courses according to their individual preferences. Various programming courses are also offered throughout the curriculum.


The MBF community is truly international with students from 80 different countries entering the program each year. We encourage and enable our students to supplement their academic curriculum with international experiences, such as exchange semesters, international research seminars, and double degree programs with leading universities all over the world.


The MBF program is offered by the School of Finance of the University of St. Gallen, one of the largest financial groups in continental Europe. Professors are internationally recognized for their leading academic research and their commitment to excellence in teaching.

Alumni Network

The Alumni Club provides a close network for MBF graduates. The association organizes regular meetings and provides access to exclusive information, events, and people in the financial industry.

Social Responsibility

Our graduates know the ethical principles of business conduct and are able to apply them in decision making. They understand how to avoid financial misbehavior and foster good business practices. 

Financial Times Ranking

The MBF is consistently ranked as one of the top Finance master programs worldwide (2018: 6th place). It is the leading Finance master program in Switzerland and in the whole German-speaking region

Career Prospects

The MBF provides you with the necessary skills to excel in the professional environment and provides platforms to match your high potential with global top employers.

The labor market puts a premium on MBF-HSG degrees which allows the typical graduate to choose from more than 2 job offers upon graduation. In the past year, 100% of our graduates had a job offer three months after graduation. Most MBF alumni work for globally leading financial institutions, management consultancies, and other professional services providers in both Switzerland and around the world.

In order to match your potential with opportunities, the MBF and the Career Service Centre support you in planning your career. Apart from one-on-one career counseling, various recruiting events are offered to students, such as the HSG Banking Days and the HSG TALENTS Conference. Furthermore, students independently organize recruiting events to assist you in starting your career. Selected events include Consulting Days and Private Equity Day.


The MBF offers high-quality education in Financial Markets, Institutions, Corporate Finance, and Quantitative Methods.

General Curriculum

The MBF program is structured in such a way as to ensure that students are able to acquire their basic knowledge in the compulsory courses of the first semester. In the second and third semesters, students select core electives and contextual courses according to their individual preferences and thus determine the orientation of their studies themselves. Like this, the MBF curriculum guarantees the utmost flexibility and freedom of choice.

The MBF program is a full-time study program, requires 90 ECTS and takes three semesters.

Core studies

The core studies comprise the three compulsory courses, the core electives, including a research seminar and the Master’s thesis. Students may design their individual curriculum according to their preferences and choose to focus on corporate finance, risk management & insurance, quantitative methods & data science, banking & the financial economy, financial markets, or alternative investments. Students have the possibility to show a specific subject track in the Master's degree in the form of a Diploma Supplement. The prerequisite for this is the completion of at least 16 ECTS and the writing of the Master's thesis in the corresponding subject track.

Contextual studies

The contextual studies are a common feature of all programs at the University of St. Gallen and give students the opportunity to develop themselves intellectually and culturally beyond the scope of their core studies. While students can choose courses that are related to finance, they are also free to take classes from other fields in order to see the bigger picture.

MBF Admission Criteria

  • Recognized degree with at least 180 ECTS credit points.
  • Language requirements in the language of instruction English.

Please consult our website for further details and the most up-to-date information about the admission criteria.


  • The degree program starts in the autumn semester. The application is made online. The application fee is CHF 250.
  • Application period: 1st October - 30th April

Student Profile

Are you fascinated by financial markets and do you have strong analytical skills? Then the MBF program might be the right challenge for you.

Interest in Financial Markets, Institutions, and Quantitative Methods

Students should be highly interested in financial markets and financial institutions and eager to learn the quantitative methods related to them. The MBF program is challenging and you will be frequently encouraged to go for the extra mile to unleash your full potential. The MBF curriculum is very flexible and designed to define the career path you were destined for.

Academic and Personal Requirements

The MBF program is intended for holders of an excellent Bachelor's degree in business, economics, or in the hard sciences (e.g., mathematics or physics). You should possess strong analytical skills and be ambitious to solve challenging tasks related to financial market theory, institutions, or quantitative finance. Equally important, we expect you to be an effective communicator who is able to explain findings from the frontline of academic research to the practical world. In the MBF program, our graduates will obtain high-quality education in both theory and application. 

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

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