Master in International & Sustainable Finance

Business School Lausanne

Program Description

Master in International & Sustainable Finance

Business School Lausanne

Program Overview

The BSL Master in International and Sustainable Finance (MISF) is a new generation of a master’s program that facilitates a rigorous exploration of finance for a sustainable world.

  • You will explore the interdependence between finance and sustainability and will be exposed to the latest thinking on the shared economy, social value, sustainable investing, micro-crediting, and other models beyond finance as usual.
  • You will develop rigorous finance skills and know-how that are valued globally by taking the preparatory courses for the CFA® Level I exam. The CFA® is known as the top professional qualification for finance and investment professionals.
  • You will explore your leadership capacity and will be encouraged to develop the skills and sensibilities for making a meaningful difference in the world.

Why Sustainable Finance?

Following the financial crisis of 2008, corporations, banks, and national governments realized that they needed to increase financial stability, reduce systemic risk, and consider social and environmental challenges in business operations. The crisis revealed the limitations of the existing financial paradigm of quick profit maximization and return on investment, often achieved at the expense of long-term stability and economic health. Today, corporate governance and sustainable development are a strategic priority for financial institutions and companies around the world. In this context, the Master in International and Sustainable Finance aims to shape responsible financial professionals who proactively tackle the challenges in the financial sector and the global economy.

CFA® Level I preparation

Students who qualify will have the opportunity to embark on an additional 3-month CFA preparation term that is entirely focused on the groundwork for the CFA® Level I exam. The courses cover subjects such as money and capital markets, fixed income and equities, derivatives, ethics and economics, and corporate finance.

BSL Signature Features

  • Small classes with personalized attention and support from professors
  • Professors who are seasoned and currently active business practitioners and experts in their field
  • International and diverse environment with students from 60 nationalities

Applications for the 2018/2019 academic year are closed!

For further intakes information and the option MIB with CFA preparation program please contact the BSL education consultants.


Can I transfer credits to BSL programs?
Credits are not transferable for the Masters Programs
What specializations are available in the Master’s program?
Our Master’s programs do not offer any specializations.
The Master in International Business (MIB) however suggests three different program options: (1) MIB Classic with Project Management, (2) MIB Global Business including a study exchange in Beijing, China, and (3) MIB Hybrid Digital including the completion of an online nano degree “Data Analyst” or “Tech Entrepreneur” ( with the facilitation of a BSL professor.
The Master in International and Sustainable Finance does not offer any specialization, yet it includes a series of 5 preparatory courses for the CFA Level I exam.
What is the language of instruction at BSL?
All courses at BSL are given in English.
How difficult is it to study at BSL?
To study towards any degree at BSL is not easy, but it is a worthwhile experience that will offer enriching learning experiences. Such experiences only exist where every student gives his or her very best effort and is willing to work hard to achieve good results.
What are the requirements to be accepted at BSL?
Please check the admissions criteria for the Master in International Business or Master in International and Sustainable Finance programs.
Besides the administrative papers and letters, you need to show that you are not only interested in management and industry, but that you have an interest in the long-term development and sustainability of the businesses or the organizations you are hoping one day to work in. You need to do at least two things to show that you have these interests: write a motivation letter and attend the interview (by Skype or in person).
First, you must describe in your motivation letter what kind of industry or career you are interested in and why (it can be anything you wish, such as business, fine arts, charities, government, nature, sports, etc.). Also in the motivation letter, you need to explain what you think the skills are that you want to learn in order to become qualified for the industry that interests you.
Second, at the interview, you will be asked to evaluate to what extent you really want to study at BSL. This may surprise you! It is not simply the school that decides if it will accept you, but you must also decide if you accept the school. This means that you must first explore what BSL does. BSL is not just a school to get a degree. BSL is a place where you can enrich your learning experience. So, prepare for the interview by checking online about everything you can find about the school. In order to study at BSL, you will be expected to make a commitment to working hard, and studying and behaving like a professional.
Do you require work experience for the Master’s programs?
No work experience is required to enter the BSL Master’s programs.
What TOEFL score do I need to apply at BSL?
As part of the selection process, successful applicants are interviewed to assess their level of English and their chances of success in the particular program. As a guide, you will need a level of English as follows:
IELTS 6.5; TOEFL 90; TOEIC 800 or equivalent (one test required only)
The BSL TOEFL code is 0018.
Do I need to take the GMAT to enter the Master’s program?
GMAT score is not required for your application for a BSL Master’s program.
Why do other universities ask for the GRE or the GMAT and BSL does not?
These two exams are often required to enter graduate studies in the USA. Graduate studies are studies for the Master’s degree or higher. American universities have agreed on these standard exams in order to screen out applicants who do not respond to these standards, and this is exactly where BSL diverges. You can apply to BSL without the GRE or the GMAT. Besides standards on which many schools insist for their admission, there are two other reasons why BSL does not require these exams, namely because high exam results do not predict who will become excellent business managers, and because at an international school such as BSL, an international standardized exam will not offer a fair chance to all applicants from around the world.
Does BSL offer scholarships?
In the spirit of academic encouragement, BSL is willing to offer scholarships of a maximum of 50% off the tuition for the first three terms of a Master’s program. Applicants are reviewed on an individual basis and are judged according to their academic achievements, personal motivation, and the general positivity that they can add to the school. Merit-based scholarships are then available to high-performing students for the second part of the program.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated September 25, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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18 months
38,000 CHF
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BSL Master in International & Sustainable Finance