Master in Quantitative Economics and Finance (MiQE/F)


Program Description

Fact sheet MiQE/F

Our factsheet gives you an overview of the most important information about the Master's degree program in Quantitative Economics and Finance (MiQE/F).

  • Master's program: Quantitative Economics and Finance (MiQE/F)
  • Degree: Master of Arts HSG (M.A. HSG)
  • Program start: Integration Week, CW 36; Fall semester (calendar week 38)
  • Duration: 1.5 - 2 years / 3 - 4 semesters, full-time
  • Credits: 90 ECTS
  • Program language: English
  • Program running since: 2003, reformed in 2010, 2012 and 2019
  • Accreditation: EQUIS, AACSB
  • Application window: 1st October to 30th April

With its challenging curriculum, the Master's degree program in Quantitative Economics and Finance offers high-quality education in economics, econometrics, and quantitative methods with a strong focus on finance.

The program combines in-depth knowledge in the areas of economics and finance with state-of-the-art quantitative methods, which makes it unique in Switzerland. The MiQE/F trains students to analyze and solve challenging problems in economic policy, finance, and the world of business. Small class sizes ensure inspiring discussions and close contact to the research-oriented faculty. The MiQE/F is an excellent basis for moving on to responsible positions in the private sector or policy institutions as well as for highly selective Ph.D. programs worldwide.

Why choosing MiQE/F at the University of St.Gallen?

  • Studying internationally
  • Excellent career prospects
  • Individual study profile
  • In-depth method training and digitalization
  • Direct contact with renowned faculty
  • Integrative education


  • You develop a deep understanding of economics and finance theories.
  • You gain strong methodological competences with distinctive skills in econometrics, quantitative methods, and machine learning.
  • MiQE/F prepares you for economics in the “digital age”. You will be able to handle, analyze, and interpret large data sets with different tools and programs.
  • You know how to apply your diverse skill-set to analyze data and solve complex and challenging real-world problems.
  • In addition, your management and communication skills are trained.

Career Prospects

Graduates of pure business and economics programs often lack in-depth training in quantitative methods. Mathematicians and statisticians often lack an economics or finance background. As a MiQE/F graduate, you bridge this gap with your diverse skillset.

Policy and financial institutions and firms in the private sector are increasingly confronted with complex problems requiring a confident application of methods as well as a deep understanding of economic processes and the finance sector. MiQE/F graduates are well prepared for responsible positions in the areas of banking and finance, consulting, and insurance. Due to its strong methodological training, MiQE/F graduates are also extremely well equipped to pursue an academic career.


MiQE/F prepares students with a strong focus on quantitative methods for careers and research positions worldwide.

Duration and structure

The MiQE/F is designed as a full-time study program for a standard duration of 3 semesters. The study period can be extended up to 8 semesters. In total, you will earn 90 ECTS credits, which are divided into core studies, contextual studies and Master thesis. The program can only be started in the autumn semester.

Core Studies

In the Master's degree program in Quantitative Economics and Finance, the core studies are divided into three parts: compulsory courses, core electives and independent electives The compulsory area comprise a total of eight courses, in the core subjects of micro- and macroeconomics, finance and method courses. The core electives area offers a variety of specializations. You have to choose 2 out of 5 core courses in Finance/Econometrics and 1 out of 3 core courses in Economics. In addition, further courses can be selected from the wide range of courses from MiQE/F and other programs. In the independent elective area, you can further sharpen your study profile.

Contextual studies

Contextual studies aim at giving the students, alongside their specific subject competences, social, historical, and cultural awareness to accompany them on their future paths. It also offers skills courses, in which you get to know presentation and negotiation techniques or programming languages. The contextual studies are offered for all programs on the Master’s level.

Master thesis

In your Master thesis, you deal thoroughly with a scientific question. You directly apply the theories and empiricism learned in the core courses. The Master thesis is weighted with 18 ECTS credits and must be written in English.

MiQE/F 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

Study Internationally: Double Degree Programs

We cooperate with renowned schools worldwide. Our Double Degree programs allow you to gain international experience, broaden your perspective, and supplement your MiQE/F degree with a second Master’s degree from leading business universities. 

Please note that you can only apply for the following double degree programs once you have started the MEcon program at the University of St. Gallen. It is not possible to apply directly to one of the following programs. 

  • Double Degree Programme with Stockholm School of Economics (SSE)
  • Double Degree Programme DM2 Europe
  • CEMS Master's in International Management (CEMS MIM)
Last updated Sep 2020

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