Program objectives

The Master of Science in Finance offers an outstanding education in finance. Students gain a profound knowledge in the methods used in practical modern finance. This Master is a full-time two-year finance degree with a strong focus on financial analysis and portfolio management. The p consists of four semesters of 30 ECTS credits each.

The first semester concentrates on core courses in the foundations of modern finance, accounting, quantitative methods, and economics. During the second semester, there is a transition towards case-solving as several courses place a special emphasis on applications. The third semester covers advanced topics in finance and provides exposure to the profession. Through the p, elective credits (20 ECTS) allow a customization of the curriculum to match students’ professional goals. During the last semester, students write their master thesis (30 ECTS) and apply the learning of previous courses. The thesis is written independently or during a training period at a financial institution (or at the finance department of a corporation). For a detailed presentation of the p, visit our website.

Approved by the CFA Institute (Part of the University Recognition program).

The Master of Science in Finance prepares students for the Chartered Financial Analyst® exams, an internationally recognized certification, which has more than 120’000 recipients throughout the world and among which 1’500 work in Switzerland. Teaching is practically oriented while ensuring a solid academic framework. The strong academic foundation provides the skills necessary to understand contemporary finance both in professional and academic circles.

Career opportunities

Students are trained for a broad range of financial positions: investment management, hedge funds, security analysis, corporate finance, venture capital and corporate restructuring, investment, commercial and retail banking, corporate planning, regulatory bodies, audit and consulting firms, investor relations, and finance within the public sector (central banks, governments and international organizations). Examples of firms where our graduates have started their careers: Credit Suisse, UBS, Aravis venture capital, Olympia Capital Holding, KPMG, Deloitte, Elsevier, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, OCBC Bank, PepsiCo, Swissquote, Towers Watson, etc.

Interactive teaching

The comfortable small size of the classes provides a unique atmosphere in the classroom, allowing for interactions with professors and other students. Some other specific features of this:

  • Practical application knowledge
  • Teamwork presentations
  • Preparation for CFA charter
  • Solid academic framework
  • Possibility to combine the master’s thesis with an internship
  • Multicultural environment

Who we are

With over ten specialists, the Institute of Financial Analysis is dedicated to teaching (Bachelor, Master’s, Ph.D. and Continuing Education) and research in financial analysis. Among the fields of interest are asset pricing and valuation, risk management, regulation of financial markets, corporate finance, and international accounting and finance.

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4 - 6 semesters
790 CHF
Each semester costs 790 CHF
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