Master in Finance

West Campus Lugano, Main Building
West Campus Lugano, Main Building

Kick-start your career with an FT top-ranked Master’s in Finance and specialise in banking, quantitative finance or digital finance.

The Master’s in Finance is designed to provide rigorous and relevant training for future financial professionals. We combine theory and practice to equip you with a solid foundation in financial principles, tools and techniques that position you for a rewarding career in finance. You learn to analyse financial markets, use and structure financial products and devise investment opportunities. USI takes great pride in adapting its course offering to the rapid changes in increasingly complex financial systems.

USI is situated at the heart of Lugano, Switzerland, strategically located on the main north-south axis that connects Zurich and Milan through the Alps. Strong links with financial institutions and practitioners through guest lecturers and faculty-led field projects provide a collaborative, hands-on learning experience. This, together with our internationally renowned faculty, imparts a sophisticated mix of knowledge that you transfer to the industry. The recently introduced track in Digital Finance puts you in a privileged position to take advantage of the new professional opportunities in Fintech. Our graduates occupy top positions in financial and academic institutions worldwide.

The Master’s in Finance is an 18-month / 24-month programme taught entirely in English. You choose between three specialisations, with an optional internship or thesis, in case you want to go for the two-year programme.


Key features

  • Top-ranked by the Financial Times (2023)
  • Internationally renowned faculty
  • Small class size and diverse student body
  • Strong links with industry
  • Outstanding career outcomes
  • Situated in Switzerland, a global financial centre
  • Accredited by the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI)
  • Master thesis award by PwC

The Master’s in Finance is coordinated with the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI), an initiative sponsored by the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) with the purpose of achieving international excellence in banking and finance education and research at Swiss universities.

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