Structure and contents
The Master in Finance at USI offers preparation for a successful career in the modern financial world. These careers are spread across diverse fields ranging from data analytics and banking regulations to cryptocurrencies. As a reflection of this diversity, the Master’s programme is organised into three minors (streams): Banking and Finance, Quantitative Finance and Digital Finance. The minors are designed to bring together the demands from the industry, individual interests and educational backgrounds.
In the first semester, courses are common across all minors. They are aimed at providing the students with the foundation of finance, statistics, programming, and accounting. They are the basis for all subsequent courses and allow students to identify their personal interests and strengths. At the beginning of the second semester, students choose the minor in which they want to specialise in. The second semester is then dedicated to core courses, establishing the foundations of Banking and Finance, Quantitative Finance and Digital Finance. In the third semester, half of the ECTS (15) are from core (compulsory) courses, which complete the foundations of the chosen fields. For the remaining 15 ECTS, students have access to a great number of elective courses that allow them to customise their curricula according to their individual interests, educational backgrounds, and professional goals. They can also choose to undertake a field project, a real-life consultancy project, with a client in the financial industry. The projects are carried out by a team of four to six Master’s students over a period of three months under the supervision of a Faculty member.
The Master’s degree is obtained after fulfilment of the 90 ECTS. Students may also decide to prolong their stay in the program for one additional semester, during which they can make first experiences with scientific research for a potential academic career, for example within the prestigious and world-renowned SFI PhD Programme in Finance. The master’s thesis awards an additional 30 ECTS, bringing up the total to 120 ECTS. Alternatively, students may build a first-hand industry experience through an internship.
The program is accredited by the Swiss Finance Institute.