Minor in Quantitative Finance

Educational path

This Minor aims at providing you with highly quantitative and technical skills, with a focus on the modelling of financial variables and pricing of financial instruments across a broad range of assets. The learning approach combines economic and financial theory with mathematical and statistical methods. The Minor also equips you with basic and advanced programming tools that are required for data analysis and portfolio management.

Career Outlook

As a graduate with this Minor, you can naturally develop your career path in hedge funds, commercial banks, investment banks, insurance/reinsurance companies, central banks, stock exchanges and international financial and regulatory organizations. Typical job roles include – but are not limited to – desk trader, financial economist, financial data scientist, portfolio manager, asset manager, risk advisor, pension fund manager, and pricing optimization strategy analyst.

Study Plan 2023-2025

Semester I ECTS
Statistics 6
Financial Econometrics 6
Programming in Finance and Economics I   3
Financial Accounting 3
Corporate Finance* 6
Investments 6
Semester II EC​TS
Risk Management 6
Programming in Finance and Economics II         3
Arbitrage Pricing 6
Numerical Methods 6
Financial Intermediation 6
Trading and Market Microstructure 3
Semester III ECTS
Financial Modeling 6
Fixed Income Securities and Credit Markets 6
Alternative Investments 3
Structured Products 6
Law, Financial Regulation & Compliance 3
Data Analytics for Finance II 3
Advanced Statistics 6
Global Investment Research 6
Financial Stability 6
Entrepreneurial Finance 6
Advanced Topics in Finance 3
Finance and Sustainability 3
Field Project 9
Semester IV (optional) ECTS
Master Thesis or Coursework 30
Internship 9

*USI Bachelor students who have already obtained credits for the Corporate Finance course by Prof. Fresard will be required to take the Entrepreneurial Finance course.

The study plan might be subject to changes.