Bachelor’s Degree Program in Business Administration with a Specialization in Financial Management
"For a company to survive in the long term, it must remain financially successful. After graduating with a specialization in Financial Management, you'll be able to control a company's finances and play your part in the financial success of any business."
Dr. Maximilian Müller, Program Director
The specialization “Financial Management” focuses mainly on accounting, controlling, auditing, and finance. It will enable you to manage a company’s finances in ways that are fact-based and sustainable.
At a Glance
Title: Bachelor of Science (BSc) ZHAW in Business Administration with a Specialization in Financial Management
Academic Achievement: 180 ECTS credits (one ECTS corresponds to approx. 30 hours of study time)
Duration: 6 semesters (full-time), 8 semesters (part-time)
Start of Program: Mid-September (calendar week 38)
Language of Instruction: German; some modules are taught in English
Semester Fee: CHF 720.- (subject to change)
Application Deadline: 16 July 2023 - apply now
Entrepreneurial decisions are meant to lead to financial success. Specializing in Financial Management will help you make such decisions by giving you sound specialist knowledge and analytical skills for financial and sustainable corporate management combined with an in-depth understanding of modern software tools (data science and analytics).
You will learn to present the asset, financial, and earnings situation of organizations in accordance with the rules and understand the function and responsibilities of auditing. In addition, you will be able to lay the groundwork for financial planning and control on which to make decisions. As an expert in corporate finance and value-based corporate management, you will also gain an overview of the demands of the capital market and regulators. Finally, you will be able to evaluate companies and identify levers to increase their value.
Your professional expertise will include the use of modern financial management tools to take advantage of opportunities for digitalization and make them profitable. Strong interdisciplinary skills are essential for responsible, sustainable corporate management and will round off your professional profile.
- Finance and accounting
- Reporting and controlling
- Financial analysis
- Business consulting
- All sectors of private business
- Public administration
- Fiduciary companies
- Auditing and consulting
About one-third of classes are devoted to the specialization by deepening students’ knowledge of financial management. The program takes six semesters to complete as a full-time and eight as a part-time course of study. A qualification in financial management will also make it easy for you to enroll in recognized industry-specific continuing education programs. For example, you can become a federally certified auditor, tax expert, or expert in accounting and controlling. In addition, the specialization prepares graduates for advanced international qualifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA), and Certified International Wealth Manager (CIWM).
- A federally recognized vocational baccalaureate: no entrance exam or additional professional experience required
- A non-commercial vocational baccalaureate: no entrance exam required; at least one year of regular work experience in the commercial field
- A federally recognized academic baccalaureate: no entrance exam required; at least one year of regular work experience in the commercial field
In 2019, this program was awarded the PREMIUM seal by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) for its excellent quality in study and teaching.
The detailed assessment and further information about the accreditations of the ZHAW School of Management and Law can be found here.