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MSc Banking and Finance, Program in English

"In order to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing industry, it is necessary to have a firm grasp of technical, methodological, and social skills."

Dr. Ruben Seiberlich, Head of MSc in Banking and Finance

The Master's program in Banking and Finance can be completed as a part-time bilingual program (English/German) or as a full-time program delivered in English. For the part-time program in English/German, please click here.

Managerial roles in banks and financial institutions require a high degree of entrepreneurial thinking, leadership abilities, solid specialist knowledge, and analytical skills.

Our MSc Banking & Finance, Program in English, offers a full time option for those students who do not work part time and wish to enter the job market with a MSc degree as soon as one year after they finish the BSc.

The first 11 months, from September to July, require attendance on site. The assessments in the last semester can be done remotely, offering the possibility to enter the job market in any of the global financial hubs.

At a Glance

Title: Master of Science (MSc) in Banking and Finance
Workload: 90 ECTS-Credits (approx. 2 700 hours of work)
Study Format: Full-time (Bilingual part-time program)
Duration: 3 semesters full-time study with only 11 months of regular attendance
Start of New Program: Mid-September
Enrollment Deadline: 30 May 2022 - Enrollment
Location: Switzerland, Winterthur
Language of Instruction: English
Semester Fee: CHF 720.- semester fee, including flat rate exam fee; CHF 500 additional semester fee payable by students legally domiciled outside Switzerland; registration fee and enrollment fee: CHF 100 (fees are subject to change)
Accreditation: AACSB

Picture Lisa Oberosler

“The MSc Banking and Finance offers the ideal preparation for a career in the dynamic and constantly changing financial market. In addition, the specialization module “Capital Markets and Data Science” was the perfect way to deepen my private equity knowledge. Now I am starting work at one of the largest buyout funds in Frankfurt.”

Lisa Oberosler, Private Equity Analyst, alumna MSc Banking and Finance

What You Will Learn

The program "MSc in Banking and Finance" provides both sound scientific knowledge and practically oriented management know-how at an international level. You will learn to analyze complex tasks, identify different options, and implement solutions effectively. You will deepen your knowledge of the market and its environment and of how to manage financial services providers. You will study risk management, traditional and alternative investments, controlling and business processes, as well as corporate finance. 

“Our Master's program allows you to focus on your career goal: by choosing between two areas of specialization, 'Capital Markets and Data Science' and 'Digital Banking', and by engaging in corresponding application-oriented project work.”


Prof. Dr. Peter Schwendner, Head of Institute of Wealth & Asset Management

Your Career Prospects

Digital Banking

Capital Markets & Data Science

Program Structure and Admission

Practice and Research

The Program will take three semesters to complete and be worth 90 ECTS credits. This is the equivalent of approx. 2,700 hours of study. Nearly half of the program is devoted to applied research. You will complete your studies by completing a Master's thesis based on a practical research question. The first 11 months, from September to July, require attendance on site. The assessments in the last semester can be done remotely.

Picture Michal Svajlen

“As a professional sportsman, the MSc Banking and Finance provided me with the ideal basis for entering the finance sector after my athletic career. Furthermore, the ZHAW gave me a lot of flexibility to pursue my professional sports career while studying. As a result, I was able to remain active in the sporting world alongside my studies and even take part in a European Championship and World Cup.”

Michal Svajlen, former professional handball player, alumni MSc Banking and Finance

What You Need to Qualify

In addition to these basic conditions, there are additional requirements to be met:

Precourses Statistics and Finance

Precourse "Finance Preparation Course 2021 for MSc Banking and Finance" 02 August to 07 August 2021.

Precourse "Online Statistics Preparation Course 2021 for MSc Banking and Finance" from 09 to 14 August 2021.