Master in Banking and Finance
"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
Managerial roles in banks and financial institutions require a high degree of entrepreneurial thinking, leadership abilities, solid specialist knowledge, and analytical skills. This MSc program helps you get ready to assume demanding professional and managerial positions.
5 Reasons for MSc in Banking and Finance
AACSB Accreditation: In 2015, the ZHAW School of Management and Law became the first business school of a Swiss university of applied sciences to be accredited by AACSB. Benefit from a seal of quality which is known and respected in the international labor market.
International Orientation: Take advantage of a network of over 150 selected partner universities worldwide and gain valuable international experience by spending a semester abroad.
Top Instructors with Practical Experience: Learn from academically qualified lecturers with relevant professional experience and make use of their first-rate networks of international contacts.
Basis for International Finance Programs: Be efficient and study for an additional qualification such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) in combination with or subsequently to our program.
Close Proximity to Zurich - Financial and Business Hub: Enjoy the close proximity of the Winterthur campus to the financial and business hub of Zurich. Not only will you be able to combine part-time work and study, you will also have the opportunity to build an excellent network of professional contacts.
“The Master’s program is an excellent mix of theory and practice and covers a wide range of banking and finance topics.”
Claudia Fisch, Head of Product Management Basis, Thurgauer Kantonalbank, Alumna of MSc in 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.
“The Master’s in Banking and Finance successfully combines specialist education, the promotion of leadership skills, and the acquisition of scientifically grounded methodological competence.”
Prof. Heinz Knecht, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Your Career Prospects
- Management support
- Project management
- Staff positions
- Highly demanding specialist positions
- Leadership roles
- Consulting for managing demanding portfolios
- Financial services provider
- Pension funds
- Investment funds
- Wealth manager
- Financial consultant
Program Structure and Admission
Practice and Research
A flexible timetable will enable you to work part-time with a workload of 40%. The program will take you four 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 Master’s program prepares me perfectly for a career in the financial sector and gives me the opportunity to gain professional experience at the same time.”
Nicolai Donat, student, MSc in Banking and Finance
What You Need to Qualify
- You need to meet a number of criteria to qualify for this MSc program. The main requirement is a Bachelor's degree in Banking and Finance or an equivalent university qualification in Business Administration. The admission of individual applicants is based on their overall profile and will be approved on merit.
- If you have a university degree in another, related discipline, such as business law, economic journalism, economic engineering, or economics, you may be admitted subject to additional achievements to be completed.
In addition to these basic conditions, there are additional requirements to be met:
- Foundation knowledge of banking and finance worth 30 ECTS credits
- Ability to actively follow classroom instruction in English and use course materials in English.
At a Glance
Title: Master of Science (MSc) in Banking and Finance
Workload: 90 ECTS-Credits (approx. 2 700 hours of work)
Duration: 4 Semester (While enrolled in the program, students can hold a part-time job or do family work not exceeding a workload of 40%)
Attendance: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday morning
Start of New Program: Mid-September
Enrollment Deadline: Mid-May - Enrollment
Location: Switzerland, Winterthur
Language of Instruction: Englisch
Semester Fee: CHF 720.-
Double Degree Programs
A double degree consists of two degrees awarded by two different universities. They allow students the opportunity to specialize and go in depth into a particular field of study, or to follow a new subject. International double degrees, where qualifications are gained from more than one country, provide a unique opportunity for students to achieve a competitive advantage in a global business market.