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Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI)

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
7432 EUR/year
3716 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Master in Finance from Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) is designed to provide a rigorous and relevant training for future financial professionals. We combine theory and practice to equip you with a solid foundation in financial principles, tools and techniques that position you for rewarding career in finance.

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You learn how to analyse financial markets, use and structure financial products and devise investment opportunities. USI takes great pride in adapting its course offering to the rapid changes in increasingly complex financial systems.

USI is situated at the heart of Lugano, Switzerland, strategically located on the main north-south axis that connects Zurich and Milan through the Alps. Strong links with financial institutions and practitioners through guest lecturers and faculty-led field projects provide a collaborative hands-on learning experience. 

This, together with our internationally renowned faculty, imparts a sophisticated mix of knowledge that is transferred to the industry through you. The recently introduced track in Digital Finance puts you in a privileged position to take advantage of the new professional opportunities in the area of Fintech. The graduates occupy top positions in financial and academic institutions worldwide.

The Master in Finance from Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI)  is an 18-month / 24-month programme taught entirely in English. You choose between three specialisations, with an optional internship or thesis in case you want to go for the two-year programme.

Career Prospects

A Master’s degree has become a major asset within the finance industry and can open many doors for graduates who are looking to kick-start their careers in finance. There are plenty of potential career paths out there, so a career in banking does not have to be the only option.

A considerable 71% of the Master’s in Finance students find work before having graduated. And only three months after graduation, 86% of the graduates are employed. The overall employment rate is at 94%. 57% accept a job in Switzerland, while work in the rest of the world. 60% of the graduates work in banking and financial services and 12% in consulting. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Statistics
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Programming 
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Investments
  • Risk Management
  • Arbitrage Pricing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degree in Finance is the completion of a Bachelor's degree granted by a recognised university in Economics or related disciplines. Candidates are required to be adequately prepared in the fields of economics and basic quantitative subjects.
  • Applicants are encouraged (compulsory for applicants with a Bachelor obtained in non-EU/non-EFTA) to provide GRE/GMAT scores in support of their application.
  • Candidates with a Bachelor's degree of a recognised University of Applied Sciences may be admitted with 30-60 additional ECTS to be earned during or before the beginning of the programme, with Bachelor or Master courses according to a study programme defined by the scientific director. Admissions will be treated on a case-by-case basis. Please be sure to check the language requirements below.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7432 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3716 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3716 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1858 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National: CHF 2000 
  • International: CHF 4000  


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