Master of Science in Finance

Università della Svizzera italiana
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Autumn 2024
Application deadline: 30/04/24 for non-EU/EFTA; 30/06/24 for EU/EFTA

About this program

Master of Science in Finance

The Master in Finance at USI offers preparation for a successful career in the modern financial world. These careers are spread across diverse fields ranging from data analytics and banking regulations to cryptocurrencies.

As a reflection of this diversity, the Master’s programme is organised into three minors (streams):

  • Quantitative Finance
  • Banking and Finance
  • Digital Finance

The minors are designed to bring together the demands from the industry, individual interests and educational backgrounds. 

In the first semester, courses are common across all minors. They are aimed at providing the students with the foundation of finance, statistics, programming, and accounting. They are the basis for all subsequent courses and allow students to identify their personal interests and strengths. At the beginning of the second semester, students choose the minor in which they want to specialise in. The second semester is then dedicated to core courses, establishing the foundations of Banking and Finance, Quantitative Finance and Digital Finance. In the third semester, half of the ECTS (15) are from core (compulsory) courses, which complete the foundations of the chosen fields. For the remaining 15 ECTS, students have access to a great number of elective courses that allow them to customise their curricula according to their individual interests, educational backgrounds, and professional goals. They can also choose to undertake a field project, a real-life consultancy project, with a client in the financial industry. The projects are carried out by a team of four to six Master’s students over a period of three months under the supervision of a Faculty member.

Admission requirements

Academic 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.

The number of places is limited.

Language requirements

Admission to English-language graduate-level (Master) programmes at USI requires a good command, or advanced knowledge, of the English idiom. Non-English native speakers applying for the Master, or whose previous degree was obtained in another language than English, are required to provide an internationally acknowledged language certificate equal to the B2+ level (IELTS 6.5), as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR), or equivalent (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).

A complete list of the accepted English language certificate is available in the Section Admission requirements on the website.

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The semester fees are CHF 4,000. For candidates resident in Switzerland and Lichtenstein at the time of the final high school exam (maturità), the semester fee is CHF 2,000.


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Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)

USI Università della Svizzera italiana is a member of the Swiss universities system and the only Italian-speaking University in Switzerland. It is a multi-lingual university with courses taught in Italian and English and it has a strong international orientation. USI’s...

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Why study at Università della Svizzera italiana

USI is a young and lively university, a hub of opportunity open to the world where students are offered a quality interdisciplinary education in which they can be fully engaged and take center stage.

Seven reasons for choosing USI:

  • Quality of the Swiss university system
  • International faculty
  • Leading interdisciplinary education
  • Teacher/student ratio 1 to 9
  • Strong ties with the business world
  • Flexible structure, open to the exchange of ideas
  • International, dynamic and welcoming environment


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Tsenddorj D.

At USI, I had the most exclusive education in Finance from the Professors of Swiss Finance Institute, a top-tier institute in finance research.


I was among the lucky few students in the 2013 intake of Master in Finance. Swiss Finance Institute coordinates and accredits the program. A semester abroad to any Master in Finance program across Switzerland is possible. My choice was HEC-Unil, also a great institution, home of Walras and Pareto. Professors of the Finance program are absolutely...

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