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M.A. HSG in Banking and Finance

Course Description

With a challenging curriculum, the Master’s Programme in Banking and Finance (MBF) is one of the leading international finance programmes. In the fields of Financial Markets, Financial Institutions, Corporate Finance and Quantitative Methods, the programme offers high-quality education in both theory and application. It is designed to train our students in the critical reflection of various concepts and approaches prevailing in financial theory and practice. The high quality in teaching and education was confirmed by the Financial Times Ranking 2017 (10th place among more than 200 business schools ranked worldwide).

Curriculum: contents and structure

The core studies are made up of compulsory courses and electives, including a research seminar.

Compulsory subjects

In the first semester of the programme, students attend the compulsory courses Financial Markets, Financial Institutions, and Quantitative Methods. In these challenging courses the essential knowledge of finance will be acquired.

Core electives

In the second and third semesters, students may design their individual curriculum according to their preferences and can choose several core electives in order to focus on financial markets, corporate finance, institutions or methods. They can freely combine courses from our long list of core electives.

Research seminar

In the research seminar, students are required to write a seminar paper with a research focus and they have to present their findings. In combination with the Master’s thesis, the MBF therefore provides a thorough preparation for a Ph.D.

Independent electives

Independent electives create additional choices: students may either attend further core electives of the MBF or courses of other Master’s programmes. A third option is to attend courses of the School of Management.

Career perspectives

The MBF guarantees a successful career start. Our students
• take up jobs involving practical work in financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, asset management firms, etc;
• work for consulting firms in fields related to financial markets;
• work as auditors in the fields of banking and insurance;
• pursue an academic career in finance, banking or insurance management in the context of doctoral studies (Ph.D.).


The MBF ist taught in English.

Visit the M.A. HSG in Banking and Finance page on the University of St Gallen website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Olga Kozjukova

2116.jpg “The MBF is great for students who are interested in a finance-related career because of its excellent reputation and the high quality of the teaching faculty. Beyond its outstanding content, the MBF offers interesting opportunities such as fellowships and international exchange programmes.”


University of St.Gallen Loan and Scholarship Fund - 20+ Awards

Please visit our website for detailed Information concerning the loan and scholarship fund.

Value of Scholarship(s)

The value depends on the financial situation of each applicant.


To be eligible for either a loan or a scholarship, applicants must be enrolled for a minimum of one semester. Further information can be found under http://www.studyfunding.unisg.ch

Application Procedure

Please read our "Awarding principles and power of attorney" where you can find the qualification criteria.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

See university website: View Website

Last Updated

20 July 2017

Course Fees

CHF 3326 for matriculated foreign students in a regular semester

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