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Master of Science in Banking and Finance (120 ECTS, English)

Course Description

The Master in Banking and Finance has been designed to provide graduates with the necessary tools and skills for understanding financial markets and products from a banker's perspective. Lugano being the 3rd financial marketplace in Switzerland provides an ideal venue to offer students with different backgrounds the best possible start for a successful career in banking or finance. The degree provides a background in finance methodology as well as the opportunity to go into more depth in selected topics of banking and finance by choosing electives.

The Master programme stretches over two years and is structured to allow the students to personalise their study curricula according to their individual interests and educational backgrounds. It includes four semesters of lectures and seminars, and an internship.

Visit the Master of Science in Banking and Finance (120 ECTS, English) page on the University of Lugano website for more details!

Student Profiles

USI Master Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of USI and the Università della Svizzera italiana, will award a total of 60 one-off study grants of the amount of 4'000 CHF each. Distribution of the grants will be as followed: 20 grants will be awarded to students that pursued a Bachelor degree at a Swiss University, 20 to students that pursued a Bachelor degree at an Italian University and 20 to students that pursued a Bachelor degree in a University from other countries.

Value of Scholarship(s)

4000 CHF


The merit based grants are given to students admitted as first-year students of a USI Master programme. Merit is determined based on the results of the academic degree that gives access to the Master (usually the bachelor's).

Application Procedure

Candidates are kindly asked to send the complete application by July 31st. All applicants will be notified by the middle of August.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degree in Banking and Finance is the completion of a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) 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 extra EU country) to provide GRE/GMAT scores in support of their application.The number of seats is limited.

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