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Master of Science in Finance (120 ECTS, English)

Course Description

Finance is the area of economics that studies investment decisions. These decisions are fundamental to the well-being of firms and individuals. Investment outcomes are affected by randomness. Investment decisions involve trade-offs between risk and expected return.

The Master programme includes four semesters of lectures and seminars and an internship. A thorough understanding of risk is necessary to the good management of financial assets. Therefore the first semester is dedicated to the economic and statistical foundations of financial markets and the quantitative disciplines necessary to model them. This knowledge is then applied to the analysis of financial instruments and their markets in the core courses of the second and third semesters.

The Master in Finance is coordinated by the Swiss Finance Institute at the University of Lugano. The Swiss Finance Institute is an initiative sponsored by the Swiss Bankers Association with the purpose of achieving international excellence in banking and finance education and research at Swiss universities.

Visit the Master of Science in 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 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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