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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 2016 (8th place among more than 200 business schools ranked worldwide).

Curriculum: contents and structure

The MBF offers a clear and very flexible structure. The three exacting compulsory courses Financial Markets, Financial Institutions and Quantitative Methods, to be taken in the first semester, emphasize the holistic concept of the programme. They provide a quantitative as well as a qualitative approach to the large and multifaceted field of finance and combine methods, markets, instruments and institutions. The compulsory courses build the basis for a wide range of core electives in the following two semesters.

With the core electives, students may design their individual curriculum according to their preferences and choose to focus on finance, quantitative risk management, financial services and insurance.

A specialty of the MBF programme is the research seminar that is offered in banking, insurance, finance, portfolio management, corporate finance, alternative investments, pension finance or quantitative methods. The MBF programme is an official Program Partner of the CFA Institute.
In the research seminar, students are required to write an article with a research focus and have to present their results. In combination with the writing of a full Master’s thesis, the MBF therefore ensures a thorough preparation for a Ph.D. programme.

The MBF provides an extensive exchange with practitioners: our industry partners offer guest lectures and facilitate internships as well as a career start. Thanks to their financial support, the MBF invites guest professors from renowned universities on a regular basis.

The Master´s Programme in Banking and Finance (MBF) has been continuously renewing its structure and curriculum to meet the changing needs in today's academic and business worlds. For the updated programme content, please refer to the programme's website: http://www.mbf.unisg.ch

Career perspectives

Thanks to its strong focus on application, the MBF guarantees a successful career start in banking, insurance, asset management, financial consulting, or other areas related to finance. At the same time, the rigorous and research-oriented approach ensures a thorough preparation for further academic studies, especially a doctoral degree.


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!

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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.”


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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

Course Fees

CHF 3326 for matriculated foreign students in a regular semester

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