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The Master of Science in Finance

The Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) created The Master of Science in Banking and Finance in 1993 as the first graduate program in Switzerland specialized in Finance. In 2005, following the Bologna Agreements, this program changed to a two year program and changed its name into MScF (Master of Science in Finance). The MScF is an international program. Many students are from abroad, and come from different backgrounds.                                
The MScF covers all major topics of finance such as corporate finance, contingent claim valuation theory (options and derivatives), asset allocation, bank management and financial engineering. It also offers specialized courses in commodities markets or financial intermediation, for instance. The MScF not only focuses on the theoretical foundations of finance, but also teaches students how to apply their new skills.
Most of the IBF’s faculty teach in the MScF program, which is designed for students willing to pursue a career in the financial industry or preparing for a doctoral program.

The MSc in Finance specialized in financial engineering offered by HEC Lausanne has been recognized by CFA Institute as a CFA Program Partner and by CAIA Association as CAIA Academic Partnership Program.


Executive MBA program in Asset and Wealth Management

Internationally focused dual degree program, the Executive MBA (EMBA) program in Asset and Wealth Management in conjunction with the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and the Swiss Finance Institute is designed for private and institutional investment managers, private banking relationship managers and other investment.

Graduates of this new program will receive an Executive MBA Degree in Asset and Wealth Management from the Tepper School of Business and an Executive MBA Degree in Asset and Wealth Management from HEC Lausanne, the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne.

The dual-degree program has been designed toward meeting the requirements for multifaceted asset and wealth management professionals within the global marketplace, a need that has been highlighted by challenging economic conditions.

This program will not only provide executives with the conceptual and practical tools and the in-depth financial and investment expertise required to compete at the highest levels of this field but it will also equip participants with the managerial tools necessary to assume a leadership role by exploring how to best translate new knowledge into practice in the information-intensive financial services industry.

It will be spread over 20 months and will involve six two-week classroom modules based alternately at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and HEC Lausanne, the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne. Expected to attract investment professionals from around the world, the inaugural class begins in May 2011. Application materials and additional program information are available online at:

The Swiss Finance Institute's PhD program

As of January 1, 2006, the International Center FAME has been merged into the Swiss Finance Institute. The FAME doctoral program in finance was extended to all of Switzerland and organized as a centrally coordinated program operating on 3 campuses, Léman, Lugano and Zurich.

In its endeavor to further develop and promote research in Switzerland, the Swiss Finance Institute hosts a nationally-coordinated PhD Program in Finance. This program is based on a defined three to four-year curriculum including courses, seminars and intensive tutoring. This program aims at being recognized as the leading PhD program in Europe in its field with an intellectual environment and a course offering comparable to the best programs in the world.

HEC Lausanne is one of the Universities partner.                                                                                         

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