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.
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.