From September 2013 on, the MScF no longer belongs to the Triangle Azur. As far as possible this website has been adapted to take this fact into account, but further modifications to this website are to follow.
Welcome to the website of the Master of Science in Finance (MScF) of HEC Lausanne, one of the faculties of the University of Lausanne. The MScF exists for many years and resulted from a conversion of the Master's in Banking and Finance (MBF) into a Bologne compatible program. It is therefore one of the oldest Finance Masters in Europe. The MScF is a demanding program with high rewards and it is a pleasure for the Scientific Comity to provide you with answers to some of the questions you may have.
The Master of Science in Finance at Lausanne is a two-year program, 120 ECTS, constructed around four semesters. During the first semester we consolidate the previous bachelor knowledge with core courses in finance. The next two semesters are dedicated to a specialization in financial engineering and risk management. The last semester is dedicated to the writing of a Master's Thesis. This thesis can be either of academic or practical nature, the latter being the case if the student performs an internship. All courses given at HEC Lausanne are in English. Excellent mastery of this language is required.
There exists a partnership with the University of Geneva and of Neuchâtel allowing an exchange of our students for some of the courses. Some of those courses might be in french. Combining the strength of three Universities implies that we are able to offer a large spectrum of courses. Also, if you peruse the list of faculty members, participating in our program you will notice that most of them hold a doctoral degree from a prestigious American or European university. You will also notice that they have an impressive publications record, one of the benchmarks used by academics to gauge their ability. They also have close contacts with the financial industry. In addition, our Master of Science in Finance involves members, and builds on the support of the Swiss Finance Institute.
Our philosophy is to maintain an excellent level of education, because the companies and financial institutions recruiting our graduates expect so. Our graduates wish to be distinguished for their excellence. As a consequence, one of the tasks of the faculty is to ensure an excellent level of education by asking our students to take particularly selective examinations at the end of the first semester.
The excellent quality of our Master's of Science in Finance has also been recognized by prestigious organizations such as the CFA, CAIA, and GARP with whom we are program-partner. To be program partner means that our courses cover a large part of the curriculum required to succeed in the respective certification examinations. Notice that HEC Lausanne has been the first university worldwide to obtain a partnership with all three of these prestigious certifying bodies.
Candidates who wish to follow our program will see their application examined by the Scientific Committee. With a fee of around 600 CHF for each semester, our program is price competitive.
We receive a huge amount of questions concerning our program. Even though we try our best to answer these questions on an individual basis, we notice that many of the questions result from prospective students not having carefully read the various pages of this website. Therefore before sending us an email, please consult carefully the various pages of this site and the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) tab on this page.