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Admission requirements and deadlines

Students with a bachelor degree from Swiss universities

  • Students with a bachelor degree in business or economics, math or engineering from Swiss universities are directly admitted
  • Students with a bachelor degree in another field with sufficient exposure to finance and economics from Swiss universities are directly admitted
  • Application deadline: 30 April 2020
  • Beginning of the programme: 14 September 2020.

Students with a bachelor degree in business from Swiss universities of applied sciences

  • Students with a bachelor degree in business from Swiss universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschule, HES or HEG) are admitted  following successful completion of a 30 ECTS pre-programme
  • Application deadline: 31 December 2019
  • Beginning of the pre-programme: 17 February 2020
  • Beginning of the MScF programme: 14 September 2020
  • The Bachelor-level pre-programme courses are in finance, accounting and econometrics/statistics
  • For non-French speakers, it is possible to take online courses in English, subject to approval of the Director of the Master in Finance programme.

Students with a non-Swiss bachelor degree

  • Students with a non-Swiss bachelor degree are required to hold a bachelor degree in business or economics, math or engineering or a bachelor degree in another field with sufficient exposure to finance and economics
  • If accepted directly, students can start the master programme on 14 September 2020
  • If accepted conditionally, students can start the master programme following the successful completion of a one-year 60 ECTS bachelor-level pre-programme (available in English) which begins on 14 September 2020. Successful students then begin the MScF programme in September 2021
  • For students needing a visa, we recommend to apply before February 2020
  • In all cases the application deadline is: 30 April 2020.

Content of the application file

  • The application form and all the items indicated on the form
  • A short letter of motivation (not mandatory but highly recommended)
  • TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, IELTS scores (not mandatory)
  • A recommendation letter (not mandatory)

All applications are reviewed by the admissions committee.

Frequently asked questions

  • Application questions

    What is the application fee? The application fee (100 CHF in 2019) corresponds to the cost of examining your application. Once you are admitted in the programme, this amount is deductible from the tuition fee.

    When will I receive a decision on my application? Your application is reviewed in less than a month after your application.

    I will complete my Bachelor degree before the beginning of the MScF programme, but not before the admission deadline. Can I still apply? Yes. However, you need to have your bachelor degree before the programme starts.

    What is the reapplication procedure? The same as the normal application. If your application was rejected, do not reapply unless you obtained another diploma in the meantime.

  • General programme questions

    How does the MScF programme distinguish itself from similar programmes? Beyond high scientific standards, the programme is designed to prepare and facilitate the transition to the finance professions.

    The first semester concentrates on core courses in the foundations of modern finance, accounting, quantitative methods and economics. After the first semester, the small number of students allows interactive teaching and team work to solve case studies and projects.

    The programme has a strong focus on financial analysis, asset valuation and portfolio management so that it is tailored to take the CFA exams. These professional exams are highly valuable and recognized all over the world.

    Is it possible to prepare for the CFA exam while enrolled in the MScF? The Master is part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. This status is granted to institutions whose programme incorporates at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, which provides you with a solid grounding to sit for the CFA exams.

    Is it possible to follow the course part-time or from a distance? No.

    Are there evening sessions? Unfortunately there are no evening sessions.

    How many people do you admit each year? Our goal is to admit around 30 students every year.

    What is the academic calendar for the MScF? The courses start mid-September every year.

    Do you accept credits and transfers from other universities? Credits transfers obtained in other master programmes are limited to elective courses. They are reviewed case by case.

    Are all the courses in the programme compulsory? No, 30 credits (over 120) are electives.

    I am interested in a PhD in Finance. Does the MScF lead to a PhD? Every year, some students decide to write a PhD thesis at the Institute of Financial Analysis in Neuchatel or abroad (UK, US). Elective courses with strong theoretical foundations, either in Neuchâtel or at other Swiss universities, facilitate the enrollment in a PhD programme.

    Are there any open days I can attend to visit the School? Yes. Check with the secretary and make an appointment.

  • Internship and employment

    How many students are able to get internships? This number is highly variable from 10% to 30% depending on the year but most students prefer to write their thesis under the supervision of a professor.

    Are the internships guaranteed? No. Until now, students easily get internships. However, the administrative burden for non Swiss or non EU students should be considered seriously.

    What is the average salary for MScF graduates? The median is CHF 80'000 when hired and CHF 100'000 after three years for Alumni working in Switzerland.

  • Language requirements

    The programme is entirely in English, therefore a good command of the language is recommended (IELTS score 5.5 or more).

  • Tuition fees
    • CHF 515.00 per semester for Swiss residents
    • CHF 790.00 per semester for non-Swiss residents

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For any questions, please contact immatriculation@unine.ch

Quick links

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UniNE - Master in Finance page (general information)