Banking and Finance

A Master's study program in Banking and Finance provides an in-depth insight into the world of banks and financial markets, addressing questions such as: How do you value stocks and other securities? Where do companies obtain the capital for takeovers worth billions, and how do they decide where to invest? To what extent can turbulence affecting financial markets be attributed to psychological factors?

The Master's study program contains four areas of concentration. In Banking, you will take a more intensive look at the structures of credit institutions and how they work. Corporate Finance examines company finance and investment economics. In Financial Economics, you will deal with resource allocation as well as pricing on capital and financial markets, and in Quantitative Finance, you will use applied mathematical methods to analyze financial market-related subjects.

As a business and financial center with a strong international profile, Zurich offers an outstanding environment for studying Banking and Finance. Thanks to guest lectures from business representatives and seminars offered in cooperation with companies, you will come into contact with the professional world right from an early stage.

Good knowledge of English is required for the Master's program in Banking and Finance as the majority of courses are taught in English.

Career prospects and further degree programs

Graduates are ideally qualified to assume specialized or management roles of significant responsibility in the banking, insurance and consulting industries and in the public sector. Careers as an investment banker, financial analyst, risk manager, portfolio manager or financial consultant represent only a small selection of a broad array of professional options.

Moreover, graduates with the right aptitude have the opportunity to pursue academic research by completing a doctorate.

Department of Banking and Finance

Major Minor other

Banking and Finance is available as:

Major program: 90 ECTS credits. 
Can be combined with the following minor programs:

Business and Economics


Accounting and Finance Development and
Economic Policy
Data Science
Banking Financial Economics Informatics

Banking and Finance

Managing Education Information Systems
Behavioral Economics Marketing People-Oriented Computing
Business Administration Sports Management  
Corporate Finance Sustainable Finance  
Economics Quantitative Finance  
Minor program: 30 ECTS credits.
Can be combined with the following major programs:
Business and Economics Informatics
Banking and Finance   Artificial Intelligence
Business Administration   Data Science
Economics   Information Systems
Management and Economics   People-Oriented Computing
    Software Systems
Minor program for students from other faculties: 30 ECTS credits.
This minor study program can be combined with a major study program in accordance with the provisions set out in your program.


What next?

Are you planning to pursue a Master's degree program at our Faculty? Here you will find the further procedure.

Next steps and main contact points


  • Application and admission: To study with us, you apply centrally at the University of Zurich.
    Application and admission
  • Admission based on academic background: If you have a Bachelor's degree from another higher education institution, get informed about the categorization process.
    Admission to the Master's program
  • Changing program: You are already studying with us and have realized that you might like another study program even better.
    Changing program
  • Regulations: In the regulations you will find everything you need to know about studying here.
  • Questions about your studies: You are already studying with us and have specific questions. Our Student Advisory Service or the Dean's Office team will be happy to help you. 



Banking and Finance: Structure of Studies
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