Master's Program in Switzerland
Master in Finance
The complexity of the financial business world is growing as the years go on. Our Master in Finance program in Montreux is designed to give students an extensive overview of the crucial financial aspects of all types of companies.
The Master in Finance (60 ECTS) is a one-year, three-term, full-time degree with start dates in October, January and March.
As new financial paradigms take over the industry, it is crucial for businesspeople to have a balanced understanding of its complexity. Students of the Master in Finance degree in Montreux will explore topics such as asset pricing, portfolio management, derivative securities and blockchain fundamentals.
During this program, students will:
- Learn how to critically evaluate corporate finance techniques.
- Understand and exercise critical judgement in solving problems encountered by a multinational business.
- Develop advanced numeracy and quantitative skills.
- A master’s degree from EU Business School Switzerland that is internationally accredited by ACBSP, IACBE, IQA and certified by eduQua
- A university master’s degree awarded by Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM), (título propio), a state-recognized university in Spain
- Foundations of Finance3 CH / 4 ECTS
This course focuses on theoretical concepts of finance and their application to contemporary business. Topics covered include cash flow, time value of money, valuation of debt and equity, capital budgeting and project evaluation techniques. In addition, the course will aim to identify how these topics can be implemented in blockchain models. Students will gain an understanding of financial transactions, foreign exchange, stock markets and derivatives.
- Financial Reporting & Statement Analysis3 CH / 4 ECTS
Students are introduced to concepts such as tangible and intangible assets, leases, changes in equity and consolidation. The course emphasizes the relationship between reported data and the underlying economic events, providing prospective users of financial statements with a clear understanding of the fundamentals of accounting. Students will learn how to produce well-structured financial reports and analyze these reports strategically.
- Quantitative Methods for Finance3 CH / 4 ECTS
This course examines the theory and methodology of statistical inference, as well as sampling theory, estimation, hypothesis testing, linear regression, analysis of variance, and several advanced applications of the general linear model. Students learn about a variety of statistical and quantitative techniques, and develop an understanding of the value of quantitative methods in administrative and operational problem-solving and decision-making.
- Microeconomic Theory, Macro & Monetary Economics3 CH / 4 ECTS
This course is an introduction to principles of economic analysis, economic institutions, and issues of economic policy. Emphasis will be placed on the allocation of resources and distribution of income through price systems. The course will also focus on aggregative economics, including national income, monetary and fiscal policy, and international trade. Students develop simple graphical and mathematical models of decision-making by individual economic agents: consumers, workers, and businesses. They analyze interactions between these agents in product and factor markets, using concepts of market demand, supply, and equilibrium. Additionally, the course explores how GDP, inflation, unemployment and other macroeconomic aggregates are measured in practice and also focuses on short-run (business-cycle) fluctuations, as well as fiscal and monetary policies.
- Simulation: Stock Market Portfolio1 CH / 2 ECTS
This seminar provides students with the tools necessary for simulating a portfolio and evaluating investments, including stocks, bonds, options and commodities. Additionally, it presents a systematic methodology for constructing efficient portfolios and evaluating portfolio performance. Students gain an understanding of the principles of risk and return and diversification, through the analysis of investments and portfolios.
- Advanced Corporate Finance3 CH / 4 ECTS
Students develop an understanding of how companies can grow and consolidate their financial position. Organic growth, alliances, joint ventures, strategic acquisitions and mergers are studied, while students investigate the concepts and principles of derivative-related financial instruments and their use in investment and corporate financial management. This course also analyzes the role of Fintech in relation to benchmark currencies and market exchanges.
- Financial Markets & Institutions3 CH / 4 ECTS
This course gives students fundamental knowledge of the structure, function and role of the financial system, covering the complex web of links and interconnections within the banking sector. Students learn about financial intermediaries, financial instruments and the different markets within which credit institutions are active players. Furthermore, they gain an understanding of how the prices of equities are determined and will be able to evaluate and distinguish between different forms of capital.
- Portfolio Management3 CH / 4 ECTS
Students learn how to develop an integrated portfolio management plan, including equities, fixed income assets and alternative investments reflecting the goals, risk tolerance, and circumstances of individual and institutional investors. This course builds upon the analytical skills developed in prior courses and incorporates an in-depth study of portfolio optimization and asset allocation, as well as the basics of bond pricing and debt portfolio management.
- Fixed Income Securities & Credit Markets3 CH / 4 ECTS
This course covers traditional bonds and term structure concepts, as well as fixed income derivatives and interest rate modelling. Students learn to identify and distinguish between the different types of fixed income securities, demonstrating how to apply derivative instruments to enhance the returns. They also develop the use of analytic tools in bond portfolio management and interest rate risk management.
- Bloomberg Financial Lab1 CH / 2 ECTS
This provides students with an introduction to Bloomberg, the global financial markets database providing news, analytics and real-time pricing. It also introduces Eikon, a professional platform from Thomson Reuters, which includes historical and current data for equities and other asset classes, including commodities, fixed income and money markets.
- Risk Management in Financial Markets3 CH / 4 ECTS
This course explains different types of financial crises, why financial intermediaries exist and how to identify, measure and manage risks in financial institutions. The focus is on interest rate risk, market risk, credit risk and foreign exchange and liquidity risks. The end goal of the course is to engage students in the active discovery of risk management principles, preparing them to develop an awareness of the challenges, the tools and the process of designing and implementing a risk management program. The course focuses on the ways in which businesses and society assess, control and transfer risk.
- Corporate Investment & Financial Policy3 CH / 4 ECTS
This course examines techniques and issues in corporate finance with a focus on corporate investment decisions. The course covers several aspects of valuation in a corporate setting: estimation of free cash flow, stock valuation along with recognition of growth opportunities, risk management strategies, estimation of beta using online data, and specifying market scenarios to identify sustainable growth outcomes when evaluating investment proposals. Further topics include merger and acquisition strategies, and the examination of options embedded in corporate capital structures.
- Mergers, Buyouts & Corporate Restructuring3 CH / 4 ECTS
Students identify ways to increase firm value through corporate restructuring. Specific topics include: mergers and tender offers, spin-offs, carve-outs, divestitures, takeover defense strategies, bankruptcy and bankruptcy acquisitions, international acquisitions and leveraged buyouts. Emphasis will be placed on valuation analysis and techniques, to assess the values of the assets of the merging firms.
- Fundamentals of Blockchain Technologies3 CH / 4 ECTS
The goal of this course is to enable students to work within and competently understand the changes occurring in Fintech. Students will gain an understanding of the use of digital cryptocurrencies and develop an appreciation and understanding of how apply their knowledge as a technical and operational skill. Furthermore, they will develop a grasp of the interoperability that has driven the interest and adoption of cryptocurrencies in business and government.
- Cryptocurrency Portfolios & Mock Coin Development1 CH / 2 ECTS
This seminar is designed to provide a hands-on understanding of decentralized digital currencies (cryptocurrencies) such as bitcoin. Students will analyze the theory and principles by which cryptocurrencies operate, financial, legal and regulatory systems, and how cryptocurrencies could be viewed within a framework of innovation and development. Concepts of blockchain are discussed and students set up mock cryptocurrency portfolios and track mining activity, while deepening their understanding of this disruptive Fintech.
- Business Plan or Final Project4 CH / 6 ECTS
In obtaining a Master in Finance degree, students will gain the necessary skills to go on to pursue careers in:
Our experienced academic department is comprised of entrepreneurs, consultants and business leaders to provide students with the perfect educational balance between classroom theory and real life experiential learning.
Our admissions process is quick and straightforward and our admissions department is here to help guide you through the process