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Admissions Information

The program is internationally oriented and aims at attracting the best students from Switzerland and abroad. Applicants need to have a Master of Science in Finance or Economics or a degree deemed to be equivalent by the Admission Committee.
The Admission Committee will carefully review every application. Please click on the Apply Now link to access information to apply to each campus.

The application process requires the following information and documents:

  • Contact details
  • Complete questionnaire 
  • Copy of university degrees and grade transcripts
  • Copy of language certificates (optional)
  • Copy of GMAT / GRE score (optional in Leman and Lugano; mandatory in Zurich)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letters of reference written by an academic researcher
    (minimum of 2)
  • Proof of payment

An official translation into English must be attached to all documents written in a language other than English.

Applications are reviewed by the Admission Committee, composed of finance professors from the Swiss Finance Institute. Admissions will be decided on a competitive basis. You will be informed about the result of your application within four weeks after closure of the application deadline. There are two rounds of candidate selections. Complete application files should be received by January 15th and March 31st. Courses start in September.

The number of yearly admissions will typically not exceed twenty students over the three campuses so as to keep the program small and guarantee personal interactions between students and faculty. If you are admitted to the program, you will further have to register at the local University.

Financial Information

Students are required to register as a PhD student and pay tuition fees at the University to which they have been admitted.The first year of the PhD program requires a full-time commitment to studies. To make this possible, Swiss Finance Institute provides grants of up to CHF 30’000 to admitted candidates.

After the first year, as the course load lightens and the emphasis turns to research, Swiss Finance Institute PhD candidates are financed by teaching assistantships or research grants offered by Swiss Finance Institute or partner institutions that provide a wide range of teaching and research experience. Typically Swiss Finance Institute students have thus secured financial support while in the second phase of the program.

Application Fee

Application fee payment must be made by using a credit card via PayPal (no PayPal account is required). The application fee is of USD 80 to apply to one campus, USD 100 to apply to two campuses, and USD 120 to apply to three campuses. There is currently no application fee waiver. There is no refund for applications who are not selected.


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