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The Swiss Finance Institute PhD in Finance is one of the largest and most competitive programs in the world.

The program promotes the pursuit of academic excellence providing an intellectual environment and a curriculum comparable with the top PhD programs in Europe and North America. The PhD program operates at the three Swiss Finance Institute campuses in Léman (Geneva/Lausanne), Lugano and Zurich in collaboration with the Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano (Università della Svizzera italiana), and Zurich, and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).


“Swiss Finance Institute's PhD program is a unique opportunity to join a world class academic program in Switzerland with strong international ties. It offers great value on the academic job market and is quickly gaining momentum in the financial in­dustry. The program gave me the opportunity to visit both Chicago Booth Business School and Hoover Institution at Stanford University as a PhD candidate, which contributed significantly in building my academic network.”

Adrien Treccani, SFI PhD Graduate ’16
Chief Executive Officer, Metaco SA, Switzerland

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The Swiss Finance Institute PhD program in finance is a centrally coordinated program operating on multiple campuses of partner universities in Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano and Zurich.
Get to know our current PhD students at our campuses in Léman, Lugano and Zurich. Browse by location or areas of expertise.
The program attracts the best students from Switzerland and abroad. Applicants must have a Master of Science in Finance or Economics or a degree deemed equivalent by the Admission Committee.
The curriculum of Swiss Finance Institute’s PhD program in Finance comprises two phases and covers a wide range of subjects including economics, financial economics, corporate finance, mathematical finance, and econometrics.
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