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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply?

All the relevant information can be found here.

Will I be accepted to the program?

The only way to know is to actually apply. Nonetheless, you may want to review the current students section, the job market candidates section, and the graduates section of our website to see if your profile is similar to theirs.

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted via the Glowbase registration platform. Any information submitted via another channel will not be considered.

Can I apply to multiple campuses simultaneously?

Yes, but because each campus has specific requirements you must apply to each campus separately.

Can I re-apply to the same campus if my application has been rejected in the past?

Yes, you may, but you will have to pay the application fee for each application.

How many students apply and how many are admitted to the program?

20 to 25 students are admitted every year. The admission rate is close to 10% for the overall program. This admission rate varies by University.

Is an MBA considered as being equivalent with required MSc in Finance or Economics?

Typically MBA curriculums are more general in nature and are not considered equivalent to an MSc in Finance or Economics. An MBA degree with a highly quantitative background from a top university may be considered equivalent; MBAs are not accepted as equivalent at the Zurich Campus.

Is the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required for the program?

The GMAT or GRE are not mandatory to apply. However, any good GMAT or GRE score will be noted and may increase your chance of admission to our PhD program. The sole exception is for applications at the Zurich campus with a MSc from a non-Bologna state or with master degrees in fields other than economics, finance, or business administration; in which case the GMAT is expected to surpass 660 points and the GRE is expected to surpass 165 points for verbal reading and 153 for quantitative reasoning. More information regarding the Zurich campus here.

Is there financial aid available for PhD candidates?

The students selected for the first phase can receive a scholarship of up to CHF 30’000 in their first year which covers living expenses. Students admitted to the second phase are usually offered a paid position as a research or teaching assistant at the university in which they are enrolled.

Can I work during the PhD program?

Since the courses in the first phase are very intensive and the students receive financial aid, students concentrate completely on their studies during the first year of the program. During the second phase students typically become an integrated part of the research projects carried out at one of the various institutes involved and work within this project as a research or teaching assistant.

What are the working conditions?

The working language of Swiss Finance Institute PhD Program in Finance is English. Swiss Finance Institute PhD students are provided offices from the first year of the program on. They also benefit from a wide range of first-class university facilities - library, computers, sports facilities, etc. - provided by the partner institutions.

How high it the application fee?

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.

When can I expect a decision reply regarding my application?

Decisions regarding submitted applications are usually sent four weeks after the end of the admission round.