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Please note

A remodeling of the Master’s of Science in Finance program is currently in progress, subject to approval of the regulations and the study plan by the Rectorate of the University. In particular, the following new orientations could be available:

  • Asset and risk management 
  • Corporate finance 
  • Financial entrepreneurship and data science
 

Word of welcome

Professor Michael Rockinger,

Director of the Master in Finance (MScF)

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From 2017 on, the Master’s in Finance at HEC Lausanne will lead to three orientations namely in:

  • Asset and risk management 
  • Corporate finance 
  • Financial entrepreneurship and data science

Over the past few years the MScF has increased in size. The reorganization of the MScF should allow for an even better match between students’ interests and demand from the industry. It should also, due to smaller classes, improve an already good proximity between students and professors leading to better soft-skills.

If you peruse the list of professors, you will notice that most of them hold a doctoral degree from a prestigious American or European university. You will also notice that they have an impressive publications record, one of the benchmarks used by academics to gauge their ability. They also have close contacts with the financial industry. In addition, our Master of Science in Finance involves members and builds on the support of the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI).

Our philosophy is to maintain an excellent level of education, because this is what the companies and financial institutions recruiting our graduates expect. After the subprimes and debt crisis, we adapted our curriculum to emphasize the model-hypotheses that failed. For instance, we challenge the traditional no-arbitrage reasoning. New regulations have been adopted, which need to be understood. Also the activities of banks are changing. All these issues lead to a constant challenging of our teaching. As a consequence, we believe that our program is one of the best in Europe, comparable with the best American programs.

The excellent quality of our Master's of Science in Finance has also been recognized by prestigious organizations such as the CFA, CAIA and GARP with whom we are program-partner. To be program partner means that our courses cover a large part of the curriculum required to succeed in the respective certification examinations. The partnership with CFA allows us to award five fellowships for the examinations to outstanding MScF students. Note that HEC Lausanne is the first university worldwide to obtain a partnership with all three of these prestigious certifying bodies.

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