PhD Program in Finance – Swiss Finance Institute

PhD Program in Finance – Swiss Finance Institute


The goal of the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI) PhD Program in Finance is to educate scholars and practitioners who make a difference through rigorous training and research.

The SFI PhD Program provides an intellectual environment and a curriculum comparable to the top PhD programs in Europe and North America. The PhD Program is offered at the three SFI campuses of Leman (Geneva and Lausanne), Lugano, and Zurich.


  • World-renowned faculty of 60 professors
  • Focus on research
  • Substantial resources
  • Outstanding academic and industry placements
  • Large international student body
  • Teaching or research assistantship opportunities offered by participating Universities


Applicants are expected to make a unique contribution to the field of finance. Doing so requires curiosity, perspective, and self-motivation. The desire to pursue a career in academia or in financial research within the public or private sector is also a requirement.


The curriculum comprises two phases: one preparatory year of intensive coursework followed by three years of advanced studies and research. The program covers a wide range of subjects including asset pricing, banking, corporate finance, financial econometrics, and mathematical finance. There is a clear focus on the mathematical foundations of finance and all courses are taught by internationally renowned academics from Switzerland, Europe, and North America.


There are two rounds of candidate selections with application deadlines on January 15 and March 31. Courses start in September each year.


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