Multifaceted career opportunities
Today's market is looking for two qualities in future financial managers, accountants, auditors and CFOs: a comprehensive knowledge of financial management, and the ability to perform in an international setting. By training its students in the different areas of a CFO's responsibility - from controlling and accounting (IFRS) to risk management, auditing, and decision-making - the programme provides the perfect environment to nurture the professional skills required. International experience is provided through the programme's international reach. Through an in-depth education with related practical experience, the programme supports its students on their path to excellent career opportunities. The programme's flexibility allows the participants to integrate their studies perfectly into their lives and thereby constitutes a significant advantage over competing programmes, allowing students to perfectly balance their academic demands with their professional or family life.
Tailor-made studies with high flexibility
Our programme in International Financial Management offers exciting opportunities for further specializations and enriches a student's personal curriculum. Students who do not wish to go abroad for an exchange semester have to choose courses worth 15 ECTS out of a wide variety of elective modules. These modules comprise, together with the 75 ECTS gained from the mandatory modules, the master’s programme.
Optionally, and in combination with the appropriate topics in project-related work, the following majors are offered:
Major in Accounting
Major in Corporate Finance
Major in Performance Management
Thanks to the different study-time models, students can choose the one that best fits their personal requirements We offer full-time three or four semester models and part-time models up to 6 semesters.
Truly international experience
The curriculum is built up with internationally aligned content, enables internships abroad, and maintains intercontinental partnerships to provide all students a global experience. Students do not only work on multinational problems, but also collaborate with colleagues from different countries and cultures. Moreover, we offer the possibility of studying a semester abroad without delaying graduation. Students can choose to study at one of the Lucerne School of Business’s partner universities or decide to organize their own semester abroad at a university of their choice. Joining our master’s programme, you will be part of a richly diverse student body with an average of 60% international students.
High academic and practical relevance
To become a future CFO of an internationally operating company is the focus of our master’s degree. It provides graduates with a practically oriented, research-based, and internationally aligned specialist education in Accounting, Corporate Finance, Performance Management and Risk Management. Modules such as “Going Global”, “Business Planning” and “Know-how Transfer” deliver insight into international companies and prepare students ideally for mastering practical challenges. It is an attractive option for holders of a bachelor's degree from a university-level institution. Our faculty consists of many teaching practitioners who hold senior positions in the financial management area and leading researchers of Lucerne School of Business.
Internationally accredited programme
We received international, independent verification that our MSc programme meets established quality standards from ACCA and CIMA. In addition to these international accreditations, the Lucerne School of Business is an IMA endorsed school. Moreover, graduates of the MSc IFM benefit from several exemption possibilities on their way to becoming a Swiss Certified Public Accountant. EXPERTsuisse approved the Lucerne School of Business’s request to exempt IFM graduates under certain conditions from the module examination in «Accounting & Finance»
Dual Degrees with partner universities
Our MSc in International Financial Management allows students to register and study at the University of the Sunshine Coast for the degree “Master of International Business”. The residence requirement is one additional semester at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sippy Downs campus in Queensland. We offer also the opportunity to obtain a second degree as Master of Science at the Lingnan University in Hong Kong. A second degree broadens horizons and provides more advantages to advance a career.
Switzerland as one of the world’s leading financial centers
The Swiss financial center makes a major contribution to overall economic output and job creation in Switzerland. A financial system that works effectively is an integral part of a flourishing economy. Due to the high density of international and local financial service providers, companies from other industries have access to a sophisticated liquid capital market and modern financial infrastructure. Switzerland, being an attractive trading center, is especially interesting for companies from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical technology industries. Our teaching practitioners, who are well networked in the Swiss financial center, contribute to the high quality of our master's degree.
Our location in Zug-Rotkreuz, Switzerland, in the heart of Europe
The beautiful landscape and welcoming culture of Switzerland are easily accessible and able to be experienced from our campus in Zug-Rotkreuz. In the heart of Europe, you may discover many opportunities well within reach. Our premises are located close to the shore of Lake Zug between Lucerne and Zurich, both reachable in under 30 minutes by public transport. While Zurich is the heart of the Swiss financial center, Lucerne is one of the major regions for tourism in Switzerland.