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Welcome to the HSG Welcome to the University of St. Gallen (HSG) development of an integrative view of things and in Switzerland. My name is Maureen, and I’m enable us to learn foreign languages. We can go studying for a Master in Business Management. on an exchange semester at partner universities all over the world and get involved in about I like it a lot here, not only because St. Gallen is 120 student associations. Also, we learn to be right between Lake Constance and the Alps and entrepreneurs on our own account and to plan offers loads of leisure activities, but also because our way ahead. the HSG is a special university: it doesn’t only provide us students with purely technical I’ll be pleased to be able to show you the HSG knowledge but also with a basis for personal now. development. This means we have to think about what kind of profile we want to create on the basis of our interests and skills, and then we have to configure our degree course accordingly. There’s a wide range of specialist electives for this purpose. Contextual studies support the
>>> to impact. The University of St. Gallen is more than just an educational institution; it is a place of inspiration that stimulates you to think. HSG members will acquire up-to-date knowledge that is of great practical relevance, and gain valuable insights. This will enable them to make an important contribution to social and economic progress and to their own personal development. “From insight to impact” is not just our message; rather, it is a promise aimed at the outside, against which we can be measured. At the same time, it is also a motivation aimed at the inside.
5 r make fo e HSG ere at th osph d f r i e n dly atm . an SG l e a n d the open ents and the H y d king st een stu o r a t i ve wor peration betw llab coo The co l and trustful f u respect leads to s is w ha t sh ap es the HSG and ing problem co m p re h e n sive way of view ons. The soluti and integrative future-oriented The HSG is innovative and fair in the way it treats other people. Together, we attain our goals through above-average commitment. Our level of proficiency is pri marily shown in reliable and are absolutely convincing. meaningful solutions, which Our values are the foundation for >>>
7 At the HSG, relations between students and professors and lecturers are trustful and coopera- tive. Issues are often discussed in small groups. When students have questions or problems, professors support them in personal meetings and discussions.
CSC “The Career & Corporate Services team offers individual consultations, workshops, career events with companies and supports interna- tional students in their entry into professional life in the Swiss labour market.” www.hsgcareer.ch Canteen “Our Mensa restaurant, which is run by Migros, offers good- value-for-money meals from CHF 7.00 every day. There's also a pasta bar and two cafeterias with various snacks and sandwiches. In town students can find all kinds of restaurants and snack bars offering food from several countries like China, India, Italy etc.”
9 Sports “University Sports offers our students about 250 training units in more than 60 different sports every week.” www.sport.unisg.ch Relaxation room Library “After a power nap in the relaxation room, “The Library continues with its policy of students are able to focus on their work once digitalisation that it has already been pursuing more.” for years: in addition to the more than 547,000 printed books/journal volumes and 3,800 non- books (DVDs, audiobooks, CDs) and the 880 print journals, it provides access to over 165,000 e-books and 46,000 e-journals. ” www.biblio.unisg.ch
Facts and figures 1898 200 Foundation Partner universities for exchange semesters 8553 Students 41 Institutes and research 3133 centres Employees 4 out of 5 97 Bachelor’s and Master’s Full professors students have a regular job Students’ origins before graduation 67% Switzerland 26% Europe > 90 % 4% Asia / Pacific of all graduates would 2% America choose the HSG again 1% Africa
11 Rankings Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking: • 1st place worldwide with the Master in Strategy and International Management Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking: • 6th place worldwide with the Master in Banking and Finance Financial Times Top European Business School Ranking: • 4th place in Europe CHE Ranking: • Top group for business administration, economics, international affairs and law in German-speaking Europe Handelsblatt Ranking: • Business research: 1st place in German-speaking Europe • Economics research: 9th place in German-speaking Europe www.rankings.unisg.ch Accreditations / Networks
Grüezi and hello dear future students Prof. Dr. Thomas Bieger President
13 As the President of the University of St. Gallen, we intend to enable you to expand your I am pleased to be able to present the HSG to perspectives. This is beneficial for critical you. Our studies have a special profile, which thinking, for dealing with complexity, as is informed by our Vision: “As a leading well as with cultural, social and ecological business university we set global standards challenges. It is a concern of ours that you for research and teaching by promoting should learn to assume sustainable respon- integrative thought, responsible action and sibility for society. The various student ini- entrepreneurial spirit of innovation in busi- tiatives, for instance, provide you with an ness and society.” To attain these goals, we opportunity for this. I am confident that offer you integrative studies at the HSG. your studies at the HSG will be both a per- Besides your core studies, you, like all sonal challenge and a personal encourage- students, must also attend lectures in other ment for you and that they will offer disciplines taught at the HSG, as well as you an optimal basis for your journey courses in the field of Contextual Studies. through life. Bearing all this in mind, With courses such as history, philosophy, I am pleased that you are interested business ethics, psychology and sociology, in our University.
Base your future on a solid foundation. 16 Degree course architecture 19 Tuition fees and scholarships
Studies at the H HSG 15
Degree course architecture Studies at the University of St. Gallen The compulsory subjects convey the basics of the degree Intellectual skills, an integrative view, flexibility, responsi- course of the student’s choice. Core electives consist of a bility and intercultural qualifications are of ever increasing wide range of programme-specific courses. Courses of importance today. To ensure that students are able to other programmes are open to students among the elec- acquire these skills, we have a unique degree course archi- tives. The extensive range of core electives and electives tecture at the HSG. It creates the conditions required for enables students to focus on issues which are of particular our students’ academic and personal development. interest to them. Thus they are able to create an individual profile in addition to their chosen major, which will support Core Studies them in the realisation of their professional and personal Core studies at the University of St. Gallen consist of com- goals. pulsory subjects, core electives and electives, as well as the Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis. Core Studies Contextual Studies Contact Studies / Independent Studies Master of Arts HSG M.A. HSG Compulsory Core Electives / Concen- Master’s Thesis Skills Subjects Electives trations Master’s Programme (1.5 –2 years) Bachelor of Arts HSG Compulsory Core Electives / Concen- Skills & B.A. HSG Bachelor’s Thesis Subjects Electives trations Languages subsequent Majors (2 years) Compulsory Assessment Year (1 year) Core Electives Subjects
Studies at the H HSG 17 Contextual Studies Contact and Independent Studies It is a particular feature of our degree course architecture The HSG makes deliberate use of various forms of commu- that students do not only attend courses in core studies but nicating knowledge: in Contact Studies, the subject matter also in Contextual Studies. In Contextual Studies, core stud- is communicated by a teacher in lectures, exercises and ies in economic and legal sciences are complemented and seminars. This traditional form of education is used when it reflected upon from various perspectives. Our students enables students to understand the subject matter more eas- learn that economic decisions are always embedded in gen- ily and more quickly. eral societal, cultural and historical conditions and must therefore be viewed from an integrative angle. Students are A further form of learning is Independent Studies: students thus educated to become personalities who are aware of learn on their own or in small groups, using various, also their social responsibility and will be in a position later in technical aids. This is therefore a more extensive concept life to act in a flexible, responsible and sustainable manner. than preparatory or follow-up work on lectures. For the purposes of Independent Studies, special scripts and exer- After an introduction to the disciplines of history, philoso- cise problems with solutions, and texts from journals or phy, psychology and sociology in the Assessment Year, textbooks are made available with the relevant questions, Contextual Studies during the Bachelor’s and Master’s and virtual teaching events of various types are offered. studies enable students to study certain areas with a multi- Students then meet their teachers in small groups in order disciplinary approach in more depth: media, cultures, his- to discuss what they have learned and to ask questions. tory, society, responsibility, creativity, law and technolo- In Independent Studies, our students hone their ability to gies. These eight Areas of Concentration provide students acquire knowledge on their own. The advantage is that with an opportunity to acquire more detailed qualifications, they are free to schedule their learning time themselves. which are also evidenced in the diploma supplement. In addition, they do not depend on any specific location. However, Independent Studies require a certain degree of Alternatively, students can thematically combine two semi- discipline and motivation. nars from Contextual Studies with a core studies course they have already completed and achieve an intensively Bachelor’s Level supervised and innovative synthesis in a portfolio course. Assessment Year Courses in Skills and Languages, for example, include rhet- Undergraduate studies at the University of St. Gallen con- oric, programming and a great number of languages for sist of the Assessment Year and Bachelor’s studies. In the Bachelor’s students. In addition, the University of St. Gallen Assessment Year, all students attend almost the same fosters discourse with different countries and other cul- courses. They must complete the Assessment Year success- tures: in the course of their studies, students can gain inter- fully in order to continue their undergraduate studies. They national experience in dialogues with students from more can choose to complete the Assessment Year as a whole than 80 nations. either in German or in English.
In the Assessment Year, we introduce our students to the Teaching and research: requirements of studying. We familiarise them with the a symbiosis of theory and practice foundations of their disciplines and of academic work. Our students are taught by 97 professors, 80 assistant pro- They learn to acquire knowledge from specialist literature fessors, 30 permanent lecturers and 551 lecturers. Besides on their own. Also, they begin to deal with issues raised in teaching, many faculty members also work at the HSG’s academic and social discussions in an interdisciplinary 41 institutes, research institutes and centres, where they manner. deal with topical academic issues. At the same time, they cultivate contacts with trade and industry, law and politics. Bachelor’s Studies These activities, rooted both in academia and practice, After the Assessment Year, students choose a major for ensure that our faculty members are always up to date their Bachelor’s studies. We offer majors in Business and able to pass on their knowledge to students in their Administration, Economics, International Affairs, Law, lectures. and Law and Economics. The two majors in Law and in Law and Economics are The HSG runs five schools: the School of Management, the taught in German. The majors in Business Administration, School of Finance, the School of Economics and Political Economics and International Affairs can be studied in a Science, the Law School and the School of Humanities and flexible mixture of English and German. During these bilin- Social Sciences. The schools ensure the pursuit of the basic gual Bachelor’s studies, students have to earn at least nine objectives in teaching, research and executive education. and twelve credits, respectively, in the complementary lan- www.unisg.ch/universitaet/schools guage. The standard duration of undergraduate studies is three Executive education years (two semesters of the Assessment Year and four The HSG has always seen executive education as one of its semesters of Bachelor’s studies). Then our students will be central functions along with degree courses and research. awarded their first academic degree, the Bachelor of Arts Thus HSG institutes organise certificate programmes and HSG. This academic qualification enables them to enter seminars in their respective fields. professional life or start their studies at the Master’s Level. The Executive School of Management, Technology and Law (ES-HSG) offers an English-language full-time and Master’s Level part-time MBA and various part-time Executive MBAs. At the more specialist Master’s Level, we offer 13 program- www.weiterbildung.unisg.ch mes in German and English. They provide our graduates with a clear-cut academic profile and prepare them for demanding tasks in practice and academia. As a rule, a Mas- ter’s degree programme takes three or four semesters and ends with the award of the degree of a Master of Arts HSG.
Studies at the H HSG 19 Tuition fees and scholarships Tuition fees Starr International Foundation Scholarship Fund Application and administrative fee CHF 250 The Starr International Foundation Scholarship Fund is Tuition fees per semester for foreign students set aside for highly talented foreign-language students Bachelor’s Level CHF 3,126 with a recognised foreign Bachelor’s degree who are com- Master’s Level CHF 3,326 pleting a Master’s degree in one of the English-language programmes. Exceptional students are identified by the Advice Center for Study Funding and asked to submit an Scholarships and funds application. Tuition fees are rather low in Switzerland because the Swiss Confederation and the cantons subsidise University educa- Please check the website of the Advice Center for Study tion. In addition, the HSG benefits from numerous sponsor- Funding for further information on the above-mentioned ships thanks to its good relations with trade and industry. or other options. Accordingly, each student receives a grant automatically. www.studyfunding.unisg.ch firstname.lastname@example.org Loan and scholarship fund To ensure financially disadvantaged students are also able to study at the HSG, we have the loan and scholarship fund. The fund offers loans and scholarships to students enrolled in the Bachelor’s or Master’s Level. Additionally, foreign students can be granted a scholarship that covers the difference between the fees for Swiss nationals and for- eign nationals. The purpose is to support students in need. To be eligible to apply for either form of aid, students must be enrolled for a minimum of one semester. Applications from first semester students are reviewed and assessed in more detail.
See and love St. Gallen. 22 Switzerland / St. Gallen 25 Formalities before your studies 27 Expenses and income 29 Leisure and recreation
Student life 21
Switzerland Highest point: 8.5 m Dufourspitze 4,634 m Lowest point: Lake Maggiore 193 m Bern Summer: 24° Max | 13° Min Winter: 4° Max | -3 ° Min 41,285 km2 158 sunny days/year Foreign population (2016) in thousands: Total: 2101.1 America: 78.8 (4 %) Europe: 1759.0 (84 %) Asia: 154.0 (7 %) Africa: 103.0 (5 %) Oceania: 4.2 (< 1 %) 4 Official languages CHF 1 CHF = 0.99 $ #1 The Global #1 Job security •German •French 1 CHF = 0.86 € Competitiveness worldwide •Italian •Romansh Report 2017–2018 3.2% #12 5,900 Unemployment rate Safest km of ski runs countries in the world
Student life 23 St. Gallen St. Gallen Zurich Basel 2 h 79,000 International Zurich 1h Airport (1 hour by train) Lucerne 2 h Bern 2 h 11 bus lines 39.4 km2 St.Moritz 3:30 h International A1 motorway links Geneva 4 h train station to major Swiss cities Age groups St. Gallen trivia From HSG to... 5 612: the Irish monk Gallus Old Town: 500 m 1 4 established a hermitage by the river Steinach Textile Museum: 1 km 1438: first mention of the Abbey District: 900 m 3 Bratwurst in the “Statuten der Metzgerzunft St. Gallen” Wildlife Park Peter & Paul: 3 km 1779: foundation of Three Ponds: 3 km 1. 0-19 years old: 17.4% Schützengarten, the oldest brewery in Switzerland Lake Constance: 11 km 2. 20-39 years old: 35.3% 1879: FC St. Gallen is Säntis mountain: 32 km 3. 40-64 years old: 30.3% the oldest football club in mainland Europe 4. 65-79 years old: 11.6% 1910: the world’s most 5. 80+ years old: 5.4% important embroidery producer and exporter
Student life 25 Formalities ormalitie before your studies The visa process Health insurance Most students who come to Switzerland Various items of information about must obtain a visa prior to entering the moving to St. Gallen and about health country. It may take several months for a insurance schemes for foreign students visa to be issued. Please contact the Swiss can be found on the website of the City Embassy in your home country at an early of St. Gallen. Students are required to take stage to find out about the relevant proce- out a Swiss health insurance unless the dures and documents to be submitted. Swiss authorities accept their original one. In most cases students must prove that they Costs start at around CHF 100 per month. have sufficient financial means for their stay www.stadt.sg.ch in Switzerland. Therefore they will have to transfer money (currently CHF 24,000) into a Swiss bank account and submit the bank statement with the other documents to the embassy to obtain the visa. Please note that you will need this amount during the first year, and make sure that you can finance the following years as well. www.eda.admin.ch Entry and residence The Admissions Office assists international students with information regarding entry into Switzerland and residence: www.admissions.unisg.ch
Student life 27 Expenses xpenses and income Cost of living Student Union provides more informa- Students’ living costs vary according to tion on the housing market on its web- their lifestyles. On average, our students’ site: annual overall expenses amount to approxi- https://shsg.ch mately CHF 30,000. Money-earning opportunities Accommodation International students can apply to We do not offer on-campus housing. Gener- work 15 hours a week and full-time ally, students share an apartment or rent a during the breaks. The average hourly Living in St. Gallen small one. If students share an apartment, wage for students is around CHF they can obtain a single bedroom from CHF 25–35. The HSG and its institutes are 500 upwards per month. Rents for small always looking for students to work private studios range from CHF 650 on some project or do regular work. upwards per month. The HSG’s Student It is customary for a relatively high Mobility offers a limited number of rooms percentage of students to work at the in a student residence against a brokerage University. Information for interna- fee. Interested students should contact us as tional students can be found at: early as possible (email@example.com). The www.hsgcareer.ch Monthly expenses Foreign Master’s students Accommodation (rent plus utilities) 710 Food 400 Communication (telephone, internet, TV, radio) 70 Tuition fees and degree course expenses 640 Transport (public and private) 140 Health (health insurance, medication, visits to doctors) 200 Clothing 110 Leisure activities (sports, culture, holidays) 140 Other (insurance, taxes, gifts . . . ) 110 Total Expenses (CHF) 2,520 Source: Swiss Federal Statistical Office (2017)
Student life 29 Leisure eisure and an recreation Travelling In Switzerland, travelling by public trans- port is very convenient and is encouraged. Students are advised to obtain the Swiss Federal Railway half-fare card in order to save 50% on all tickets. It is available for CHF 185 and valid for one year. www.sbb.ch Sports and leisure activities To keep body and mind in balance, the University provides a gym, weights rooms, football pitch, tennis, basketball and beach volleyball courts. The University’s attractive location between Lake Constance and the Alps makes St. Gallen an ideal setting for all kinds of leisure activities, such as rock- climbing and sailing. The so-called “Three Ponds” are only a few minutes’ walk from the city centre: the three small lakes on a hill on the outskirts of the city serve as public swimming pools in the summer and as ice rinks in cold winters. The Peter and Paul Wildlife Park is situated near the University and is popular with students who want to go jogging and walking. www.sport.unisg.ch
b li c s w im m ing baths + 4 pu c e (20 mins. o n s t a n Lake C w a y S tation) R a il from the m Art Museu Sports e r t H a ll + Theatre Con c World Heritage) Abbey (Unesco
Student life 31 Old town Aescher Restaurant Registration Office St. Gallen Open Air And many young people…
Emotional Does the University of St. Gallen awaken my interest? yes no maybe Do I feel an aﬃnity with the values of the HSG? yes no maybe Can I imagine studying in St. Gallen in Switzerland? yes no maybe Rational Does the integrative degree course architecture meet my expectations? yes no maybe Do the rankings of the HSG meet my expectations? yes no maybe Do I have the necessary financial resources? yes no maybe
33 Here’s some food for thought
Choose your preferred direction. Master’s Level 36 Marketing Management 40 Accounting and Finance 44 Strategy and International Management 48 Banking and Finance 52 Economics 56 Quantitative Economics and Finance 60 International Affairs and Governance 64 International Law
Degree courses 35
Master in Marketing Management The Master’s programme in Marketing Management Objectives (MiMM) trains students who are interested in customers MiMM graduates… and design to become reflective, competent and entrepre- …identify challenges and the need for action from the neurial personalities. The programme focuses on custom- viewpoint of customers and the market and are able to ers. With an extensive and academically well-founded edu- adopt other entrepreneurial perspectives. cation in the fields of consumer behaviour and market …are familiar with methods and instruments of market research, students learn how to run a company in a cus- research and consumer behaviour because they have tomer-oriented manner, on the one hand, and how to sat- applied them to practical examples and practised them. isfy customer requirements, on the other hand, to ensure …conduct well-founded assessments of the effectiveness that companies are able to stand their ground successfully and efficiency of strategies and campaigns in the context of in global competition. market-oriented corporate management (marketing man- agement). Emanuele Bristot Swi erland / Italy “In the MiMM, we’re able to translate the theories we’ve learnt directly into practice. I very much appreciate close cooperation with the business partners. To wind down, I enjoy convivial evenings with my great fellow students in our shared flat.” Emanuele tells more at: www.mimm.unisg.ch
Master’s Level 37 …are competent in the conceptualisation of a market-ori- arket-ori- Contents Co and structure ented use of instruments and are able to innovate strategies Th MiMM programme is based on a three-track concept The in a dynamic environment. ((customer / corporate management / function). The three …are well-versed in dealing with (digital) media. compulsory courses in the fields of customers (Consumer …combine qualitative and quantitative analytical and Behaviour & Methods), corporate management (Marketing conceptual methods in order to solve present and future re Management) and function (Marketing Functions) are pre- problems. ceded by a course of fundamentals (Introduction to Market- …gauge the impact of entrepreneurial strategies and ing Management). The so-called Applied Research Projects plans on the market, on society and on the environment are further compulsory courses (to be studied on one’s in a realistic manner. own), which accompany the students for three consecutive …have learnt to tackle new things in a spirit of personal semesters throughout the programme. responsibility. Core electives offer a selection of topical courses which sup- …formulate clear consequences. plement the three tracks. The courses take their bearings …act entrepreneurially at individual, project-related and from industries, functions and specific fields of marketing organisational levels. problems, and their range is continually being renewed. Curriculum Core Studies Contextual Studies – Applied Research Project III – Online Consumer Behaviour 3rd – Consumer Psychology in Retailing sem. – B2B-Salesmanagement – Human Branding – Retailing – Health Care – Inﬂuencer Marketing – Service Marketing – Action Learning in Retail Marketing Independent Electives – Marketing Management – Marketing-Performance Mgt. & Marketing Concentrations 2nd – Marketing Functions Metrics Master’s Thesis sem. – Applied Research Project II – Clean Energy Marketing Skills – Automotive Marketing –… – Introduction to Marketing 1st Management sem. – Consumer Behaviour & Methods – Applied Research Project I 0–6 12–18 Credits 30 Credits 12–24 Credits 0 –12 Credits 18 Credits Total 18 Credits Compulsory Subjects Core Electives
Studying internationally • the ability to think and work in a solution-oriented The HSG enables students to spend exchange semesters at manner; approx. 200 partner universities. In addition, you can apply • involvement in transformation processes (in cooperation for the CEMS MIM or a DM2 double degree programme. with other departments, introducing the customers’ view- www.exchange.unisg.ch point); • marketing-strategic support – working out concepts and Student profile positionings for (business model) innovations; Students are characterised by a great interest in practical • managerial assessment of innovative marketing problems and academic questions. In this way, they are approaches and evaluation of their contribution towards able to understand mechanisms and processes which drive corporate success. today’s markets, on the one hand, and on the other hand, they are able to successfully implement solutions. They are MiMM admission criteria curious, entrepreneurial, communicative and enthusiastic. • A university degree that is recognised as equivalent, in the same or a similar major, with at least 180 credits Career opportunities • Evidence of a sufficient command of the programme Soundly acquired knowledge and new combinable skills language (analytical and conceptual skills, instrumental knowledge) • Foreign students are admitted on the strength of the and the practised basic approach (market orientation and documents they submit responsible action in practice) are an indispensable neces- • Supplementary work (Integration Week or Master’s sity for success in the world of work that is changing ever preparatory level) may be required. more rapidly. Future developments for professional profiles in marketing The admission criteria may be subject to change. Please con- will be: sult our website for the latest detailed admission criteria: • the increasing significance of digital competencies; www.admissions.unisg.ch • analytical competencies, such as advanced analytics; • “contentual” competencies, such as storytelling;
Master’s Level 39 Contact Prof. Dr. Pietro Beritelli Executive Director MiMM: facts & figures • Application time frame: 1 October – 31 March • Integration Week (calendar week 22 or 36) Prof. Dr. • Programme start: Autumn Semester (calendar week 38) Torsten Tomczak Academic Director • Duration: 3 semesters (90 ECTS credits) • Language: English or German • Intake, academic year 2017/2018: 76 • International MSC students: 18% University of St. Gallen (HSG) • Male/female: 35%/65% Institute of Marketing Dufourstrasse 40a • Job offers before graduation: 2.1* CH-9000 St. Gallen • Signed a job contract by the time of graduation: 91%* Switzerland +41 71 224 25 25 *Average of all Master’s programmes 2017 firstname.lastname@example.org The Master’s programme in Marketing, Services and Com- munication Management has been reformed. The new name is Master’s programme in Marketing Management (MiMM). Further information can be found online: www.mimm.unisg.ch Programme language The MSC can be studied in German and in English.
Master in Accounting and Finance The Master’s programme in Accounting and Finance Objectives (MAccFin) enables you to view financial corporate manage- The MAccFin prepares you for responsible activities in the ment from an integrative perspective. Our programme is field of financial corporate management. No matter characterised by its proximity to entrepreneurial practice: whether you look at it from the perspective of a manage- topical and relevant issues with case-related approaches to ment consultant, a controller, an auditor or a banker: solutions play as important a role as do reputable guest lec- • you analyse an organisation’s sustainable financial and turers and close cooperation with selected companies. The earning power, assess the profitability of customers, dis- MAccFin programme thus creates optimal conditions for a tribution channels and brands, and issue recommenda- successful career start. tions for further development; • you are able to put the new technologies and opportuni- ties for digital transformation to specific use in financial management; Cédric Bollag Swi erland “In the MAccFin, I learn to assess the situation of a compa- ny, and to identify and evaluate opportunities and risks. This will help me to develop into a venture capitalist and work with entrepreneurs, and together with them build the companies of tomorrow.” Cédric tells more at: www.maccfin.unisg.ch
Master’s Level 41 • you deal with the requirements imposed by thee capital mo mously and adapt them to fit the context. Simultaneously market and the regulators; w your education in this field, you further develop your with • you create M&A processes; a analytical and communicative skills. In this way, you will • you conduct management performance assessments ts be prepared to assume responsibility in leading positions in and create incentive-compatible management a complex and risky environment in the future. instruments. Career opportunities Student profile We would like to provide you with the wherewithal for an Would you like to steer a company’s future development exciting and unique career. As a MAccFin graduate, you with sustainable success? Would you like to underpin its will not only have the necessary theoretical foundation but strategic growth opportunities with key figures and thus also be conversant with practice-oriented project work, hone your arguments? Then you fit our target group excel- positioning and opinion-leadership, as well as being lently. As a MAccFin student, you have a great interest in involved in the production of solutions and decisions. You issues of financial management from a CFO’s point of view. will find yourself in responsible positions in big and Your academic and practical curiosity puts you in a posi- smaller corporations, on all continents, with responsibility tion to not only become acquainted with concepts in a theo- in line functions, project work, management consultancy or retical manner but to scrutinise them, assess them autono- auditing, and as entrepreneurs. Curriculum Core Studies Contextual Studies Core Electives General Core Electives 3rd – Asset Liability Management Immersion sem. for Insurance Companies – Audit Committee – Challenges of Financial Essentials Management for Inter- – International Financial national (family-owned) Statement Analysis Companies – Selected Topics – Derivatives in Corporate Finance – Entrepreneurial Finance – –… Independent Electives Concentrations – Financial Reporting the applied perspective 2nd Master’s Thesis – Financial Analysis – Financial Regulation and sem. Skills Risk Management – Financial Risk Management – Fundamental Corporate Valuation for active Investors – International Group – Management Accounting Accounting 1st – Corporate Finance – Risk Management and sem. – Auditing Insurance – Theory of Risk and Insurance – Valuation for Accounting – Value-Based Management in Insurance –… 0–6 12–18 Credits 20 Credits 24 –34 Credits 0–10 Credits 18 Credits Total 18 Credits Compulsory Subjects Core Electives
Contents and structure Studying internationally The contents of the Master’s programme focus on the cur- We support you in the international orientation of your rent and future tasks of financial management, which are studies. Thus you can apply for the CEMS MIM or DM2 undergoing radical change. What does digital transforma- double degree programmes. In addition, you will be able to tion entail for corporate management? How can the count- spend an exchange semester at one of our approx. 200 part- less pieces of information that are available today be ana- ner universities. lysed and put to good use (big data analytics)? How do blockchain technologies impact on existing business mod- MAccFin admission criteria els? These questions and others call for a new understand- • A university degree that is recognised as equivalent, in ing of financial management. the same or a similar major, with at least 180 credits In our compulsory subjects (20 credits), which are taught in • Evidence of a sufficient command of the programme both German and English, we will provide you with a language cross-section of the various disciplines of financial manage- • Foreign students are admitted on the strength of the ment. documents they submit In the core electives, you will be able to concentrate on your • Supplementary work (Integration Week or Master’s interests and make a selection from among a great number preparatory level) may be required. of courses. In the Core Electives General (12–22 credits), the bandwidth of financial management is intended to be cov- The admission criteria may be subject to change. ered by a selection of four courses, whereas in the Core Please consult our website for the latest detailed admission Electives Immersion (12–22 credits), two extensive courses criteria: are intended to provide you with specialist knowledge and www.admissions.unisg.ch prepare you for a career start. In this way, everyone will be able to pursue their individual requirements and interests. More than a third of the courses are offered in English.
Master’s Level 43 Contact Prof. Dr. Peter Leibfried Academic Director MAccFin: facts & figures • Application time frame: 1 October – 31 March • Integration Week (calendar week 22 or 36) Prof. Dr. Dirk Schäfer • Programme start: Autumn Semester (calendar week 38) Executive Director • Duration: 3 semesters (90 ECTS credits) • Language: English or German • Intake, academic year 2017/2018: 214 • International MAccFin students: 31% University of St. Gallen (HSG) Institute of Accounting, • Male/female: 79%/21% Control and Auditing • Job offers before graduation: 2.1* Tigerbergstrasse 9 • Signed a job contract by the time of graduation: 91%* CH-9000 St. Gallen Switzerland *Average of all Master’s programmes 2017 +41 71 224 74 15 email@example.com Further information can be found online: www.maccfin.unisg.ch Programme language The MAccFin can be studied in German and in English.
Master in Strategy and TOP-Ranked in the Financial International Management Times Ranking The mission of the Master’s programme in Strategy and The programme International Management (SIM) is to provide students We seek to shape generalists with a focus on strategy and with the advanced knowledge of general management nec- international management. The SIM programme is essary for a successful career as respected and responsible designed for a select group of both Swiss and international managers. The SIM offers an integrative and interdiscipli- students. As the programme operates in an international nary approach, because only an approach of this nature is setting, the course and examination language is English. capable of conveying the ability to cope with the complex Graduates are awarded a Master of Arts HSG (M.A. HSG) management challenges of our time. This approach earned in Strategy and International Management after three the SIM 1st place in the Financial Times Rankings 2011– semesters of full-time studies (90 credits). 2017. Yi Chen Taiwan “The SIM Master encourages its students to participate in soci- al projects with courses like the SIMagination Challenge. I had the opportunity to go to Guatemala where we provided clean drinking water for people in rural areas. This experience is invaluable for me.” Yi tells more at: www.sim.unisg.ch
Master’s Level 45 A unique international experience nat national work projects and exclusive training workshops. The Strategy and International Management (SIM)) pro- Ad Additionally, our international faculty reflects the balance eed in gramme attracts students with the ambition to succeed b between academic rigour and managerial relevance that the global marketplace. Beyond the classroom, the SIMIM pro- will empower SIM students throughout their future careers. gramme emphasises international experiences and entre-tre- ange preneurial challenges, including a broad array of exchange SIM student profile n- programmes, as well as international projects and intern- Students applying for the SIM programme are skilled, self- ships. Participants are provided with unique opportunities aware individuals with a high level of intercultural aware- for personal development. Additionally, the global SIM ness, both willing and able to embrace different perspec- community enriches each student with a culturally diverse tives. Their unique combination of meaningful life international network. experiences, strong values, outstanding talent and high ambitions puts them on track to become responsible global Sharpening capabilities leaders. The SIM recognises the importance of well-rounded man- agers above and beyond management theory. Soft skills are Maximise your career potential integrated into the SIM programme in order to develop By fostering academic excellence, intercultural and lan- managers’ intellectual flexibility and intercultural qualifica- guage skills, as well as an interdisciplinary problem-solving tions. Hard skills are adapted and perfected through inter- approach, the SIM programme optimally equips students Curriculum Core Studies Contextual Studies Advanced Management 3rd Courses, e.g: sem. – Marketing and Consumer Behavior – Organizational Behavior and Change Integratives, e.g: – Alliance & Network Strategy – Digitalization and Customer Centricity – Entrepreneurship Independent Electives Concentrations – Exploring Sustainability as a Strategic Master’s Thesis SIM in Practice Opportunity Skills – Research in Management – The Global Leader and Managerial 2nd sem. Effectiveness – Mergers & Acquisitions – Business Model Innovation – Comparative Management Systems: A European and US Perspective – Strategies for Renewal – Financial Management 1st – International Management sem. – Strategic Leadership – Strategic Management 0–6 12–18 Credits 20 Credits 22–34 Credits 0–12 Credits 18 Credits Total 18 Credits Compulsory Subjects Core Electives
for top positions in key business arenas such as interna- SIM in Practice tional management, business consulting or entrepreneur- • SIM students have to initiate and complete an interna- ship. Most SIM students sign professional contracts before tional internship, called SIM International Project completing their studies. They receive challenging and (SIM-IP). The purpose of the SIM-IP is for students to attractive job offers from highly respected companies in engage in challenging and practice-oriented work outside various business sectors throughout the world. the classroom, yet topically related to their studies. The SIM curriculum • The SIMagination Challenge requires students to embark The SIM curriculum combines the research-based, aca- on an international social initiative which aims to create demic rigour of a Master of Arts with the interactive nature enriching and meaningful learning experiences for them. and practice-oriented approach present in leading MBA programmes. Students are thus offered the best of two Studying internationally learning worlds. Key partnerships with two prestigious MBA programmes offer SIM students the opportunity of gaining a double Compulsory courses degree with either INCAE Business School in Costa Rica or The compulsory courses advance students’ knowledge of Nanyang Business School in Singapore. Within two years, the functional areas of management. Students explore students acquire both the SIM-HSG Master’s degree and a advanced theories and concepts, examine managerial prac- globally recognised MBA degree. tice, and engage in scientific discussion. www.nanyangmba.ntu.edu.sg www.incae.edu Core electives The core electives consist of Advanced Management Apart from these select MBA double degree opportunities Courses, Integratives and SIM in Practice: within the SIM, the University offers opportunities for exchange semesters and double degrees. By spending an Integratives exchange semester at a CEMS partner university, students Integratives focus on subjects of widespread and current have the possibility of obtaining the CEMS MIM. SIM interest in the field of management. Multidisciplinary per- students also have the opportunity to apply for a double spectives are needed in order to embrace these subjects and degree programme with ESADE, Barcelona; HEC, Paris; explore ways to cope successfully with the major manage- RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam; and Fundação Getulio ment challenges of our time. Vargas, São Paulo, or to apply for an exchange programme with one of our approx. 200 partner universities worldwide. www.exchange.unisg.ch www.cems.unisg.ch
Master’s Level 47 Contact Prof. Dr. Omid Aschari, MBA Managing Director SIM admission criteria • A university degree that is recognised as equivalent, in the same or a similar major, with at least 180 credits Prof. Dr. Dr. • Proficiency in the English language Tomi Laamanen Academic Director • Applicants are admitted on the basis of the assessment of the following criteria: • GMAT or GRE • Grade average Nathalie Naveda • Extracurricular activities (including practical Programme Manager experience) • Essay • Interview • The SIM-Start Professional (integration week) is required. University of St. Gallen (HSG) Institute of Management Dufourstrasse 40a The admission criteria may be subject to change. Please con- CH-9000 St. Gallen sult our website for the latest detailed admission criteria: Switzerland www.admissions.unisg.ch +41 71 224 23 67 firstname.lastname@example.org SIM: facts & figures • Application time frame: 1 October – 30 April • SIM-Start Professional (calendar week 36) Further information can be found • Programme start: Autumn Semester (calendar week 38) online: • Duration: 3 semesters (90 ECTS credits) www.sim.unisg.ch • Language: English • Intake, academic year 2017/2018: 58 • International SIM students: 86% • Male/female: 55%/45% • Employed three months after graduation: 97% (FT Ranking 2017) Programme language The SIM is taught in English.
Master in Banking and TOP-Ranked in the Financial Finance Times Ranking With a challenging curriculum, the Master’s programme in Objectives Banking and Finance (MBF) is one of the leading internatio- In the MBF programme, students obtain high-quality edu- nal finance programmes. A top-tier international faculty in cation in both theory and application. They develop strong the fields of Financial Markets, Financial Institutions, Cor- analytical skills and a broad understanding of financial porate Finance and Quantitative Methods oﬀers high-qua- concepts. All three compulsory courses – Financial Markets, lity education in both theory and application. In the global Financial Institutions and Quantitative Methods – take Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking, the MBF pro- place in the first semester and provide a solid basis for the gramme has been ranked among the top finance program- broad selection of core electives in the second and the third mes for seven years in a row and ranks number one in semester. The choice of elective courses is wide, with sub- Swi erland and in the German-speaking world. jects ranging from asset management and banking to cor- porate finance and market microstructure. Tailored events such as the MBF Integration Days, the MBF Research Retreat, the MBF Career Workshop Series and the Career Power Days not only foster the MBF community but also offer opportunities to develop effective practical skills. Martina Gromo Swi erland / Italy “I chose the Master’s programme in Banking and Finance not only for its excellent ranking, but also for its challenging academ- ic nature. Thanks to its good networks, the HSG oﬀers students the opportunity to participate in double degree programmes. Per- sonally, I’m looking forward to my DDP at Bocconi in Milan.” Martina tells more at: www.mbf.unisg.ch
Master’s Level 49 Career perspectives kets and financial institutions and eager to learn the quanti- MBF graduates are prepared for the financial challenges enges of tat tative methods related to them. Further, prospective students the future both in Switzerland and around the world. d. They s should possess strong analytical skills and be keen to solve are well equipped to: challenging tasks related to finance. Above all, we expect our nsur- • take up jobs in financial institutions such as banks, insur- students to be effective communicators who are able to ance companies, asset management firms, etc; thrive in an international environment. • work for consulting firms; • work as auditors in the fields of banking and insurance; CFA & CAIA • go into the finance or strategy departments of industrial The MBF is an official programme partner of the CFA Insti- corporations; tute and the CAIA Association. The MBF covers more than • pursue an academic career in finance, banking or insurance 70 per cent of the candidate body of knowledge for all three management in the context of doctoral studies (Ph.D.). levels of the CFA programme. These partnerships enable the MBF to award CFA and CAIA fellowships each year to Student profile outstanding MBF students who embark on the programme. The MBF is intended for students with a strong academic background in an economics or business related undergrad- uate programme. They are highly interested in financial mar- Curriculum Core Studies Contextual Studies 1 Research Seminar, e.g: 3rd – Research Seminar Corporate Finance sem. – Research Seminar Financial Institutions – Research Seminar Insurance – Research Seminar Real Estate Finance – Research Seminar Quantitative Finance Core Electives, e.g: – Derivatives Independent Electives Concentrations 2nd – Private Equity Master’s Thesis sem. – Financial Modelling Workshop: Derivatives Skills – Financial Risk Management – Corporate Valuation – Financial Econometrics – Computational Finance – Corporate Finance – Alternative Investments – Financial Markets – Risk Management and Insurance 1st – Financial Institutions sem. – Quantitative Methods 0–6 12–18 Credits 15 Credits 27–39 Credits 0–12 Credits 18 Credits Total 18 Credits Compulsory Subjects Core Electives
Industrial partners Banking & the Financial Economy, Corporate Finance, The partners of the MBF, which include Credit Suisse Alternative Investments, Risk Management & Insurance Group, The Boston Consulting Group, UBS and Zürcher and Quantitative Methods & Data Science. Kantonalbank, guarantee an early contact with potential employers and support the MBF in many ways. Our indus- Research seminar trial partners award fellowships to the best students who In the research seminar, students are required to write a start the programme, and they award prizes at the end of seminar paper with a research focus and they have to pre- the programme for the best degree and the best Master’s sent their findings. In combination with the Master’s thesis, thesis. Thanks to their ongoing support, the MBF invites the MBF therefore provides a thorough preparation for a visiting professors from internationally renowned universi- Ph.D. ties on a regular basis. Completing internships and cooper- ating with the financial industry when writing a Master’s Independent electives thesis is facilitated thanks to the partners of the MBF. Independent electives create additional choices: students may either attend further core electives of the MBF or The MBF curriculum courses of other Master’s programmes. The MBF programme has a clear and flexible structure. The core studies are made up of three compulsory courses and Studying internationally a wide choice of electives. MBF students are offered an opportunity to participate in the following double degree and exchange programmes: Compulsory subjects • CEMS MIM In the first semester, students attend the compulsory • Double degree programmes with ESADE, Barcelona, courses Financial Markets, Financial Institutions, and Spain; HEC, Paris, France; RSM Erasmus University, Quantitative Methods. In these challenging courses the Rotterdam, Netherlands; Università Commerciale Luigi essential knowledge of finance will be acquired. Bocconi, Milan, Italy; and FGV-EAESP, São Paulo, Brazil • Exchange programmes with approx. 200 partner Core electives universities In the second and third semesters, students may design their individual curriculum according to their preferences. MBF admission criteria They can freely combine courses from a long list of core • A university degree that is recognised as equivalent, in electives grouped in the focus areas Financial Markets, the same or a similar major, with at least 180 credits • Proficiency in the English language
Master’s Level 51 Contact Prof. Dr. Manuel Ammann Academic Director • Applicants are admitted on the basis of the assessment of the following criteria: • GMAT or GRE Prof. Dr. • Grade average Florian Weigert Executive Director • Extracurricular activities • Professional and personal aptitude (letter of motivation, Curriculum Vitae / Essay) • The MBF Integration Days are compulsory for all Lea Bühler students. Programme Manager The admission criteria may be subject to change. Please consult our website for the latest detailed admission criteria: University of St. Gallen (HSG) Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance www.admissions.unisg.ch (s/bf-HSG) Unterer Graben 21 MBF: facts & figures CH-9000 St. Gallen Switzerland • Application time frame: 1 October – 30 April • MBF Integration Days (calendar week 36) +41 71 224 70 91 • Programme start: Autumn Semester (calendar week 38) email@example.com • Duration: 3 semesters (90 ECTS credits) • Language: English • Intake, academic year 2017/2018: 128 Further information can be found • International MBF students: 57% online: • Male/female: 81%/19% www.mbf.unisg.ch • Employed three months after graduation: 100% (FT Ranking 2018) Programme language The MBF is taught in English.
Master in Economics The Master’s programme in Economics (MEcon) oﬀers a Objectives comprehensive education in economics. It provides in- With MEcon you gain a clear understanding of key eco- depth theoretical and empirical knowledge in order to ana- nomic and social relationships, as well as the ability to ana- lyse the social and economic challenges of our time. Data lyse large amounts of data. You deepen your methodologi- analysis has become a central component of developed cal and theoretical knowledge for use in empirical research. economies due to the advance of digitalisation. Hence, over You are able to apply this knowledge to solve economic recent years processing and analysing Big Data has become and social problems. Based on the traditional strengths of increasingly important. MEcon provides you with the nec- the HSG, you additionally improve your management and essary tools to analyse economic policy problems using communication skills. The programme prepares you for a state-of-the-art methods and to develop successful strate- wide range of challenging professions, as well as for an gies. academic career. Zora Wilkinson Swi erland / England “The Master’s programme in Economics does not only provide an extensive economic education but also the option to choose electives from other programmes. This enables me to create an individual focus which is conducive to my personal and academic development.” Zora tells more at: www.mecon.unisg.ch
Master’s Level 53 Student profile pub sector, international organisations, consultancy public As a MEcon applicant, you are interested in social and eco- fir firms, as well as in banks and insurance companies. nomic developments and problems. You would likee to I you are striving for an academic career, the academic If ory acquire sound methodological skills in economic theory education in MEcon also provides an excellent preparation mic and empirical analysis. You already have basic economic for Ph.D. programmes. na- knowledge, mathematical skills and you like to think ana- lytically. You are interested in applying your newly Content and structure acquired knowledge in order to solve real economic prob- MEcon is a full-time programme and designed for a stand- lems. ard study period of three semesters. You will earn 90 cred- its. The core studies consist of compulsory subjects and a Career prospects wide range of core elective and elective courses. MEcon provides the knowledge and skills needed to under- stand and analyse economic processes and to develop solu- Compulsory subjects tions to economic problems. This expertise opens up varied In the compulsory subjects you deepen your knowledge in career paths in a wide range of professional fields. MEcon the core areas of economics and acquire advanced method- graduates are in demand for responsible positions in the ological skills. Curriculum Core Studies Contextual Studies Core courses 3rd (3 out of 10): sem. – Advanced Macroeconomics III: Money and Prices – Advanced Microeconomics III: Game Theory and Strategic Decisions – Data Analytics II: Causal Econometrics – Public Economics 2nd Independent Electives Concentrations sem. – Industrial Organization and Master’s Thesis Digitalization Skills – International Trade – Political Economics – Economics of Strategy – Corporate Finance and – Advanced Macroeconomics I: 1st Corporate Governance Growth and Innovation sem. – Advanced Microeconomics I: – Theory of Finance – Big Data Statistics with Consumers, Firms, Markets R & Python – Advanced Macroeconomics II: Asset Prices, Fluctuations and Unemployment Other core elective courses – Advanced Microeconomics II: (0–14 credits): Incentive Theory different specialisations possible – Mathematics – Data Analytics I: Predictive Econometrics 0–6 12–18 Credits 28 Credits 16–26 Credits 0–10 Credits 18 Credits Total 18 Credits Compulsory Subjects Core Electives
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