Finance and Innovation

Finance et innovation

Over the past decade the financial industry has become increasingly complex and volatile. Specialists with a solid analytical background are urgently needed to understand past developments and to drive financial innovation forward.

The events of the last few years have exposed new needs in risk measurement and management, derivatives pricing and hedging, portfolio management, model validation and corporate finance.

Program’s Objectives

The Master’s program in Financial Engineering (MFE) provides financial education at the forefront of both academic thinking and industry practice and is the result of a multidisciplinary effort involving the Swiss Finance Institute at EPFL, the College of Management of Technology and faculty members from mathematics, statistics, computer science, operations research and communications. The curriculum of the MFE is broad but also specific because it offers an extensive range of electives so students can tailor-make the program to correspond to their career goals.

MFE graduates have the perfect profile to integrate rapidly in financial institutions such as investment banks, rating agencies, consulting and auditing companies, insurance companies and online trading companies. Alternatively, MFE graduates can enter top level PhD programs in finance or financial engineering, such as the Swiss Finance Institute PhD program at EPFL.

Simplified study plan


Please note that the information regarding the programs’ structure as well as the simplified study plan may be subject to change and that these are no legally binding. Only the official regulations and study plans are binding.


Entry Requirements

Holders of a Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline such as mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering or economics are eligible to apply for admission into the MFE. Applicants should have a high level of intellectual ability and exceptional analytical skills as well as a strong interest in finance. They should also have a solid background in mathematical analysis, statistics and probability theory. In addition applicants to the MFE should command either one formal computer language such as C, C++ or Java, or a high-level language such as Matlab or Mathematica.

Teaching Language: English


Online application




In case of specific questions about this program, please contact the Swiss Finance Institute:

[email protected]

41 (0)21 693 01 22