Finance, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)


A comprehensive examination concludes the first year and gives access to the research stage. The programme includes a list of subjects, each of which covers approximately 30 class hours. Courses are taught in English by resident staff as well as by guest professors (mostly from North America). Further details (e.g. course description, bibliographies, etc.) can be found on the Institute's web page

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    30 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

To obtain the doctoral degree students must complete the required coursework and write a thesis. Mandatory courses are offered in the first year. At the end of the first year, students must pass a comprehensive exam. Elective courses on more advanced topics are offered in the second year in Lugano and in other SFI centers. During the second year, students start to work on their thesis under the supervision of local faculty. Also, they are employed as teaching and research assistants in the Institute of Finance. The typical duration of the program is four years, but students who graduate in five years are not unusual.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Admission procedure

See the SFI official website for complete application information.

The following complete documentation is required:

  • CV and statement of purpose
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • 2 reference letters
  • Certification of proficiency in English

Strong preference in admission will be given to students who submit GRE scores.

Tuition Fee


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