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Master’s Degree in International Business Administration with a specialization in FinTech Management

Type

Master Degree

Duration

12-24 months

Start Date

September, January, April

Location

La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland

Study Mode

Full-time, Part-time

Language

English

ECTS Credits

112

CH Credits

79

Master with major in FinTech Management

“The global FinTech Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 22.17%, reaching USD 305.7 billion by 2023.”

Why FinTech Management?
The career opportunities for someone with both the technical and business skills needed to manage FinTech implementations is enormous and expanding rapidly. As this emerging field surges forward, traditional banking institutions and corporations of every size and geographic location are struggling to understand, staff for, and implement FinTech. After extensive market research and feedback from FinTech service and technology providers, traditional financial services providers, and businesses of every type, an immense shortage was identified for technical personnel with the requisite business skills to transition into management roles. Through a holistic approach that incorporates these complementary skills, AUS is helping to educate FinTech professionals while offering them a competitive advantage in the job market.

Why Switzerland?
The digitalization of financial markets has brought about exciting and fast-paced developments, and in this Switzerland is a leader in many ways, tracking these trends and establishing itself as a catalyst for financial innovation on a global level.

● In global terms, every tenth FinTech Startup was founded in Switzerland.
● As of 2019, investments on the global financial market in Swiss FinTech enterprises amount to CHF 10-14 billion.
● From 2016 to 2019, the amount of FinTech Startups in Switzerland, currently 170, increased sixfold, with 14 incubators in the FinTech ecosystem.

Both philosophically and geographically, AUS’s FinTech Management program is strategically located between traditional Swiss banking powerhouses and Switzerland’s emerging “Crypto valley.” Thanks to this location and our strategic partnerships, students at AUS can expect access to superlative professors, internships, and company visits that is unparalleled by any other institute of higher learning. This unique offering has helped make AUS the gold standard in FinTech Management and a highly sought-after destination for students around the world.

Why an AUS degree

Small classes

AUS’s commitment to the ultimate student experience includes the right number of faculty members to guarantee small class sizes and the subsequent personal support to students in and outside the classroom. Small class sizes ensure full engagement with the professor leading the learning as well as fellow students from a range of professional and cultural backgrounds.

Tailored

AUS offers a tailored education, with practical and theoretical courses, which are relevant for today’s market. Prioritizing the latest business subjects, the highly motivated and ambitious staff and administration at AUS is dedicated to the academic and personal development of students, working closely on a one-to-one basis to help them achieve their career objectives.

Real-World Insights

Full access to various databases such as EBSCO, ProQuest, Financial Times and other services are available on and off the campus along with access to academic and industry experts, and through a curriculum shaped by current research and professional practice to maximize your career progression.

Practical and Relevant

A career-path organization combining theory with practical experience, AUS is committed to the training and development of its students, empowering them to take the career path that suits them best.

Network

An international, multicultural environment based in Switzerland, AUS is one of Switzerland’s leading business universities situated in La Tour-de-Peilz on the beautiful shores of Lake Geneva and is privileged to have the likes of global corporations and organizations such as Nestlé, Hublot, the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee within easy travelling distance from campus.

Recognition

AUS’s backing by internationally recognized and strong local organizations provides the assurance of quality education for its students. It is recognized as a university by multiple accreditation bodies including the U.S based International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), and the European Council for Business Education (ECBE). It also belongs to the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, Fédération Suisse des Ecoles Privées (FSEP), Association Vaudoise des Ecoles Privées (AVDEP) as well as Promove.

Program Details

What You Will Learn

Why AUS?
Switzerland is world renowned for its traditional technology and financial services training programs and schools. With three new programs starting in September of 2019, AUS is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between traditional business education and emerging business requirements enabled by FinTech. Regardless of your background, AUS is dedicated to helping each student understand how to leverage FinTech to drive value in their organization.

Program Overview
As a central theme, the FinTech Management program at AUS examines the various services provided and the key technologies involved in the FinTech sector. All courses are taught onsite by AUS professors, who are distinguished thought leaders in the fields of crypto economics, cybersecurity, and financial services.

The program considers the disruptive and innovative nature of FinTech as a technology-enabled business model. Moreover, as FinTech is continuously changing and evolving, so too will the curriculum at AUS evolve to keep pace. Examples of key technologies that are core to the current curriculum are listed below.

Technology Topic Examples:
● Virtual Financial Assets (VFAs or cryptocurrencies)
● Blockchain Technology
● Digital advisory and trading systems
● Robotic process automation (RPA)
● Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning
● Cybersecurity
● Biometrics and identity management
● Peer-to-peer lending
● Equity crowdfunding
● Mobile and other cashless payment systems.

Course/Module Examples:
● FinTech - Applications in Corporate and Entrepreneurial Finance
● Communicating, Problem Solving, and Leading in Cybersecurity
● FinTech - Blockchain Technology, Cryptocurrency, and Cybersecurity
● Financial Information Systems
● Robo Advisors & Systematic Trading
● FinTech Analytics: Data-Driven Credit Modeling
● Risk Management and Organizational Resilience
● FinTech - Managing Change and Fostering Innovation
● Transaction verification: reducing cost and risk with emerging technology
● Marketplace Facilitation through Non-Traditional intermediaries
● Cybersecurity - Protecting client privacy as a competitive advantage

To obtain a degree, students will need to complete:

  • 13 core modules/courses
  • 8 specialist modules/courses
  • Internship
  • Dissertation

Modules/Courses are selected by the administration depending on student requests and faculty availability and include topics such as finance, economics, management, law and marketing principles. Check our course web pages regularly for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information.

To see the complete curriculum, please download the Master of International Business Administration brochure.

Academic Calendar

The academic year usually begins in September and ends in July with three academic terms (Fall, Winter, and Spring) during this period. Each term includes eleven weeks of study, plus one week of examinations. Examination periods usually occur in the middle and end of each term. Holiday periods usually occur in December and Spring. The long Summer break is in July/August.

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Term Dates

2019-2020 Fall Term

Courses: September - December
Holidays: Winter Break: 4 weeks

Winter Term

Courses: January - March
Holidays: Spring Break: 3 weeks

Spring Term

Courses: April - July
Holidays: Summer Break: 12 weeks


Master's Degree Requirements

The conferring of a MIBA degree from AUS follows only after completing the following requirements:

• Academic credit requirements;
• Academic performance requirements (Cumulative GPA of 3.0.);
• Attendance requirements and residency requirements.

In addition, all outstanding accounts must be settled with the administration before graduation.

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Transferring Credits

Transfer credits may be accepted from other recognized colleges and universities for those courses, which apply to AUS’s programs. Advanced Placement (AP) credits obtained at the high school level may be applied to an undergraduate program. Transfer credits may only be awarded for a grade of C (75%) or higher. All graduating students must complete at least half of their Academic Credit requirements at AUS.

How to Apply

The American University in Switzerland will consider all completed applications and will contact applicants within a reasonable period of time, as soon as a decision has been made. Admission to AUS is however subject to a limited number of enrollments; it is, therefore, possible that not all qualified applicants are always accepted.
All applicants must demonstrate an excellent academic record signaling their potential for success in a given field of study and complete the following AUS admission procedures.

Entry to the master’s program requires completion and graduation from a recognized undergraduate program. AUS may require students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business or who are academically challenged to take additional undergraduate level courses. Graduates of non-American institutions of higher learning must be able to document that their degree is equivalent to a recognized bachelor’s degree. Certified translations in English are required for all records, not in English.
A minimum of six months full-time or one-year part-time work experience is recommended but is not required, before entering the graduate program. One of the recommendation letters must come from an employer or supervisor.
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) test is recommended but not required for graduate-level applicants.

The general requirements for all applicants include the completed application form and payable fees in addition to the documents listed below. The applicant should ensure that these documents are sent to AUS in good time before a course of study begins.


  • Request Application Form

  • Submit completed and signed application form

  • Photographs: Six (6) passport size photographs must be included with the application form that is submitted to AUS. Most of these photographs are required by the local authorities and for student visas.

  • Recommendations: Two (2) confidential letters of recommendation from instructors or employers who are familiar with the applicant’s past performance must be sent directly to AUS. Certified translations must also be submitted for all letters not in English.

  • Résumé or CV: A brief written account of the applicant’s strengths and accomplishments. Include personal details, education, work experience, other qualifications and career expectations.

  • Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all applicable academic work done at the secondary or university-level institutions in the past five (5) years. Transcripts must be sent directly by the institutions to AUS. Certified translations must also be submitted for all documents not in English.

  • Motivation Letter: The essay or motivation letter should be at least 500 words in length. You should tell the story of your academic development and any other work experience you have had in a first-person narrative. You should explain your reasons for applying and how you expect AUS to further improve your present career goals.

  • Language Proficiency: Proficiency will normally be recognized if students have completed any of the following conditions:

    a. Attendance for at least three recent full years of study in an institution where the sole language of instruction is English.

    b. Obtaining Standard level or higher, in the International Baccalaureate (IB).


  • If none of these conditions apply, proof of proficiency in English must be provided by achieving the appropriate score on one of the following:

    At least 550 score in a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    At least 6.0 score in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    An application must include all of these items in order to be considered for the admissions process.

Application Deadlines

AUS operates on a rolling admissions basis, which requires that completed application materials, as well as all academic records and the applicable fee, be received by AUS a minimum of 10 weeks before the start of term. If accepted, you will receive an official Letter of Acceptance and an invitation to enroll. At this time, you will also be advised of any additional information that should be provided in order to complete your file. A payment schedule of the tuition and fees due is indicated in the Offer Letter sent within the Letter of Acceptance.

Tuition Fees

PROGRAM FEES
Registration Fee CHF 3’500
Tuition Fee CHF 30’500
TOTAL CHF 34’000

 

*All prices are in Swiss Francs (CHF)
*Tuition and fees may be subject to change without prior notice
A number of additional expenses should be expected by students, which are not covered by the tuition fees and will need to be accounted for separately. Additional expenses may include:

  • Health insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Social activities/trips
  • Photocopying costs

All fees are quoted in CHF (Swiss Francs). As AUS – The American University in Switzerland is a private institution, all students pay the same fees regardless of nationality. Fees are reviewed from time to time and may change from those listed.

The University reserves the right to make such alterations or amendments as necessary. Please consult the website for current information.

Application and registration fees must be paid before the visa application process. Tuition fees must be paid at least two weeks before the start date of the academic program. If the payment is not done, you may not enroll and start classes until payment has been made. Payments may be made by bank transfer or in person. A student will not be fully registered until full payment is received. Tuition and services may be withdrawn in the case of non-payment.

If you begin a program of study and then wish to withdraw, you must advise the Administration in writing. Any refund will be made according to our Refund Policy.
Note: This process may take a few months.

AUS offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you with your education. More information may be collected from our Administration team directly.

Career Opportunities

The AUS teaching method and the experiences beyond the classroom will ensure that graduates are ready to face the business world of tomorrow. Depending on the chosen curriculum and course work, graduates can aspire to follow these business paths:
  • Business owner: Understanding the risks and advantages, the business owner serves as the chief decision maker, installing trust through sound decision making and rational thinking; and controlling business activities, budget and resource.
  • Operational risk manager: evaluating all operations to identify the risks and rewards within a business, a professional manager who can communicate effectively and influence key decision makers.
  • Finance manager: a numbers expert who can manage the books of a business and can analyze and forecast for the benefit of senior management and decision makers.
  • Business development manager: a visionary who can focus on accounting management, building business plans and relationships to ensure maximum efficiency and growth in business operations.
  • Senior product market manager: implementing marketing strategies to maximize public relations opportunities and marketing tools such as digital and traditional media.

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