Finance

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The Finance specialization enables the student to build upon the solid foundation from the course work in the MBA program and provides students with greater exposure to economic and financial business practices. The finance courses will provide an opportunity for students to learn about local, national and international economies in cooperating and competing markets. Students will explore performance of stocks, bonds, commodities, and other types of investments.
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Overview

The Master of International Business Administration (MIBA) program at the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland ensures that our students are fully prepared to lead and manage in today’s competitive and changing global marketplace. We focus on integrating traditional business knowledge with practical decision-making, problem-solving, creativity, and strategic thinking while engaging in real-world projects. We create a practical learning and research environment that emphasizes collaboration and active engagement with industry leaders.

The curriculum links cutting-edge business theory to practical research and applications as students are guided to solve real-world challenges. This environment emphasizes collaboration and team building alongside healthy competition. At AUS, top-tier internationally diverse classmates come together, share professional experiences, and form synergistic groups where mutual commitment and joint accountability lead to highly effective teams.
Each course integrates at least two experiential learning activities such as:
  • Simulations
  • Presentations – individual and/or group
  • Case studies
  • Projects – individual and/or group.
Beyond the depth and breadth of knowledge gained in the classroom, the life-long connections developed while attending AUS will be of immeasurable value. To this end, we require and actively support internship placement, on-site company visits, and executive mentoring. With our vast network of contacts at nearby, world-renowned corporate headquarters, students are sure to find opportunities tailored to meet their specific needs. Whether the student’s aspiration is to manage a leading company, have their own business, or work for a family-run business, AUS provides the tools to follow the desired career path.
AUS graduate students are expected to produce quality and practical business research summarized in their Master's Capstone submission. AUS awards prizes to the best Thesis.

The Finance Specialization enables the student to build upon the solid foundation from the course work in the MBA program and provides students with greater exposure to economic and financial business practices. The finance courses will provide an opportunity for students to learn about local, national and international economies in cooperating and competing markets. Students will explore performance of stocks, bonds, commodities, and other types of investments. The degree prepares students to work in the field of financial management either independently or with a corporation, bank, securities firm, non-profit organization, or an investment agency.

When a MIBA student successfully completes the DDP, the student will graduate, in their chosen specialty, with a Master of International Business Administration (MIBA) from AUS and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from TU. MIBA students will also receive a Professional Certificate from TU in their chosen specialty.

Why AUS?

Campus
The inspiring, modern campus of the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland features all you could need, from state-of-the-art learning spaces to cozy corners, an on-site Starbucks coffee machine, and dedicated sports facilities.
Multiple Specializations Options
You can study an undergraduate or graduate degree in business or specialize, and also choose to engage in the Dual Degree Program in conjunction with Tiffin University in the United States.
Multiple Intakes per Year
We have three admission intakes per year: fall, winter, and spring.
Learn more about Admission and Application Deadlines

International Recognition

AUS is chartered under Swiss law and recognized by the Department of Education in the Canton of Vaud as an Institute of Higher Education.
Learn more about Accreditation and Ranking
Soft Skill Development
As an accredited institution with the IBM Academic Initiative, AUS has a first-hand view of the latest technologies and business trends across several industries. As an Apple Authorized Training Center for Education, students learn how to code, create and build apps.
Personalized Learning
With a class size of 15 to 20 students and a faculty-student ratio is roughly 1-7, facilitating a deeper working relationship between students and professors coupled with feedback and coaching.
Support Services
AUS provides various support services to students such as: Career Support, Dedicated support, Learning Support. All students will meet with the Academic Coordinator each academic term.
Great Student Life
With our campus located amongst the Swiss Riviera's beautiful scenery, we organize trips to explore the rich cultural heritage and beautiful architecture. Offering plenty of nearby attractions, destinations, and ski resorts or visit local festivals.
Cultural Diversity
At AUS students from over 45 nationalities from 6 continents come together to learn and share experiences, cultural perspectives, and varied work experiences with students from all over the world.
Student Housing
AUS has several fully furnished single and shared rooms within a five-kilometer radius of the university campus.
Learn more about student housing

Dual Degree Accreditations

Dual Degree Structure

In order to receive dual degrees, students must successfully complete the required AUS and TU courses. The curricula are mixtures of AUS and TU courses designed to provide students with the maximum exposure to the necessary knowledge and skills for the future workplace, emphasizing critical thinking, problem-solving, research technologies, and multimodal communication methods.
The TU programs are all online with videos, discussion rooms, readings, and other assignments. For the most part, the students will be in the same class as TU students, thus enabling interaction. Students will take both AUS and TU courses to complete their required coursework. Courses will be taught on campus and remotely, with the possibility of student exchanges to either university.
Duration:
2 years
Entry Dates:
September / January / April
Study Mode:
Full-time
Credits:
90 CH | 120 ECTS
Program Structure
The Master of International Business Administration (MIBA) is a two-year program during which the student must obtain 90 credit hours | 120 European Credit Transfer System. The two-year program structure comprises six academic terms, with three terms per year (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Each term typically includes ten weeks of instruction and two weeks of examinations.

A standard course of study to complete a MIBA program over two years requires the completion of fifteen AUS core courses, two AUS elective courses, ten TU core courses and four TU specialization courses. In addition, nine credit hours are required for Capstone work which starts during the last academic term and can be completed up to six months after graduation. The MIBA Capstone work can be either a thesis in the form of a research proposal, where the validity of one or more hypotheses is investigated, or in the form of a business plan.
Courses
#
CH
ECTS
AUS Core
15
45
60
AUS Elective
2
6
8
TU Core
10
20
30
TU Specialization
4
12
16
Capstone: Thesis or Business Plan
9
12
Courses
#
CH
ECTS
AUS Core
AUS Elective
TU Core
15
45
60
2
6
8
10
20
30
TU Specialization
Capstone: Thesis or Business Plan
4
12
9
16
12
The conferring of a MIBA degree from AUS follows only after completing all the following requirements:
  • Academic credit requirements - a minimum of 90 CH | 120 ECTS.
  • Academic performance requirements - a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Capstone: Thesis in the form of a research proposal, where the validity of one or more hypotheses is investigated, or in the form of a business plan.
  • Attendance and residency requirements.
MIBA students have other credit-earning opportunities, when available, through internships and by working with professors on research initiatives and program activities surrounding their specialization.

Courses

International Financial Management
Structure and operation of global financial markets: The international monetary system, global banking, eurocurrency markets, global securities markets, foreign exchange markets, emerging capital markets, and global portfolio management. Financial skills required for effective management of companies engaged in international business with an emphasis on international financial management - extension of closed economy financial management techniques to the global market environment.

Topics include balance of payments and exchange rate determination, the hedging of exchange rate risk, multinational capital budgeting, political risk management, taxation, the corporate management of short-term and long-term assets and liabilities and financing the global operations of firms.

Financial Markets and Institutions

This class introduces students to the institutions and markets that form the worldwide economic system of trading financial and real assets. The course will cover concepts of financial theory, institutional detail, regulations and the history of the financial markets. Students will be exposed to legal, ethical, technological, and global issues facing financial managers, financial markets, and the financial assets traded in these markets. The course is designed to provide an overview of the financial world, the financial assets that are traded, and the people who participate in the financial markets.

Investment Analysis

This class examines the investment process. Students will learn how to put together a portfolio and understand and interpret news about the financial markets. It will discuss different types of securities (bonds, stocks, mutual funds, derivatives) and how they are combined to form a portfolio. It includes background information relative to these securities. This information includes topics such as types of markets, placing orders and what interpreting stock indices represent.
Emerging Markets Finance
This course deals with investment issues that are unique to emerging economies since they are likely to afford significant growth opportunities for global investors. The course will provide a framework for understanding the international financial environment including markets, systems and institutions and will focus on challenges confronting firms that compete in the global marketplace.

An array of issues relevant to firms operating on the global stage, including analyzing international opportunities; developing foreign entry, growth and pricing strategies; financing business operations; and leveraging resources and capabilities internationally will be discussed. We will discuss techniques that will enhance investment decision-making by future managers in emerging markets.

Program Learning Outcomes

1
The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate (beyond the level of understanding) the performance of a business in the functional areas of general management (accounting, economics, finance, and marketing).
2
The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate decision alternatives using theories, tools, and techniques (such as a cash flow statement, market segmentation, and sustainable competitive advantage) applied to the internal and external analysis of a business or industry situation and are able to support and defend their recommendations.
3
The successful MIBA participant will be able to create and present advanced oral and written business presentations (such as a research proposal or a business plan) in a supported and scholarly fashion.
4
The successful MIBA participant will set an example to other students by conducting their affairs in a businesslike manner (such as respect for their appearance, timeliness, and preparation) and possess the ability to work cooperatively in mixed teams on diverse projects towards a common goal.
5
The successful MIBA participant will be able to develop life-long learning skills that will support them to continue their studies in a self-directed and autonomous manner.
The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate (beyond the level of understanding) the performance of a business in the functional areas of general management (accounting, economics, finance, and marketing).
The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate decision alternatives using theories, tools, and techniques (such as a cash flow statement, market segmentation, and sustainable competitive advantage) applied to the internal and external analysis of a business or industry situation and are able to support and defend their recommendations.
The successful MIBA participant will be able to create and present advanced oral and written business presentations (such as a research proposal or a business plan) in a supported and scholarly fashion.
The successful MIBA participant will set an example to other students by conducting their affairs in a businesslike manner (such as respect for their appearance, timeliness, and preparation) and possess the ability to work cooperatively in mixed teams on diverse projects towards a common goal.
The successful MIBA participant will be able to develop life-long learning skills that will support them to continue their studies in a self-directed and autonomous manner.

Career

The Finance specialization enables the student to build upon the solid foundation from the course work in the MBA program and provides students with greater exposure to economic and financial business practices. The finance courses will provide an opportunity for students to learn about local, national and international economies in cooperating and competing markets. 
Students will explore performance of stocks, bonds, commodities, and other types of investments. The degree prepares students to work in the field of financial management either independently or with a corporation, bank, securities firm, nonprofit organization, or an investment agency.

A specialization in Finance allows you to progress into the following careers:

Asset Management
Equity Research
Investment Banking
Risk Management
Corporate Finance

Tuition & Fees

Dual Master
MIBA + TU Specialization
CHF 22’000.- per year
2-Year Master’s Degree Program
Admission Fee = CHF 3’500.-
(Payment upon acceptance)
flexible payment options available
Application Fee = Free of charge
Dual Master
MIBA + TU Specialization
CHF 22’000
2-Year Program
Admission Fee = CHF 3’500.-
(Payment upon acceptance)
flexible payment options available
per year
Application Fee = Free of charge
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