Doctoral Program – Track A

The Track A doctorate in Banking and Finance is aimed at students who are already working closely with a professor of the Department of Banking and Finance in a specific area of research.
NOTE: Any applicant who has not been explicitly asked to join the Track A doctoral program by a faculty member will not be considered for the Track A program.
The Track A doctorate involves a dissertation as well as successful completion of doctoral courses for a total of at least 18 ECTS credits.
NOTE: In addition, to this 18 ECTS course requirement, and in accordance with current departmental provisions, Track A students will be required to take at least three first year courses from the structured PhD in Finance program (Track B).
At least two of these three additional courses have to be from research fields other than the research field of the respective supervisor.
For enrollment in Track A you will need to send the following documents by 20th January (for Spring Term) and by 20th July (for Fall Term) to our PhD program coordinator sarah.wikus@bf.uzh.ch:
  • A complete curriculum vitae (at most 3 pages)
  • A copy of official grade transcripts, detailed and complete, for your undergraduate, graduate studies and a transcript for on-going studies
  • A copy of your university degrees
  • The form "Confirmation of Doctoral Study", signed by your supervisor http://www.uzh.ch/studies/application/doktoratphd_en.html
  • The form "Doctoral Agreement", signed by you and your supervisor
    Doctoral Agreement (PDF, 435 KB)
  • GMAT or GRE is required for applicants with master degrees from non-Bologna states or with master degrees in fields other than economics, finance or business administration ("fachfremd"). Standardized tests can not be waived and scores must be no older than five years. Scores for tests taken after the deadline will not be considered in our evaluation.
    The GMAT is expected to surpass 660 points. The GMAT institution code for the University of Zurich, Doctoral Program in Finance is: 7382.
    The GRE is expected to surpass 165 for Verbal Reading and 153 for Quantitative Reasoning. There is no institution code for GRE.
Please send an electronic application in PDF format.
For more information about the application process at the University of Zurich and the form "Confirmation of Doctoral Study", please check the following webpage: http://www.uzh.ch/studies/application/doktoratphd_en.html.