During our Bachelor of Science in Business Finance program in Geneva, students will gain a thorough understanding of financial instruments and institutions.  

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Participants of the Bachelor of Science in Business Finance will be provided with a comprehensive global and financial overview alongside fundamental business practices.  

 

During this program, students will: 

 

  1. Prepare accounting reports to support planning and decision making for senior management 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of major marketing strategies commonly used by international financial corporations 

  1. Interpret and apply the legal terminology used in tax regulations  

Program Duration
3 years
Credits
210/240 Ects
Teaching Language
English
Start Dates
October, February, June, August
You can do it in
Geneva, Montreux
Schedule
Full-time
DEGREE AWARDED

At EU Business School, students have the unique option to earn two degrees.

 

Option 1: Single qualification

 

Students completing the EU Bachelor of Science in Business Finance program are awarded an EU Business School Switzerland private and internationally accredited bachelor's degree.

 

  • Duration: Six semesters/three years (summer fast-track option available)

  • Credits: 151 CH/210 ECTS

 

Option 2: Dual qualification on campus

 

By successfully completing one extra semester on our Geneva or Montreux campuses, you will earn a second state-accredited BSc (Hons) in International Business, awarded by the University of Roehampton in London.

 

  • Duration: Seven semesters/three years (summer fast-track option available)

  • Credits: 172 CH/240 ECTS

 

Students who wish to further their knowledge in a specialization may take an additional semester and earn a Diploma of Advanced Studies (30 ECTS) which is accredited and state-recognized (título propio) from Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM), Spain.

 

 

 

PROGRAM

STRUCTURE

 

Option one: single qualification
 

This is a six-semester, three-year program with 210 ECTS. The first year is comprised of core courses to provide students with a solid base in all fundamental business areas. Specialization subjects are incorporated into the curriculum from the third semester onwards. On successfully completing six semesters, two final case studies and a dissertation, students earn a private, internationally-accredited bachelor’s degree from EU Business School Switzerland.

 

Academic YearFallSpringSummer
Year 1Semester 1
Core courses
Semester 2
Core courses
Fast-track option available
Year 2Semester 3
Core & specialization courses
Semester 4
Core & specialization courses
Fast-track option available
Year 3Semester 5
Core & specialization courses
Semester 6
Core & specialization courses
 

 

Option two: dual qualification
 

This is a seven semester, three-year program with 240 ECTS. The first-year core courses provide students with a solid base in all fundamental business areas. Specialization subjects are incorporated into the curriculum in the third, fourth and fifth semesters. In the third year, you will focus on international business modules to equip you with key managerial concepts, theories and tools necessary for any business field. Upon the successful completion of two final cases and a dissertation, you graduate with a private internationally-accredited bachelor’s degree from EU Business School Switzerland and a state-accredited BSc (Hons) in International Business from the University of Roehampton in London.

 

Students who wish to further their knowledge in a specialization can take an additional semester and earn a Diploma of Advanced Studies (30 ECTS) which is accredited and state-recognized (título propio) from Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM), Spain.

 

Academic YearFallSpringSummer
Year 1Semester 1
Core courses
Semester 2
Core courses
Semester 3
Core courses & specialization
Year 2Semester 4
Core courses & specialization
Semester 5
Core courses & specialization
 
Year 3Semester 6
International Business
Semester 7
International Business
Semester 8
Diploma of Advanced Studies in specialization (optional)
First Semester (22 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course explores the dynamic organizational environment in which businesses operate and provides students with an overview of functional areas such as human resources, marketing, public relations, financial management, operations management, as well as purchasing and supply management. Students develop an understanding of the theory underlying key management principles including planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Students are introduced to and use the case study method to critically examine business management practices.

  • Marketing involves understanding the marketing mix and making decisions about product, distribution, promotion and price. This course introduces students to the basic concepts, analyses and activities that comprise marketing management, including the study of the marketing environment framework, target market, market segmentation, marketing ethics and the marketing mix. Students analyze cases reflecting marketing successes and failures to acquire the fundamentals of marketing management.

  • This course provides students with theoretical and practical application of communication principles that relate to the production of written messages in the business world. The principles studied and applied in this course come from cases involving business letters, reports and memoranda. Emphasis is put on the production of effective messages which project the brand, achieve desired outcomes and generate positive working relationships.

  • The course is an introduction to the basic accounting theories and principles like: the accounting cycle; the recording and reporting of accounting data; adjusting entries; closing entries; subsidiary ledgers; and financial statements like the accounting for assets is covered in detail. The course also explores new accounting technologies and their use in the preparation of financial information.

  • This course builds skills and proficiency in calculus and focuses on the understanding and application of areas of calculus that are relevant to managerial and business sciences. Students revisit the theory and practice of limits, continue with derivatives and explore applications and integration; including multi-variable scenarios, differential equations, series and optimization.

  • This course builds skills and proficiency in calculus and focuses on the understanding and application of areas of calculus that are relevant to managerial and business sciences. Students revisit the theory and practice of limits, continue with derivatives and explore applications and integration; including multi-variable scenarios, differential equations, series and optimization.

  • Computer literacy is fundamental to the learning process and a mandatory component for a successful career. This course helps students understand computer hardware, software and network systems. It focuses on the Microsoft Office suite and the use of the internet. Special emphasis is given to MS Excel, as it is an essential tool for other subjects taught during the programs.

  • Environmental sustainability means meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. Students examine the objectives and best sustainability practices of leading non-profit and for-profit organizations. In addition, the course looks at “green” business initiatives throughout the world. Topics include carbon and water markets; green buildings; design; and sustainable management systems.

  • Personal & Professional Development Seminars/Company Visits
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
Second Semester (22 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course is an introduction to ethical theory and how it is applied to business issues. Students use case studies to identify ethical issues, analyze them using learned principles and make recommendations to resolve them. The course also prepares students for the social responsibility challenges and opportunities they will face throughout their careers.

  • The fundamental skills for communicating within the workplace and on behalf of an organization are the basis upon which students develop the skills necessary to be effective business executives. These skills include listening, interviewing, speech evaluation, poise and confidence. Students learn to analyze how, when and in which format to send messages, and develop critical analysis skills in order to enhance their oral communication skills.

  • Key accounting concepts and analytical techniques are applied as students gain an in-depth understanding of concepts such as stockholders’ equity, retained earnings and cash flow. The course also examines different tools used in financial statement analysis as well as the basic concepts of budgeting and cost accounting systems used in management accounting.

  • Macroeconomics studies the larger picture and, as such, some of the most important issues that affect our daily lives - income, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, GDP and the business cycle. Students also investigate the role of economics in relation to government policy, international trade and the international monetary system.

  • This course introduces students to the main legal issues that entrepreneurs, organizations and business managers face when running an operation. Students learn about key concepts of business law through situational analysis and discussions on topics including statutory, common and case law. Topics such as setting up a company, trust or partnership, contracts, mercantile, tax, civil, agency and commercial law are covered. The relationship between ethics and the law is a common thread running through the course.

  • This course enables students to perform all the analyses required in day-to-day transactions involving value (time and/or money). Students learn to make business investment decisions in an objective manner. The course explores mathematical concepts and procedures required in financial management and analysis.

  • This course provides students with hands-on experience in the techniques related to the collection and use of statistical data and their evaluation and application in managerial situations. Subjects covered include means, distribution, dispersion and sampling. Keys to statistical inference are highlighted and the importance of random sampling is investigated.

  • This course introduces students to the key concepts and practices that underpin successful advertising and brand communications. Students learn how to select appropriate media for these communications and also develop an understanding of trends, visual thinking, advertising brief development, marketing principles, brand communications, media relations and client/agency relationships.

  • Personal & Professional Development Seminars/Company Visits
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
Third Semester (21 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • Strategic marketing is the process of ensuring customer satisfaction through the integration of business functions and the continuous search for a sustainable competitive advantage. Students discuss where strategic marketing fits within the overall business plan. The course views strategic marketing from the customer and brand perspective and examines the concept of marketing strategy: targeting, achieving a sustainable competitive advantage and brand positioning.

  • This course introduces students to core financial areas and issues that provide a basis for more specific learning in other courses. Students are introduced to financial instruments and techniques used in financial decision making. Concepts such as asset valuation, financial health, future investment planning, risk and return are explored through case studies.

  • Effective human resources management is a key function in successful organizations. The course examines theories and explores the dynamic relationship between strategy, people, technology and the processes that drive organizations. Key topics include profiling; recruitment and development of staff; employment laws; motivation; job satisfaction; performance management; and fair compensation.

  • This course covers production and operational management, focusing on productivity analysis that contributes to improving business processes and creating a competitive edge. Inventory control systems, procurement, manufacturing and quality control systems are key issues examined and discussed.

  • This course explores the complexities of starting and developing a small business. Students examine the management skills necessary to succeed as independent business owners and learn how to assess personal strengths and weaknesses in order to form effective work teams. The course uses cases to explore key topics such as opportunity analysis, feasibility studies and start-up finance, as well as comparing entrepreneurial management with professional management.

  • This course looks at the foundations, technology and applications of management information systems (MIS) in today’s competitive business environment. Students identify the major management challenges to building and using information systems. Practical cases are used to examine, analyze and compare systems which serve the information needs of organizations.

  • Digital business is an interdisciplinary topic encompassing both business and technology. The course is an introduction to this rapidly-changing mode of doing business. It examines commonly-used and emerging technologies, as well as discussing the organizational impacts and management implications of moving into digital business. A number of specific applications are reviewed through case studies.

  • This course introduces students to important aspects of ethics in the world of finance. It explores ethics as a social responsibility, the evolution of ethics following business expansion and the development of organizational ethics in the free market.

  • The course is an introduction to investing in real estate, focusing on the goals of property managers and investors. Students explore different types of real estate investments along with the characteristics of the real estate market.

  • Personal & Professional Development Seminars/Company Visits
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
  • Research Methods
Fourth Semester (21 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • All economies, regardless of their size, depend on other economies to some extent. In this course, students examine the forces, processes and actors that shape economic globalization. Topics include the effectiveness of trade organizations such as the WTO, the theory of comparative advantage, modern trade theory, intra-industry trade and the impact of protectionism tools such as tariffs on global trade. The course also examines the impact of international trade on labor and the environment; the balance of payments; exchange rates and the exchange rate systems; open economy macroeconomics; past international financial crises; NAFTA; and the impact of the European Union on the global economy.

  • This course explores and assesses financial issues affecting markets, companies and management. Students are invited to examine and reflect on current and past cases to strengthen learning. Topics include measuring efficiency, valuation of debt, financial analysis and planning and working capital.

  • In the rapidly-evolving world of search engine optimization and viral marketing, social media plays a leading role. This course explores social media marketing tools, techniques and strategies and examines how to use them to build valuable, lasting relationships with customers and other stakeholders. Students learn how to improve online campaign performance and combine social media with other components of a marketing or communications campaign.

  • Financial institutions support entrepreneurs and help them manage the economic risks they take on. This course teaches students the strengths and imperfections of tools and institutions such as banking, insurance, securities, futures, bonds and other derivatives markets, focusing on the recent past, the present and the near future.

  • Understanding consumers enables marketers to more effectively meet the needs of buyers in the market. This course investigates the processes that individuals, groups and organizations use to select, secure, use and dispose of products, services and experiences. It also covers the process of generating ideas to satisfy the needs and impacts that these processes have on the consumer and society. Students develop an understanding of the way people interact with products or services and their marketing environment, as well as an appreciation of the social, cultural and marketing factors that influence the selection and use of products and services.

  • The course focuses on business-to-business relationships. Students learn how to apply their knowledge of sales and purchasing concepts to solve business problems. Effective management of salespeople and purchasing functions is critical to business success because of the constant pressure to improve cost optimization and resource efficiency.

  • The course introduces students to the principles and practices of marketing theories as applied to the financial world. It provides the tools for understanding the implications of marketing concepts in the financial sector.

  • The course introduces students to the principles of bank management, the banking system, its instruments, institutions and the role it plays in the economy. The course assumes that students have some basic knowledge of finance and accounting. Students are introduced to asset and liabilities operations; FSA and risk management; as well as other important issues such as electronic payment products, bank crises and mergers and acquisitions in the banking sector.

  • This course deals with the two separate concepts: cash management and credit management. Students learn to use cash management techniques, such as accelerating the collection of receivables, controlling payments and managing cash efficiently. With credit management, students learn how to increase sales revenue by extending credit to customers who are considered to be a good credit risk and to minimize the risk of loss from bad debts by restricting or denying credit to others.

  • Personal & Professional Development Seminars/Company Visits
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
  • Research Methods
Fifth Semester (21 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course introduces students to the world of international business and management and examines contextual factors, administrative mechanisms, organizational processes, cultural influences and government and business structures in the global economy. Students explore the challenges facing modern corporations when organizing cross-border activities that span multiple stages of the value chain. Topics include trade relations and missions; international finance; legal and labor agreements; information needs; production systems; marketing; and promotion.

  • In this course, students learn how to evaluate company performance and value based on financial information. Students interpret the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow in addition to learning how to apply ratio analysis. At the end of the course students are able to prepare financial projections based on a company’s financial reports.

  • This course helps students build their negotiation skills and develop an analytical understanding of negotiations and conflict management so that they can become more effective problem solvers. Through role play, simulation and observation, students examine, evaluate and apply negotiation techniques, learning to identify tricks and distracters used by counterparts.

  • The course explores the complexities of managing and developing a small business and gives students practical information concerning small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). This involves exploring the practical implications of self-employment and being part of a family-run business. Topics include areas of marketing, finance and labor management specific to the SME sector.

  • The course addresses three main issues in corporate finance: how a corporation should invest its funds; how it should finance its investments; and to what extent it should distribute some of its assets to its owners. Students look at practical examples of how this balance is achieved in order to maximize the value of the organization.

  • The course introduces the key elements of business-to-business (B2B) marketing and analyzes the differences between industrial and consumer markets. Topics include business buyer behavior, steps in business-buying decisions, B2B marketing strategies, the role of events and B2B marketing campaigns.

  • The course is an introduction to the corporate world and its internal accounting practices. Students learn the language and concepts used to convey the financial information of a business enterprise, from the point of view of the business manager. The course also explores major accounting concepts and procedures needed for managerial decision making.

  • This course explores the options of strategic planning in order to maximize the net worth of an investor upon retirement. Factors affecting a successful investment for retirement include the anticipated cost of living; current retirement assets and savings; investment strategies; and expected rates of inflation.

  • This course discusses methods of evaluating a security by attempting to measure its intrinsic value. Related economic, financial and other qualitative and quantitative factors are examined. Analysis of macroeconomic factors or individually specific factors can affect a security’s value. The ultimate goal of performing a fundamental securities analysis is to predict a value that the investor can compare with the security’s current prices and aid the decision-making process.

  • Personal & Professional Development Seminars/Company Visits
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
Sixth Semester (21 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course examines how firms gain and maintain a competitive advantage. It explores the corporate environment and looks at the challenges entrepreneurs and senior management face when transmitting the vision and mission so that these permeate all departments and functional areas. The course takes a general management point of view of an organization and analyzes decisions and strategies in light of the total business. Students relate strategy to the future development of the organization and discuss how to implement strategic plans.

  • In this course students learn how to create company budgets in line with business policy and, from a management perspective, to understand their purpose, the advantages and disadvantages of budgetary control, and the concept of responsibility centers. The need for detailed information is highlighted and students become familiar with the main concepts, tools and techniques for budgeting and for analyzing budgeting variances.

  • This course concentrates on the fundamental skills of communicating effectively and optimizing synergies in the workplace. Students explore, understand, improve and develop their ability to judge and apply effective strategies, such as two-way communication, events and other social media tools, in the area of organizational communication. Students also learn to analyze how, when and in which format to send messages and develop critical analysis in order to enhance their communication and add value to an organization.

  • This course brings together the skills and knowledge that students will have acquired in the area of marketing. Students thoroughly analyze cases illustrating a variety of situations in which a wide range of companies find themselves, discuss the issues and search for creative solutions. Students identify market opportunities and learn to define strategies compatible with the organization’s marketing plan. This course helps students to understand the strategic and integral role of the marketing department in a business.

  • This course uses case studies to give practical illustrations of financial problems. Students learn to deal with a range of cases systematically: identifying issues, determining possible impacts, evaluating proposals and producing solutions.

  • This course will introduce students to the concepts, principles and derivative-related financial instruments, such as forwards, futures, swaps and options, and their uses in investment and corporate financial management.

  • This course provides students with the required skills to analyze the international environment, teaching different techniques to hedge currency risks and how to profit from them.

  • The course is an introduction to the basic concepts of taxation, starting with useful definitions in tax terminology. Students become acquainted with three of the most significant types of taxes: income tax, corporate tax and value added tax. Trusts, holding companies and investment funds and their taxation are also studied, as well as transfer pricing and tax treaties.

  • This course provides a clear framework for understanding, creating and evaluating a portfolio and measuring its performance in the financial markets. Students learn to evaluate investment portfolios using a variety of methods and compare them to find the optimal portfolio with maximum return for minimum risk.

  • Personal & Professional Development Seminars/Company Visits
    1 CH / 1 ECTS
(23 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • Research Methods (with a pass)
  • Dissertation Seminar
  • Final Case: Marketing (10%)
  • Dissertation (80%)
  • Graduation Requirements Total Credits
    23 CH / 30 ECTS
  • Final Case: Finance (10%)
EMPLOYABILITY

A degree in business finance can lead graduates to several career paths such as: 

 

  • Banking 

  • Financial Planning 

  • Financial Analysis 

  • International Finance  

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