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Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth

Advanced Studies in Sustainable Finance

The requirements for finance professionals are constantly changing, as the complexity and challenges of the financial industry grow. Sustainability considerations are becoming increasingly prominent in financial markets and investment strategies, with environmental, societal and governance aspects of sustainability being considered among the key challenges for the industry.  Society’s ability to create a sustainable future will be directly influenced by how the sector meets these challenges.

The Department of Banking and Finance offers three Advanced Studies in Sustainable Finance programs aimed at the busy professional as an integral part of its for-credit post-graduate executive education: The Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS), the Diploma in Advanced Studies (DAS) and the Master in Advanced Studies (MAS).  

During these comprehensive part-time executive programs, participants acquire in-depth knowledge of the concepts of sustainable finance and practical skills in the area of sustainability in financial institutions and markets. The programs seek to foster value-oriented reflective capabilities, social responsibility, and ethical awareness.  On a practical level, the programs enable financial market professionals to address sustainability aspects in their work and become agents of change for a more sustainable financial system.  

The design of the three programs allows participants to begin and complete their studies at the level of their choice and with almost any course.  Thus, the programs can be studied consecutively or independent of each other. Alternatively, individual courses can be undertaken without being committed to completing a full program. 
The programs comprise of core and elective courses, with the option to specialize depending on the electives chosen. In order to offer maximum flexibility, courses are delivered using a mix of blended learning, game-based learning, distance learning and class-based learning.  

The programs are governed by the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics of UZH and managed by the program management team and teaching expert team embedded in the Center of Competence for Sustainable Finance.


The Advanced Studies in Sustainable Finance programs offer participants access to a fast-growing and active network of alumni and subject experts representing the Swiss and international finance industry. 


For an overview of the programs and all their component courses, download the brochure here

Click on the respective program below for further information and registration:

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
Duration of studies: 1 – 2 Semesters
ECTS-credits: 10-11

Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS)
Duration of studies: 2 – 3 Semesters
ECTS-credits: 30

Master of Advanced Studies (MAS)
Duration of studies: 4 – 5 Semesters
ECTS-credits: 60

Note: Although the CAS is taught entirely in English, both English and German are required to complete the MAS. Please contact us directly at if you are interested in undertaking the DAS in English only.


The accreditations both at the American AACSB and European EQUIS label confirm that the for-credit executive education programs at the Department of Banking and Finance meet the highest international requirements of the best business schools.

AACSB International – Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a global, nonprofit membership organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education.

EQUIS - European Quality Improvement System
The EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) is a school accreditation system. It specializes in higher education institutions of management and business administration, run by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

SAQ Certification for Client Advisors
Selected courses of the CAS as well as the DAS and MAS UZH Sustainable Finance are offered for client advisor recertification. For more details, visit