The insurance and financial services industry is undergoing a radical transformation process. The speed of current market changes due to globalization, digitalization and new technologies is constantly increasing. More than ever, lifelong learning is necessary in order to be able to actively shape the future of our industry in the long term. The future demands on leaders are high: professional competence, methodological competence, data competence, technological competence and leadership competence are becoming indispensable success factors.

That is why the Institute of Insurance Economics (IVW-HSG) is offering a new industry-specific Executive Master’s degree starting in 2023. In addition to the existing Executive Master in Law, this is the second part-time Master program offered by the University of St.Gallen. This uniquely flexible postgraduate program focuses on the insurance and financial services industry and is aimed at executives who want to assume responsibility in a volatile world and competently meet the high market demands – with a special focus on gradual title acquisition.

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«A practical, valuable and varied learning journey for personal development, which, thanks to excellent lecturers, provides added value for managers from politics and business – thus an intensive and exciting learning phase for managers with valuable exchange between the professors and the participants.»
David Küttel
CEO, Generali Investments Schweiz AG

For personalities who want to strengthen their profile

The modular Executive Master HSG Insurance and Financial Services consists of three parts. Participants can choose whether to complete this executive program in stages or as an overall part-time program. This flexibility makes it easier to balance private and professional needs with a commitment to continuing education.

The study architecture is flexible and modular and in line with the needs of the modern business world.

The curriculum is divided into compulsory (Core) and elective (Electives) areas, which are offered in either German or English. You choose those areas of competence and study modules that offer you the greatest benefit for your management tasks.

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For experienced executives with first degree

The Executive Master HSG Insurance and Financial Services is aimed at managers with first degree who want to complete their education with a Master’s degree from the renowned University of St.Gallen.

  • First degree (Bachelor/Master): You hold either a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree from a university or a university of applied sciences (or equivalent). Higher technical schools and professional diplomas are not recognized by the University of St.Gallen.
  • At least 3 years of leadership experience: Leadership experience includes tasks in classic team leadership as well as in project management or senior management. Of course, this also includes product owner and business owner functions.

For executives looking for flexibility and focus

The Executive Master HSG Insurance and Financial Services combines a number of advantages over traditional executive education programs: a consistent industry focus, internationality, a modular study architecture, and the link between professional and personal development. The program is delivered by the Institute of Insurance Economics at the University of St.Gallen (IVW-HSG), a Global Center of Insurance Excellence, and focuses on a strong theory-practice transfer.

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«It is impressive to see how our graduates develop professionally and personally during their studies at the University of St.Gallen. In this way, networks are formed that last far beyond the study period.»

Prof. Dr. Alexander Braun
Academic Director of the Executive Master HSG Insurance and Financial Services

The faculty of the Executive Master HSG Insurance and Financial Services is a combination of professors from the Institute of Insurance Economics (IVW-HSG) and other institutes of the University of St.Gallen. This interdisciplinary and international approach of the Master’s program guarantees a first-class and lifelong executive education that is unique in Europe.

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