"ARIMA is a very intensive master`s programme, which is just the thing for number-crunchers interested in finance, mathematics and statistics. The degree programme offers comprehensive quantitative know-how in asset and risk management, winning you over with practice-oriented applications.

Since the studies are quite internationally-oriented, there are numerous possibilities for a successful career in finance and insurance."

Raphael Siegert, MA, Alumnus

This internationally-focussed master's degree programme is run in English. Graduates qualify with a Double Degree from the University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna and one of its partner universities: University of Bologna (Italy), University of Economics (Katowice, Poland) and Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (Iași, Romania).

Graduates are able to:

Graduates typically provide expertise to organisations requiring the following professional functions:

  • describe and analyse the connections between asset and risk management in finance
  • quantify and assess risk types in risk management, and infer measures for integrated steering of banks and insurance companies
  • analyse various asset classes and their products
  • carry out portfolio selections, and calculate key performance and risk measures
  • apply financial mathematics and statistics to developing financial models

Professional roles and functions:

  • Asset management
  • Risk management
  • Liability management
  • Private banking and family office
  • Compliance and regulatory reporting


The programme in brief:

Academic degree: Master of Arts in Business, MA

Admission procedure: written application, MC test, structured interview. For preparation, we recommend our scripts. There are no external courses required.

Admission requirements: completion of a social studies/business/natural science/ law/ technical degree (in Austria or equivalent degree abroad) with documented qualifications in economic sciences (at least 9 ECTS) and mathematics or statistics (at least 6 ECTS). For applicants having too few ECTS in mathematics and statistics the UAS BFI Vienna offers a bridging course with 3 ECTS. This course is offered free of charge.

Course information (ECTS): 120 ECTS

Deadline for applications: 15 May, Online Application

Deadline for applicants outside European Union: 15 March

Duration of studies: 4 semesters

Stay abroad: obligatory in the second academic year, in blocked form (e.g. two weeks) at one of the partner universities

Medium of instruction: English

Information for international applicants: please find our guidebook in the download area

Number of study places per year: 25 part-time per year

Study periods: three evenings a week and Saturdays

Tuition fees: € 363.36 per semester (+ € 19.70 Austrian Students Union fee)

PRMIA accreditation for Quantitative Asset and Risk Management / PRM industry certificate: Alumni of Quantitative Asset and Risk Management will be eligible for exemption from PRM exam I and II (out of four exams): https://www.prmia.org/

The master programme Quantitative Asset and Risk Management has strong ties to the CFA Society Austria and is submitting every year the best master theses to the CFA Austria Prize.


Graduates of the master’s programme in Quantitative Asset and Risk Management (ARIMA) are now awarded the SAS Joint Certificate. ARIMA is the only programme in Austria, and one of only two universities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria (German-speaking countries), offering this qualification. The condition for this was the use of SAS software in the classrooms. 

SAS® Joint Certificate Program

We have a new research partner: FENION.

Fenion specializes in the delivery of high-quality fund data in all common formats. Our long-standing customers include banks, insurance companies, asset managers, as well as trusts and companies in the public sector. In the context of an Innovationsscheck, sponsored by the FFG (Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft), the study program will conduct joint research with Fenion in the field of regulatory reporting for pension funds.









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