The Master of Science in Commodity Trading (former Master of Arts in International Trading, Commodity Finance and Shipping) was designed not only for newly graduate students with no or limited work experience who wish to enter the trading sector but also for graduate students who have some work experience (1 to 2 years) and who wish to widen their knowledge in the trading sector.

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"The commodity industry is at the crossroads of international trade, finance, politics, law and development. As a result of its multi-disciplinary approach and rigorous content, the master offers in-depth knowledge of the industry. Geneva has become a world centre of commodity trading and all the companies have one thing in common: the need for specialized, continual training in the sector located in Geneva. Thanks to this Master, there are now young professionals in the industry."

Michael Lepper, Switzerland (2011-2013 4th intake)


"Master in International Trading, Commodity Finance and Shipping is a unique program for the students who would like to have a career in trading and shipping industry. The program is worth many years of business experience and nowadays a pre-requisite for many trading companies".

Aylin Oruc Goossens, Turkey (2009-2011 2nd Intake)



"The Masters in Trading offered by the University of Geneva is a fantastic way to obtain a solid, broad exposure to the world of commodity trading, shipping and commodity finance. I found it to be very, very useful and manageable as it's being delivered through a modular format whilst I was still working enabled me to continue my career and still learn a great deal about the world of commodity trading. The highlights of the program for me were the professors and my colleagues whom worked at a number of the world's largest commodity trading-related firms (in a variety of roles) whilst completing the Masters program with me; our shared experiences from firms such as: BNP Paribas, ADM, SOCAR, Bunge, Cargill, Mercuria, Vitol, Louis Dreyfus, SGS, and others was invaluable for me as a student and for our group to be able to see the concepts we were learning in class playing out in our day-to-day jobs. It was a tremendous platform from which to learn and better understand the entire gamut of commodity trading and shipping: from back to middle to front office; legal, finance, accounting, strategy, and organizational elements were interwoven into the program quite well. Our professors came from all over the world: Chicago, Oxford, Houston, London, Boston, Paris, etc and had a plethora of extraordinary, relevant and hands-on experience to share with us. The involvement and support of the Geneva trading community was also invaluable with speakers from SocGen, Credit Suisse, Gunvor, Trafigura, KPMG, Litasco and more. I would highly recommend the program and believe that the program was of great benefit to me personally and professionally."

Gregorio Oberti, Canada (2009 - 2011 2nd Intake)



"Our Master in Trading, Shipping and Commodity Finance is a unique and excellent opportunity to get people introduced to an exciting industry. I have learnt a lot even though I was already in the oil industry and I believe that this education will serve effectively the growing number of Commodity Corporates clients in Geneva and worldwide."

Céline Gursel, Switzerland (2008-2010 1st  intake)

  • Why Geneva

    Why Geneva

    The Geneva area commodity cluster has its origins in the 15th century. In the 20th century the region has seen a significant growth benefiting from historic actors such as Nestlé (1839) and André & Cie (1877). In the 1920s, grain trading houses established themselves in the area, ostensibly to be closer to their major client, Nestlé. In the forties, Switzerland became the ideal location for business in Europe: the Swiss franc being, with the US dollar, one of the two currencies freely exchanged. Subsidiaries of US companies concentrated here throughout the 1940s and ‘50s. During the Cold War period, Switzerland offered a neutral place to establish relationships and accelerate administrative procedures for trade in the Eastern Bloc.

  • In the 1960s, Egyptian cotton merchants looking to move their operations out of Nasser’s Egypt came to Geneva. With the first oil crisis (1973-1974), a number of oil traders joined them. In the 1990s, it was the turn of the Russian oil companies to set up offices in the area. Thanks to an extremely specialised expertise, an international openness, a political and economic stability and strong competences in the financing of commodity trading and shipping, the Swiss Commodity Hub has today a leading position in international commodity trade

  • Commodity Trading: a key economic sector for Switzerland

    Commodity Trading: a key economic sector for Switzerland

    An economy in itself in Switzerland

    10% of Geneva GDP - 3.6% of Swiss GDP
    8'000 direct employments in Geneva - 12'000 in Switzerland
    400 companies in Geneva - 600 in Switzerland

  • Geneva Trading HUB

    Geneva Trading HUB

    Worldwide leader in commodity trade finance, inspection and certification.

    N.1 in Coffee, Sugar, Oil, Grains and Oilseeds Commodities

    22% of commodity worldwide shipping initiated from Switzerland.

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