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Best universities for finance masters around the world


Dealing with finances is no joke and requires professional aid and advice. As the name suggests, a Master’s in Finance degree provides a higher level, specialized training that equips one with a holistic understanding in the field of finance.

Post graduating an individual is equipped with the required knowledge and understanding to further a career in Financial Analysis, Investment Management and Corporate Finance.

So, how does one determine which program and school is the right fit for him/her? With many prestigious institutions out there, offering programs in this field, it is vital to settle in for the one which is tailor made for your needs.

Providing a solution to all your queries, we have shortlisted 7 schools around the globe, providing the best Master’s course in Finance. 

1.HEC Paris

The 10-month MSc International Finance program at HEC Paris is renowned for its ‘tailor-designed approach’ towards education that allows one to learn at his/her own pace. There are two tracks offered, based on the level of understanding the aspirant holds.

The business track is ideal for those who are familiar with financial concepts and pretty much well equipped with knowledge of concepts in this field. It is apt for those seeking an advanced tool set in order to kickstart their career.

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The second track offered is the accelerated track which covers the basics in the field at an accelerated pace and cover the same material by the end.

Students have to choose from two specialisations- Corporate Finance specialization and Capital Markets specialization in the first semester itself. 


The Specialised Master in Finance program with an average course length of 13 months is taught at the ESCP Europe Campus in Paris for 15 weeks, and at the ESCP London grounds for an additional 15 weeks.

Following two months of initial courses in finance, the students are required to pick a specialization for 22 weeks according to their personal and professional objectives.

From that point, students are expected to intern for a minimum period of 4 months and compose an expert thesis where they need to guard their subject before a jury.

Specialization is offered in Financial Markets and Corporate Investment Banking.

3.EDHEC Business School

The MSc in Finance pursues the CFA level 1 test educational plan and will set you up to sit for the CFA Level 1 test. In this manner, this program is the perfect decision for individuals who need to seek after a global profession in Finance.

The program consists of 12 core courses and 5 workshops, a master project and 3-6 months of internship.

One can choose from fields such as – Quantitative Techniques in Finance, Financial Accounting and Analysis, Corporate Finance, Asset Pricing and Portfolio Management. The average course length is 15 months with an employment rate of 90%.

4.Skema Business School

The MSc Financial Markets and Investments program is licensed by Conference of Grandes Écoles, and is an 18-month program out of which 9 months are spent on courses while the other 9 are spent on dissertation and internships.

The program is intended to pick up and expertise in fields like trading, risk management, sales, trading, investment advisory, sales and structuring finance.

The program yields a whopping 100% employment rate. The five distinct specializations offered are spread across three campuses:

Asset Management & Investment Banking- Paris
Trading, Structuring & Portfolio Management- Sophia Antipolis
Quantitative Portfolio Management & Valuation and the newly launched CFA preparation track – Raleigh

5.ESSEC Business School

The Msc Financial Markets and Investments program by ESSEC offers 21 core courses including Mergers and Acquisitions, Fixed Economics, Macroeconomics, Financial theory and so on.

Apart from this, there are 29 elective courses to choose from which include topics like Commodity Markets, Business Analysis and Value creation and Real-Estate Finance that are tailor made to fit your career goals.

While the average course length spans up to 13 months, initially you will learn the fundamentals of finance and during the second term, you will have to select from three tracks-

The Financial Markets Track
Ideal for students who are looking to build a career in quantitative finance, sales and structuring of financial products and risk management.

The Asset Management Track (offered only in France)
For those who want to further a career in the domain of asset and portfolio management, risk management and insurance.

The Corporate Finance Track
Ideal for students aspiring to build a career in mergers and acquisitions, transaction services, mergers and acquisitions, structured financing, financial analysis,  firm valuation, and debt capital markets.

6.University of St. Gallen

The Masters of Arts HSG in Banking and Finance program offered at the University of St. Gallen lasts for a period of 3 semesters and comprises of contextual studies and core studies.

The core studies incorporate three obligatory courses and core electives that include a master’s thesis and a research seminar.

The understudies are given the opportunity to structure their own central subjects and spotlight on insurance and risk management, monetary markets or elective speculations, banking, and the budgetary economy, corporate fund, quantitative strategies, and information science as indicated by their professional objectives.

The Contextual Studies is a one of a kind feature offered by St. Gallen with the aim to give students a chance to develop past their main subjects.

Here, you can either pick projects related to the field of finance or you can choose to expand your horizons by opting for a topic from a variety of subjects.

7.sMIT Management Sloan School

The MFin program at MIT Management Sloan School is offered in two course lengths– 12 months or 18 months. However, there is with no difference in the curriculum.

The 12 months format is ideal for aspirants who are looking for an accelerated path since they already have a strong background in finance and even possess relevant work experience in the field.

The 18-month format is ideal for people who are seeking an in-depth exposure to the field since they do not have a strong finance background as via this track you can spread your course requirements over a longer period of time. One can also take up additional courses, complete their thesis or gain experience through an internship during this additional time.