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London Business School Best in the World for Master's in Finance Programs

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London Business School has been ranked as the best institution for studying a master's in finance in this year's QS Business Masters Tops.

The QS Business Masters Tops: Masters in Finance Tops 2019 feature over 150 of the best master’s in finance programs worldwide. London Business School retains the top spot it earned last year, and is closely followed by HEC Paris and MIT Sloan, which have exchanged positions since last year.

London Business School’s program achieved a perfect score in the highest weighted ranking indicator, employability, and a near perfect score in alumni outcomes. Kate Forman, Program Director of the Master's in Finance at London Business School, emphasised to us how cohorts benefit from each other, both during and after the degree:

“All of our students and alumni comment on the unrivalled strength of the networks they have built. The MiF cohorts themselves are incredibly diverse, internationally and professionally. The beauty of a post-experience programme is that the class is full of experts who learn as much from each other as they do from their professors. Students take their elective programmes alongside students from different LBS degree programmes, so their network goes well beyond the world of finance professionals.”

To be included in the Masters in Finance Tops 2019, programs had to be taught mainly on-campus (i.e. not distance learning), have had at least one graduated class, and a class size of at least 10 students.

Eligible programs were then ranked on five key ranking indicators:

  • Employability (30 percent)
  • Alumni Outcomes (20 percent)
  • Value for Money (20 percent)
  • Thought Leadership (20 percent)
  • Class & Faculty Diversity (10 percent)

You can find out more about the methodology used to produce the rankings here.

In terms of the class profile of the master’s in finance programs ranked this year, the average age of students is 24, with an average of 1.5 years work experience prior to their studies. Around 41 percent of students on master’s in finance programs identify as women, and 71 percent are international.

There is a clear dominance of European programs in the rankings, with 79 of the 158 programs based in a wide range of European locations. In terms of the top 10, seven programs are based in Europe, of which four are in the United Kingdom. 55 programs in the rankings are based in the United States, eight in Canada, five in Latin America, four in Asia, and three in Oceania.

In addition to this ranking, the top master's programs in business analytics, management and marketing have also been revealed, while the QS Global MBA Tops 2019 reveals the best full-time MBA programs around the world.

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