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Top 10 Universities for Master's in Finance Degrees

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The new QS World University Tops: Business Masters Ranking is made up of the QS Masters in Finance Tops, as well as the QS Masters in Business Analytics Tops and the QS Masters in Management Tops. 131 institutions are ranked among the world’s best for master’s in finance degrees in the new ranking, including 49 in the US and 21 in the UK. These were assessed on five metrics, including employability, thought leadership and value for money.

Read on to discover the 10 top universities for master’s in finance degrees in 2018, or click here to view the full interactive table.

1. London Business School - MSc in Finance

Location: London, United Kingdom

Ranked first for master’s in finance degrees in the new QS Masters in Finance Tops is London Business School (LBS), which receives very high scores in three indicators: employability, alumni outcomes and thought leadership, a measure of how well-recognized institutions are for their expertise. An ideal course for students who want to accelerate their global finance career, LBS’ Master of Science in Finance degree is a highly specialized program which is best suited to students with three to eight years’ relevant finance experience, allowing them to discover the latest financial tools and techniques, gain a global perspective and build an international network of s. The course also includes an internship (lasting eight to 10 weeks), allowing you to put the skills you’ve learnt into action, and 90 percent of graduates are in employment three months after graduating.

2. MIT Sloan School of Management - Master of Finance

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been the highest ranked university in the world in the QS World University Tops® for six years in a row, and its Sloan School of Management is one of the world’s leading business schools. Ranked second in the world for its Master of Finance degree (MFin), MIT Sloan receives a perfect score for thought leadership, reflecting its reputation of academic excellence and history of ground-breaking ideas in management and finance, such as the Black–Scholes model. Sloan also receives very high scores for employability and alumni outcomes, 650 of its alumni having founded their own business, while almost 92% of 2016 MFin graduates were offered a job within three months of graduating.

3. HEC Paris - Master in International Finance

Location: Paris, France

Next in our look at the top universities for master’s in finance degrees is HEC Paris, ranked third for its Master in International Finance (MIF) degree. HEC Paris received full marks for employability and alumni outcomes, with 99 percent of its 2017 graduates finding employment within three months of graduating. These jobs were mostly in the financial services or consulting industries, with graduates earning an average starting salary of €70k (US$83,100). HEC’s MIF degree is taught entirely in English and gives students the opportunity to go on a study trip to London, choose from a number of free electives, and follow a specialization track in corporate finance or capital markets. 

4. The University of Oxford Saïd Business School – MSc in Financial Economics

Location: Oxford, UK

Ranked fourth for its Master of Science in Financial Economics (MFE) , the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School receives a perfect score for employability, and very high scores for alumni outcomes and thought leadership. Run jointly with the university’s department of economics, the MFE degree combines a rigorous academic core with tailored practical applications that have been planned in consultation with leading financial recruiters. The MFE course has four core courses in asset pricing, economics, corporate finance and financial econometrics, as well as five electives to enable students to gain a deeper knowledge in areas of particular interest. 

5. UC Berkeley Haas School of Business - Master of Financial Engineering

Location: Berkeley, California, US

Back in the US, the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business is ranked fifth for its Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) degree, and receives perfect scores for its value for money and thought leadership, as well as high scores for alumni outcomes and employer reputation. A one-year program, the MFE degree prepares students to take on cutting-edge roles in investment banks, commercial banks and other firms around the world. MFE students take part in a 10-week internship, with placements at companies such as Barclays, Morgan Stanley, the Bank of America and Uber.

6. ESADE Business School - MSc in Finance

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Ranked sixth for its Master of Science in Finance degree, ESADE Business School receives a near perfect score for its alumni outcomes, and very high scores for its value for money and employability. Its 10-month MSc program has two specialization tracks to enable students to focus the program according to their career goals: corporate financial management and asset management and banking. They’ll also gain an international viewpoint on the competitive financial environment and the high level of competence needed to adapt to changes and take on challenges. Of the class of 2016, 95 percent were employed within three months of graduation, with an average starting salary of €58,587 (US$69,866).

7. UCLA Anderson School of Management - Master of Financial Engineering

Location: Los Angeles, US

UCLA’s Anderson School of Management is ranked seventh in the world for its Master of Financial Engineering degree, which is solidly based on the business school model of combining quantitative finance theory and principle with the latest business practice. Students have access to prominent leaders in financial engineering, with a student/faculty ratio of 3:1. UCLA Anderson receives a very high score for its alumni outcomes – 94 percent of students are employed six months after graduating, earning an average starting salary of $100k (US$118,704) in fields such as risk management, proprietary trading, regulatory services, academia, asset management and flow trading.

8. ESCP Europe - Advanced Master in Finance

Location: Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin, and Warsaw

Next in our master’s in finance ranking is ESCP Europe, the oldest business school in the world (having been founded in 1819 in Paris) and one of the selective grandes écoles. ESCP Europe became a pan-European school in 1973 and now has urban campuses in six European cities. Its Advanced Master in Finance degree boasts an extensive alumni network of finance specialists, and solid, long-standing relationships with financial organizations such as banks, brokers, financial companies. ESCP Europe receives very high scores for its employability and value for money, with students taking part in a company placement of at least four months during the course.

8*. Bocconi University - MSc Finance

Also ranked eighth, Bocconi University was established in Milan in 1902 and has grown into an internationally renowned institution. Its postgraduate programs take an international approach and offer students a chance to follow a tailor-made specialization. The school scores particularly highly for employability in this year's ranking, a reflection of the university's connections with leading employers around the world.

9. EMLyon Business School - MSc Finance

Location: Lyon, France

Ranked ninth for its MSc Finance degree, EMLyon business school is a triple-accredited institution which was founded in 1872 and now has five campuses, including one each in Shanghai and Casablanca. It receives nearly full marks for the alumni outcomes indicator and a very high score for value for money. EMlyon’s finance program has two specialization tracks in corporate finance or quantitative finance, and aims to give students a strategic, global perspective and a solid understanding of management foundations and techniques in finance. As well as completing a four to six-month internship, students will be able to take part in an international learning trip in Shanghai. 

10. ESSEC Business School - Master in Finance

Location: France, Singapore and Morocco

Last in our top-10 of the new QS Masters in Finance Tops is ESSEC Business School, which – like EMlyon – is a French institution which has grown to open campuses overseas, in this case in Singapore and Rabat, Morocco. ESSEC achieves very strong scores for its alumni outcomes and employer reputation, with 100 percent of its finance students employed six months after graduation, often in world-renowned banks and companies. It also has a start-up incubator, ESSEC Ventures, to support entrepreneurial students. Available at either the Paris or Singapore campus, the finance program has 29 elective courses and three tracks in corporate finance, financial markets and asset management. 

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A Master's degree in Finance is a postgraduate program preparing graduates for careers in Finance. The degree is often titled Master of Finance or Master in Finance (abbreviated M.Fin., MiF), or Master of Science in Finance (abbreviated MSF in North America and MSc in Finance in the UK and Europe)

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