Top 10 Masters in Finance

The Top 10 Masters in Finance Programs 2018

Masters in Finance (MIF) degrees provide all the skills and knowledge students need to excel in the financial world. They offer recent graduates the opportunity to get ahead of their peers, and are ideal for those looking at a specific career path. Here are the top 10 institutions from the QS Masters in Finance Rankings 2018

1. London Business School, UK - MSc in Finance

First in our global ranking is the London Business School’s Masters in Finance. This course is a truly customizable experience, with a range of electives, practitioner courses, industry-focused events and international experiences available to students. Aside from ranking first globally, it also ranks third for employability, fourth for thought leadership, seventh for alumni outcomes, and 11th for value for money.

2. MIT Sloan School of Management, US - Master of Finance

Second in our global top 10 is Sloan School of Management, the first US-based institution on this list. The program looks at the ties between finance, mathematics, statistics, operations research, computer science and engineering. This allows students to follow a path most suited to their career goals. The institution ranks first globally for thought leadership, third for alumni outcomes and employability, and 14th for value for money.

3. HEC Paris, France - Master in International Finance

In third place is HEC Paris. The course has a strong analytical focus to help those looking for a career in finance or consulting. Nevertheless, it’s still popular with those candidates who come from a business, mathematics, physics, or engineering background. The institution ranks first for employability and alumni outcomes, eighth for diversity, 10th for thought leadership, and 13th for value for money.

4. Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK - MSc Financial Economics

One of the shorter entries for course duration on this list is the Masters in Finance at Saïd Business School. The nine-month program combines a rigorous academic core, designed in consultation with leading financial recruiters. The institution ranks second for employability, third for thought leadership, and sixth for alumni outcomes.

5. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, UK - Master of Financial Engineering

Our second US-based institution is UC Berkeley-Haas. The Master of Financial Engineering program at this school prepares students for a career in the finance/ fintech industries and is a STEM focussed course.  It ranks first for value for money and joint first for thought leadership, eighth for employability, and 13th for alumni outcomes.

6. ESADE, Spain - MSc in Finance

ESADE’s course gives students an international perspective by focusing on global markets. This is backed up by the institution’s diverse and multicultural environment. Real-world experience underpins everything learned on this course. Aside from ranking sixth overall, it comes fourth for both alumni outcomes and value for money, and sixth for employability.

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

UCLA Anderson’s 15-month program is taught by world-renowned faculty and prominent guest lecturers. The curriculum is based on the business school model of merging quantitative finance theory with business practice. It ranks fifth for thought leadership, eighth for both alumni outcomes and value for money, and 13th for employability.

8. ESCP Europe - Advanced Master in Finance

Eighth in the list is the Advanced Master in Finance from ESCP. Students benefit from a world-class faculty, and close, long-standing ties with financial institutions around the world. The 30-week program is split over the Paris and London campuses, followed by internships in the industry. It ranks seventh for employability, eighth for diversity, and 12th for value for money.

8. SDA Bocconi School of Management*

The only Italian institution in our top 10 is the business school of Bocconi University. This prestigious institution was the first school in the country to be accredited by EQUIS and it's one of the few institutions in the world to hold the triple crown of accreditation by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. It ranks ninth for employability and 15th for thought leadership.

9. EMLyon, France - MSc Finance

The Grandes Ecoles are world-renowned for good reason. These prestigious institutions have produced some of the most successful people on the planet. An MSc in Finance from EMLyon promises students a rigorous and thorough education, and the skills needed to work in finance anywhere in the world. It ranks fifth for alumni outcomes and sixth for value for money.

10. ESSEC, France - Master in Finance

ESSEC’s Master in Finance is based over two campuses, France and Singapore. It offers three specialized tracks; corporate finance, financial markets and asset management, and a flexible curriculum which allows students to pursue their own goals. It ranks 10th for both employability, and alumni outcomes, and 17th for thought leadership.


Amelia Hopkins
Written by Amelia Hopkins

Amelia Hopkins is a writer for TopMBA, covering the latest news in business and business education. A graduate of the University of Leeds and Yorkshire native, she enjoys reading, travelling and talking incessantly about the countryside.

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