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Masters in Finance Rankings: Financial Times and US News

By Thomas Graf

The US News and in 2013 - for the third time - also the Financial Times published a Ranking for the best Finance Masters.

More precisely, the FT published two rankings: One includes programs for people who just graduated (Pre-Experience Programms) and one includes Finance Masters for people with work experience in Finance (Post-Experience Programmes). In addition, the Financial Times also published a listing of Master in Finance programs.

The FT Master in Finance Ranking is based on surveys in 2013 among graduates from 2010. Similar to the Master in Management ranking, it applies a multitude of dimensions based on the feedback from universities and alumni, for example:

  • the difference between the salary before and three years after the program
  • how many graduates found an employer three months after the program
  • how international is the board
  • how international are the student cohorts and courses
  • etc.

FT Top Schools for the Master in Finance (Pre-Experience Ranking)

  1. HEC Paris
  2. Essec Business School
  3. IE Business School
  4. Edhec Business School
  5. ESADE BUsiness School
  6. University of Oxford: Saïd
  7. Grenoble Graduate School of Business
  8. ESCP Europe
  9. Cranfield School of Management
  10. Universität St.Gallen
  11. Skema
  12. Stockholm School of Economics
  13. Peking University: Guanghua
  14. Warwick Business School
  15. Imperial College Business School
  16. City University: Cass
  17. HEC Lausanne
  18. Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
  19. Kozminski University
  20. Universitá Bocconi
  21. Eada Business School
  22. Nova School of Business and Economics
  23. Brandeis University
  24. Washington University, Olin
  25. Vlerick Business School
  26. Illinois, Institute of Technology, Stuart
  27. Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
  28. Boston College, Carroll
  29. Tulane University, Freeman
  30. University of Strathclyde Business School
  31. Henley Business School
  32. Durham Business School
  33. University of Edinburgh Business School
  34. University College Dublin: Smurfit
  35. Nottingham University Business School
  36. Lancaster University Management School
  37. University of Bath School of Management
  38. Queen Mary University
  39. Tilburg University
  40. QUT Business School

FT Top Schools for Master in Finance programs (Post-Experience Ranking)

  1. London Business School
  2. Singapore Management University: Lee Kong Chian
  3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  4. Florida International University: Chapman
  5. George Washington University
  6. University of Hong Kong

Further Information on Master in Finance Programs

Background: Master in Finance

The Master in Finance is a so-called specialized Management Master. In contrast to the Master in Management and the Master of Business who are general management programs, Finance Masters provide you with in-depth knowledge in the specific areas of investment management, corporate finance, and financial analysis. Here are some statistics from our database:

  • About 30 percent of the Master in Finance programs (in our databse) require an undergraduate degree in business-related subjects. The other 70 percent are open for graduates from all disciplines.
  • About 70 percent of the programs (in our databse) are fulltime program while the rest can be studied part-time, for example on a weekly-track, online or through a module structure of residential periods.
  • About 65 percent of the programs (in our database) can be studied within one year. 27 percent can be studied in between one and two years, and only 8 percent take more than two years.

Graduates from Masters in Finance usually can expect excellent career options either in the corporate world, research institutions, the public sector, or non-profit organizations. Some finance programs also offer the opportunity to extend the Master in Finance to the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. Programs such as the MSc in Finance at the University of Melbourne partner with the CFA Institute, the global association for investment professionals that awards the CFA® designation. The Melbourne Finance Master includes about 70% of the CFA knowledge in its curriculum and offers sample exams so that the students can prepare themselves for the CFA exams in addition to the Master degree.

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