The Financial Analyst Master’s programme is a two-year, full-time programme conducted entirely in English. Each academic year is divided into two semesters that feature lectures, seminars, home assignments, and office hours. Classes meet in the evenings and on Saturdays 4-5 times per week:
|- 3-4 weeknights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.|
- Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.
The curriculum provides broad coverage of the main functional areas and consists of 120 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). The programme requires 23 courses consisting of 11 core courses and 12 electives..
First Year Curriculum
Second Year Curriculum
- Compulsive courses: 42 ECTS credits total
Compulsive courses form the backbone of the curriculum for the Financial Analyst Master’s programme. Core courses are required for students throughout the first and second academic years.
The compulsive courses have been carefully designed to employ an international perspective in teaching students the fundamentals of the theory of finance, macroeconomics, econometrics, monetary economics, quantitative methods, and financial reporting. Students also gain specialized knowledge in corporate finance, equity and fixed income, derivatives, investment portfolio management, and ethical and professional standards.
- Elective courses: 18 ECTS credits total
Elective courses allow students to explore some of the subjects covered in the core courses more deeply and to focus on specific skills in the new areas, depending on their professional interests. Students take a total of six elective courses – four in the second semester and two in the third semester.
- Optional courses (additional programme component): 3 ECTS credits
Students may choose to take an optional course as an additional component to their curriculum.
- Research Seminar: 16 ECTS credits
The Research Seminar is conducted throughout the entire period of study and is required for all students enrolled in the MA Financial Analyst programme. A large part of the seminar is dedicated to the term paper and thesis preparation.
- Term Paper (first academic year): 8 ECTS credits
- Internship (8 weeks in the fourth semester): 12 ECTS credits
- Thesis: 24 ECTS credits
To complete the Master’s degree students should plan on defending their thesis at the end of the second year.