Master in Finance

Master in Finance Program:
Preparing you for a career in the financial world.

The Master in Finance (MiF) Program is designed to prepare you for a career across financial landscapes, such as Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Private Equity, and Financial Analysis. It combines a comprehensive analysis of financial institutions, markets, and strategies with practical relevance and an international perspective.

MiF curriculum

Our curriculum –
Learn more about our program structure.

The full-time, English-taught degree program targets bachelor graduates with an excellent first academic degree in a business-related field of study as well as graduates from STEM subjects with a strong quantitative background and first experience in finance-related topics. 

90 credit track:  Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree with at least 210 ECTS credits are able to choose the 90 credit track. This track lasts 17 months and includes a one-week international module, the capstone module abroad.

120 credit track:  Students who have completed a 180 ECTS credit bachelor’s degree will join the 120 credit track that lasts 21 months. In this track, you will spend your third semester either at the Master or MBA program at one of our 200 partner universities.

The elements of the program include:

The core modules provide you with the fundamental quantitative skills and essential knowledge of financial markets. 

  1. Advanced Econometrics
  2. Capital Market Theory
  3. International Financial Reporting

A thoroughly composed set of finance electives will allow you to customize your studies to your interests and to gain a deeper understanding of theories and concepts of modern finance.

  1. Accounting for Financial Instruments
  2. Accounting for M&A Transactions
  3. Advanced Corporate Finance
  4. Asset Management
  5. Contract Theory
  6. Corporate Governance
  7. Current Topics in Accounting
  8. Economics of Financial Markets
  9. Emotional Finance
  10. European Banking and the Financial Crisis
  11. Exchange Rates and International Finance
  12. Financial Modeling with Excel
  13. Financial Reporting and Capital Markets: Current Challenges
  14. Financial Risk Management
  15. Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  16. Financial Technologies
  17. International Tax Strategy
  18. Investment Banking
  19. Monetary Economics and Central Banking
  20. Public Economics
  21. Valuation and M&A

Up to three electives can be chosen from the pool of all MSc electives.

The MiF Program also includes an international component - the study abroad semester (120 credit track) or the capstone module (90 credit track).

Having completed your first two semesters at WHU, you will gain valuable work experience through an internship in Germany or abroad. The Career Center supports you in finding an internship position via a broad range of activities such as individual career counseling, workshops, and company presentations.

The master thesis concludes your studies, providing you the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained throughout the course of the Master Program. While writing your thesis, you will be supervised by a WHU faculty member. You may also write your thesis in collaboration with a company.

In addition to participating in a rigorous academic curriculum, you will also have the opportunity to take part in various events organized by our students and the Career Center such as IdeaLab!, Founders Career Day, SensAbility, Euromasters, and many more.

Double degree

One program with two degrees –
Double degree cooperation with Olin Business School.

In close cooperation with our partner, the Olin Business School at the Washington University in St. Louis/USA, we offer a special double degree program which allows you to earn two academic degrees in Finance within 21 months. With this exclusive double degree program, you will enjoy the experience of studying at two excellent universities, immerse in two different cultures together with students from around the world, and have access to two global alumni networks.

Graduates will receive a Master of Science in Finance degree from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and a Master of Science in Finance degree from Washington University

If you are interested in the program, you can apply directly at Olin Business School.

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Don’t miss our Early Bird deadline!

Apply by January 31, 2019 to receive an application fee waiver.