M.Sc. Finance

Aalto University

Application deadline: January 31
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • Free (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The objective of the MSc in Finance programme is to provide a dynamic, demanding, but supportive learning-centered environment which:

* prepares students for jobs in the worlds most selective companies in the fields of international banking, management consultancy, and related areas;
* helps all students develop a solid scientific approach to financial problemsat the same time, preparing some of the students for the worlds best Finance Ph. programmes:
* encourages the development of the broader communication, teamwork, ethical, quantitative, and intercultural skills that students will need both in general management positions and as active citizens able to discuss the issues of the day

The students have the further opportunity to tailor their degree by specializing in one of two areas of concentration: (1) corporate finance, or (2) financial markets.

In the corporate finance area, students focus on such questions as analyzing and choosing investment projects, mergers and acquisitions, agency theory, investment banking and obtaining funds from the primary markets, project and trade finance, and capital structure and dividend decisions. The corporate finance area prepares students for entry-level positions in e.g. investment or commercial banking, management consulting, or the finance and corporate planning functions of industrial firms.

In the financial markets area, students focus on issues such as the behavior and determinants of security prices, their implications on portfolio management, behavioral finance and investor psychology, venture capital, risk management, as well as pricing options, futures, and other derivatives. The financial markets area prepares students for entry-level positions in e.g. investment management and strategy, venture capital and private equity, and risk management.

Career prospects
Finance students have an excellent placement record in the job market. Most Finance graduates find their first jobs in the financial industry, such as investment and commercial banks, brokerage firms, mutual fund companies, and insurance companies. Management consulting companies, industrial corporations, and public institutions are also important employers of Finance graduates.


After completing the Masters Programme in Finance a student will have:

* a thorough understanding of the models and theories of corporate financing and investment decisions
* skills necessary to apply these ideas independently and analytically in working life
* knowledge of the features of the capital markets

The graduates are able to

* analyze corporate risk factors quantitatively
* evaluate the value of e.g. derivative instruments using sophisticated evaluation tools
* apply financial tools to a number of situations both in strategic decision making of the firm (e.g. mergers and acquisitions) and in day-to-day management (e.g. portfolio and risk management)
* work in a world where financial services are global, significant to the economy, and in constant change
* adapt to a financial environment which is increasingly aware of system-wide risks, conflicts of interest, and regulatory challenges

The general management skills the programme aims to foster include

* analytical skills, teamwork skills, and problem solving skills
* opportunity to consider challenging issues in business ethics and to develop international business communications skills at an advanced level


The general admission requirements are the same for all Master's programmes at the Aalto University School of Business. Please read the general admission requirements, selection schedule, required application documents and other application instructions carefully on our website section admission.

In addition to the general eligibility requirements, each Master's programme has programme-specific evaluation criteria.

Programme-specific requirements
The Master's programme in Finance evaluates and ranks the applicants based on the following criteria:

Phase I: GMAT / GRE

Applicants are ranked by GMAT (Total Score) test result (or comparable GRE). When GMAT scores are equal, the quantitative score determines the ranking.

GRE is compared to GMAT using ETS guidelines and comparison tool.

Phase II: Interview

Double the amount of candidates that can be accepted to the programme will be invited for an interview. The applicant must be available for an interview via video conferencing, at a time to be indicated by the programme. Interviewees need to provide ID in advance. The interviewers will each score the candidate on a scale of 1-10 based on motivation and spoken communication skills. The final ranking of the candidates will be determined by GMAT + 10*(average interview score). If this score is equal, the average interview score determines the ranking.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

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