M.Sc. Financial Economics

LUISS Guido Carli University

Application deadline: May 31, 2013
Tuition fee:
  • € 9,600 / Year (EEA)
  • € 9,600 / Year (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 masters degree in Financial Economics is a two-year masters degree program offered by the Department of Economics and Finance at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome. The aim of the masters degree in Financial Economics is to train specialists in the various sectors of economics and finance. It provides in-depth knowledge of economic theories and policies and international financial markets, and examines the role played by public institutions, regulatory agencies and international organizations.

It aims at imparting not only knowledge of modern economic theory and empirical methods, but also their daily applications by professionals in the business environment. The program has some overlap with our PhD program, but is specifically intended for students who are interested in obtaining a rigorous training in economics and finance in order to enter the job market with a solid analytical and technical background.

The program is designed for students with a three-year bachelor's degree in economics who are interested in pursuing a masters degree, and students with a masters degree in other disciplines (for example, mathematics, physics, engineering, etc.) wishing to bolster their knowledge of economics.

The masters degree in Financial Economics, taught entirely in English, aims to enrich the range of master's degrees offered at LUISS with a top-notch economics program, comparable in value to those offered by the best European universities. Its first year features advanced courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and finance. In the second year students take courses on selected topics either in economics or in finance and they complete their degree with a master's thesis.

The program allows a limited number of students to earn a double degree in collaboration with Nova University in Lisbon, Portugal, or to participate in the Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management (QTEM), a new network master where students have the opportunity to spend two semesters studying at leading universities or business schools. Our academic partners at QTEM are the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management (SBS-EM, of the Université Libre de Bruxelles), the University of Amsterdam, the Goethe University of Frankfurt, the Université de Lausanne, the BI Norwegian Business School, National Taiwan University, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Specific educational objectives
The course structure allows graduates to master mathematical and statistical methods and gain the advanced knowledge in the economic and financial field that they need for a successful career in all areas of economics and finance, with special emphasis on the role of international markets, financial intermediaries and public policies.

It allows them to develop the methodological approaches and knowledge required to analyze and evaluate the complexities of financial markets, with an eye to their respective innovations and appropriate regulatory and supervisory action. The course provides advanced preparation in both microeconomics and macroeconomics, and develops the technical skills needed to understand the price-formation mechanisms of financial assets, as well as mechanisms for security trading and corporate financial management, mergers, acquisitions and the like.

LUISS Guido Carli is distinguished by the quality of its programs. Courses for the masters degree in Financial Economics are taught either by recognized faculty who have published in top academic journals, or by top professional economists and managers working in financial institutions, consulting firms and government agencies.

The knowledge and skills that graduates acquire from the masters degree in Financial Economics allow them to hold positions of high responsibility in the economic and financial system, financial institutions, international organizations and supervisory authorities, the economic and financial offices of central banks, and the financial and executive offices of multinationals, or to work as freelance professionals at the highest levels in consulting firms.

Employment and professional opportunities for graduates
The goal of the program is to provide students with the quantitative and theoretical tools for a successful career in finance with potential employers such as investment and commercial banks, the asset management industry, pension funds, hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity, consulting firms, and all policy-oriented organizations, such as central banks, treasury departments, international organizations, and regulatory agencies.


Study Plan
Major: Financial Economics (in English)

I Year (2013/2014)

I semester

* Mathematical Methods for Economics and Finance

* Macroeconomic Analysis

* Microeconomic Analysis

II semester

* Advanced Microeconomics

* Advanced Macroeconomics

* Theory of Finance


* Econometric Theory

II Year (2014/2015)

I semester

* Financial Market Law and Regulation

* Fixed Income, credit and commodities

* Asset Management

Plus 2 elective courses in English (16 credits) offered in either the first or the second semester.

Other credits

Final thesis 20

Others (internships, languages, etc.) 4

TOTAL no. credits 120


To apply, students need to complete the application form between September 19, 2012 and May 31, 2013. At the same time, they must send the following documentation by mail to LUISS Guido Carli Student Office, Viale Romania, 32, 00197 Rome:

* a certificate authenticating the results of the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) in each of the three sections: * Verbal
* Quantitative (only for courses in General Management and Financial Economics)
* Analytical Writing

For information on this test please consult the GMAT site or the GRE site.

* a certificate showing registration at a university and listing the exams taken,translated into Italian and certified by the local Italian consulate or embassy
* a secondary school diploma. If this was conferred abroad, it will need to be translated, certified, and accompanied by a declaration of equivalent value issued by the local Italian consulate or embassy
* the certificate verifying that the candidate has passed the academic qualification test, only if requested in order to access local universities
* a curriculum vitae
* a cover letter
* a reference letter

The requested material must be sent in advance to masterdegree@luisscert.it, attaching scans of each document to the email.

Only applications accompanied by all documentation and received by May 31, 2013 will be considered.

A special examination board will evaluate the material sent by each individual candidate and will establish rankings based on GMAT/GRE scores, academic background, curricular qualifications, and the motivations and age of the candidate.

Candidates will be conditionally admitted and will be fully admitted only when, after the final degree has been conferred by the candidates university, the original documentation, accompanied by the declaration of equivalent value, is received by the Student Office. For non-EU citizens, a certification of the students personal identity (an authenticated photo) is also required.

Students admitted will be notified via email, and with this notification they will receive the forms necessary to complete their enrollment by July 4,2013.

If LUISS Guido Carli decides to not to offer a degree program or specialization, this will be promptly communicated to the candidate.

Please note that, in accordance with MIUR regulations, degrees conferred abroad only allow access to Italian universities if:

* they have beenconferred by official schools in that countrys educational system;
* they entitle the student to enroll in universitiesin the country in which they were conferred;
* they have been conferred after a minimum of fifteen years of schooling overall (primary education, secondary education and a bachelors degree).

Furthermore, to meet admission requirements, students holding a US High School Diploma must also either:

* have successfully completed two years of college education (and be admitted to the third year);
* have successfully completed one year of college education (and be admitted to the second year) and have passed at least four U.S. Advanced Placement examinations (APs);
* have passed the Italian secondary school exam;
* hold a diploma (or have completed other qualifications) declared equivalent to the Italian secondary school exam.

To meet admission requirements, students holding GCEs (General Certificate of Education) must have six passing grades in different subjects, and at least three of these must be A-levels (advanced level).

For further information regarding foreign degrees and diplomas, students should contact the local Italian consulate or embassy in the country where the degree or diploma was conferred.

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