M.Sc. Master in International Finance (MIF)

University of Amsterdam

Application deadline: Start in 1 September: July (non-EEA: July).
Tuition fee:
  • € 24,900 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 70 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The programme is ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in finance and for established finance professionals who want to enhance their career prospects.

The Master's programme in International Finance (MIF) provides students with high-quality, thorough training in the theoretical and practical aspects of international finance. While courses are practice-oriented rather than academically-oriented, the programme maintains high academic standards and students learn about state of the art research in relevant areas. Graduates go on to work in areas that require thorough understanding of the complexities of international finance, such as asset management, corporate finance, project finance and treasury.


The MIF introduces you to cutting-edge developments in international corporate finance, asset management, banking, and risk management. The course curriculum aims to prepare students for a professional rather than an academic career. Nevertheless, high academic standards are maintained and students are introduced to the most recent research in the respective areas. At the same time, experts from the financial services industry are regularly involved in the development of the courses and as guest lecturers, thus guaranteeing that the curriculum has a high degree of practical relevance. All courses are conducted in English.

The MIF allows you to study full-time over a period of 12 months or part-time over a period of 18-24 months.


The MIF course programme starts around mid-August and ends around mid-June (full-time programme). The academic year is divided into two semesters, each consisting of two main blocks. Each of these blocks consists of 6 weeks of classes, one study week, and one exam week. The course programme is followed by a master thesis project and potentially an internship. In January, MIF students embark for a one-week international study trip. In past years, the study trip took place in Cape Town, South Africa.


The MIF course programme consists of

* 8 MIF core courses (32 EC)
* 3 MIF electives (12 EC)
* MIF Leadership Programme (3 EC)
* Finance Research Workshop (3 EC)

In addition to the required number of MIF electives, you have the option to take up to two additional courses from the portfolio of MIF electives or, subject to availability, the MBA curriculum. The final graduation requirement is a master thesis research project (15 EC).

Successful completion of the programme leads to a Master of Science (MSc) in International Finance from the University of Amsterdam.

MIF Leadership Programme

The MIF Leadership Programme is an integral part of the MIF curriculum. It consists of the International Study Trip and the workshop "Financial Ethics and Governance". We also offer a series of workshops devoted to career and job market skills for both full-time and part-time students.

MIF Pre-Course Training (Summer Online Course)

Depending on your academic background, you may be required to complete part or all of the MIF pre-course training. The MIF pre-course training takes place during the summer months before the start of the regular course programme. It brings you up to speed with Fundamentals of Finance, Financial Accounting, and Quantitative Methods & Research Skills. The courses are facilitated through a tailor-made online learning platform. Please check the admission requirements to find out if you need to complete the pre-course training.


Previous education: Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research University Candidates seeking direct admission to the MIF programme are required to hold a recognized Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research University (including universities of technology or engineering) in a related field (e.g., business administration, economics, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics, law). Depending on your academic background, you may be required to complete part or all of the MIF Pre-Course Training (summer online course) before the start of the regular course programme.

Assessment interview: After receiving your complete application we will evaluate your profile within 48 hours. In case of a positive outcome we will invite you for an admissions interview.During the interview we will discuss your cv, your motivation, your added value to the MIF programme and your career perspective. After the interview your application will be discussed by the Admissions Committee. Within 1-2 weeks you will receive a final decision about your admission.

Written request: Stating why you want to apply for the MIF programme, why Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Business School, your career perspectives, what you are good at and what you want to work on during the programme, and your added value to the class. Your letter should not exceed 700 words.

Entry test: MIF Full-time programme Applicants: GMAT/GRE The GMAT or GRE is compulsory for all applicants to the full-time programme. We require a minimum score of around 630. You can ask the test institutions to send the score report directly to us (please find our institution codes below). MIF Part-time programme Applicants: The Intellectual Capacity Test If you apply to the part-time programme you can opt to take our The Intellectual Capacity Test. This test is a substitute for the GMAT or GRE test. The admissions office will provide you with further information and arrange the test with you.

Language test: English language proficiency We require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum TOEFL score: 100 or minimum IELTS score: 7.0. You can be exempted from this requirement if: 1) you are a native speaker of English, 2) you have at least 2 years of professional experience in an English speaking work environment, 3) you have taken an English-taught Bachelor or Master degree (please note that your diploma or transcripts should mention that the language of instruction was English - if the language of instruction is not mentioned on the transcript or diploma, you will need to submit a letter from your higher education institute stating that the curriculum is completely taught in English), 4) you obtained a Dutch VWO high school diploma.

Professional experience: Preferable

Additional language requirements: * IELTS overall band: 7
* TOEFL paper based: 600
* TOEFL computer based: 250
* TOEFL internet based: 100

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100



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