Master's Programme in Strategic Finance and Business Analytics, MSF

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Program Description

Master's Programme in Strategic Finance and Business Analytics, MSF

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Changes in risk management, accounting practices, and increased globalisation together with development in business analysis technology have all affected the field of finance. Therefore, the importance of financial considerations together with strategic management and business intelligence has considerably increased.

In international financial market conditions, the specific nuance is to understand the conditions in challenging financial environments like in emerging markets. Combining three specific knowledge areas in your studies - corporate finance, strategic research, and international financial markets – will give you good basis for understanding needs of global firms operating in turbulent environments and facing growing challenges in their strategic financial management.

In this programme, you will learn the principles and practice of finance, including corporate finance, strategic management, accounting, econometrics, and international finance. You will get a systematic understanding and knowledge in areas and processes of corporate finance, firm strategies, and financial markets, including current functions and future developments within these areas.

Industry collaboration is an organic part of the programme's curriculum, which includes field projects and company assignments. During your studies, you will have an opportunity to work in finance, strategic and project management departments of global as well as local corporations as a part of the company assignments.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After completing the programme, you will be familiar with advanced theoretical and empirical concepts in finance, strategic research and international finance areas as well as the main areas of investigation and research techniques used in finance.

You will develop the knowledge of the major areas of financial decision-making and in international finance and corporate strategy with the particular focus on the context of emerging markets. You will learn to identify, analyze and resolve complex financial problems.

You will

  • be able to analyse managerial problems and make strategic decisions related to international business and finance
  • gain knowledge in corporate finance, managerial economics, international financial management, valuation of financial assets and international accounting
  • develop skills in quantitative and analytical aspects of international business and finance
  • be able to conduct strategic planning in turbulent global financial environments
  • gain expertise in the following aspects and areas: key concepts and knowledge of essential theories, applying theories, information acquisition and analysis, source critics, industry collaboration, tolerance and multiculturalism
  • be aware of opportunities and changes in the global financial environment
  • have an innovative mindset, and see dynamic business environments as opportunities

Degree Structure and Studies

The Master's Programme in Strategic Finance and Business Analytics is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration, MSc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), which includes 120 ECTS credits.

The curriculum consists of core courses in the field of corporate finance, international financial management, comparative international accounting and security valuation with specialised modules in the fields of international financial markets and strategic research. The coursework is followed by completion of a Master's thesis on a relevant topic of strategic finance.

A successful Master's thesis requires a detailed and vigorous theoretical and empirical analysis of the topic. Master's Thesis and Seminar is a part of specialized studies and it includes 30 ECTS credits. It is an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. The Master's thesis is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.

Double Degree Studies

MSF programme offers students also a possibility for double degree studies. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.

MSF double degree partner university is Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia.

Students admitted to complete the Master's degree in the MSF programme at LUT and on the other hand, students admitted to complete the Master's degree in Plekhanov Russian University of Economics may apply for the double degree programme.

Career Prospects

The combination of three important knowledge areas, like corporate finance, strategic research, and international financial markets, gives you a unique set of expertise blended with all the theoretical and practical knowledge of modern finance and thus is practical and career-oriented.

You will be prepared for careers in finance and corporate strategy management, whether as analysts in banks or consulting firms or as managers in industrial or services companies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 13, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
2 years
Full time
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The application period for starting your studies in August 2016 is December 1, 2015 - January 27, 2016.
Start date Aug. 2016
Finland Lappeenranta
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The application period for starting your studies in August 2016 is December 1, 2015 - January 27, 2016.
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Duration 2 years
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