Our Master in International Finance (MIF) celebrates 20 years of experience and is therefore your first step towards a career of financial leadership and excellence.
This uniquely tailored MIF will help you achieve your professional goals through world-class teaching and personalised learning. From an overseas study trip, to lifelong membership into the MIF alumni network, this Advanced Masters of Science provides all the tools you need to achieve your ambitions.
Our MIF is internationally renowned, playing to ABS’s core strengths in corporate finance, banking and asset management; 90% of our students are hired by top 100 firms before graduation.
The MIF juggles business relevance with academic excellence, inviting guest input from leading finance academics, policy makers and global figures. Our approach is uniquely personal, from small classes and hands-on workshops, to an international study trip, mentor programmes and lifetime membership of the MIF alumni network.
At the forefront of Finance Education
Programme Director Dr Jens Martin: "We at the Master of International Finance strive to be at the forefront of education in Finance. We see technological changes are disrupting the finance industry and we research how these changes work, how they affect the finance sector of the future. To equip our students with the necessary tools and understanding to successfully face these disruptions we are expanding our curriculum with FinTech courses”.
We welcome applicants from all over the world; more than 15 countries are represented in our current intake. Combined with a mix of full-time students and working part-timers, and an international faculty, this makes for an exciting melting pot of cultures, professional backgrounds and academic skills. What will you bring to the table?
To help develop your skills as a finance specialist, we keep class sizes deliberately small. Professors can focus keenly on individual students, personally guiding them towards their specific goals, while learners bounce off one another during interactive seminars and lectures. Learning is a dialogue, not a monologue.
The academic year of the Master in International Finance (MIF) programme starts the last week of August and ends around mid-June. The year is divided into two semesters, and each semester consists of two main blocks. Each of these blocks takes 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, students embark for a one-week international study trip. In past years, the study trip took place in Cape Town, South Africa.
Full-time or Part-time
The programme allows you to study full-time (12 months), part-time (18-24 months) for working students. All courses are conducted in English and organized 1 -3 evenings during weekdays (Monday-Thursday).
Pre-Course Training (Online Course)
Depending on your academic background, you may be required to complete part or all of the Pre-Course Training. The Pre-Course Training is a self-study online course before the start of the regular MIF 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. This Pre-Course training is mandatory to all Part-time students.
Students can take electives from the Executive Programme in Management Studies, The Amsterdam MBA and MBA Big Data only in addition to the required number of 2 MIF electives (8 EC, 4 EC per course).
Students who follow more than 4 electives will be charged a fee of €400 per ECTS for these extra courses.
The MIF curriculum is made up from the following buildingblocks that will teach you the skills you need to excel in the financial industry.
Our programme is always up to date. Hence the new additons to the curriculum covering the topics in FinTech, Blockchain, Entrepreneurship with IBM Watson or Behavioural Finance. This, together with practice based teaching and 20 years of experience, makes the Executive Master in Internatioinal Finance programme your best step towards a succesful career.
New paradigms in the Finance Industry
- Behavioural Finance*
- Fintech: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies (NEW)*
- Entrepreneurship (NEW)*
- Advanced Corporate Finance & Valuation
- International Financial Management
- M&A and Restructuring
- Financial Analysis and Valuation
- Financial Derivatives
- Advanced Asset Management*
Banking / Quantitative Finance
- Risk Management & Financial Institutions
- Financial Econometrics
- Advanced Financial Econometrics*
- Financial Modelling
- Computational Finance with MATLAB*
Leadership and Contemporary Management Issues
- MIF Leadership Programme
- Corporate Governance: Dilemmas in the Financial Industry
- International Study Trip: Cape Town, South Africa
- Finance Research workshops (two sessions)
- Master thesis
The curriculum can be subject to change.
Applicants for the executive Master in International Finance programme must meet the following requirements:
A degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD) from a recognised research university in a related field (e.g. business administration, economics, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics, corporate law). Candidates with a degree issued by a University of Applied Sciences (HBO), will need to complete the Pre-Master MIF programme (20 weeks) first. Application deadline for candidates with an HBO degree, who are willing to start MIF in September 2017, is 1 December 2016.
Relevant work experience:
A minimum of one-two years of relevant post-graduate full-time work experience (internships in financial field can be also included).
Tests results: GMAT/GRE or SHL*:
A minimum GMAT score of 630 (applicants with a GRE score, please check the GMAT equivalent of your GRE score using the GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools). The test institutions should send the score report directly to us.
Candidates can apply while still preparing for the test and send the test results later (we need the test results in before 30 June 2017).
*Part-time applicants can opt for the Intellectual Capacity Test (SHL). 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. The test needs to be completed before 30 June 2017.
The Amsterdam Business School institutional codes for test centers: GMAT = 0500 / GRE = 6739
A minimum TOEFL of 100 or IELTS of 7.0 is required
You may be exempt from this requirement (1) if you are a native speaker of English; (2) if you have two years of international (and English spoken) professional work experience; (3) if you have a Bachelor's or Master's degree taught in English [Please note that your degree certificate or transcripts should mention that the language of instruction was English. If the language of instruction is not mentioned on the transcript or degree certificate, you will need to submit a letter from your higher education institute stating that the curriculum was completely taught in English]; (4) if you obtained a Dutch VWO high school diploma. Exemptions can only be confirmed once the MIF Admissions Committee has received and reviewed your full application file.
Personal skills and qualities:
Evidence of analytical and conceptual skills, ambition and desire to strive for excellence, a proven capacity for hard work, and willingness to contribute to a highly diverse (in terms of nationalities and backgrounds) learning environment, drive, passion and confidence.
MIF Pre-Course Training (Summer On-line Course)
Depending on your academic background, you may be required to complete part or all of the MIF Pre-Course Training (PCT). The PCT 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 PCT is compulsory for candidates that apply to the Part-time programme.
The exam (on campus) is planned in the last week of August.
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Last updated May 25, 2017