The Financial Management specialization of the Master’s program in Business Administration at VU University Amsterdam will give you the tools and competencies you need for managing, controlling and financing business activities. Financial Management is crucial in all these areas and it plays a dominant role in the banking and insurance industries. As a student in the Master’s specialization in Financial Management, you will study corporate finance, accounting and financial markets (the three-pillar concept) in-depth. This comprehensive overview of the world of finance will give you a thorough understanding of its intricacies and it will give your career prospects a real boost.
Professional orientation combined with an academic attitude
Although most of our alumni go on to a professional career in financial management, developing an academic attitude is nevertheless one of the top priorities in this program. We then link academic theory to practical application in the world of financial management. A substantial part of the teaching is done by professionals in the financial industry who also maintain close ties to the world of academia.
Preparing for your career
The Master’s specialization in Financial Management is part of the VU Amsterdam School of Finance. This graduate school serves the Dutch financial sector, located in Amsterdam, by providing education, conducting research and scores of other activities. The school has strong links to the financial sector, giving you the ideal opportunity to prepare for your professional career.
The Financial Management specialization typically prepares students for a career in one of the many and varied professions that fall under the category of financial management. In the corporate sector, you might become a treasurer, risk manager, controller or financial manager at a large multi-national corporation or in a small to medium-sized enterprise. The financial sector offers opportunities for graduates to become bankers, analysts, portfolio managers, accounting experts, insurance experts, or to enter into consultancy at a major national bank, with insurance companies, at major accounting firms, pension funds etc. There are also career opportunities in the non-profit sector: national government agencies, international agencies, supervisory bodies and others all need MBAs who are specialized in financial management.
Admission requirements and application
Applicants with at least a Bachelor's degree from another accredited university are admissible if they have a specialization in Business Administration, witnessed by a thorough knowledge of the standard literature described below (or its equivalent):
||Berk, J. and P. DeMarzo, Corporate Finance, Pearson.
Brealey & Myers, Corporate Finance
|Financial Markets and Institutions
||Mishkin, F.S. and S.G. Eakins, Financial Markets and Institutions, Pearson
||Berenson & Levine & Krehbiel, Basic Business Statistics
||Horngren & Foster (and others), Management Accounting
Intermediate textbooks on Financial Accounting or Financial Reporting
|Financial Risk Management
||Saunders, A. and M.M. Cornett, Financial Institutions Management: A Risk Management 5th edition, McGraw-Hill