This specialist Master’s degree offers a broad introduction to the international finance sector, as well as the expertise and skills for you to undertake a range of specialized roles in finance and related disciplines, including equity analysis, portfolio management, consulting, trader sales, M&A and IPOs, securitization, and credit analysis in private or investment banking.
The course is modeled on the official Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) curriculum*, helping students obtain the qualification most highly regarded by financial services professionals across the world. This MSc will also offer you exciting opportunities to put your theoretical knowledge into practice through real-world portfolio simulations and Bloomberg training sessions in our Financial Market Lab.
NOTE: In addition to helping you build up to take the CFA exam, as an option, we also offer to prepare you for the Bloomberg and AMF (French Financial Market Regulator) certifications.
*Chartered Financial Analyst® is a registered trademark owned by CFA Institute. Please note that this program is not affiliated with, sponsored, or approved by CFA Institute. Moreover, the CFA institute is the grantor of the CFA certificate.
Why ESSCA - MSc International Finance
"The course offers a thorough grounding in finance and will provide you with a perfect balance between the technical (financial analysis, corporate and market finance), environmental (economics, statistics, VBA), and human (ethical) dimensions that shape our industry. In addition, teaching methods based on real-world practice and the use of simulations means that you will develop into highly employable graduates who have the confidence and ability to address complex business challenges". Xavier Joseph, Head of Risk Management, PROMEPAR Asset Management
Study on the doorsteps of the French financial capital
Prepare for your international finance career in Paris! This exciting campus location represents the best that France has to offer overseas students. The ‘City of Light’ is a leading global city famed by students for its amazing history, culture, business, and leisure opportunities! Located in Boulogne-Billancourt on the banks of the Seine and only a short walk from Pont de Saint-Cloud metro station, our 8-storey campus building is just a 15-minute journey from the world-famous Champs Elysées and Eiffel Tower. The area is one of the major business zones in the Paris region and home to numerous corporate head offices employing more than 100,000 key staff, meaning we make sure you are offered regular opportunities to learn, interact and work with those who are shaping the face of modern global business.
How to Apply
The MSc in International Finance has one intake per year in September.
Applications are considered based on your online application and supporting documents/references, your academic performance at secondary school and university, plus your level of English language proficiency.
The postgraduate taught course admissions process involves the following five steps:
Online registration (application fee: €90)
Submit your online application form to ESSCA (in English), including
a copy of your degree certificate (if already awarded)
degree transcripts for each year of study + official English or French translations
English language test score (applicants whose first language is English or who completed a university degree taught in English are not required to provide proof of their language proficiency)
Your application will be considered by the course director. If your application is successful at this stage of the process, you will receive a pre-selection notification by email and be invited to attend an interview
Interview (in English)
Review of pre-selected applications by the postgraduate selection committee. If you have been successful with your application, you will receive an offer letter by email.
Entry to this course is competitive, so please apply early. The final deadline for receiving applications is 5th July 2021.
Our specialist Masters degrees will help you develop intellectual and personal skills which are highly valued by employers, ensuring that you stand out as an exceptional candidate in the global marketplace. ESSCA’s international profile and strong links with business means we can offer our graduates unrivalled opportunities to become leaders in their fields and make valuable contributions to society.
Graduates are primarily destined to positions of:
Banking Projects Manager
Financial Asset Manager
Credit and Banking Risk Analyst
Financial Analysis and Engineering