Learn what it takes to become a true expert in financial economics
If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of how financial management and financial markets work, the Master’s in Finance at VU University Amsterdam is an excellent place to start. This Master’s program provides conceptual frameworks and practical insight, both of which are vital to grasping how management and markets operate in the financial sector. The Master’s in Finance aims to educate you to become an expert in financial economics, employable in the corporate sector, financial industry, government sector and academia. The program’s learning outcomes correspond with the requirements set by the finance profession and academic community, both nationally and internationally.
This program raises your level of knowledge in Investments and Corporate Finance, educates you on how to apply this knowledge in practice (cases) and trains you in creating new knowledge at the cutting edge of current academic thought. The first two learning goals are integrated into four compulsory courses (Corporate Finance, Empirical Finance, Asset Pricing & Investments and Financial Markets & Institutions) and two or more elective courses which enables you to specialize further.
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Starting off with knowledge
The program provides conceptual frameworks and practical insights, both of which are essential to understanding how financial management and markets operate. Although not always applicable in every circumstance, this approach frames your thinking in financial economics.
Strong focus on academic skills
Developing an academic attitude is also one of the top priorities in this program. The Master’s program in Finance has a strong focus on organizing and conducting research, both independently and as part of a team. Academic skills are very useful in financial decision-making and they will help refine your professional judgment of new trends in finance.
Linked to real-life practice
We link academic theory to practical application in the world of financial management. You will come to appreciate that an academic attitude and professional insights are complementary and highly beneficial to professional career development. A substantial part of the teaching is done by professionals in the financial industry who also maintain close ties to the world of academia. To underscore the importance of the application of real-life practice in the program, you will be taught by full-time and part-time faculty members, all of whom are engaged in innovative international financial research. Our part-time faculty members all hold key positions at leading financial institutions and enrich the program by providing a direct link between theoretical advances and their application in practice.
With a Master’s degree in Finance, a wide range of career opportunities will open up to you. You can join a national or multinational company, a bank or an insurer, or go into consultancy, the government sector or the academic world. Jobs available to you include financial specialist, risk manager, treasurer, banker, financial consultant, fund manager, investment expert and financial analyst. The Dutch Graduate Monitor shows that students from this program and its predecessor tend to find work quickly. About 80 percent were employed immediately upon graduation and another 15 percent within three months. Almost all of our graduates had a job after six months.
Given the importance of financial markets, their constant innovation and the changing regulatory framework in the sector, there are likely to be many career opportunities for graduates of this discipline in the foreseeable future. As a Master’s graduate, you can also continue your studies at VU University Amsterdam on a postgraduate program in either Treasury Management, Financial and Investment Analysis or Risk Management.
Admission requirements and application
Applicants must have completed courses in corporate finance, investments, quantitative methods, and statistics, witnessed by a thorough knowledge of the standard literature listed below (or its equivalent). The level at which you must have studied these subjects is indicated by the standard international textbooks in parentheses. This entry level is assumed known in all of our Master's courses:
||Brealey and Myers (2002): Principles of Corporate Finance, 7th ed. [integral]
||Bodie, Kane, and Marcus (1996): Investments [integral]
||Sydsaeter and Hammond (2006, Prentice Hall): Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis
||Berenson, Levine, Krehbiel (2002): Basic Business Statistics