Finance is a subordinate discipline under the first-level discipline of Applied Economics. It mainly studies the relationship between finance and macroeconomy (especially the energy industry), internal laws of the financial market (especially energy financial market), as well as the way that financial institutions or enterprises employed to achieve their strategic goals through financial markets at home and abroad. Students of this major are required not only to master fundamental theories and methods of economics and finance but to acquire the ability to analyze and settle various financial issues that financial institutions and enterprises (especially energy enterprises) face in investment, financing, as well as risk management.
The China University of Petroleum was authorized to offer Master’s Degree in Finance in 2006 and began recruiting students of this program in 2007. By the end of 2014, we have formed a strong and well-distributed faculty team composed of 12 teachers, with two professors, five assistant professors, and five lecturers. 7 of them have obtained doctor’s degrees, and the number of mentors at the age of 35-45 years old is also 7, with four members at the age of 46-50. Besides, some adjunct professors are employed from oil corporations, financial institutions, and universities both at home and abroad. When it comes to educational model for this major, a combination of courses training, literature reading, and thesis writing is employed. The course training focus on mastery and application of theory and financial tools, with a model of discussing courses, applied meanwhile. The adjunct professors will also come to students’ aid in their choice of thesis topics. According to realistic conditions, we plan to admit 15-20 students per year.
Graduates of this major are to meet the following requirements:
- Master fundamental theories and methods of economics and finance;
- Be qualified to analyze and settle various financial issues that financial institutions and enterprises (especially energy enterprises) face in investment, financing, as well as risk management;
- Be able to undertake positions in finance science teaching, enterprises and market analysis and research, as well as financial management;
- Skillfully master a foreign language to assist academic communication and thesis writing in foreign languages.
- Corporate Finance
- International Finance
- Project Financing
- Energy Finance
Educational Duration and Credit
- The normative time for full-time students is two years and the maximum time to part-time students is three years.
- Master candidates shall earn no less than 32 credits, with at least 23 credits for degree courses.
Note: Students are able to choose elective courses in other programs according to supervisor advice.
1. The required courses in the curriculum that the students don’t take any other courses of other majors of the business school are all allowed to be taken as elective courses.
2. The mentor will select at least 20 fundamental foreign documents according to research needs for their students to read in the first semester. And students need to write a literature review according to the documents, which will be scored by the mentor at the end of the second semester.
3. In terms of academic activities, postgraduate students are required to take at least eight academic lectures and submit a written report. The mentor will be in charge of the assessment.
Literature Review and Thesis Proposal
Proposal defense should be completed before the beginning of the second week in the third semester. The topics chosen for thesis proposal should be within the scope of the discipline. Main contents of the proposal are composed of the background, significance, and basis of the topic; current status and trends of relevant study at home and abroad; research objects and contents; technological methods to be employed and the feasibility analysis; a forecast of key technologies and difficulties; and the research process in details. Students are required to read at least 35 articles before the proposal, among which 20 were written in foreign languages, and write a literature review (at least 6,000 words) in accordance with the format set by the graduate school. The literature review will be evaluated by the proposal review group during the thesis proposal.
The student’s mentor along with 2-4 teachers of the same or similar research field constitute the review group, the opinions of whom serve as the references for the mentor to score the students’ proposal and literature review. The hundred percentage point system is used in scoring, with 70 percent as the passing grade. For those failed to pass the proposal, the mentor will decide whether to terminate their training or allow them to do the proposal again, which should to be completed in a month.
During their study at China University of Petroleum, postgraduate students are required to take at least eight academic lectures and submit a written report containing mainly two parts:
1. A brief summary of all the academic activities;
2. A detailed analysis and conclusion of the lectures, as well as subjective comments. The report delivered should contain 3500-5000 words. The mentor will be in charge of the assessment of academic activities which must be completed before dissertation defense. An academic report at an academic meeting made by the student can offset five lectures.
The conduct of degree-granting must conform to items as ruled by the graduate school. For this major some specific requirements are also outlined: the premise for master degree candidates to apply for a degree is that he must have released at least one thesis on newspapers or magazines, with his name marked the first author or the second author following his mentor. Mentors are required to guarantee the quality of the thesis strictly. For those failing to release an article before the defense, the students are allowed to make it within a year.
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Last updated February 26, 2018