Master in Finance


Program Description

Master in Finance

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.

Study program

The aim of the program The Master’s program in Finance gives you a thorough basis for a good start as a finance professional. The first blow is half the battle. 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.

Both individually and in teams, you will work on academic research projects answering real-life questions raised in the world of finance. Finance can only become your second nature if you are able to acquire, apply and create knowledge simultaneously.


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Career prospects

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 Master's program Finance

  • 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). Students should clearly indicate how Finance courses, followed in their previous program, have brought them up to the level of the textbooks below.
  • As a Master's student in Finance, you need to have a genuine interest in the area of finance, an inquiring mind, the capacity to cope with the rapid pace of work, an aptitude for picking out key points from large volumes of material, the ability to work accurately under pressure, good communication skills and a critical attitude towards your own results and those of others.
  • Applicants must have completed the following subjects:
    • Corporate Finance
    • Investments
    • Mathematics
    • Business Statistics
  • Experience in writing a financial research paper, for example in a seminar class or thesis project. For VU-students this entails the Corporate Finance Tutorial or Bachelor Thesis.
Last updated November 2019

About the School

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,00 ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 130 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Read less