Master in Finance

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in Finance

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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 programme provides conceptual frameworks and practical insight, both of which are vital to grasping how management and markets operate in the financial sector.

Study programme

The aim of the programme The Master’s programme in Finance gives you a thorough basis for a good start as a finance professional. The first blow is half the battle. This programme 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 in 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 programme and its predecessor tend to find work quickly. About 80 per cent were employed immediately upon graduation, and another 15 per cent 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 programme in either Treasury Management, Financial and Investment Analysis or Risk Management.

Admission requirements Master's programme Finance

  • Applicants must have completed courses in corporate finance, investments, quantitative methods and statistics, witnessed by 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.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 12, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international students
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international students
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA students; €13.400 for Non-EEA