Master of Science in Corporate Finance


Program Description

The Right Approach In The World Of Finance

In a highly volatile environment, financial managers and investment professionals have to be able to devise and apply the right policies in relation to investments, financing and wealth planning. Since students need to be prepared for a new economic environment, the first aim of this Master of Science is to provide them with expert knowledge about corporate finance, investment analysis, valuation, and portfolio management, and to emphasize the highest ethical standards and applications for financial modeling. After completing the curriculum, students will acquire investment management practices through the mastery of tools for financial analysis, asset classes, and portfolio management in order to be prepared for the industry’s top financial positions and passing leading certifications in finance.

Program Strengths

  • Access to high-profile practitioners from the corporate finance world in France
  • Flexible program structure allowing for part-time employment
  • Online resources and dedicated training platforms made available to prepare for certifications
  • Opportunity to develop expertise in digital strategy and integrated management
  • Partnership with the CFA Institute
  • Internationally diverse classes with students from different nationalities
  • Learning experience following the Harvard model of teaching (case studies, group work, etc.)
  • Study, network and experience life in south-central France

Targeted Skills & Competencies

  • Use of financial information to make effective decisions
  • Knowledge of tools for investment analysis, asset classes, and portfolio management
  • Mastery of modern financial practices and ethics
  • Understanding the securitization of assets and principles of risk management
  • Competencies in the use of applications for financial modeling

Career Opportunities

  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Advisor
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Risk Manager
  • Compliance Manager
  • Asset Manager
  • DCM Analyst

“After one year of study and 6 months of successful internship at Société Générale, I signed a two-year VIE contract to work in one of the bank’s fixed income desks in New York. ESC Clermont seduced me immediately with its major advantages: A committed faculty, composed of known and recognized professors and experts from the field. Class rich in ideas, cultures, experiences and an environment favorable to the intellectual curiosity and academic courses, corporate missions, and individual monitoring.”

Tuguldur Daavadorj

Graduate 2017 | from Mongolia

VIE Contract, Société Générale

“I am being exposed to projects which require me to analyze current stocks, ETFs, options, and futures that are trading in real-time. With current industry professionals as professors, the courses are based on current industry practices and procedures compared to traditional learning. Being exposed to both US GAAP and IFRS elevated my marketability in my career field and desirability to future employers.”

Leeza Bright

Class 2017 | from the United States

“I believe it is because of this program I was able to secure an internship as a Financial Analyst at the European headquarters of Nike in the Netherlands. During my Internship, I applied aspects of what I learned quickly and effectively and ultimately add value to my team. As a result, I was offered a full-time position.”

Thomas Ruigrok

Graduate 2015 | from the Netherlands

Key Account Finance Manager, Nike

Program Content

Semester 1

Core Module 1

  • Fundamentals and Principles of Accounting, 18 hours
  • Financial Statement Analysis, 24 hours
  • Corporate Finance, 30 hours
  • Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning, 27 hours
  • Quantitative Methods 1, 18 hours
  • Derivatives, 18 hours
  • Treasury Management, 15 hours
  • Fintech, 12 hours

Management & Communication Skills

  • Introduction to Business, 12 hours
  • Mastering Data in Excel, 18 hours
  • French Language Classes (Voltaire Certification), 30 hours
  • Thesis Methodology I, 3 hours

Career Development & Counseling

  • Job Marketing, 6 hours
  • Individual Counseling
  • Meeting with Practitioners

Semester 2

Core Module 2

  • Quantitative Methods 2: Modeling for Finance, 27 hours
  • Alternative Investment: Private Equity and Hedge Funds, 18 hours
  • Mergers and Acquisitions, 15 hours
  • Risk Management, 15 hours
  • Economics, 24 hours
  • Fixed Income, 18 hours
  • Ethical and Professional Standards, 24 hours
  • ERP for Financial Management, 15 hours
  • Corporate Finance Law, 12 hours
  • Preparation for CFA Certification, 12 hours

Management & Communication Skills

  • Strategic Management, 18 hours
  • Information Systems for Managers, 18 hours
  • French Language Classes (Voltaire Certification), 45 hours
  • Thesis Methodology II, 9 hours

Career Development & Counseling

  • Job Marketing, 9 hours
  • Individual Counseling
  • Meeting with Practitioners

Semester 3

Professional Mission & Thesis

  • Master's Thesis
  • Oral Defense
  • Company Assessment


Entry Requirements

  • A 4-year Bachelor's degree or Validated Master 1
  • Proficiency in English (Official TOEFL score of 550 at least, or TOEIC of 750, or IELTS 6.0)


  • Early bird scholarships: Reduction on the fees for students who pay the full fees before starting the program.
  • Scholarships provided by ESC Clermont Foundation: Scholarships based on three criteria: Financial situation, academic performance, and behavior of the students.
  • Scholarships to go abroad: Scholarships allowing students to finance part of their stay in Europe as part of their study abroad in partner university or internship.

Application Procedure

  • All applications are to be submitted online.
  • Candidates will be invited to take a skype interview on an automated video conference aiming to evaluate their academic profile, motivation, and linguistic skills.

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Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Founded in 1919, ESC Clermont Business School is a ‘Grande Ecole’ business school in France. The business school offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that train and prepare business leade ... Read More

Founded in 1919, ESC Clermont Business School is a ‘Grande Ecole’ business school in France. The business school offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that train and prepare business leaders evolving an in international context. The school is committed to its slogan of being a ‘School For Life’, the distinctive positioning of the school is highlighted through its innovative pedagogic approaches, national and international recognitions, strong corporate network and proximity to companies. Read less