Master of Science in Finance

Aalto University

Program Description
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Master of Science in Finance

Aalto University

The Master's Programme in Finance prepares students for jobs in the world’s most selective companies in the financial industry.

The Finance programme provides a dynamic, demanding, but supportive learning-centered environment which prepares students for jobs in the world’s most selective companies in the fields of international banking, management consultancy, and related areas.

Students develop a solid scientific approach to financial problems. The programme encourages the development of the broader communication, teamwork, ethical, quantitative, and intercultural skills that students will need both in general management positions and as active citizens able to discuss the issues of the day.

The programme prepares some of the students for the world’s best doctoral programmes in Finance.

Study experience

The students have the opportunity to tailor their degree by specialising in one of two areas of concentration: corporate finance or financial markets.

In the corporate finance area, students focus on such questions as analysing and choosing investment projects, mergers and acquisitions, agency theory, investment banking and obtaining funds from the primary markets, project and trade finance, and capital structure and dividend decisions. The corporate finance area prepares students for entry-level positions in e.g. investment or commercial banking, management consulting, or the finance and corporate planning functions of industrial firms.

In the financial markets area, students focus on issues such as the behavior and determinants of security prices, their implications on portfolio management, behavioral finance and investor psychology, venture capital, risk management, as well as pricing options, futures, and other derivatives. The financial markets area prepares students for entry-level positions in e.g. investment management and strategy, venture capital and private equity, and risk management.

Learning outcomes

After completing the Master’s Programme in Finance students have:

  • a thorough understanding of the models and theories of corporate financing and investment decisions
  • skills necessary to apply these ideas independently and analytically in working life
  • knowledge of the features of the capital markets

The graduates are able to:

  • analyse corporate risk factors quantitatively
  • evaluate the value of e.g. derivative instruments using sophisticated evaluation tools
  • apply financial tools to a number of situations both in strategic decision making of the firm (e.g. mergers and acquisitions) and in day-to-day management (e.g. portfolio and risk management)
  • work in a world where financial services are global, significant to the economy, and in constant change
  • adapt to a financial environment which is increasingly aware of system-wide risks, conflicts of interest, and regulatory challenges

The general management skills the programme aims to foster include:

  • analytical skills, teamwork skills, and problem solving skills
  • opportunity to consider challenging issues in business ethics and to develop international business communications skills at an advanced level

Career prospects

Finance students have an excellent placement record in the job market. Most Finance graduates find their first jobs in the financial industry, such as investment and commercial banks, brokerage firms, mutual fund companies, and insurance companies. Management consulting companies, industrial corporations, and public institutions are also important employers of Finance graduates.


1. General admission requirements

The application must first fulfill the general eligibility requirements before it is sent to the Master's programme for academic evaluation. Read carefully the general admission requirements, selection schedule, required application documents and application instructions on our website section admissions. See also language requirements.

In addition to the general eligibility requirements, each Master's programme has programme-specific evaluation criteria.

2. Programme-specific requirements

Academic evaluation criteria of the Master's Programme in Finance is based on considering the following areas:

  • GMAT/GRE test score. Note that this receives the most weight in selection (exact weightings are not disclosed).
  • Academic achievement (considering absolute and relative performance, the type of degree and the reputation of the institution granting it).
  • Motivational letter, preferably less than 300 words
  • Video phone (e.g., Skype) interview for selected candidates

It can be considered an advantage to have completed the basics of finance (discounting and present value, cost of capital, basics of asset pricing and portfolio theory, basics of financial institutions and financial markets). Students with little background in finance selected to the programme may be required to complete one or two B.Sc. level finance courses (such as Corporate Finance and/or Financial Markets and Institutions and/or Econometrics for Finance) during their first year of studies.

Contact information

Location: Aalto University School of Business, Töölö Campus, Helsinki

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 14, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug., 2017
2 years
Full time
Jan. 25, 2017
Application period: 2016-12-15 - 2017-01-25
Start date Aug., 2017
Finland Helsinki
Application deadline Jan. 25, 2017
Application period: 2016-12-15 - 2017-01-25
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years