Master's Programme in Strategic Finance and Business Analytics, MSF

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Program Description

Master's Programme in Strategic Finance and Business Analytics, MSF

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Changes in risk management, accounting practices, and increased globalisation together with development in business analysis technology have all affected the field of finance. Therefore, the importance of financial considerations together with strategic management and business intelligence has considerably increased.

In international financial market conditions, the specific nuance is to understand the conditions in challenging financial environments like in emerging markets. Combining three specific knowledge areas in your studies - corporate finance, strategic research, and international financial markets – will give you good basis for understanding needs of global firms operating in turbulent environments and facing growing challenges in their strategic financial management.

In this programme, you will learn the principles and practice of finance, including corporate finance, strategic management, accounting, econometrics, and international finance. You will get a systematic understanding and knowledge in areas and processes of corporate finance, firm strategies, and financial markets, including current functions and future developments within these areas.

Industry collaboration is an organic part of the programme's curriculum, which includes field projects and company assignments. During your studies, you will have an opportunity to work in finance, strategic and project management departments of global as well as local corporations as a part of the company assignments.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After completing the programme, you will be familiar with advanced theoretical and empirical concepts in finance, strategic research and international finance areas as well as the main areas of investigation and research techniques used in finance.

You will develop the knowledge of the major areas of financial decision-making and in international finance and corporate strategy with the particular focus on the context of emerging markets. You will learn to identify, analyze and resolve complex financial problems.

You will

  • be able to analyse managerial problems and make strategic decisions related to international business and finance
  • gain knowledge in corporate finance, managerial economics, international financial management, valuation of financial assets and international accounting
  • develop skills in quantitative and analytical aspects of international business and finance
  • be able to conduct strategic planning in turbulent global financial environments
  • gain expertise in the following aspects and areas: key concepts and knowledge of essential theories, applying theories, information acquisition and analysis, source critics, industry collaboration, tolerance and multiculturalism
  • be aware of opportunities and changes in the global financial environment
  • have an innovative mindset, and see dynamic business environments as opportunities

Degree structure and studies

The Master's programme in Strategic Finance and Business Analytics is a two-year study programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Economics and Business Administration, M. Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), which is 120 ECTS credits.

The programme includes core and specialisation studies in finance, minor studies in business analytics, and language studies.

Core studies (54 ECTS credits) include courses on strategic and corporate finance topics including financial management, banking and insurance finance, financial theory and valuation, and financial econometrics.

Specialisation studies (36 ECTS credits) include a special course on real options and managerial decision-making and the Master´s thesis.

Minor studies (25 ECTS credits) include studies on business analytics based on modern tools and hands-on practice on using the tools in real-world business problems.

Language studies, 5 ECTS credits.

The Master's thesis and seminar, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis is a research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. It is completed during the fourth semester of the degree programme.

Double degree studies for students from the partner university

Students from the partner university are able to study as a double degree student at LUT. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.

MSF's double degree partner university is Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia.

Career Prospects

The combination of three important knowledge areas, like corporate finance, strategic research, and international financial markets, gives you a unique set of expertise blended with all the theoretical and practical knowledge of modern finance and thus is practical and career-oriented.

You will be prepared for careers in finance and corporate strategy management, whether as analysts in banks or consulting firms or as managers in industrial or services companies.

Higher education in Finland is free for students coming from countries within the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. Students who are citizens of a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees for Master's programmes. The amount of tuition fee is 10 000 €/Master’s programme.

Extensive scholarships are available. There are three categories of available scholarships: full scholarship (covers tuition fee and living costs), tuition fee scholarship covering 100 % of tuition fee, and tuition fee scholarship covering 50 % of tuition fee.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 31, 2017
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2 years
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Finland - Lappeenranta
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