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

Modern financial management requires more and more knowledge about the tools and techniques of business analytics.

A combination of strategic finance and business analytics is required to meet the needs of forward-going businesses wanting to make fact-based decisions in a competitive business landscape.

In this Master's Programme you will study the disciplines of strategic finance and business analytics. You will acquire interesting and relevant skills enabling you to work in an international business environment in various management positions.

The content of the programme is based on the theories and concepts of financial economics and corporate finance. You will acquire practical decision-making skills and analytics know-how that will help you to build a sound base for a career in financial management.

During your studies, you will be encouraged to take advantage of the international academic partnership network of the LUT School of Business and Management.

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 30, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2019
2 years
Full time
10,000 EUR
per year.
Finland - Lappeenranta
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