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Master's programme in Financial Economics

  1. 1. Master’s programme in Financial Economics
  2. 2. “Prepared for a successful business career” “Bridging theory and practice” “… studying Financial Economics at Maastricht University prepared “One of the biggest benefits was that I learned to build a bridge me for being able to quickly translate theoretical knowledge into between theoretical knowledge and real-life financial problems. I actionable business plans…and working collaboratively in diverse really enjoyed the international environment, practical case studies international teams…” and team work. Also the problem-solving approach is still very useful for my daily work in the financial sector.” Doreen Wolff, Germany Alumna, Procter & Gamble Roy Hoevenaars, The Netherlands Alumnus, ABP Investments Master of Science in Financial Economics The MSc in Financial Economics at Maastricht University is As a consequence, our MSc in Financial Economics the ideal starting point for a career in the global financial programme guarantees that you learn about the most marketplace. Graduates will master the state-of-the-art recent academic and practical developments in the field. financial concepts needed to succeed in the fast-paced world of finance. This one-year programme offers a well- Concretely, this means a programme consisting of courses, balanced mix of theory and practice. The departments a skills-training, and a Master’s thesis: of Finance, Monetary Economics and Econometrics work • The ‘Core Courses’ create a solid basis upon which your in concert with seasoned practitioners with proven practical competencies can be built. track records in fields such as portfolio management, • The ‘Elective Courses’ expand your horizon in the risk management, investment research and investment practices that interest you most (e.g. real estate, banking. investment banking, econometric analysis). • The ‘Integration Courses’ enhance your interdisciplinary The programme develops your international perspective, knowledge development on financial economics. a rewarding benefit of working with students from all • The ’Skills Training Course’ offers a first step into business over the world. It also actively cultivates your analytical practice and applications of complex financial concepts. skills, preparing you to become a capable quantitative • Finally, a Master’s thesis is the stepping stone that eases analyst of financial markets. Today’s globalised financial your entry into the professional world. It requires all of industry offers excellent career prospects; employers need the skills you have acquired, and shows what you can motivated, capable, internationally oriented graduates. achieve. Maastricht University enjoys an excellent reputation in financial economics and investment research. The teaching sessions consist of small groups and the constant interaction between students and professors is inspiring and constructive. The courses are taught entirely in English.
  3. 3. MSc Financial Economics 1 Core Course 1 Core Course 2 Term 1 2 Core Course 3 Integration Course 2A Skills Training Course: Writing a Master’s Thesis 3 Elective Master’s Thesis Term 2 4 Elective Master’s Thesis 4A Completing the Master’s Thesis Choices for Core Courses (one in each field) Choices for Integration Courses (one out of two) • Finance: • Global Banking (finance and monetary economics) - Institutional Investors • Empirical Analysis of Financial Markets (finance and - Fixed Income Management econometrics) • Monetary Economics: - ECB and Monetary Policy - Open Macroeconomics: Europe and the World Economy Master’s Thesis • Econometrics: • Define and solve a relevant research problem in financial - Time Series Methods and Dynamic Econometrics economics - Quantitative Techniques for Financial Economics • Possibly combined with an internship at a financial institution • Use learned skills Choices for Elective Courses (two out of seven) • Financial Risk Management • Asset Pricing • Financial Markets and Banking “Acquiring a unique skill-set” • Real Estate Finance • Econometric Methods for Cross-Sectional and Panel Data • Workshop in Financial Modeling • Stochastic Processes “In addition to theoretical knowledge, the biggest benefits from Maastricht University’s MSc Financial Economics programme have been presentation skills, teamwork and networking with diverse people from across the world … these have all been important elements in my career.” Mathijs Schoten, The Netherlands Alumnus, TRESPA
  4. 4. Admission requirements Realisation: Diamedia Minds, Maastricht ; Photography: Roel Custers Fotografie, Sittard. In order to qualify for admission to the MSc Financial • As proof of analytical writing and quantitative reasoning Economics / Financial Analysis you need to submit the abilities, a satisfactory Graduate Management Admission following: Test (GMAT) score or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. • A completed application form. A satisfactory GMAT score implies a score of at least 450. The application form can be found at A GMAT score between 450 and 600 will be evaluated in application. This form should be completed online, then combination with the other information that needs to be printed and sent together with documents relating to the provided when submitting an application. A GMAT score admission requirements listed to the Board of Admissions. of 600 is sufficient for admission, provided that the other requirements are fulfilled. A satisfactory GRE score implies • A bachelor’s degree in economics, business economics, an average score of 450, analytical writing score excluded. econometrics, operations research (or comparable), Specific information about the standardised tests can together with a certified transcript of exam subjects and be found at and You are grades. required to indicate the Maastricht University code number If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s programme on the test form while taking the GMAT or GRE test. The you may send a copy of your most recent list of grades Maastricht University code number is 2WH-4N-56 for the with the application. A certified copy of the degree GMAT and 7102 for the GRE test. certificate must be received before the start of the master’s programme. If you have not received your bachelor’s • Students from a non-English-speaking country that is degree at the time of evaluation, you may be admitted not a member of the European Union (EU) or European conditionally and submit your bachelor’s degree with a Economic Area (EEA) must demonstrate proficiency in certified list of grades before the start of the programme in English by submitting TOEFL or IELTS test results. order to obtain unconditional admission. A satisfactory TOEFL score implies a score of at least 575 on the paper-based test, 233 on the computer-based test or • A letter describing your motivation for studying MSc 90-91 on the internet-based test. A satisfactory IELTS score Financial Economics / Financial Analysis at Maastricht implies a score of at least 6.5. Specific information about University’s Faculty of Economics and Business the standardised tests can be found at and Administration. You are required to indicate the Maastricht University code number on the test form while taking the TOEFL test. The Maastricht University code number is 7102 for the TOEFL test. No code number is required for the IELTS test. Contact information Maastricht University Student Recruitment and Communications Office Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Phone: +31 43 388 2055 Tongersestraat 53 Fax: +31 43 388 4885 P.O. Box 616 E-mail: 6200 MD Maastricht Appointment: The Netherlands Website: Board of Admissions Office Phone: +31 43 388 3628 Fax: +31 43 388 4885 E-mail: