Masters Degree in Economics and Administration in Asia

Top Masters Programs in Economics and Administration in Asia 2016/2017

Economics and Administration

In order to successfully obtain a Masters qualification, you will need to obtain a number of credits by passing individual modules. Most taught Masters will have a number of core modules which you must take and pass in order to obtain the qualification. The assessment of research Masters is almost always entirely by a single dissertation module or project.

Professionals who have studied economics and administration comprehend both the larger economic picture and smaller, individualized trends. It is an interdisciplinary field in which specialists are trained to consider and analyze many components in both the public and private section and make recommendations based on current and potential conditions.


As the largest and most populous continent in the world, Asia consists of a wide variety of ethnic groups, cultures, environments, economics, historical ties, and governmental systems.

Masters Degree in Economics and Administration in Asia

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Master of Finance

Hult International Business School
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Boston San Francisco United Kingdom London United Arab Emirates Dubai China Shanghai New York + 8 more

Hult’s one-year Master of Finance equips you with the foundation necessary to tackle the complex world of corporate financial management. Learn both the language of business and the tactical financial skills needed to make an impact in corporate finance and accounting. [+]

Top Masters in Economics and Administration in Asia 2016/2017. Pursue a career in corporate finance and make an impact within a multinational company. Hult’s one-year Master of Finance equips you with the foundation necessary to tackle the complex world of corporate financial management. Learn both the language of business and the tactical financial skills needed to make an impact in corporate finance and accounting. Locations Start your program in Boston and have the option to rotate to up to two other Hult campuses for your electives as part of our Global Campus Rotation. Your Master of Finance at a glance Who is this program for? Candidates who have recently graduated from university or college, as well as individuals with up to three years of work experience who want to launch a career within the finance function of multinational companies. What you’ll learn Smart financial management decisions maximize shareholder and company value and limit risk. The role of the CFO and the company’s finance team is to optimize financial performance. They do this by looking for ways to fund investments, free up capital, and decrease costs. By understanding the nuts and bolts of the business and what drives the numbers, they also advise on which activities drive profitable growth. The Master of Finance degree is designed to give students this breadth of insight. Why Hult? At Hult’s Boston campus, you’ll be living among some of the brightest minds in the fields of accounting, investment management, and consulting with companies like PwC, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte, Fidelity, State Street Bank, Boston Consulting Group, and Bain Capital all calling Boston home. Hult also brings business practitioners into the classroom. For example, Hult accounting professor Tom Porter has over 30 years of professional accounting experience, while Hult professor Jon Bentley served as a Partner at PwC. Curriculum Immersion Your Master of Finance program begins with a three-week Immersion. Immersion is the first course in all our Master degree programs and lays the foundations for a successful year. It is a combination of learning academic fundamentals, teamwork, and forging a sense of community among classmates.You will also have the opportunity to orientate yourself to life at Hult and your new home city. The Immersion course prepares you to develop into well-rounded business professionals over the duration of your program and provides the knowledge and skills required to apply a competency-based approach to leadership development. You'll end the course with a capstone simulation which introduces you to complex, integrated high-level business problems in a true-to-life team format. You'll develop and execute a corporate growth strategy, managing all functional areas of a business. Core courses For your first three modules, your core courses will focus on the fundamentals of finance—taught from a global perspective. You will then tailor your final two modules to your individual interests and career goals with electives that your can choose to take at any of our six global campuses. Financial Accounting Financial Management Managerial Accounting Modeling & Analytics I.S. For Accounting & Control Corporate Finance Tax Factors in Business Decisions Internal Consulting & Control Regulatory Environment Forensic Accounting & Financial Investigations International Financial Reporting Electives As part of your Master of Finance, you will have the opportunity to take four electives of your choice once you have successfully completed all of the core courses. You can opt to build upon the knowledge you have already acquired during your core courses, or you can choose to pursue greater understanding in an area of personal interest. Practical application: Simulations & The Hult Business Challenge Applying business theory in realistic scenarios is central to all aspects of the Hult curriculum. Classes are enriched with practical application at every opportunity and skills are put to the test with both virtual and real-world projects. Career development Navigating an international job search requires an individual approach. At Hult, we are experts in international student placement and work one-on-one with you to craft a tailored career strategy. Career Fast Track The earlier you start your job search, the greater your chance of success. Our Career Fast Track program enables you to have everything in place so you can start applying for jobs as soon as you arrive on campus. Before your start your program at Hult, you'll have access to software that gives you a line-by-line resume review, webinars on resume writing, global market employment trends, and creating a targeted job-search strategy. So when you arrive on campus you can concentrate on your studies, networking opportunities, and begin your job search straight away. Line-by-line resume reviews Webinars on global employment trends, personalizing your job search, and how to get your resume to a globally competitive standard Interactive sessions with expert Careers Advisors Personalized support We work one-on-one with you to craft a tailored career strategy and give you the tools to execute it. Coaching Throughout your program, you'll attend workshops and coaching sessions to equip you with essential knowledge and skills in areas like LinkedIn optimisation, personal branding, negotiations, interview preparation, and job search strategy. Advice You'll be assigned a personal Careers Advisor who will work with you one-on-one to help you position yourself to enter your target location and industry. They can advise you on everything from visas to job applications and long-term career paths. You also have the opportunity to have an alumni mentor. Events There is a packed schedule of career events that bring companies on to campus to present, network, and recruit, as well as alumni mixers, expert guest speakers, and career open house events. Post-graduation Your career development doesn't stop when you graduate and neither does Hult's support. Constantly stay connected Your alumni network is one of your biggest assets, Hult Connect is an online portal that allows you to link with the 16,000 Hult alumni working in every major industry in every corner of the world. You'll also have access to our global job board so you can continue take advantage of our relationship with the world's top employers seeking talent. Hult's Alumni Mentorship Program provides you with an opportunity to be a part of coaching the next generation of leaders coming out of Hult. Hult Connect, the online portal for our 16,000+ alumni network Alumni Mentorship Program Global job board and networking events Lifelong education Change never stops, so your business learning shouldn’t either. We empower you to stay up-to-date with emerging trends by taking a complimentary elective each year for the rest of your life. One elective a year, on us. Most careers span decades and critical skills can change as you progress in seniority. The rapid pace of change also means future critical business knowledge might have simply been impossible to learn during your program. Before 2004 there was no Facebook or YouTube; neither the iPhone nor Airbnb existed prior to 2007; and yet understanding the impact of these innovations is critical for business success today. At Hult, you can refresh a skillset or get up to speed in a new business trend by enrolling in one elective a year at any of our global campuses. There’s a small registration fee, but the course is otherwise free of charge. Executive education options for life. Instead of studying an elective, every year Hult alumni can enroll in a range of leadership Summer Executive Education Programs at our historic Ashridge Estate campus in Berkhamsted, U.K. Courses feature a range of leadership and development programs, and are taught by experts with practical, theoretical, and commercial experience. There’s a small registration fee, but courses otherwise cost over $10,000 so the savings over time for Hult alumni are significant. Admissions & fees Hult takes a holistic approach to reviewing your application. In addition to academic achievement, we look for cultural awareness, leadership potential, and a drive to succeed. [-]

Professional Master's Degree in Data Analytics

Sabanci University
Campus Full time October 2016 Turkey İstanbul

Big data is paving the way to empower businesses to make better decisions: With the amount of digital data increasing at an enormous rate, rigorous research is carried out in an effort to extract value from the massive data sets, to turn them into smarter decisions for improving business results. The emerging field of Data Analytics holds the key to unleashing that potential. [+]

Big data is paving the way to empower businesses to make better decisions: With the amount of digital data increasing at an enormous rate, rigorous research is carried out in an effort to extract value from the massive data sets, to turn them into smarter decisions for improving business results. The emerging field of Data Analytics holds the key to unleashing that potential. Data Analytics is considered to be a relatively new field which integrates state-of-the-art computational and statistical techniques to extract business value from a rapidly expanding volume of data. Many consulting firms claim that Data Analytics will be one of the key skills of the 21st century. Most critical issue, however, is the shortage of analytical talent that could turn the high-volume data into useful information that will be used for better decision making. In a business world in which the gap between winners and losers is narrowing down, companies are increasingly turning to data analytics to gain a competitive advantage in productivity, profitability and sustainable manufacturing processes for better products and better services. To be able to do that, companies need trained workforce skilled in Data Analytics, who are equipped to manage, understand and model the data, interpret the outcome and communicate the results for business use. Professionals holding a degree in Data Analytics will be well positioned to help their organizations gain a competitive advantage in a data-driven world. This program is designed to help our participants develop the skill set needed for creating and maintaining the added competitive edge that innovative companies are trying to establish. Our curriculum will help you develop skills required for data-driven decision-making with a wide variety of courses such as: Programming, Data management and data processing, Data mining, Machine learning, Statistical models for data analysis, Optimization, Decision modeling, Exploratory data analysis and visualization, Social network analysis, Data privacy, security and forensic discovery, Information security law, Business communication, Project management, a capstone project and more. Admission Requirements Applications for non-thesis master’s programs are evaluated by the assigned Admission Jury. Suitable candidates are invited to a personal interview. Admissions are finalized by the approval of the related Graduate School Board upon the recommendation of the Jury and are announced to the applicants. Application periods can be found in the Academic Calendar of Sabanci University. Your registration will be completed upon the approval of Turkish Higher Education Council regarding the equivalence of the last graduated higher instution and the course of study. Program Structure Professional Master's Degree in Data Analytics is a 30-credit program that can be completed in one academic year. The courses are distributed across three consecutive semesters (Fall-Spring-Summer), each of which lasts 14 weeks. Students take 10 courses (excluding the Term Project) in total from various areas. The Term Project is a non-credit course. Who should apply Professional Master’s Degree in Data Analytics is designed for working professionals who are looking into developing their analytical skills with no interruption on participants’ careers. The expected participant profile: Graduates of disciplines with a solid quantitative background (e.g. computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, statistics, economics and other fields with a quantitative focus), or All professionals who have ample work experience in a data-analytics-related area and are seeking in-depth training in Big Data Analysis. Skills Acquired Diagnose, understand, measure and evaluate data to enable better decision making within the organization. Define and apply appropriate methodologies for complex business problems. Interpret findings, present and communicate the results. Graduates can find work as data analysts, data managers, data modelers and data scientists in the financial institutions, healthcare industry, insurance industry, telecommunications industry, marketing and media firms, retail industry and government agencies. [-]

Master’s in International Cooperation Policy

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
Campus Full time April 2017 Japan Beppu

The Asia Pacific region and the international community as a whole are facing many urgent issues which need to be addressed in order to ensure equitable development and sustainable environments. The program provides students with policy-oriented and practical advice. [+]

Top Masters in Economics and Administration in Asia 2016/2017. Master’s in International Cooperation Policy The master’s program in International Cooperation Policy provides students with policy-oriented and practical advice, drawing on diverse fields to train creative professionals who can understand complex challenges from multiple perspectives and formulate feasible solutions with integrative approaches from global, regional, and local perspectives. Such training will improve practical skills and knowledge to plan, implement and evaluate projects, and thereby contribute to organizations that work closely with and in developing nations. Students can select one of the following five divisions for their specialization: International Public Administration, Public Health Management, Sustainability Science, Tourism and Hospitality and Development Economics. They are required to take analytical foundation courses, core courses on the Asia Pacific region, division-specific courses and research-oriented seminar courses. Additionally, numerous seminars and workshops are organized throughout the year. There are many opportunities for students to participate in the exchange of ideas, information and expertise with academics, experts, business executives, policy makers, and senior administrators. Students must submit a master’s thesis or research report in order to complete their degree. Divisions International Public Administration (IPA) The International Public Administration (IPA) division is aimed at providing knowledge and skills to those who are interested in pursuing an advanced career in national and international governmental organizations. This division enables students to improve professional and practical skills to manage and evaluate administrative operations and policies in national, regional and global settings. The major subjects in this division relate to international organizations, international cooperation policy and public administration, and form the foundation on which each student can further build a more focused study depending on their intended policy field. Major Subjects Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Special Studies (International Public Administration) International Public Administration International Organizations Project Management Planning and Evaluation Community Development Public Health Management (PHM) The Public Health Management (PHM) division teaches students three fundamental skills: skills in managing the budget, finance, economics and accounting of healthcare costs; skills in epidemiology, health statistics and research methodology as well as information management; and skills in public health, mainly preventive medicine and environmental health. This division puts emphasis on the economics and financial as well as administrative management of healthcare services at both the public and private sectors, while preserving the standard foundations of conventional public health education. Moreover, it encourages students at an early stage to focus on healthcare case studies that relate to significant issues in the Asia Pacific region. They may start by reviewing current health issues as reflected in papers, and by raising research questions with policy implications from the very beginning. This aspect of teaching and research is looked upon as a strategic approach throughout the whole length of the program. Major Subjects Environmental Health Healthcare Finance Biostatistics Healthcare Economics Public Health Essentials Epidemiology Bioinformatics Sustainability Science (SS) The Sustainability Science (SS) division focuses on the application of science for achieving the goals of sustainable development. This division analyzes the planning and implementation of policies and actions that deal with the relationship between society and nature with the ultimate goal to create a sustainable future for all. Study involves the scientific understanding of society-nature interactions; linking research with policy and actions; generating new knowledge, tools and techniques; and enhancing scientific and institutional capability for promoting sustainability and resilience. Students are expected to gain a holistic perspective, integrative skills and interdisciplinary knowledge as they engage in analyzing and managing particular problems and issues of population-resource-technology-institution interactions. Major Subjects Environment and Natural Resources Conservation Advanced Environmental Geosciences Environmental Policy, Law and Administration Environmental Economics Urban Sustainability Industrial Ecology Special Studies (Sustainability Science) Tourism and Hospitality (TH) Tourism is a fast growing economic sector that transforms societies and communities in the Asia Pacific region. The Tourism and Hospitality (TH) division looks at various aspects of mass tourism and alternative tourism and the economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts on societies and communities. The division also studies the theory and practice of hospitality management as it relates to the tourism, service, health and welfare industries. The knowledge and academic/professional skills obtained from our division will be useful for a wide variety of employment opportunities in government service, international organizations and private corporations, as well as to further study. Major Subjects Tourism Economics Cultural and Heritage Tourism Environmental Tourism Community Based Tourism Health and Wellness Tourism Special Studies (Tourism and Hospitality) Tourism Policy and Planning Development Economics (DE) The Development Economics (DE) division is aimed at those who are interested in the socio-economic issues of the developing world. Study in this division enables students to improve their critical and analytical skills in many areas of development economics, including industrial development, social development, political development, rural development and poverty alleviation. Students are also able to enhance their professional and practical skills related to international development. This division also aims to enhance the development of research skills in this field for those wishing to pursue further study. The knowledge and skills obtained will provide a wide variety of employment opportunities in international organizations, national and local governments, international development agencies, NGOs and development consultancy firms. Major Subjects Development Economics Macroeconomics Development Finance Comparative Economic Development Microeconomics Community Development Special Studies (Development Economics) For further information regarding the Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies, please visit: ... [-]

Master In Public Administration (mpa)

University of Nicosia
Campus Full time September 2017 Cyprus Nicosia Greece Athens + 2 more

The program allows for specialization in the discipline of public administration in theory and practice. Specifically, postgraduate training is provided to officers of the public sector and individuals who intend to work in this sector (Public Service, Semi-Government Organisations, Local Government (Municipalities and Communities), Public Organizations and Agencies). [+]

Duration (years): 1.5 years Qualification Awarded: Master's Degree in Public Administration Level of Qualification: Master's Degree (2nd Study Title) Language of Instruction: Greek Mode of Study: Full / part-time attendance Minimum Credits: 27 Minimum ECTS Credits: 90 Profile of the Programme: The program allows for specialization in the discipline of public administration in theory and practice. Specifically, postgraduate training is provided to officers of the public sector and individuals who intend to work in this sector (Public Service, Semi-Government Organisations, Local Government (Municipalities and Communities), Public Organizations and Agencies). The main objective of the Program is to develop a horizontal learning culture in public administration matters in Cyprus. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the theoretical models of Public Administration and the systematic examination of the models and practices of Public Administration in Cyprus. In this context, it highlights the nature and functioning of public administration, details the way in which areas and services are related and influence each other, and identify issues that need special attention in order to produce practical and applied knowledge in dealing with current problems and challenges. Specific Objectives: The first specific objective of the Programme is to improve the efficiency and productivity of workers in the public sector. The second specific objective is to understand the challenges posed by the accession of Cyprus to the EU and the structure of global governance for Public Administration. Students will have the opportunity to not elaborate on the research and application of models and practices of Public Administration at both general and specific level. The program is structured in such a way that enables students to specialize in areas of particular interest, having a background knowledge and experience in public administration. Career Prospects: The Programme addresses existing officers of the Public Administration and individuals seeking to work in it. The need to increase knowledge and skills of these people are given the demand for such a possibility is apparent. On the other hand, the offer and the options concerned are very limited. Individuals seeking specialization in postgraduate studies in Public Administration are mainly people with full-time, which are unable to study abroad mainly due to increased professional and family obligations. In Cyprus there is limited supply in Graduate Programs in Public Administration. The introduction of the program will therefore ensure immediate cover this gap. Furthermore, the Programme is also addressed to Greeks students who pursue graduate education and training in the field of Public Administration. Developing the knowledge base of public administration at the graduate level of education and university research level will give new possibilities to people serving in this area and will improve the level of knowledge and management issues related to the sector. The results will be beneficial for the whole society. Access to Further Studies: Graduates of this program will be able to pursue further studies in the academic field of public administration or the general field of knowledge management at the doctoral level. [-]

Master of Economics Programme

Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS)
Campus Full time September 2017 China Shenzhen

The Master of Economics program focuses on a core curriculum in economic theory and applications. [+]

Top Masters in Economics and Administration in Asia 2016/2017. Peking University HSBC Business School, one of the newest and most promising business schools in China, is proud of its accomplishments in the area of graduate education. The Master of Economics program focuses on a core curriculum in economic theory and applications. This is a two year, full-time program in which international students learn alongside Chinese peers in an environment of cross-cultural dialogue. All courses are instructed exclusively in English, as is all academic support provided by faculty, TAs, and staff members. The faculty members of this program have earned their PhD degrees from top-ranked universities over the world.  *The Masters of Economics program curriculum is very quantitative based and therefore requires students to have a very high level of mathematical skills.  It is recommended that students who apply for this program have an undergraduate degree in a related or quantitative field such as economics, finance, mathematics, engineering, etc. Program Objectives This program aims to educate a group of graduate students by equipping them with a solid theoretical foundation in economics, teaching them to carry out research and analysis independently, and instructing them on the most pressing economic issues of today. Degree Requirements   To obtain the Master of Economics degree from Peking University HSBC School of Business, students are required to fulfill 54 credits (including 7 required courses, 8 major elective courses and 2 general elective courses), complete 2 required courses that do not count credits (Mathematics and a Graduate Thesis Seminar) and complete a Master’s thesis and thesis defense. Students will earn the credits only if they successfully pass course examinations. For required courses and elective courses, students need to pass by earning a score of 70 (D) or above. Those who fail a required course will retake the course. Those who have failed the same required course two times or fail any 3 courses within one semester will be removed from the program and not receive their master's degree. This is two year postgraduate program. Students will be able to fulfill all course requirements in the first one and a half years if they successfully pass all of their coursework. Those who have difficulty completing the required coursework can apply to extend their studies by half a year to one year at the beginning of the second academic year. The tuition cost of the extended period will be significantly lower than traditional tuition fees, but will be covered entirely by the student himself/herself. Research Fields   Concentrations: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Financial Economics, International Economics, Development Economics, Institutional Economics, Industrial Economics, Public Economics, Human Resource Economics. Advisors: Wen Hai, Haifeng Huang, Zhiyong Tu, Yan Feng, Juan Yang, Ying Kong,David Ong, Christopher Balding, Chunyang Wang,Qian Chen,Yu Zhou,Lan Ju,Young Joon Park,Jiao Shi, Daeyong Lee, Insook Lee, Qing Wang [-]

Global Executive Master in Operations and Supply Chain Management (GEMOS)

MIP Politecnico di Milano School of Management
Campus Part time 12  April 2017 Italy Milan Spain Barcelona China Guangzhou + 4 more

The Global Executive Master in Operations and Supply Chain Management is a twelve-month long program taught on campus at two European schools, MIP Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy, and EADA Business School in Barcelona, Spain. [+]

Language: English Type: Part Time Length: 12 months Location: Milan, Italy and Barcelona, Spain PLUS week-long study module in Hong Kong, China Tuition fee: € 18,000 The Global Executive Master in Operations and Supply Chain Management is a twelve-month long program taught on campus at two European schools, MIP Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy, and EADA Business School in Barcelona, Spain. GEMOS represents the marriage both between Milan and Barcelona, two attractive locations focused on business and supply chain, and between MIP and EADA, renowned for their brand and academic excellence. Course Objectives The course aims to instruct working executives on the key elements and theories of modern operations and supply chain management. Participants in the program will gain the opportunity to study in two of Europe’s premier business schools, and earn an Executive Master Degree whilst studying in a part-time delivery format. Additionally, the program involves extensive collaboration with partner companies and firms, including project work, consultation opportunities and networking events, where students work on relevant industry related projects. The course is ideally suited for managerial executives with 5 years experience in a relevant position, looking to expand and diversify their knowledge and expertise in the field of supply chain and purchasing management. The global degree on offer from MIP and EADA ensures students will gain a comprehensive educational and training experience, leading to greatly enhanced skills and knowledge of operations and supply chain management, applicable to a wide range of industries and sectors. MIP Politecnico di Milano and Eada Business School MIP Politecnico di Milano MIP has been recognised as a prestigious business school for over 30 years, attracting graduates interested in a managerial career in business or public administration, together with companies wishing to enhance their organisation and strategies. MIP devotes considerable effort to supporting innovation and growth in the global business system. It has built up an extensive network of international businesses, universities and institutions, developing training courses based on theory and practical experience, whilst at the same time managing and promoting innovation for internationally oriented companies. EADA Business School EADA Business School, founded in 1957 in Barcelona, was one of the first Spanish educational institutions to offer management training programs to the business community. As a private and independent institution for over 50 years, EADA is at the forefront of management and In Company training for the Spanish and international business communities. EADA focuses not only on hard knowledge, but above all on the management skills that accelerate the professional and personal development of participants. These skills provide a competitive advantage both for participants and for the companies in which they work. Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China) The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong was founded in 1937 as the Government Trade School. The School was the first publicly funded, post-secondary technical institution in Hong Kong. To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind is the motto of PolyU. Course Objectives The programme seeks to teach executives the fundamentals of operations and supply chain management, with a specific focus on gaining the keen senses and attributes to enable them to assume broader tasks and responsibilities. Graduates of the programme will benefit from vastly improved managerial capabilities, enhanced leadership skills, greater confidence and directional vision, as well as the ability to influence and impact positively upon the future of their company and career. Programme Details The course focuses on delivering education in a highly active and 'hands-on' manner, with an emphasis on a 'learning by doing' approach. The methodology reflects companies’ demand for professionals with skills such as the capacity to reflect, the ability to act in the face of change, the versatility to work in teams and the adaptability to face the challenges of a global environment. These competencies are developed through the case method, business projects, business simulations, analysis and discussion groups and team-working activities, with students constantly working on real-life business cases, and making strategic decisions. The programme will address certain key issues within operations and supply chain management: Process Analysis Finance for OM and SCM Operations Management Strategy and Innovation Information Systems Supply Chain Management As the programme is part time, students are able to employ the ideas and practices learnt in class, directly into their current working professions. This allows for simultaneous growth and development, and the ability to effectively implement the didactical and cognitive skills and functions relevant to their position. Programme Structure The GEMOS programme is divided into 7 study modules held every 2 months, with the location of each module alternating between MIP in Milan and EADA in Barcelona, with one special week-long module in Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, China for the second last module of the programme. The programme will begin in April each year and will end in April of the following year. The first module will take place in Barcelona, whilst the final module will take place in Milan. Admissions Ideal Candidates for the GEMOS Programme The Global Executive Master in Operations and Supply Chain is ideally suited for professionals with experience in operations or supply chain management. Additionally, students are expected to exhibit qualities and attributes acquired during their working experience, and have the ability and desire to further specialize in this area. Admissions Requirements The minimum requirements for the GEMOS programme are(*): Application form CV or resume in English Copy of Passport or European ID 1 Passport-size photo Copies of degrees and academic transcripts 1 letter of recommendation (preferable) English certificate (if available) Application fee of €100 Applicants will have to sit for a final motivational interview. GEMOS Course Fees The tuition fee for the course is € 18,000 (optional € 500 enrolment fee for Politecnico di Milano). The fee does not include: accommodation in Milan, living and travel expenses. Accommodation in Barcelona will be provided at EADA Campus and is included in the tuition fee. [-]

Master of Finance

Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Campus Full time September 2017 China Shanghai

The Master of Finance program started in 2009. The objective of the program is to deliver to students modern financial theory, sophisticated quantitative tools and practical knowledge of the [+]

Master of Finance

SAIF’s mission is to become a world-class institution of research and advanced learning in finance and management. Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) was established at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in April 2009. SAIF combines the best of Western and Chinese education systems along with exceptional resources and faculty to offer a world class education on the campus of one of China’s top universities. While the program has a strong global focus, it is unique in that it is also accepted domestically by the Ministry of Education as an officially acknowledged degree. As a member of the world’s financial community, SAIF strives to contribute to the development of Shanghai as a global financial center. In working towards this goal, SAIF plays many different roles such as being a global talent and research center, a hub for interaction amongst academic, industry and government leaders, and a symbol of innovation and impact widely recognized by the media and leading financial professionals. The Master of Finance (MF) program has been the flagship program at SAIF since it first matriculated students in the fall of 2009. As a two-year full-time program, MF program provides students with a consistent and sustainable competitive advantage in the increasingly global economy. Program Highlight Globally-Renowned Faculty By October, 2015, we have 25 full-time professors and 34 special term professors. These numbers continue to grow. 100% of our faculty members hold a Ph.D. degree from top global universities. 74.6% of our professors are or have been tenured faculty at top global institutions. Career Development SAIF Career Development Center (CDC) is dedicated to providing students with professional career development mentoring, training students how to most effectively promote their professional skills and experience, helping graduates achieve their career goals and facilitating the building of close connections between graduates and employers. Employers (Partial) of MF graduates in recent three years: Bain & Company, Bosera Asset Management, BP, Cargill, China Construction Bank, China Financial Futures Exchange, CICC, CITIC Securities, Deloitte Consulting, Deutsche Bank (China), Ernst &Young, Fidelity, Fortune CLSA Securities Limited, GF Securities, Goldman Sachs, HSBC Holdings, J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific), Morgan Stanley Asia Limited, Sequoia Capital, Temasek Holdings, Thomson Reuters. Strategic Industry Connections SAIF MF’s diverse portfolio of industry connections and partnerships is an essential part of building SAIF MF’s core competency and serves as a unique resource that benefits our students in learning, development of soft skills and career guidance. Our strategic industry partners participate and assist in the professional development of our students through several initiatives. Action Learning (SAIF LIVE, MIT China Lab, International Module and Case Center) Action learning is the cornerstone of the MF curriculum, encapsulating the students’ coursework in real-world, real-time projects supervised by faculty and top industry leaders. Moving beyond the case-method and diving deeper than internships, MF students provide comprehensive solutions and customized action plans to solve real-world problems faced by enterprises. Meanwhile, Action Learning builds a platform for MF students for close and frequent interaction with business leaders. Action learning includes 4 programs: SAIF LIVE, MIT China Lab, Case Center, and the MF International Module (MIM). Extended Learning and Student Activities (ELSA) ELSA is committed to creating an exceptional living and learning environment for students and the greater SAIF community. We are dedicated to enhancing the growth of students to reach their full potential by providing rich learning opportunities through our programs, services, and facilities. Exclusive Facilities SAIF provides every student exclusive access to world class facilities and cutting-edge hardware. Our financial trading lab, which was established in 2010, rivals those of other top business schools in the world. It is equipped with 40 trading terminals displaying real-time data from New York, London, Chicago, Shanghai and other major financial markets around the world with universally used trading systems, including Wind/Bloomberg/Factset/FTS, and can provide access for 80 people. Shanghai Charm Making the move to Shanghai will be your first bold step in shaping your global career. Already one of the most rapidly growing “global cities” and home to operations of many of the world’s multinational companies and leading financial institutions, it is Shanghai’s goal to become the undisputed commercial, logistical, and financial hub for China and Asia. The almost endless choice of cultural and entertainment activities, combined with Shanghai’s unique sights and sounds will stimulate your senses and cultural curiosity. Moments at SAIF MF Entry Requirements: Global Impact Scholarship The SAIF Master of Finance (MF) Program is happy to announce the establishment of ten (10) Global Impact Scholarships for international candidates from top universities world-wide, applying for the 2-year, full-time MF program for matriculation in the fall of 2016. Either full or half international tuition (USD 31,000 total for 2 years) scholarships will be awarded. The outstanding candidates have chance to be recommended by the MF program to apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship, which includes tuition waiver and a monthly stipend (RMB1,700 or USD280 /month) as well as free accommodation. Eligibility Candidates must NOT be a citizen of China (including the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao) at the time of application. Candidates must have a Bachelor degree, with a GPA ranking in the top 50% of the undergraduate institution. Applicants must submit a complete set of application materials. Criteria Decisions will be made based on the following merits: Undergraduate academic performance GMAT/GRE score Other academic/professional credentials or certifications Demonstrated leadership and communication skills Future career potential Applying Step 1: Apply for Admission Applications for the MF Program must be made electronically by 30 April 2016 via the SAIF MF online application portal. Application Check-list: 1) A completed online application form 2) (from SAIF MF online application portal at!index.action) 3) Resumes/CV 4) Copy of graduation certificates and official university transcript 5) Two reference letters 6) Photocopy of the information page of your passport 7) GMAT (Code:6QS-S6-21) / GRE(Code:4481) score report Step 2: Apply for the Global Impact scholarship Once you submit the application online, you should email the SAIF MF program with your school's recommendation letter and specify that you will be applying for the SAIF MF’s Global Impact scholarship. Step 3: Apply for Chinese Government Scholarship For the outstanding applicants, we will help you apply for the Chinese Government Special Scholarship before March 1st 2016. * Please note that the first two steps must be completed before March 1st 2016 if you want to apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship. [-]

Master of Professional Accounting - Master of Business Administration

James Cook University Singapore
Campus Full time 16  November 2016 Singapore

This Master of Professional Accounting - Master of Business Administration allows graduates to distinguish themselves to future employers with a dual Master degree and deliver comprehensive training in accounting and finance while exposing students to key management areas including human relations, marketing, business law, taxation, economics and business information systems. [+]

The Master of Professional Accounting – Master of Business Administration allows graduates to distinguish themselves to future employers with a joint degree and delivers comprehensive training in accounting and finance while exposing students to key management areas including human relations, marketing, business law, taxation, economics and business information systems. Subjects Management Accounting Corporate Finance Introduction to Accounting Auditing and Assurance Services Business Law Taxation Law Law of Business Organisations Accounting for Corporations Advanced Issues in Accounting Data Analysis and Decision Modelling The Changing Business Environment Economics for a Sustainable World Managing Strategic Resources and Operations Leading and Managing Organisational Change Practical or Research Project PLUS one elective subject Career Outcomes Registered graduates have gained employment in various sectors including but not limited to the following: Schools, Private practice, Queensland Health, Relationships Australia, Drug and alcohol services, Commonwealth rehabilitation services, Hospitals, Counselling services, Correctional Services, Child safety. Tuition Fees Domestic* S$43,674 International S$44,940 *Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding Student's Pass).Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) [-]

Master Degree in International Relations

Kazakh Ablai Khan University
Campus Full time September 2017 Kazakhstan Almaty

Master Degree in International Relations [+]

Top Masters in Economics and Administration in Asia 2016/2017. Program objectives - Getting an in-depth analysis of international processes - Training administrative staff for government offices - Being able to provide advice on issues within the regional and international situations Benefits for the student - Participation in scientific conferences at various levels - Highly qualified teaching staff - Research on master's thesis - Work opportunities abroad Program specifics - Language of instruction – Kazakh, Russian, English - Duration of the program – 2 years - Applying for the program – July-August - State recognized Master’s degree Diploma All courses are conducted and research projects of undergraduates are supervised by researchers who have the highest academic qualifications: 5 Doctors of Sciences and professors; 42 Candidates of Sciences and associate professors, visiting scholars from UK, USA, Germany, France, China and other countries. Admission requirements - Bachelor’s degree - proficient IELTS/TOEFL scores - high personal motivation Admission procedure - applying for a program, providing document package - taking admission test in English - taking admission test in program major - final registration, signing contract, paying tuition fee Document package - application addressed to the Rector of the University - notarized copy of the document of higher education (diploma and diploma supplement), - a personnel record card and an employment record book (for those with a work experience) - 6 photos 3x4 cm - medical certificate 086 form - a copy of the identity card (original and 3 copies), for foreigners - visa periods - a list of publications (if applicable) [-]

Master in Banking and Finance

Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
Campus Full time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi

The Master’s degree in Banking and Finance prepares students for global careers in Banking and Finance by highlighting the substantial range of wealth management issues and their solutions that sway global financial markets. In today’s dynamic and volatile economy, financial institutions play a crucial role. Recent changes in the international financial landscape have had a major impact on global economies. This degree introduces the core frameworks of the global economy and global institutions. Students will improve their awareness about the theoretical models of economics, pricing securities, capital markets and treasury management at micro- economic and macro-economic levels, as well as their influence on policy issues. Programme content also includes banking regulations, monetary policies during phases of financial distress in emerging and developing markets, credit risks, derivative instruments, budget analysis investment analysis and economic forecasts. [+]

Overview The course structure is designed to ensure that students will emerge as skillful thinkers and problem solvers. Students will refine their skills in communication, negotiations and decision-making. Through constant interaction with their peers, students will hone their abilities to work together as a team. The combination of intensive learning and practical application will sharpen skills, boost performance and ensure students are well positioned for a rewarding career. Supported of Paris-Descartes University professors and external working professionals, this Master degree in Banking and Finance, allows students to gain access to faculty and professionals who have achieved worldwide acclaim. Beyond lectures and seminars, students can participate in workshops organised by industry professionals and prominent personalities from the finance departments of distinguished corporations. STRUCTURE The degree in Banking and Finance is taught in English and covers a total of four semesters across two years, starting in September. At the end of this degree, you will have 120 credits. The exclusively designed course schedule includes classes over short periods in consideration of students who intend to combine their studies with work and working professionals. [-]

MPhil in Economics

Lingnan University
Campus Full time September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

With 12 regular academic staff, the Economics Department is large by Lingnan’s standards. Its members all hold PhDs from top universities internationally, and now counts with world-renowned Professor Avinash Dixit from Princeton University as its Distinguished Adjunct Professor (spending periods of 6 to 8 weeks with us annually). [+]

Top Masters in Economics and Administration in Asia 2016/2017. MPhil in Economics Duration: 2 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong With 12 regular academic staff, the Economics Department is large by Lingnan’s standards. Its members all hold PhDs from top universities internationally, and now counts with world-renowned Professor Avinash Dixit from Princeton University as its Distinguished Adjunct Professor (spending periods of 6 to 8 weeks with us annually). The Economics Department has been punching above its weight on research since being rated among the top 2 highest Economics Departments in Hong Kong in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2006) conducted by the Hong Kong Government, with a huge 94.13% score against an average 76.72% in Business and Economics in Hong Kong’s universities generally. Equally important for our research students, the Department hosts a constant string of top scholars from around the world for short visits and seminars. With funding from the largest-ever policy research grant from Hong Kong’s RGC, our Economics Department was first in Hong Kong to launch an in-depth research effort on the determinants of International Financial Centres and financial activity in Hong Kong and the region, and has considerable research, industry and policy depth across all areas of finance. In partnership with its sister Department of Finance and Insurance, this effort has now led to the creation of an International Finance Research Institute, based at Lingnan but bringing together the expertise of associates in industry and in academia locally and internationally. The Economics Department’s research and expertise span broad areas of economic theory and empirical and policy work ― in international economics, finance and trade, competition policy, labour markets, housing and health policy, ageing problems and population economics. The publications by the staff members of the Economics Department have appeared in the leading journals in economics and finance such as Econometrica, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Economic Studies, International Economic Review, Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, and Journal of International Economics. Application for Admission Applicants who are interested in seeking admission to the MPhil programme should apply to the University directly. Successful applicants will normally be provided with a Postgraduate Studentship with a monthly stipend of HK$15,540* (US$1 = HK$7.8). *rate subject to review Application Period The University invites applications from 1 November 2016 to 27 January 2017. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis, subject to the availability of places. General Admission Requirements An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of MPhil should normally: a. hold a relevant bachelor's degree with first or second class honours or at an equivalent standard awarded by a tertiary education institution recognised for this purpose by the University; or b. have obtained an equivalent qualification; or c. have provided satisfactory evidence of academic and professional attainment. In addition to the above, an applicant whose degree is not from a tertiary institution in Hong Kong or an English-speaking country should obtain a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a band score of 6.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or an equivalent score in a recognised test, or an equivalent qualification to prove his/her language proficiency which will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are required to fulfill additional requirements, if any, set by the programmes to which they apply for admission. Programme Specific Admission Requirements ... [-]

Master in NGO Studies

Ajou University - Graduate School of International Studies
Campus Full time March 2017 South Korea Suwon

The dramatic and rising importance of global civil society is undoubtedly underway throughout the world. Non-Governmental Organizaitons (NGOs) in the non-profit sector as a part of this exciting new development are working with, collaborating with and/or competing with governments [+]

The dramatic and rising importance of global civil society is undoubtedly underway throughout the world. Non-Governmental Organizaitons (NGOs) in the non-profit sector as a part of this exciting new development are working with, collaborating with and/or competing with governments as well as markets as interdependence and globalization begin to change our understanding of society and politics. In these transformative times NGOs are often regarded as being the driving force behind global changes in politics, economics, and social/cultural as well as ethical global issues. It is vital therefore to understand the connections, dynamics and relationships between state and non-state actors working in the contemporary global political era. NGOs, in their strategies and policy objectives, crucially, may even go beyond the domestic boundaries of sovereign states into the realm of global governance. NGOs therefore represent a practical strategic part of rethinking the site and nature of politics, power and authority in the 21st century. Reflecting upon the growing importance of NGOs and civil society, the NGO Studies major at AJOU GSIS seeks to develop an understanding of domestic as well as international networking processes by combining theory and practice in this field of study. For this purpose, the NGO Studies major provides prospective students with broad categories of subjects ranging from managerial skills for NGOs to NGO strategic cooperation wth international organizations. Along with two required courses (NGO Introduction and Research Methods), the NGO major offers four broad categories of classes related to current NGO activities. They are; first, NGO and Civil Society, related subjects including Social Movements and Civic Education; second, NGO and Global Governance, related subjects including International Cooperation and International Organizations; third, NGO and Policy, related subjects including Public Policy and Policy Planning; and fourth, NGO and Management, related subjects including Human Resource Management, Social Marketing, and Financing. Required courses Option A Qualitative Research Design and Methods This course is designed for students who are beginning their dissertation projects. The aim of the course is to give students the tools to conceptualize their theses in terms of research questions and design, methodology, data collection, and qualitative analysis. In doing so, this course focuses more narrowly on the issues, problems, and strategies related to "small-N" qualitative research, for the most part setting aside the techniques of large-N statistical analysis, which is presumed best to be taught in a separate course. Students will read and discuss texts related to theory formation and hypothesis testing; creating variables and measurement; descriptive and causal inference; longitudinal, comparative case study research; field data collection; working with texts and analyzing qualitative data; and, finally, dissertation write-up. This course is divided into four main parts focusing on the following topics: (1) the goals of social science and elements of research design; (2) selecting and application of different methodologies for conducting research; (3) collection of primary and secondary data on the field; and (4) analysis and synthesis of qualitative data in the dissertation-writing process. Option B Quantitative Research Design and Methods This Course deals with the general logic of scientific inquiry, research design, sampling, measurement, statistical inference, causal analyses, rational choice theory, and game theory. By the end of this course, you should be able to conceptualize a research problem and develop a number of complementary design, measurement, and date collection approaches to bring evidence to bear on the problem. In this course you will also learn to apply economic reasoning and game theory to interactive situations, that is, to situations in which (1) people have conflicting goals and (2) are affected in important ways by each other's actions. We will use game theory to understand when and how the incentives of individuals can work against the interests of the group, and how this kind of problem can be overcome. NGO Introduction First, in this course, students will learn the concept and historical lineages of NGOs. Second, situating NGOs in globalizing world, we will look over many aspects of NGOs like Global Governance & NGOs, Global Civil Society & NGOs, and Global Environmental Crisis & NGOs, etc. Third, focusing on contemporary South Korea, we will deal with many activities initiated by Korean NGOs. Finally, each student will choose particular NGO, delve into the activities of that NGO, and make presentation on that topic in the last phase of this semester. [-]

Master in Professional Accounting

United Arab Emirates University, College of Business and Economics
Campus Part time September 2017 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi

As part of its mission to become a world-class university, the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is expanding its graduate program offerings at both Masters and Doctoral levels. The accounting department is launching the first AACSB-accredited MPA program in the region to meet local demands for practitioners and managers alike. [+]

Top Masters in Economics and Administration in Asia 2016/2017. As part of its mission to become a world-class university, the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is expanding its graduate program offerings at both Masters and Doctoral levels. The accounting department is launching the first AACSB-accredited MPA program in the region to meet local demands for practitioners and managers alike. The Accounting Department has obtained (in 2012) the first AACSB-accounting accreditation in the GCC and MENA region, and the tenth worldwide outside North America. As the professional accounting field is highly needed in the country, this program was considered to attract top businesses and companies from around the world. The MPA program caters for practicing accountants and managers who have chosen the professional path, and would like to further their education with a post-graduate degree in accounting. The degree will also be a natural route to a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA). Students whose first degree is not accounting, or with limited or no background on accounting and/or Business will have to successfully complete foundation courses before they are formally admitted to the program. However, those courses will not count towards the final credit hours of the program. For those students who have limited background in accounting (mainly business students), they will be asked to successfully complete two foundation courses, before they are admitted to the program. As for students with no relevant degree (mainly non-business students), they will be asked to take four courses. In addition, each applicant with no business background will be subject to an individual assessment on a case by case basis to make sure that the pool of students have the basic competencies and knowledge (mainly in economics and statistics) needed for the program. Teaching will be through evening sessions. Each semester (Fall and Spring) will be divided into two quarters, two courses offered each quarter. This translates into students being able to do 8 courses every academic year, needing 3 semesters to complete the 12 courses required. Each course is equivalent to 3 credit hours which are equivalent to 48 contact hours (inclusive of class hours, compulsory group work, and supervised field projects). The objectives of the MPA program include the following: Enable graduates to have a high level of functional and technical competence in accounting that surpasses market-offered competencies. Cover much wider areas of accounting than any of the professional accounting certifications that tend to be narrowly specialized. Develop personal and business competencies (technical and non-technical) of graduates and provide them with an excellent foundation for successful professional careers. These competences are knowledge and professional skills essential to career success, such as research skills, analysis skills, judgment skills, critical thinking skills, communication skills, and group interaction skills. Enable graduates to apply best accounting theories to their own practices, which form the basis of a sound accounting profession in the region and internationally. Enable graduates to meet one of the criteria for enrollment in DBA programs. Enable accountants who are yet to obtain professional certifications to complete the required minimum credit hours of higher education study (for example the 150 credit hours required for the American CPA certification). Admission Requirements Admission to the MPA program will be based on the following criteria: A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, in all undergraduate work. A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent. This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application. Candidates will be required to have a formal interview in English. Candidates will be required to submit two recommendation letters. Candidates with no degree in Accounting but with a business background will be required to successfully complete two prerequisite foundation courses. Candidates with no degree in accounting and no business background will be required to successfully complete four prerequisite foundation courses. In addition, a case-by-case assessment will be made for each candidate. A complete application package must include the following: Completed application form; The required non-refundable application fee stated on the form (AED 1000). This fee must be paid prior to consideration of the application; Two certified copies of official transcripts from all Colleges or universities attended (the applicant must arrange for these to be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar and Dean of Enrollment); and An official copy of the applicant’s IELTS certificate or equivalent. Final decisions concerning a student's acceptance into the program rests with the MPA Admissions Committee. [-]

Master of Professional Accounting (MPA)

Singapore Management University
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24  August 2017 Singapore

<strong>SMU MPA</strong> is a graduate qualification that has received accreditation from various global professional bodies (ISCA, CPA [+]

SMU MPA is a graduate qualification that has received accreditation from various global professional bodies (ISCA, CPA Australia, ICAA, ICAEW, CIMA, SAC and AACSB). The MPA curriculum offers academic rigour and first-hand industry knowledge, and is taught by a world-class faculty with significant industry experience. The MPA appeals to two main groups of aspirants – non-accounting graduates who wish to join the accounting profession, and those who require accounting knowledge in their expanded or future roles. MPA graduates are well sought after in areas of accounting, taxation, auditing and consulting in both the public and private sectors.

Admission Requirements Applicants must demonstrate good prior academic performance in an undergraduate degree from a recognised institution of higher learning. Applicants must have sufficient background in Mathematics/Calculus. GMAT is compulsory for all applicants. More information about GMAT is available at the GMAT website. Candidates should take the GMAT as soon as possible. The results should be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to SMU (code for SMU MPA: F8D-3B-56). If the official GMAT scores are not ready yet, candidates may submit their MPA application using the unofficial scores and submit the official results later. Applicants with post-undergraduate working experience will have an added advantage. - Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview by members of the MPA Admission Panel. For international students, telephone interviews will be conducted if they are not in Singapore. Applicants must show proficiency in the English language. Applicants whose Undergraduate medium of instruction was not in English, are to sit for either TOEFL or IELTS. Start date: May & Aug each year Fees Application - S$50 (Non-refundable) Registration/Deposit - S$5,400 (Singaporean/PR) - S$5,500 (Foreigner) (Non-refundable) Registration and Deposit fee is non-refundable and payable on acceptance to the programme. The registration fee of S$400 or S$500 covers matriculation, examination fees, orientation activities, library and computer account. The deposit fee of S$5,000 will contribute to first installment of tuition fee. Tuition Fees - S$38,520 (inclusive of GST) Payment schedule First installment of S$1,420 and 5 installments of S$6,420 per term for Part-time students or First installment of S$7,840 and 2 installments of S$12,840 for Full-time students [-]

Master of Applied Finance

Macquarie University
Campus Full time Part time January 2017 Singapore Buona Vista area China Beijing Australia Sydney Melbourne North Ryde + 7 more

Macquarie University’s Master of Applied Finance offers genuinely applied finance, taught in Sydney and Melbourne CBDs by highly experienced... [+]

Master of Applied Finance

Macquarie University’s Master of Applied Finance offers genuinely applied finance, taught in Sydney and Melbourne CBDs by highly experienced practitioners. It is portable across teaching locations, assists students preparing for CFA examinations and explores funds management, corporate finance, risk management, and instruments and valuation.

Key features

Gives you strong industry connections through educational partnerships with CFA and PRIMA and an outstanding alumni network Ensures you are taught by highly experienced practitioners Focuses on real-world finance Offers a wide range of elective units Provides a flexible and portable program in a convenient city location ... [-]