Masters Degree in Finance and Economics in Africa

Top Master Programs in Finance and Economics in Africa 2017

Finance and Economics

A Masters degree is an academic degree awarded to individuals who successfully denote a higher level of expertise. There are two main types of Masters - taught and research.

A finance and economics program is geared toward students who want to gain a comprehensive education in finance. Each program will vary, but many of them focus on analysis tools and how they are applied in business.

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Masters Program in Finance and Economics in Africa

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Master of Economics

Kenyatta University
Campus Full time January 2017 Kenya Nairobi

The School was established in 2008 from the then Department of Economics that was housed in the School of Humanity and Social Sciences. Formation of a School of Economics was to give the economics discipline at Kenyatta University a chance to evolve and increase its research activities in order for the School to contribute its fair share to knowledge augmentation in Economics. [+]

Top Masters in Finance and Economics in Africa 2017. The School was established in 2008 from the then Department of Economics that was housed in the School of Humanity and Social Sciences. Formation of a School of Economics was to give the economics discipline at Kenyatta University a chance to evolve and increase its research activities in order for the School to contribute its fair share to knowledge augmentation in Economics. The School has the autonomy to develop specialized Degree Programmes that are market driven so as to attract more students who currently go abroad in search of specialized economics courses such as Bachelor of Economics and Statistics; Bachelor of Economics and Finance; Master of Economics in such specialized areas as Health Economics, Financial Economics, Environmental Economics, just to mention but a few. Moreover, the for a very long time, the students of economics have been clamouring for an award of the “Degree of Economics” as distinct from the general Bachelor of Arts degree. Furthermore, there exists great demand by both the public and private sectors for graduates with degrees in specialized fields of Economics. This is evidenced by the large number of students with degrees in Economics, who have in the recent past been employed by financial institutions and the Public Service Commission. We are therefore responding to a market need. Entry Regulations The following shall be eligible for admission into the Masters programmes in the School of Economics: A holder of at least an Upper Second Class Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Economics and Statistics or Economics and Finance from Kenyatta University or any other recognized Institution of comparable status. A holder of a Lower Second Class degree in the stated disciplines from Kenyatta University or any other recognized university with two (2) years relevant experience. Pattern of the Programmes The Masters programmes will consist of coursework, examination and research project. The programmes will be offered in two modules, full-time and evening with students in both modes being required to take at least a total of sixteen (16) units by the end of the programme. In the first year of study, a student will be required to take eight (8) units: four (4) units in the first semester, and four (4) in the second. During the second year of study, a student will be required to take four (4) units in the first semester and undertake a research project in the second semester. The research project shall be equivalent to four (4) unit The duration of the programmes shall be a minimum of eighteen (18) months from the date of registration. At the end of the programme a student will be required to have specialized in one of the following: Economics Econometrics Environmental Economics Financial Economics Development Economics Economic Policy and Management Health Economics International Economics Agricultural Economics Examinations University examination regulations shall apply. University examinations shall be given at the end of each semester and shall contribute 70 percent of the total marks: continuous assessment shall constitute the remaining 30 percent. For the purposes of evaluation, a research project shall be regarded as equivalent to four (4) units and shall be examined at the end of the academic year. The duration for the University examination shall be three (3) hours per unit. The minimum pass mark for each unit shall be 50%. A candidate who fails to satisfy requirement (2.3.5) above may be permitted on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and with the approval of the Senate to take supplementary examinations in the failed units up to a maximum of two units in any year. The maximum mark attainable in each unit examined in supplementary examination shall be 50%. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in supplementary examination shall be discontinued. A candidate shall not be allowed to undertake project work prior to passing supplementary examination if any. A candidate who fails more than two units in the ordinary University examinations in any one year shall be discontinued Structure of the Master Degrees in Economics Candidates pursuing a master degree in economics will be expected to take all core units that are offered in their particular areas of specialization in the first and second years of study. In the second year of study, candidates shall choose at least one (1) elective. The maximum number of units per semester that candidates shall be allowed to take is five (5). [-]

MPhil in Development Finance

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)
Campus March 2017 South Africa Cape Town

The MPhil in Development Finance (MDevF) covers all aspects of development finance, including a thorough understanding of the theories underpinning development finance practices. It also focuses on enterprise-level development finance and sustainable growth. This makes the MDevF a cri​tical-skills degree for Africa. It is aimed at people who are involved with finance and financial management issues in developing countries. [+]

The MPhil in Development Finance (MDevF) covers all aspects of development finance, including a thorough understanding of the theories underpinning development finance practices. It also focuses on enterprise-level development finance and sustainable growth. This makes the MDevF a cri​tical-skills degree for Africa. It is aimed at people who are involved with finance and financial management issues in developing countries. Learning philosophy Implementing African-driven solutions is the new approach to the economic development of the African continent. With this qualification participants will be able to: Use specialised knowledge to develop Africa where it matters Contribute towards sustainable development Implement Africa-driven solutions Shape finance policies and programmes Conduct in-depth research Understand the key role of DFIs and financial institutions Study while you work The MDevF is a 2-year modular programme, which means that you have to attend 3 blocks of 2 weeks each on the USB campus in Bellville, Cape Town. Off-campus you have to complete a research assignment. This enables students from all over South Africa and other countries to attend – even when working full-time. Structure and content Overview Attend 3 blocks spread over 2 years: The MDevF is presented as a modular programme over two years. Students attend three class contact sessions of a fortnight each over a period of two years, and complete a research assignment. Core subjects, electives and research assignment: Students need to do the six core modules, as well as two electives chosen from a list of options. These electives provide areas of specialisation. Students also need to write a research assignment. Course methodology: A mix of highly interactive lectures/course material, case studies and a workshop on financial risk and structure. Handbooks, guidelines, articles, journal materials and a matrix /checklists will serve as reference material for future project design and delivery. Credits: 180 credits (120 credits for course work and 60 credits for the research assignment) Core modules The core modules consist of: Economic Development Perspectives in Africa Issues in Banking and Finance Microfinance Project Finance Governance and Ethics Research Methods in Development Finance Electives Small-scale Enterprise Development Development Project Management African and Emerging Financial Markets Environmental Finance Business Forecasting and Econometric Analysis Public Sector Finance Infrastructural Finance Corporate Finance Leadership Development​ Financial Sector Regulation and Development Investment Promotion Research assignment The research assignment forms an integral part of this master’s programme and carries a total of 60 credits which represent one-third of the credit requirements of the programme. The research assignment is usually between 15 000 – 25 000 words on a topic of the student’s choice. Students are encouraged to base their research assignments on topics of direct professional interest to them. Important dates​ First intake: 6 – 18 March 2017 28 August – 9 September 2017 Second intake: 27 March – 8 April 2017 25 September – 7 October 2017 Deadline for applications South African students: 30 November each year ARPL applicants: 30 October of each year Foreign students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 30 October each year Foreign students from other African countries and rest of world: 30 September each year ​ Important Study permits for foreign students at USB: Study permits for foreign students at USB: Obtaining a study permit (study visa) from the South African authorities takes up to 12 weeks from the date of being offered a place on a programme at USB – hence the early application deadline for foreign students. Multiple entry visas: Students from non-SADC African countries and other countries with visa requirements who need to apply for study visas can obtain a letter from USB confirming the duration of registration at USB. This will help students to obtain multiple-entry study visas in case of modular studies. Timetable changes: Timetable changes: USB reserves the right to change dates of the lecture schedule or subjects per term table. Students will be informed of any changes in good time. Late applications: Late applications: USB will do everything possible to accommodate applications submitted after the closing date. [-]