Technology is profoundly changing the finance industry as we know it, and with it, the skill set needed to succeed in the industry. This new track aims to bring together the two fields of finance and IT in order to enable you to understand how technology affects the finance industry of the future.
You will receive a thorough finance education combined with comprehensive skills in programming, machine learning, and big data. In addition, you will learn how these concepts can be implemented in finance.
Visit our porgramme page: www.abs.uva.nl/mif-fintech
This track is suitable for professionals with minimum two years of experience in relevant fields.
If you have a minimum Bachelor's in Economics or Finance or technological background and seek to boost your career opportunities in the finance industry, this track is for you.
Degree programme: MSc International Finance
Type: Contract teaching
Mode: Full-time, part-time
Credits: 65 ECTS, Full-time 12/Part-time 24 months
Language of instruction: English
Starts in: September
CROHO code: 75016
Accreditation: EQUIS, AACSB, AMBA
A curriculum of the MIF Finance and Technology track is made up of the following building blocks, that will teach you the skills you need to excel in the financial industry:
IT in Finance
- Applied Blockchain
- Data Analytics using Python
- Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Finance
New paradigms in the Finance Industry
- Fintech: Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, and Smart Contracts
- Fintech Ventures
- Behavioral Finance*
Banking and Quantitative Finance
- Financial Econometrics
- Risk Management and Cybersecurity
- Computational Finance using Python*
- Financial Modelling*
- Investments and Algorithmic Trading
- Advanced Asset Management*
- Financial Derivatives*
- Advanced Corporate Finance & Valuation
- M&A and Restructuring
- International Financial Management*
- Financial Analysis and Valuation*
Ethics & Personal Development Programme
- MIF Leadership Programme
- Corporate Governance: Dilemmas in the Financial Industry
- International Study Trip: Cape Town, South Africa
- Finance Research workshops (two sessions)
- Master thesis
*Exctra-curricular elective courses - students can take up to two additional courses during the study time.
The curriculum is subject to change.
Application & admission
The 5-step admissions process for our MIF programme has been designed to be fast and convenient. You will be coached at every step in order to complete your application. Are you ready for the next step?
Step 1: MIF CV Quick Scan
Before applying we would like to ask you to read our admissions requirements carefully. If you have read the admission requirements, but you are not sure if you are meeting the criteria, you can take the first step in the application process by completing the CVQuickscan to check your eligibility. The MIF admissions team will respond to your CV Quick Scan within three working days with further instructions on how to apply.
Step 2: Submit your online application
In order to complete your online application, we expect you to prepare the following documents:
- Passport copy
- One-page CV (resume)
- One-page motivational letter (max. 300 words). Please explain what sets you apart from the competition, why you are looking into the Finance and Technology track and what your post-MIF goals are.
- Copies of transcripts and related diplomas from the highest university degree (all non-Dutch and non-English transcripts must be accompanied by a certified English translation)
- Analytical test results: GMAT/ GRE (if applicable)
- English proficiency test results: TOEFL/ IELTS (if applicable)
For the complete application, we also require two recommendations from your professional environment (current or former manager, supervisor, client, a senior colleague, etc.). In the online forms, you will be asked to provide the names and contacts of your referees. They will receive access to their forms separately.
Step 3: The ABS Assessment (video essay questions)
After submitting your application, you will be informed whether you are selected to complete the ABS Assessment. Please note this assessment contains three video questions. We will ask you to record your answers accordingly. You will receive a separate email inviting you to complete the ABS Assessment. You should allocate about 30 minutes for completing that part.
Step 4: Admissions interview
After receiving your responses from the ABS Assessment and a positive outcome from reviewing your full profile, the following step is the MIF admissions interview. Interviews are scheduled on campus or via Skype. Interviews are 30 minutes and are conducted by a MIF Admissions Board member who has reviewed your application files. The admissions interview will focus on your skill set, motivation, and your professional goals.
Step 5: Final decision
The Admissions Board decides within 10 working days about your admission to MIF programme.
30 June - application deadline for full-time and part-time. Candidates from countries outside the EU should apply two months before the deadline as they require an entry visa (MVV) and residence permit for the Netherlands (for more information, click on the following link: Visas & Permits and Housing).
Candidates with HBO degree need to apply before 1 December (as they will need to 0enroll and complete the Pre-Master MIF programme starting in February.
Applicants for the Executive Master in International Finance programme must meet the following requirements:
A degree (Bachelor, Master, Ph.D.) from a recognized research university in a related field (e.g. business administration, economics, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics, corporate law). Candidates with a degree from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO), will need to complete the Pre-Master MIF programme (20 weeks) first. Application deadline for candidates with an HBO degree, who are willing to start MIF in September, is 1 December.
Relevant work experience:
A minimum two years of relevant post-graduate full-time work experience (internships in a financial field can be also included).
Tests results: GMAT/GRE or SHL*:
A minimum GMAT score of 630 (applicants with a GRE score, please check the GMAT equivalent of your GRE score using the GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools). The test institutions should send the score report directly to us.
Candidates can apply while still preparing for the test and send the test results later (we need the test results in by 1 June).
*Part-time applicants can opt for the Intellectual Capacity Test (SHL). This test is a substitute for the GMAT or GRE test. The admissions office will provide you with further information and arrange the test with you. The test needs to be completed by 30 June.
The Amsterdam Business School institutional codes for test centers: GMAT = 0500 / GRE = 6739
A minimum TOEFL of 100 or IELTS of 7.0 is required
You may be exempt from this requirement (1) if you are a native speaker of English; (2) if you have two years of international (and English-spoken) professional work experience; (3) if you have a Bachelor's or Master's degree taught in English [Please note that your degree certificate or transcripts should mention that the language of instruction was English. If the language of instruction is not mentioned on the transcript or degree certificate, you will need to submit a letter from your higher education institute stating that the curriculum was completely taught in English]; (4) if you obtained a Dutch VWO high school diploma. Exemptions can only be confirmed once the MIF Admissions Committee has received and reviewed your full application file.
Personal skills and qualities:
Evidence of analytical and conceptual skills, ambition and desire to strive for excellence, a proven capacity for hard work, and willingness to contribute to a highly diverse (in terms of nationalities and backgrounds) learning environment, drive, passion, and confidence.
Fees and funding
Tuition Fee (€ 26,900)
The tuition fee for the full- and part-time Master in International Finance (MIF) programmes starting in September 2019 is €26,900.
The fee covers the whole programme including courses and exams, registrations, the International Study Trip to Cape Town, South Africa and use of university facilities. The fee does not cover textbooks, living expenses, and accommodation.
You can pay your tuition fee in equal installments spread over the duration of the programme (in total 3 installments for full-time students and 6 installments for part-time students).
Enrolment fee (included in the tuition fee)
If you are admitted to the programme, you will be required to pay an enrolment fee of €3,900 to secure your place in the MIF class. This enrolment fee is part of the tuition fee.
Tuition fee is tax-deductible
For applicants to the part-time programme who are working in the Netherlands, it is useful to know that the tuition fee is tax-deductible. For more information, contact the tax authorities.
UvA alumni tuition fee (10% discount)
All UvA alumni applying for the MIF programme are eligible for a 10% discount on their tuition fee.
Pay tuition fee at once (5% discount)
Applicants who are planning to pay their tuition fee at once and before 30 April will receive a reduction of 5% on their tuition fee.
Intellectual Capacity Test for part-time students (€100)
Part-time students without a GMAT or GRE need to do the Intellectual Capacity test to meet the requirements. This is a qualification tool to enrol the programme. The fee for the test is €100.
The fee for the ABS Pre-Master MIF programme is €4,000. This fee will be deducted later from the MIF tuition fee (in place of the Early Bird discount).
Candidates who are admitted to the MIF programme and have completed the ABS Pre-Master MIF have the possibility to be exempted from the MIF Pre-Course Training and GMAT/GRE/Intellectual Capacity test.
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Last updated October 25, 2018