Executive MSc in International Finance (MIF) program offers you the best skillset needed to excel in an international career as a Finance professional. We equip you with the knowledge needed to become a frontrunner in Finance. We research and apply the latest developments in the Finance industry like Fintech/Blockchain and Behavioural Finance. We foster critical thinking to prepare you for the next step in your career. All in keeping with Amsterdam's entrepreneurial spirit and independent thinking.
Visit our programme website: https://abs.uva.nl/mif
Our MIF is internationally renowned, playing to ABS’s core strengths in corporate finance, banking, and asset management; 90% of our students are hired by top 100 firms before graduation. We are ranked #4 of worlds best International Masters in Finance according to recent Financial Times Ranking.
The MIF juggles business relevance with academic excellence, inviting guest input from leading finance academics, policymakers, and global figures. Our approach is uniquely personal, from small classes and hands-on workshops to an international study trip, mentor programs and lifetime membership of the MIF alumni network.
At the forefront of Finance Education
Programme Director Dr. Jens Martin: "We at the Master of International Finance strive to be at the forefront of education in Finance. We see technological changes are disrupting the finance industry and we research how these changes work, how they affect the finance sector of the future. To equip our students with the necessary tools and understanding to successfully face these disruptions we are expanding our curriculum with FinTech courses”.
We welcome applicants from all over the world; more than 15 countries are represented in our current intake. Combined with a mix of full-time students and working part-timers, and an international faculty, this makes for an exciting melting pot of cultures, professional backgrounds, and academic skills. What will you bring to the table?
To help develop your skills as a finance specialist, we keep class sizes deliberately small. Professors can focus keenly on individual students, personally guiding them towards their specific goals, while learners bounce off one another during interactive seminars and lectures. Learning is a dialogue, not a monologue.
Degree program: 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
The MIF curriculum is made up of the following building blocks that will teach you the skills you need to excel in the financial industry.
Our program is always up to date. Hence the new additions to the curriculum covering the topics in FinTech, Blockchain, Fintech Ventures or Behavioural Finance. This, together with practice-based teaching and 20 years of experience, makes the Executive Master in International Finance program your best step towards a successful career.
New paradigms in the Finance Industry
- Behavioral Finance*
- Fintech: Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, and Smart Contracts*
- Fintech Ventures*
- Advanced Corporate Finance & Valuation
- Financial Analysis and Valuation
- International Financial Management
- M&A and Restructuring
- Financial Derivatives
- Investments and Algorithmic Trading
- Advanced Asset Management*
- Financial Econometrics
- Financial Modelling
- Risk Management and Cybersecurity
- Computational Finance using Phyton*
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
*Elective courses - students need to take 2 mandatory electives, and 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 program 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 Executive Master in International Finance degree 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 program.
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 enrol and complete the Pre-Master MIF program starting in February.
Applicants for the Executive Master in International Finance program 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 program (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 30 June 2018).
*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 1 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) programs starting in September 2019 is €26,900.
The fee covers the whole program 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 program (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 program, 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 program 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 program 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 program. The fee for the test is €100.
The fee for the ABS Pre-Master MIF program 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 program 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