Master of Finance at a Glance
|Standard period of study:||3 semesters plus 1 semester master thesis (full-time)|
|Semester start:||September (fall term)|
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
|Campus:||Dortmund, Frankfurt/Main, Munich, Berlin|
|Accreditation:||FIBAA, German Accreditation Council|
|Admission requirements:||A first degree in economics or alternatively 30 ECTS points in the field of business sciences
|Semester abroad:||One compulsory integrated|
|Practical experience:||12-week compulsory internship, workshops, excursions|
|Language:||100% in English language|
Fast Track: On the Fast Lane
With the option "Fast Track" the semester abroad is omitted and you shorten your internship period. This allows you to complete your master's degree in only 3 semesters with 90 ECTS. Prerequisite: you bring 210 ECTS from your Bachelor (an alternative admission to Fast Track is possible via demonstrated work experience or by taking the ISM Pre-Master). Find out more from your study advisor.
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Get a Master of Finance Degree - Become a Financial Expert
The Master in Finance expands your knowledge in the areas of accounting, taxation, financial law, controlling and financial rating and trains you to become an expert in financial management. The program will sensitize you to current finance-related topics, enabling you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the interrelations between markets.
The intensive exchange with lecturers with hands-on experience in the field of finance accompanies you during your entire master's program and prepares you optimally for a successful finance career after your graduation of the Finance master.
The curriculum of the M. Sc. Finance program offers you a wide range of exciting information on the subject of financial management. You will also gain more in-depth knowledge of data-driven subjects such as quantitative finance, financial planning and rating, risk management, investment banking, controlling and auditing.
You will then apply the theoretical knowledge you have acquired in the Finance Master's program via numerous projects that require teamwork to solve real-life problems in corporate financial management and present your results to the class or in front of the company.
#In the Middle of Practice
Membership of the CFA-University Affiliation Program
ISM is a member of the University Affiliation Program of the CFA Institute, the world's leading professional association of financial experts. The membership underlines the professional and practical education of our M.Sc. Finance. The CFA Institute provides investment professionals with finance education the chance to get the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
International Aspects of the Finance Master
Internationality is an important component of the Finance Master program. The Master of Finance
- is offered 100% in English language,
- includes an integrated semester abroad and
- gives you the opportunity to earn a second international degree (Double Degree) at one of our over 190 partner universities.
Through the Finance Master's program, you will learn about the regional specifics of the international financial markets and at the same time acquire general as well as specific foreign language skills.
Spending a semester abroad during your postgraduate studies is a life-changing experience you won't want to miss! Combined with the professionally challenging subject of finance, you will quickly find yourself in sight of recruiters from well-known companies after graduation.
#On the Move Internationally During his Studies
Thrilled by Boston
Moritz Petri spent five months at Boston University for his study abroad semester during his Finance Master. The US-fan also used the proximity to Canada, New York, Washington and Chicago to discover the country. "We really experienced a lot and had a lot of fun," says Petri. He also enjoyed studying at Boston University. "The five months there were legendary! I got to know many new people and cultures, mastered challenges and made important contacts".
Earn an International Double Qualification
When pursuing a finance master, you also get the unique chance to acquire an international double degree in record time. This means that, in addition to the ISM Master's degree, you are entitled to earn a second Master's degree from one of our international partner universities. So take the chance and earn two master degrees in just two years!
Together with renowned partner universities, ISM provides a high-quality range of courses with specific focus on finance or financial economics, banking and financial services management. The double degree also deepens your linguistic and intercultural skills and expands your personal network through interactions with fellow international students and lecturers. For detailed information, please contact our study advisors.
The studies at the ISM are designed to successfully close the gap between theory and practice. The professors are experts in their field and offer comprehensive access to all topics that provide students with the necessary skills for the real world of finance. Studying at ISM as an international student was a great experience that I will always remember. The relationship with fellow students and professors was unique.
Gayarathry Menon, ISM international student
How Can I Apply for a Master in Finance?
In order to pursue a Finance Master degree at ISM, the university conducts an internal admission exam. This tests your personality as well as your motivation and skills. The Master of Finance is not restricted by a “Numerus Clausus” (NC).
Learn more about admission requirements and application procedure
Where Can I study the M.Sc. Finance program?
Do you see your future in the finance business and would like to be an expert in financial management one day? Do you want to aim high for a position such as that of Manager Corporate Finance in a company of your choice? Then make your dreams come true: you can study the Master of Finance at our campuses in Dortmund, Frankfurt/Main, Munich and Berlin.
What Are My Career Options?
Upon completing the M.Sc. Finance program, graduates have a varied range of career options to choose from, with job opportunities in fields such as investment manager, financial advisor, controller, financial analyst, general manager, among many others.
It is a brave step to study abroad and leave your comfort zone. M.Sc. Finance student James Matete did exactly that and moved from Kenya to Germany for his Master’s degree, deciding to take a break from his job to study at ISM in Germany.
After extensive review of online content about the course and teaching methodology, the M.Sc. Finance at ISM in Munich was evidently the best fit for me. Of importance to me was the high quality of teaching, the impressive profiles of the professors, relevant and current global investment finance best practices, opportunities to network and collaborate. Fortunately, my expectations were met and exceeded at ISM.
James Matete, M.Sc. Finance student
Your Advantages at a Glance
High quality education: first-class teaching and unlimited state accreditation (FIBAA).
Close to practice: 56 international & guest lecturers from the business world.
Strong internationality: students of 76 nationalities. Percentage of foreign students: 30%.
Network of more than 190 partner universities to chose for your semester abroad.
Personal teaching atmosphere: study in small learning groups.
Program taught at four campuses in Germany: Dortmund, Frankfurt am Main, Munich and Berlin.
#Springboard to Your Career
ISM Awards DAAD Prize
For more than ten years, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has been awarding outstanding achievements of foreign students at German universities. 21-year-old Annika Razroeva graduated from the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow with a bachelor's in Economics, Statistics and Accounting and then specifically searched for an international finance degree abroad. Since fall semester 2018/2019 she is studying M.Sc. Finance at the ISM in Dortmund.
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