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  • MSc in Finance

    ESSEC Business Schoolranked No.2 worldwide

    for Best Master inFinance Program

  • 4 ,400 students including 1,520 international students 5 ,000 managers in executive education

    90 nationalities represented on 3 campuses42, 000 alumni around the world

    Worldwide Rankingsno.2 Best Master in Finance no.3 Top Executive Open Programs no.5 Best Master of Science in Management no.6 Top Business School for Entrepreneurship no.10 Top European Business School

    You have the answerSince its founding in 1907, ESSEC has been developing a unique learning model based upon its strong identity and core values:innovation, open-mindedness, responsibility and excellence.The ESSEC mission is to educate responsible leaders for tomorrows world.Its comprehensive range of programs - covering undergraduate, graduate and executive education -reflects ESSECs tailor-made approach, and is designed to train entrepreneurs and managers who are ambitious, economically aware and socially responsible.ESSECs teaching method is focused upon 4 main goals: the ability to manage process through theoretical knowledge and practical experience, face complex business situations, rise to leadership thanks to authenticity and communication skills and finally develop abilities to integrate social and cultural issues in business.ESSECs dynamic research activity (over 700 academic articles and publications in the last 5 years) and its 18 research and teaching chairs that bring together professors and companies, generate a wealth of knowledge and management theory that is continuously contributing to the improvement of organizational performance for the 21st century.Faced with the ever-changing challenges of globalization, ESSECs strategy to develop its resources, global presence and partnership network is the pursuit of an ambitious goal: to be ranked amongst the 20 most influential business schools in the world and to position itself as a leading educational institution in Asia.

  • 3Become a specialistThe MSc in Finance degree prepares students to undertake careers in corporate finance, financial markets or asset management in the worlds major financial centers.

    FocusPursue a career in the areas of corporate finance, financial markets or asset managementThe MSc in Finance programme is a generalist finance degree, which aims to give students a deep theoretical and conceptual knowledge of finance which will prepare for a wide range of careers in the financial sector. At least, over forty different professions are linked to this area: Trader, financial analyst, corporate treasury, security research analyst, corporate controller

    In the area of Capital markets, trading and risk management, investment management, security analysis, portfolio management, the finance function of industrial, commercial and service organisations, treasury management, corporate finance, venture capital and capital restructuring, corporate planning and consultancy where a knowledge of finance is required.

    Worldwide Rankingsno.2 Best Master in Finance no.3 Top Executive Open Programs no.5 Best Master of Science in Management no.6 Top Business School for Entrepreneurship no.10 Top European Business School

  • 4Key facts 1 year program

    All classes in English

    60 ECTS (courses & master's thesis)

    1 Master's thesis

    1 internship (not mandatory)

    Start date: October

    Cergy Campus (35 minutes from central Paris)

    Tuition fees: 20,000

    Who can apply?The MSc in Finance is a highly selective graduate degree open to students who have obtained (or currently pursuing):

    A Bachelors degree in business or economics outside of France, from a top tier international business school or university

    An M1 degree in business or economics degree in France, from a Top tier business school or university

  • 5The program (60 ECTS)Career-oriented and internationally focused, ESSECs MSc in Finance is an intensive program designed to add recognized expertise to your previous training in business and/or economics.

    It is an intensive study program offering a global approach to finance with a strong emphasis on the underlying basic skills needed to operate in todays financial profession.

    An internationally focused curriculumThe program teaches students to adapt to a multicultural environment addressing multinational issues, providing exposure to both Europe and Asia.It relies on a wide range of learning methods including lectures supplemented by analysis of case studies and current events and in-class exercises.

    FacultyESSECs world-class faculty members are characterized by academic excellence, a global frame of mind, and instructional creativity.

    The ESSEC Finance department has 20 permanent faculty and 10 or so adjunct lecturers. Departments research activity focuses on: financial derivatives, risk management, commodities, portfolio theory, macro-finance, market microstructure, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance, bankruptcy, liquidation and reorganization and real estate.

    Partner of the

    ESSEC Finance department is a partner of the CFA Institute. The CFA Institute (Chartered Financial Analyst) is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence, for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The CFA Institute has more than 109 000 members all over the world.

  • 6Sample of courses and seminars

    Compulsory courses Financial mathematics

    Financial accounting and reporting

    Corporate financial management

    Financial markets

    International finance

    Macroeconomic theory and development

    Business economics

    Short term financial management

    Mergers and acquisitions

    Portfolio management


    Options and applications

    Strategic business analysis and value creation

    Quantitative risk management

    Ethics seminar

    Masters thesis seminar

    Elective courses Fixed income and credit risk

    Real estate finance (French)

    Hedge fund

    Wealth management (French)

    Financial policy

    Introduction to private equity

    Corporate finance and governance

    Financial econometrics

    Masters thesisStudents must complete a Masters thesis on a specific topic in finance. The thesis will be defended before a jury.

    InternshipA 4-6 months internship is possible, but not mandatory.

    Oct. Oct. Nov. Dc. Janv. Fv. June July Sept. Juillet December

    CoursesESSEC Cergy


    Master's Thesis

    Defense of

    Master's Thesis

    Internship(not mandatory)

    Program Schedule

  • 7Careers and AlumniHelping you launch your careerThe MSc in Finance provides ongoing career guidance and support to students to help them find positions after they graduate.

    Prepare for a fulfilling career in FinanceThe MSc in Finance program possesses a strong international dimension, designed to enable students to pursue careers in France, Europe, and the rest of the world.

    Graduates can aim to work in most areas in finance, such as:

    Financial analysis

    Mergers & acquisitions

    Project financing

    Private equity

    Firm valuation

    Transaction services


    Equity (ECM) and debt (DCM) capital markets

    Portfolio management

    Risk management

    "There is a very strong school culture on the campus which facilitates exchanges between students of every program"

    Loc, Advanced Master program 2010

  • 8A powerful worldwide networkEnrolling in the MSc in Finance makes you a member of the ESSEC community:

    42,000 ESSEC Business School alumni around the world with over 55 chapters located worldwide

    90 nationalities

    4,400 students

    5,000 managers in executive education

    12 alumni associations

    22 professional clubs with 5,000 members

    Conferences, round tables and brainstorming sessions

    Personalized support & placementStudents can benefit from a wide range of tools and resources developed in partnership with ESSEC Career Services, partner companies, and ESSEC alumni:

    Interview and CV workshops, career orientation guidance

    Recruitment fairs:- Campus ESSEC: 180 companies- International Banking Seminar:

    25 investment banks- Consulting fair: 29 consulting companies- International recruitment day

    200 business appointments per year

    15,000 internships and VIE opportunities per year, including 2,000 international positions

    6,000 job postings

    ESSEC CV online: profiles are consulted by more then 2,500 companies

    1,500 managers recruit ESSEC students at forums, career round tables, and company presentations

    "I have the right tools to realize my dreams: a rich network and managerial knowledge adequate for an ambitious future!

    Nour, ESSEC 2010

  • 9Other ESSEC programs available for international degree holdersMSc in AccountingCareer-oriented and internationally focused, ESSECs new MSc in Accounting is an intensive program designed to add recognized expertise to your previous training in business/economics

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    Advanced Masters degree in Strategy and Management of International Business 9 fully international tracks: Singapore, Mexico, USA, France, Canada

    Master of Science in Management Ranked n5 worldwide in the Financial Times Best Global Masters in Management rankings 2012