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IE Business School Launches A Global Master in Finance

Taught through a mix of online and on-site sessions in Madrid and London, this blended program is aimed at professionals working in the finance industry.

Next October IE Business School will launch its brand new Global Master in Finance: a 13-month part-time program in finance meant especially for finance professionals.

Prof. Bach, Dean of Programs and Professor of ‘Strategy and Economic Environment’ and ‘Business, Government and Society’ at IE Business School, explains that the Global Master in Finance is a blended program that uses a combination of face-to-face modules in Madrid and London, and faculty-led on-line learning, “Something in which IE Business School is pioneering”. This is the first time that the Spanish business school is applying the blended learning module to finance education rather than management education.

Designed for professionals who want to upgrade their skills but don’t want or can’t afford to take a year off, the program’s incoming class will include many students from emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia and India, as well as Europeans who don’t want to stop working for a year, points out Prof. Bach.

The average student will have four or five years of experience in areas such as asset management, investment banking, private equity, hedge funds, micro-finance or Islamic finance.

The program includes three one-week face-to-face modules, but is mostly based on online learning: a mixture of video-conferences and a three-day “asynchronous forum”. The average commitment for the Global Master in Finance is twenty hours per week, like a normal part-time Master, points out Prof. Bach, but with the advantage of having people from around the world in the same class.

Watch the video to learn more about the Global Master in Finance and how it is different from the face-to-face Masters in Finance or the Global MBA from Prof. Bach. 

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Wednesday 6th July 2011, 12.03 (UTC)


would be great if more of the top msc programs offered this option

Wednesday 6th July 2011, 13.43 (UTC)


How does this new program compare with the CFA qualification?

Wednesday 6th July 2011, 17.17 (UTC)


Where is IE Business School based?

Wednesday 6th July 2011, 17.20 (UTC)


Hi Sophie, IE Business School is based in Madrid, Spain. John, I'm guessing this new program is quite similar to a CFA but I'll leave Prof. Bach to answer your question fully.

Wednesday 6th July 2011, 17.45 (UTC)

Holly Sapner

This sounds like a great msc program, but why 13 months...any particular reason?

Thursday 7th July 2011, 11.02 (UTC)


Hello to all of you, I would like to take this opportunity to answer some of your questions on behalf of David. Holly, the program is 13 months for the simple reason that this is how much time we need to teach it. The program has been condensed so as to provide a manageable timeframe for professionals, however to reduce it any more would sacrifice some of the content. Sophie as Sian mentioned IE Business School is based in Madrid. John the major difference is that the CFA is a very technical qualification, like most other Masters in Finance programs this program provides a broader perspective of how finance fits into business. Jennifer while IE has been a pioneer in producing the blended program format we have no doubt that this is something that will be seen more and more in other institutions. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask them here or send an email to blended.programs@ie.edu. Kind regards, Eliott Nally On behalf of IE Business School

Thursday 7th July 2011, 12.40 (UTC)


To expand on my previous comments, I would just like to add that the Global Master in Finance program prepares people for the CFA Level 1 exam and that all IE Business School’s finance programs are CFA accredited. Regards, Eliott Nally

Monday 11th July 2011, 17.14 (UTC)


@Elliott, how many people go on to work in the US after graduating from MSc Finance?

Tuesday 12th July 2011, 09.35 (UTC)


Hi Alexandra, Depending on the intake, I would say around 3 or 4 students being 10-15% of the class. Most students secure jobs in EMEA. ( London, Germany, Spain and Switzerland) Thanks for the question, Eliott

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