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6 Of The Best Masters In Finance Programs In Asia

Looking to study a Master in Finance in Asia? Here’s a breakdown of some of Asia's best MiF programs

By  Simon Lovick

Thu Aug 6 2020


Finance is no longer centered around Wall Street banks and the FTSE. Cities in Asia, like Shanghai, Singapore, and Hong Kong, are established financial powerhouses.

Given the rapid growth of Asia’s markets, it’s no wonder that more and more students are looking to Asia to study a Master in Finance (MiF). 

Here, we highlight six of the best MiF programs in Asia. 

Best MiF Programs In Asia

1. Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (at Shanghai Jiao Tong University)


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Location: Shanghai, China

Cost: $25,739

Length: 2 years

Graduate salary: $139,472 (82% increase)

For the third year running, the Master of Finance at Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) is the highest ranked Asian program in the Financial Times (FT) MiF Rankings.

SAIF’s program is taught entirely in English, bringing faculty from business schools around the world. The school has also recently announced an MF-Fintech program, a track exploring the impact of technology on the finance sector. 

2. Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management



Location: Beijing, China

Cost: $28,319

Length: 2-to-3 years

Graduate salary:  $146,562 (52% increase)

Based in the Chinese capital, Beijing-based Tsinghua SEM offers one of the most prestigious and rewarding MiF programs in Asia. Its graduates can expect sky-high salaries, topping even those of the best US MiF programs in the FT rankings. 

Graduates can expect top jobs at some of the world’s leading financial institutions, like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and HSBC, as well as some of China’s biggest companies like Huawei and Bank of China (BOC). 

3. Guanghua School of Management, Peking University


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Location: Beijing, China

Cost: $18,311

Length: 2 years

Graduate salary: $131,902 (59% increase)

Guanghua School of Management in Beijing is on the cheaper end of the spectrum, offering one of the most affordable programs on the list.

The school prides itself on its high employment rate for its MiF graduates, with 99% finding jobs within three months of graduation. Graduates will join a vast network, with the largest alumni network among schools in China. 

4. City University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School


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Location: Hong Kong

Cost: $50,311 ($39,989 part-time)

Length: 1 year (2 year part-time)

Graduate salary: $80,921 (49% increase)

CUHK Business School offers flexibility to applicants, with both a full-time and part-time MiF program. On the full-time, students have opportunities to go on exchange and on study trips. 

CUHK is one of the most diverse programs in Asia. 60% of its MiF class are female, while over half are international. 

5. Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University


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Location: Singapore

Cost: $31,560

Length: 1 year

Graduate salary: $64,225 (54% increase)

Lee Kong Chian School of Business offers an MSc in Applied Finance (MAF), an ‘industry-relevant’ program which emphasizes internships and real world experience. In their final term, students have the choice between an internship or a Capstone Project. 

The MAF is also a partner institution with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, meaning the program is designed as a preparation for the CFA qualification. 

6. Waseda Business School


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Location: Tokyo, Japan

Cost: $34,780

Length: 2 years

Graduate salary: $75,000 (estimate from Emolument)

One of Japan’s oldest institutions of higher education, Waseda’s MSc in Finance program is one of three programs taught in English at the school. 

The program is designed to tee up jobs across many areas of finance, with elective modules include venture capital financing, asset allocation, and corporate governance. 

Next Read: 

The World's Best Masters In Finance Programs | Financial Times Ranking


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The data in this article was sourced from school websites and the latest Financial Times MiF Ranking