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Master in Finance Restructures Program, Adds Specialization Tracks

Master in Finance Restructures Program | IE Business School

IE Business School’s Master in Finance allows students to choose between four tracks to give them specialized skills for employability.

Investment properties, technology, asset management, diagnostic analytics, NFTs, decentralized finance– the list of buzz words in finance is growing. Finance professionals navigate the trends behind the buzzwords. To help stay ahead of the game in their selected path, IE Business School’s Master in Finance  has restructured the program to add four specialization tracks to give students an edge.

The four tracks are: Investment Banking and Private Equity, Financial Analytics and Digital Finance, Real Estate and Alternative Investments, and Global Markets and Asset Management.

“We decided to group the most relevant electives (for employability) in four tracks, with mandatory courses in each, and group the rest of the electives in seven “modules” based on employability, but providing students freedom to choose,” said MIF Academic Director Ignacio de la Torre.

The brainchild of de la Torre with IE Business School Dean Lee Newman and Vice Dean of Behavior and Human Development Norman Kurtis, the new program structure offers students an elective portfolio based on their employability needs and offers them a curated career pathway.

“Young people joining finance fields often require specific training in advanced modeling, Python, credit, etcetera,” said de la Torre.

“What employers tell us is that MIF graduates are plug and play, and tracks will reinforce this asset by providing detailed specific knowledge to succeed in a financial career in these fields.”

Ignacio de la Torre

Current MIF students will start the tracks program in April after completing the first two core periods in which they receive in-depth training on fundamentals of finance and employers’ needs.

Students say they are eager to begin the specialized journey to help them hit the ground running when they move into the job market.

“I am looking forward to learning more about the topic of Real Estate Investments with industry practitioners and being able to ask as many questions as possible to prepare for my upcoming interviews and build up my expertise in this sector.” said Grégoire Delcourt, a MIF student who chose the Real Estate and Alternative Investments track.

“I expect to gain the skills that will allow me to grow my career in this sector.”

Grégoire Delcourt

Tracks differ from the more than 40 other finance electives offered in that they allow students to build the required skills expected by employers for that field. Each track has been carefully curated to include the necessary courses to cohesively shape the students into the field of choice.

Professors are also excited to start the new tracks as the program now answers the demands of the evolving financial environment.

“Finance is becoming more technical, digital and analytical. Tracks reflect the evolution of the financial environment,” said Antonio Rivela, a professor of the Financial Analytics and Digital Finance track. “Students in the Digital Finance track will get to focus much more on digital/quantitative jobs. They will acquire the skill set they will be required in these areas,” said Rivela.

Rivela is a firm believer that the tracks will increase the students’ chances of succeeding in the finance sector.

“With the tracks program, students get two for the price of one, they get the benefits of a fully-fledged master in finance plus the ability to show their focus/track on their CVs. As a consequence, their employability will improve substantially.”

Antonio Rivela

Pablo Soler, a professor for classes in both the Investment Banking and Private Equity track and the Real Estate and Alternative Investments track, pointed out that choosing their own track will also increase students’ motivation and improve the overall results of the training process.

“The tracks are better structured to deliver well rounded candidates that will fit better in key management positions and in those positions with higher potential impact.”

Pablo Soler