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Master in Finance

Gain a practical professional profile to navigate today's dynamic financial landscape
duration1 year
languageEnglish
locationMadrid
intakeSeptember & April
FormatFull-time
Optional tripsLondon, New York, Ghana & Frankfurt
duration1 year
languageEnglish
locationMadrid
intakeSeptember & April
FormatFull-time
Optional tripsLondon, New York, Ghana & Frankfurt

A MASTER IN FINANCE FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO LEAVE A MARK

Impact is about learning how to make big things happen in the real world, with all its complexities, unpredictability and challenges. Even outstanding and knowledgeable professionals can struggle to create the impact they desire, because impact is about more than just knowledge and experience. Impact comes down to who you are, how you think and how you behave when confronted by the toughest challenges in the realm of finance: facing difficult situations, difficult problems and, sometimes, difficult people. So the Master in Finance provides the option to select from various program add-ons to build the mindset and connections necessary to overcome those challenges. From conferences and exchange programs to eye-opening impact projects in global financial centers like London, New York and Frankfurt, these add-ons prepare you for what’s to come. ​

The Master in Finance is designed to provide you with the financial skills needed to make a meaningful impact in the field. We will help you develop the negotiation, critical reasoning, problem-solving and creative thinking skills needed to tackle challenges and find ways to make a difference. You will learn how to collaborate effectively, and develop the digital skills necessary to harness the power of data. We will recreate real-world scenarios with diverse teams facing tight deadlines, allowing you to safely experiment with new ways of working. By the end of the program, you will have the necessary skills to stand out from the rest in the fast-paced and extremely competitive financial world.

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LEAVE A MARK… 

If you want to make an impact and excel in the world of finance, it’s important to develop skills that will remain relevant and in-demand. The Master in Finance focuses on building these enduring skills and guiding you in future-proofing your toolkit.​

A recent survey by the World Economic Forum found that if you can develop your critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, as well as self-management skills such as active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility, you'll be well-positioned to thrive in the workplace of tomorrow. Our training in mindset, behavioral fitness and how to think for impact strengthen all those traits.

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…WITH IMPACTFUL SKILLS

According to McKinsey, social, emotional and technological skills will become increasingly important in securing higher-wage opportunities. That's why we also make sure that all our graduates know how to use technology and data to boost efficiency and make the best decisions. ​​

While it's difficult to predict exactly how emerging technologies like AI will impact the job market, experts believe that they will make work more human, rather than less. Computers may be able to perform tasks quickly and efficiently, but they are far from replicating behaviors that require social and emotional intelligence. These human skills are set to become increasingly important and workers who can combine technical expertise with social and emotional intelligence will be well-positioned to succeed in the future job market.

DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS TO MAKE AN IMPACT​

Thinking Skills

At its core, finance is about finding the best way to create value either for a company or an individual. Therefore, it is imperative to explore different angles to problems and analyze a range of approaches. This is why our program emphasizes creative thinking and encourages you to view situations from multiple perspectives and ask the right questions. Through the development of critical, analytical and logical thinking skills, you will learn how to tackle even the most difficult challenges and reach a solution in the best way. We design situations that will teach you how to think on your feet, manage teams and projects, and persuade and empathize with others. Our program is designed to strengthen your mental abilities, eliminate any thoughts that may hinder your success and help you uncover your unique value.

Behavioral Skills

The impact you make on the world is directly related to the actions you take. Every action adds up to define your success, training you to be a more productive, positive and impactful financial leader. As part of the Master in Finance, we focus on behavioral awareness and real-life situations that will challenge your thinking and enhance your growth. Test your strengths, dive into finance analytics, sell your ideas, navigate complex negotiations with confidence, stay ahead of the financial trends and become a visionary leader.

dIGITAL Skills

Today, up-to-date digital skills are essential in finance and business. From finance analytics and digital finance to artificial intelligence and industry applications of big data, the Master in Finance prepares you to navigate the digital world confidently. You will learn how to collect and analyze data in order to apply it to actionable solutions to understand the finance world at a deeper level. Harness the power of technology and become a digitally savvy finance professional.

EXPAND YOUR SKILLS WITH A HANDS-ON APPROACH​

Thinking Skills​ IN THIS PROGRAM

  • Company Project Collaboration​
  • Courses and electives: Strategic Equity Solutions, Arbitrage Strategies, Turnaround Strategies

Behavioral Skills IN THIS PROGRAM

  • Courses and electives: Ethical Dilemmas in Finance, Negotiation, Behavioral Finance with an Investment and Asset Management module, Behavioral Design in Investment Management with an Investment Banking & Corporate Finance module​

Digital Skills IN THIS PROGRAM

  • Trading Lab​
  • Courses and electives: FinTech, MATLAB, Use of Big Data in Finance, Uses of AI and Machine Learning in Finance, AI and Deep Learning Programming in Python with Keras, Artificial Intelligence and Asset Management

Trading ROOM

Deep dive into the opportunity of having classes in the Trading Room at IE Business School. You will be able to enhance your financial skills and knowledge by applying your knowledge in real-world settings.

Benefit from an advanced learning environment where you can bring theory into practice and utilize complex tools that are key for any professional willing to work in the financial markets.

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Master in Finance students win the CFA Research Challenge once again

Master in Finance students win the CFA Research Challenge once again

During the Master in Finance, students have the opportunity to participate in the annual CFA Research Challenge competing against multiple business schools. This practical challenge allows participants to implement the skills they have gained during their program. For the past years, Master in Finance students have won the local Spanish final several times demonstrating the impact of their academic journey in their career!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Which skills will I learn if I study the Master in Finance?

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This is a comprehensive program that covers all the key skills you’ll need for success in the sector. From corporate finance to global markets, financial accounting and analysis, market economics, fintech, quantitative finance and negotiating, it’s all there. But beyond that, you can add optional experiences to round out your real-world skills, such as visiting microfinance projects in Ghana or traveling to global financial hubs to see the industry at work firsthand.

What skills do I need for a successful career in finance?

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The finance world is wide and varied, but accounting skills, analytical thinking, financial decision-making and reporting, strong communication skills and confidence with the latest technologies in the field are all important.

Which hard skills are important in the finance industry?

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Hard skills such as valuation using analytical tools, quantitative analysis and confidence with software such as Excel are essential in the industry. All of the essential skills are covered in our Master in Finance.

What impact can I make on the sector with a Master in Finance?

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Your specific impact is up to you, depending on where your passions lie and which sector of the industry you want to make your mark on. But some examples could include making a positive contribution through sustainable investments in the renewable energy sector, or using venture capital to help startups bring positive products, services or ideas to wider audiences.

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