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MSc in Financial Economics
BI’s Financial Economics department is internationally recognised as one of the leading within its field. This excellent research quality is reflected in the MSc in Financial Economics.

The Financial Economics department is in the forefront when it comes to research and development within its field. This will directly benefit you as a Financial Economics student.

“The finance industry is in continuous development and candidates with cutting edge knowledge from BI’s Financial Economics master is highly attractive in the market, “ says Dag Michalsen, Department Head.

Typical jobs students are recruited for are: financial analyst, portfolio managers, insurance consultant, finance advisor and insurance consultant.

The MSc in Financial Economics gives you a thorough understanding of the latest financial theories, financial decision criteria and risk management and will give you the tools needed to analyse complex financial and administrative problems.

In addition to the focus on fundamental financial theories, students will choose a specialisation area like investments, risk management, corporate finance or financial derivatives.

This course combination will give students a understanding of modern financial theories and their applicability.

Programme Focus
In an article (Financial Management, 34, Issue 4, 2002) Chan, Chen and Steiner report on world research productivity in financial economics. Over the 1996-2001 period, business schools are ranked with respect to publications in the top three journals (Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies).

The Financial Economics department of BI Norwegian School of Management ranks second of the eight European schools making the top 100 list. This excellent research quality is reflected in the MSc in Financial Economics (MScFE).
Whilst the programme stresses the importance of fundamental financial theory through compulsory courses, students can specialize in a number of applied areas such as investment analysis, risk management, corporate finance and financial derivatives.

In addition to the wide range of finance courses, the programme also includes mandatory and elective courses in micro- and macroeconomics. The overall aim of the program is to offer students a thorough understanding of modern financial theory and its applications.

Through the MScFE students will learn to master the technical and quantitative tools that are required to analyze complex financial management problems.

Program Structure
The MSc program is a two-year, 120-ECTS-credit program: 90 course credits and 30 MSc thesis credits.
In the MSc program you’ll find three types of courses:

Common courses which provide a common methodological platform for all MSc students; typically taken in the first year of the program. You will take 5 courses. Four of these courses are mandatory. Students can choose one course, depending on their background and/or interests.

Specialization courses provide a first introduction in the area of specialization (major); typically taken in the first year of the program. You will choose 6 courses within your major, 3-4 of these courses are specialization courses.

Advanced specialization courses go more in depth into a specialization issue and build on specialization courses; typically taken in the second year of the program. You will choose 2-3 advances specialization courses within your major.

The program culminates in the MSc thesis, which enables the student to pursue in depth a particular area of interest and develop a personal understanding of a leading edge issue in the field of specialization.
In the MSc in Financial Economics program students choose all their 10 courses in their area of specialization. 5 courses are of the advanced level

Common Courses
Students of the two-year MSc programme take 30 ECTC credits Common Courses (equals 5 courses). Four of these courses are mandatory. Students can choose one course, depending on their background and/or interests.
Some students might feel that they have already covered the area of one or more of the above mentioned courses in their undergraduate education. If so, you may apply for a course waiver.

Note that if a course waiver is granted, you need to take another common course or regular specialization course instead.

Academic requirements:
A solid academic record with a satisfactory GPA. See specific GPA requirements for the different programmes.
A satisfactory score (average 600) on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). A GMAT requirement waiver may be granted under certain conditions: contact the MSc administration for details.
A satisfactory score on IELTS or TOEFL language tests.
The requirements may be subject to change.

Programme commencement date: Mid August
Application deadline: 15 April




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