HEC Paris once again ranks first among providers of “pre-experience” masters in finance, aimed at students with little or no relevant professional background. The business school’s Master of Science in International Finance has come out on top every year – with the exception of 2017, where French rival Edhec discarded it, and 2019, where the ranking did not. been established.
The financial improvement of graduates is at the heart of the success of HEC Paris: its students have obtained the highest percentage of salary increase three years after the end of their studies, and the third highest average salary, at a just under $173,000. The school also ranked second for career service and third for international job mobility – measured by changes in country of employment between the end of the course and today.
As in recent years, French business schools dominate the top five places in this ranking, with ESCP in second, Skema in third, Essec in fourth and Edhec in fifth. This continued success is rooted in their long history of managing MiF degrees and their connection to the financial industry.
For the fourth consecutive year, ESCP is ranked first for its career service and its international course experience. And, for the first time, the school is also first for international professional mobility.
Ranking FT Masters in Finance 2022
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Analysis of pre-experience programs shows that European schools had the lowest tuition fees compared to institutions elsewhere and their alumni had the highest average salary at $86,000. Graduates who studied in France, Germany or Italy have an average salary of over $100,000. Alumni data also reveals that students who moved to another country for their program on average pay higher tuition, but also earn higher salaries than those who studied locally.
Corporate finance is the subject in which graduates believe schools perform best, following trends over the past five years. Commodities, Compliance, and Fintech have been rated poorly by students over the past three years.
Most graduates started their MiF to improve their career opportunities. Acquiring specialized skills and increasing income were also motivations.
McGill University: Desautels — Canada’s only school in the rankings — made the most progress, climbing 11 places to 25th. Last year, the school was the biggest newcomer and both year alumni appreciated the quality of its faculty.
The Portuguese University of Porto – FEP | PBS is the highest new entrant this year, at 49th place. Graduates praised the good networking opportunities. The school is in the top 10 for value for money, based on alumni salaries today, course length, tuition, and other costs.
MIT: Sloan is ninth overall and the best business school in the United States. Its alumni earn an average of $174,752, the highest salary in the ranking. An alumnus said, “Passion, enthusiasm, professionalism and quality are the words that come to mind from this wonderful experience.”
In all schools, the proportion of female students increased steadily until 2018, with a drop in recent years to 36%. This is little compared to the 40% of female students in MBA and 49% in master’s in management.
Most students moving to another region for their MiF studies are from Asia-Pacific, with almost all moving to the UK and Europe. European students tend to go to the UK, which remains the most popular destination for international students.
In the ranking of finance programs for students already working in industry, the London Business School (LBS) remains at the top, ahead of University of Cambridge: Judge and Singapore Management University: Lee Kong Chian.
LBS alumni have the highest salary increase percentage and the school is ranked number one for international course experience. It also has a high percentage of female teachers.
Cambridge: Judge scores best for value for money, career guidance service and international mobility for work. Its alumni have the highest salary, at nearly $140,000.
Lee Kong Chian has the highest percentage of female students and is first for career advancement. One student highlighted the professional knowledge and new ideas in wealth management gained through the program.
The 2022 tables have been compiled using data from business schools and graduates who completed their master’s degree in 2019.