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English (100%)
12 months
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Program description

Our Master's program in Finance offers you a thorough education in the essentials of investments and corporate finance.

The Master's program Finance offers you a thorough education in the essentials of investments and corporate finance. The core courses in the program focus on topics like the determination of a firm's cost of capital, the capital structure of a firm, risk and return characteristics of investments, event studies, and portfolio management decisions. The electives in the program enable you to specialize in financial management or investment analysis. These specializations prepare you for a professional career as chief financial officer (CFO), financial planner, treasurer, portfolio manager, risk manager, or investment adviser.

Why Study Finance?

The Master's in Finance delivers broad business knowledge and specialized expertise in both financial management and investment analysis – first-rate preparation for students seeking a career at the top of the world of finance.

Taught by lecturers from Tilburg University's Department of Finance, home to some of the world's most renowned and cited academics, the program offers the latest thinking across the essentials of investments and corporate finance. Learn how to determine a firm's cost of capital, plan mergers and acquisitions, bring companies to the stock exchange, restructure corporations, make portfolio investment decisions, quantify risks, and hedge them using various derivative instruments.

A Tilburg University Master's in Finance offers you:

  • A solid foundation in the principles – and practice – of finance. Learn the latest theoretical concepts from scientific literature and apply them to real-world cases during assignments and in-class discussions.
  • Teaching by some of the world's preeminent finance academics, faculty members from the Department of Finance at Tilburg University.
  • Scope to customise your degree. Choose between in total 10 electives, and become a specialist in either corporate finance or investments, or follow the CFA track and get the best preparation for the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) level-1 exam.
  • Excellent career prospects in the financial industry both on a national and international level with future careers including that of chief financial officer (CFO), financial planner, treasurer, portfolio manager, risk manager, or investment adviser.

Finance CFA Track

Tilburg University is program partner of the CFA Institute, the global association for investment professionals. This institute awards the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation and offers a range of educational opportunities within the MSc Accounting and MSc Finance.

Within the Master’s program in Finance it is possible to follow the CFA track. This implies that the courses within this track cover at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). Students within the CFA track will be exposed to the concepts and principles that investment professionals around the world have deemed integral to global practice. The CFA program partnership signals to you and the marketplace that our MSc is closely tied to professional practice, and that the courses within the track are an excellent preparation for the CFA exams.

In addition, you receive CFA ethics training, you can participate in joint events with the Dutch CFA Society and you are eligible for a CFA level I exam scholarship.

Pensions, Aging and Retirement Track

Coping with an aging population is one of the biggest challenges for the next decades, creating an urgent demand for professionals with the expertise to offer informed solutions.

The track Pensions, Aging, and Retirement within the Master's program in Finance will give you an in-depth insight in the many financial issues related to an aging society. Topics of particular interest include asset allocation over the life cycle, risk management of pension funds, new long-term investment products, such as annuities and inflation-linked bonds, and longevity risk, amongst many others.

This track offers you a qualification that leads to a host of different career options in the public and private sector, thanks to the growing demand for specialists with in-depth knowledge of the financial issues pertaining to aging societies.

Finance Career Prospects

The Master's in Finance equips you with a broad knowledge framework in business and specialized knowledge in financial management – a highly attractive profile for companies, banks and consultancy agencies.

Career options for our graduates include that of financial planner, portfolio manager, risk manager, investment adviser, treasurer and eventual chief financial officers (CFOs).

Alumni of the Master’s in Finance currently work for international companies, small domestic firms, and large Dutch and international banks. Others work in financial consulting or for venture capitalists, non-profit organizations, insurance companies, investment funds, pension funds, and the Dutch government including the financial authority (AFM) and the Ministry of Finance.

Students who follow the CFA-track will find themselves well prepared to sit the level-1 exam of the CFA Institute.

Finance Related Programs

Besides the Master in Finance, Tilburg University offers several other Finance related masters such as the MSc Accounting program.

See which other programs are related to the Master Finance

Finance Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master in Finance will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MSc degree at Tilburg University.

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Finance program

About Tilburg University

At Tilburg University, our mission is to inspire students and faculty members to reach their full potential, and in doing so, reap a positive impact on the society around them. Our education and research is internationally inspired and is ground breaking. Tilburg is represented among the top institutes in the international university rankings.

Tilburg University educational programs instil a broad social awareness in our students along with critical personal and professional skills. Learning and development are offered at all career levels. Research endeavours aim to advance the frontiers of knowledge on issues and subjects of direct value to society – and are actively disseminated and applied within the community with this objective in mind. We play an active part in the local community and that of the region, the Netherlands and the entire world, maintaining close contact at all levels.

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Admission requirements

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS listening: 6, IELTS reading: 6, IELTS writing: 6, IELTS speaking: 6, TOEFL paper based: 575, TOEFL computer based: 233, TOEFL internet based: 90

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