A word from our Academic Directors

The increasingly globalized and complex economy creates an additional demand for graduates with a well-recognized expertise in all areas of finance. In addition, corporate financial directors, consulting (advisory) firms, investment banks and financial institutions are in need of in-depth technical knowledge in finance.

Career-oriented and internationally focused, the ESSEC Master in Finance is a highly selective and intensive program designed to offer high quality training to high potential students who wish to pursue a career in corporate finance, financial markets, asset and portfolio management as well as risk management. 

The program has a strong international dimension and teaches students to adapt to a multicultural environment, addressing multinational issues and providing exposure to both Europe and Asia. It offers a global approach to finance with a strong emphasis on the underlying skills necessary to operate in today’s financial professions."

Sridhar ARCOT

Academic Co-Director
Ph.D. in Finance, LSE
Associate Professor, Finance Department

Jocelyn MARTEL

 Academic Co-Director
 Ph.D. Economics,                           University of Montreal
 Professor, Finance Department

A rigorous academic program

The Master in Finance, recognized by the French Higher Education and Research Ministry as Master Degree, is a graduate program tailored to individual needs and goals. It offers 3 specialized tracks in Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, and Asset Management.

The curriculum is flexible and it is full-time during 15 months. The 90 ECTS credits cover courses, an international study trip and an internship or academic dissertation.

Students can choose to enroll the program either on the ESSEC France campus (Cergy, Paris area), or the ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus (Singapore). Regardless of campus choice, the program - and intake - starts in September.


The Master in Finance is an intensive program with 21 Core courses and 29 Elective courses. The program is tailored to each student’s career goals and individual needs.

Core courses include:

  • Corporate financial management
  • Financial markets
  • Options
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • Options
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Advanced Derivatives
  • Fixed Incomes
  • Introduction seminar to Financial career
  • Financial Theory
  • Introduction seminar to Asset Management & Insurance
  • and many more

You will then have a choice of elective courses to match your personal interests and professional ambitions.

Elective courses cover such topics as:

  • VBA Programing for Market Finance and Corporate Finance
  • Real Estate Finance 
  • Commodity markets & Energy products
  • Volatility Trading Game
  • Business Analysis & Value Creation
  • Asset management simulation game
  • and many more

For a full list of courses and electives available, please download the brochure.

Term 1

You will either start in France or in Singapore, where you will learn the finance fundamentals with a mix of core and elective courses.

Term 2

In term 2, you can choose from the 3 specialized tracks to reach their career objectives:

  • The Corporate Finance Track
    Designed for those who want to pursue a career in mergers & acquisitions, financial analysis, firm valuation, transaction services, structured financing, private equity and equity (ECM) and debt (DCM) capital markets.
  • The Financial Markets Track
    Designed for those who want to pursue a career in front and middle offices such as sales and structuring of financial products, traders, quantitative finance, risk management as well as asset and portfolio management.
  • The Asset Management Track
    Designed for those who want to pursue a career in asset and portfolio management, risk management and insurance. This track is offered only in France.

Terms 3 & 4

During this period, you will receive the last 3 core courses and write an academic dissertation. If you want, you can also carry out an internship.

Academic dissertation or internshipESSEC Master in Finance - self study

The aim of the Academic dissertation is to produce an individual research on a cutting-edge topic related to Finance. It provides students with their first original research experience.

Examples of academic dissertations include:

  • Financing SMEs: private equity as an alternative to bank lending. 
  • Private equity’s public non-LBO investments: overview and assessment of value creation. 
  • European lightly regulated IPO market - Alternext.

To get more examples of Academic dissertations please download the brochure

The internship is an alternative option.

The Faculty

The three assets that best characterize ESSEC Business School’s faculty are academic excellence, a global frame of mind and original and outstanding teaching.

The Finance Department’s research covers a broad spectrum of key areas in finance: Financial Derivatives, Risk Management, Commodities, Portfolio and Wealth Management, Macro-Finance, Market Microstructure, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Governance, Real Estate and Corporate Bankruptcy.

Researchers have published their work in some of the world’s most prestigious academic journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Journal of Econometrics, Review of Finance and Finance. In addition to the faculty, the program also relies on lecturers and practitioners who are experts in their field.

To see the complete list of professors, lecturers and practitioners, please download the brochure.

Mastѐre Spécialisé® Techniques Financiѐres

For those students interested in obtaining the Mastѐre Spécialisé® Techniques Financiѐres (MSTF) degree at ESSEC, we offer an opportunity to do so during your enrollment in the Master in Finance.

The MS TF is a degree that you can obtain on top of your Master degree in Finance: you would apply for the MS TF at the end of your first term. If you are accepted into the MS TF program, you are required to validate extra electives for a total of 8 ECTS.

For the students following this program, your curriculum will end in an internship of 4-6 months in terms 3&4, with the writing of a professional thesis linked to that internship, including oral defense. 

Your professional career starts now

ESSEC Master in Finance alumnna

The Internship

The optional internship which can be from 4 to 6 months is designed to let students integrate into the professional world. They acquire hands-on experience as interns in an organization enabling them to put into practical use the knowledge and skills attained in the program.

ESSEC’s corporate internship partners include:

  • HSBC
  • ODDO & CIE
  • KPMG

The study trip

Master in Finance offers a unique opportunity for students to travel to one of the major financial hubs (London, Hong Kong or New York). The one-week study trip allows privileged access to the most prestigious investment banks and consulting firms such as: Barclay’s Capital, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, BNP-Paribas, Crédit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, etc. Students not only meet and exchange views with professionals but also get to interact with ESSEC alumni.

Professional Events

You will have the chance to attend finance specific recruitment fairs, for example:

  • International Finance Forum on the ESSEC Cergy campus in mid-October where you will be able to brush shoulders with major banks and financial institutions from across the world and meet their recruiters who are looking to hire for their summer internship programs and graduate schemes and for various other job positions.

For more information, visit the Careers section.

ESSEC Business School’s Finance Department regularly holds research seminars where students can meet researchers and professionals. These seminars provide an opportunity to students to meet and discuss with professionals and practitioners from major financial sectors. The lectures, current events, and case studies allow a better understanding of the latest changes and developments in the financial sectors.

What our students say about us

I am very satisfied with ESSEC’s Master in Finance programme. Even though it is still a rather young programme, the Master in Finance students have access to ESSEC’s large portfolio of courses and services such as Investment Banking forum and finance fairs, career management services, job search coaching, or weekly discussions with guest speakers. The Master in Finance programme is very flexible. It allows students to manage their schedules and select the courses they wish to attend. The MSc designation is internationally recognized which favours job search in foreign countries. So does the fact that the programme is given entirely in English. ESSEC is an excellent school and is fully committed in helping and accompanying each student in their job/internship search.

In addition, the Master in Finance class is a multicultural class welcoming people from all around the world with various academic and international backgrounds. The narrowed number of students for this programme leads to a strong team spirit and belonging among students. This programme was not only rewarding, it allowed me to meet people who came from various different countries and to share with them, learn with them, and grow with them throughout the year.

Océane Le Naourès
Master in Finance, class of 2015


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