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, fintech, asset and portfolio management as well as risk management. 

Unique in its kind, ESSEC Master in Finance accounts with the recognition and accreditation of French Ministry of Higher Education, conferring its students with an official Master Degree diploma. 

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 Director

Gerard DESPINOY Executive Director

Peng XU Associate Academic Director

Sridhar ARCOT

Academic Director
Ph.D. in Finance,
Associate Professor 
Finance Department


Executive Director
Ph.D. Economics,
U. of Paris Dauphine,
Finance Department

Peng XU

Associate Academic Director
Ph.D. in Finance & Economics,
Univ. of Toronto
CFA Charterholder
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 FinTech & Analytics.

The curriculum is flexible and it is full-time covering courses, 2 study trips to the major financial centers (London and New York or Hong Kong), internship or academic dissertation, and the possibility to obtain certificates on FinTech & Analytics, Energy & Commodities, and/or AMF certification.

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

A curriculum tailored to your needs & goals

Top-notch and career-oriented, the program is full-time during 15 months (one-year program) or 27 months (two-year program), depending on your previous degree.


The one-year program takes place either in France (Paris area) or in Singapore, and can be pursuit by holders of a Master degree or a 4-year Bachelor's degree.  


In France or in Singapore

 Core courses (Financial Theory, Statistics, AlumnEye Seminar... see all courses)


In France or in Singapore
Core courses
- Corporate Financial Management
- Financial Markets
- Options
Introducion Seminar to Financial Careers
- See all courses...

Elective courses
- Big Data Analytics
- International Finance
- See all courses...

TERMS 2 & 3

France or Singapore
France or Singapore

Core courses
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Firm Valuation
- Private Equity
- See all courses...

Elective courses
- Wealth Management
- Portfolio Theory & Investment Analysis
- Coaching CFA
- See all courses...

Core courses
- Fixed Income
- Advanced Derivative Markets
- Volatility Trading
- See all courses...

Elective courses
- Financial Econometrics
- Energy & Commodity Markets & Products
- Financial Risk Management
- See all courses...

Core courses
- Digital Financial Platforms & Intermediation
- Financial Econometrics
- Python and Machine Learning
- See all courses...

Elective courses
- Commodity Markets & Energy Products
- Fixed Income
- Advanced Derivative Markets
- See all courses...





The two-year program takes place either in France (Paris area) or in Singapore, and can be pursuit by holders of a 3-year Bachelor's degree, or a License 3 en Economie/ Banque/ Finance/ Assurance/ Management/ Ingénierie/ Mathématiques.


Year 2 

General track
(5 courses) 

6-month internship

Join the one-year program


After completion of 5 courses and internship on first year, students will join the one-year program described above. 

Your professional career starts now


The internship, with a duration of 4 to 6 months, can take place anywhere in the world and 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

Summer internships & graduate programs - some alumni past positions

summer internships & graduate programs ESSEC alumni positions



ESSEC Master in Finance offers a unique opportunity for students to travel to two of the major financial hubs (London and Hong Kong or New York). The study trips allow 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.



ESSEC Business School, in partnership with top leading banks such as Société Générale, organizes a Digital Workshop Competition to work on a series of challenges set by the banks. This innovative learning and professional experience allows students to be aware of the digital stakes within large investment banks, and prepares them to develop a whole set of skills. It is also a great opportunity to immerse on real life challenges, understand today and tomorrow’s digital world, and show their skills to potential employers. Organized in parallel over ESSEC two campuses, and with students from Master in Finance, Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics,and MSc in Marketing Management & Digital; mixed teams on Cergy and Singapore campuses will compete on a Hackathon format.



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

  • International Finance Forum on the ESSEC Cergy campus and Finance Get-Together Session in Singapore 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.
  • Finance Forum with CentraleSupélec in London is organized for students from ESSEC & CentraleSupélec, a leading French Engineering School. It is a great opportunity to meet recruiters and practitionners of the financial sector in London. 

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.


Grade Master/Official Master accredited by French Ministry of Education

The ESSEC Master in Finance program is authorised by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation to award a recognised BAC+5 degree, Master’s Grade, to its students. Authorisation is delivered following assessment by the National Management Programmes Assessment Commission (Commission d’Evaluation des Formations de Gestion - for a renewable period. This Commission undertakes assessment for all programs, with or without the Master’s Grade, delivered by business schools that are recognised by the French State to guarantee the quality of teaching delivered and the value of their degree.

This is valid whether you do your program at France campus or at Singapore campus.


Welcome to France - Campus France

ESSEC Business School has been recognized by Campus France and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation for the quality of its international students’ welcome.
The school received the highest level that can be obtained from the "Bienvenue en France" certification, which is the third level.

This certification recognizes the quality of ESSEC's reception in all the criteria provided:

  • The quality and accessibility of information
  • The welcoming of new international students
  • The academic offer
  • Accommodations
  • Campus life
  • The quality of post-graduate follow-up

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