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The alternative to a 2-year MBA

Written on January 16, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Are you considering accelerating your career in capital markets or investment banking, or switching from other professional fields to finance? Do you see yourself as the future CFO – Chief Financial Officer – of a company? Are you interested in working as an entrepreneur with a firm supported by private equity, perhaps leveraging opportunities provided by microfinance? However, you are still thinking if you should do an MBA or a specialized master in finance program…  So, watch Chris (New Zealand) when he talks about why he chose to study both the International MBA and the Master in Advanced Finance, and the benefits he believes students with Dual Degrees have when rejoining the workforce.

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To learn more about exciting career opportunities for Dual Degree students, join the virtual session today with Ignacio de la Torre, Academic Director of the Master in Finance Programs, and Belén de Fontcuberta, Associate Director of Careers Management Center.

Virtual Session – Career Opportunities for Dual Degree students

Wednesday, January 16 at 5pm Madrid time (GMT +1)

Register online



How to use your lunch break effectively: IE Lunch & Learn

Written on October 22, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

There are many ways to use your lunch break. Forbes recently published a list about it and I would like to benchmark it with the upcoming IE lunch events:

1. Make a plan – definitely!
2. Take a real break – yes!
3. Get up from your desk or work space – no doubt about it
4. Eat – food provided!
5. Enjoy your food – how do you best enjoy your food? In company…
6. Do what you can’t do in the morning or evening – you have to be at the office at a certain time, but don’t know when to leave. So, lunch is your only ‘secure’ time for off-office activities
7. Use the time to connect with someone new – promised!
8. Catch up with old friends – you can bring your friends!
9. Engage in activities that will help you re-energize – we will show you something that will motivate you for a long time
10. Network – up to you…
11. Don’t get stuck in a routine – sure you won’t
12.  Avoid all screens – re-edit: avoid almost all screens
13. Don’t take too long or too short of a break – one hour is just right

So, as long as you’re interested and keen to further your career you have 13 reasons to join our upcoming IE Lunch & Learn events. All events are held at The Executive Centre, Ocean Financial Centre (Level 40), Raffles Place in Singapore from 12noon to 1pm.

Global MBA+ / Executive MBA+
October 23, 2012

Global Executive MBA / IE Brown Executive MBA
October 31, 2012

Masters in Finance
November 6, 2012

Hope to see you there!


Q: Hi Sharon, welcome to the Dual Degree program! Can you tell us briefly about yourself?
Born and raised in Tucson, AZ in the United States, I am Chinese-American, a middle child, and extremely competitive. At UCLA I switched to Business Economics with a minor in Accounting when I was told it was the most competitive major/minor combination. The logic was similar in my pursuit of investment banking – why be a public accountant when you could be a “ballin’ banker.” In my penultimate year at UCLA I was a summer analyst at Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. (Citi) in its investment banking division working primarily with financial sponsors. This led to a full-time offer post-graduation. I was with Citi for about two years when I forewent an opportunity to join the investment banking technology team to try something completely different. In the time away from Citi, I split my time between my own M&A advisory sole-proprietorship, in which I sold my father’s business in a multi-million dollar transaction, mentored high schoolers, and applied to IE business school.
Q: Can you tell us why you chose IE´s Dual Degree- International MBA & Master in Advanced Finance over any MBA in Finance in the United States, where you are from and where you worked before joining IE. What is it about the DD that appealed to you?
My motivation for IE’s Dual Degree (International MBA & Master in Advanced Finance) was three-fold. First, I wanted an international experience. Given my established American network and the increase in cross-border transactions, I felt I would benefit the most from a European network. In the States, most business schools have less than 25% of their student body as international students. Hence, I only considered European business schools. Second, IE’s Dual Degree would allow me to attain two degrees for the price of one in both monetary and time costs. My thought was that the specialization in finance would further differentiate me from the plethora of other MBA graduates. Lastly, I wanted to go to a top 10 business school.
Q: Now that you have finished the IMBA and starting the 1st semester of MIAF, could you tell us about your learning experience?
In December 2011, I finished the International MBA and started the Master in Advance Finance in the beginning of 2012. Although the MBA experience was excellent in expanding my operational and general management skills, my experience in the Masters in Advance Finance has been incredible! The level of education and the network I am experiencing continually amazes me. With highly established professionals and active practitioners as my professors, the knowledge gained is not simply academic or “theoretical” but very practical. Many times I feel as though I am being taught best practices that would have impressed my old managing director and saved me a lot of “on-the-job trial and error.” The specialization of the academic content, the high quality of my peers, and the network I am gaining has made the value of this experience much higher than my expectations.
Q: Which values do you think that IE’s DD is going to add to your personal growth and professional development?
IE’s Dual Degree has added 1) an international professional network with top managers in the industries I am interested in and 2) the academic skills I know I need in finance given my previous experience. During my business school application process, I sought an academic experience that would open the doors to goals that, at best, could only be quantified as dreams. Now, after attending IE’s Dual Degree, these dreams are becoming reality. In closing, a quote from Benjamin Franklin comes to mind, “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

Thank you very much Sharon for the interview and we wish you all the best luck!

This post was first published on the International MBA blog.


The IE Master in Advanced Finance starts its 4th promotion

Written on January 27, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News






The Master in Advanced Finance class 2012 has already started! This year the class welcomes students from 13 countries of 5 continents, with an average age of 29, ranging from 24 to 36 years old, 23% women, and an average full time working experience of 5 years. The countries represented are: Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, India,  Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, USA.

19% of these students are CFA level II or level III holders, 42% of them have worked overseas and 31% studied their undergraduate degrees overseas before IE. 15% of the class are Dual Degree students (International MBA and Master in Advanced Finance).

The students started the course with two days of orientation where they attended several World Awareness Seminars, followed by official classes of the first semester.

If you wish to get more information on the Master in Advanced Finance, please join our events or visit the program website.


IE launches Trading Room for Finance assignments

Written on December 15, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

This week IE has inaugurated its Trading Room to better address market related assignments such as Portfolio Management, Investment Game, Fixed Income, Derivatives, Equity/Asset Valuation, Financial Programming, Equity Research, FX Markets.

Equipped with Bloomberg, FactSet, WONDA, EVA Dimensions, Thompson, Matlab, Reuteurs, TTR & Zoologic and other technologies, this facility has one of the top collection of analytical tools for a university/business school´s  investment lab in the world.

The Trading Room will be as well  the home to many finance classes of MBA programs which require to do analytical research on security pricing, brokerage, portfolio risk and performance analytics, and other analytics such as stocks, bonds, commodities, options and futures, and currencies.


Updates in the IE Master in Finance Portfolio

Written on November 24, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE Finance LOGO The IE Masters in Finance portfolio is expanding adding the Executive Master in Finance bi-weekly and the Global Master in Finance. Both programs enable the possibility to combine the professional development with the educational experience. As a immediate benefit, the learning can be applied on a daily basis in the job. The Master in Finance and Master in Advanced Finance provide a full academic experience conducted within 1 year in Madrid.

Here are some more details and the links:

Despite the differences in the student profile and program delivery, all Master in Finance program share the following common features:

  • Ranked #2 in first ever FT Masters in Finance ranking
  • IE Business School – CFA Partnership (Finance full-time programs – CFA program partners)
  • Faculty – 93% practitioners
  • Well-rounded academic content: 120 core classes and 80 electives
  • Technology Savvy – Trading Room, Bloomberg, Factset, Matlab, Zoologic
  • Entrepreneurial focus – VC, Finance start ups, PE

Besides the information on the web, IE encourage interested candidates to join the upcoming virtual session dedicated to these Masters. Please register here. Please also see our blogs Blog Masters in Finance blog and see Mr. Ignacio de la Torre, Academic Director of the Masters in Finance at IE talking about our Master in Finance. Please click here.

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