IE Business School holds the No. 2 position in the Financial Time ranking of Masters in Finance programs.

The IE Master in Finance achieved this result in the pre-experience category with its full-time English-taught program, aimed at young professionals with an international profile. The student body of IE’s Master in Finance program comprises 95% international students from 23 countries, and takes place in Madrid and New York.  It is the first finance program in Spain to be awarded the status of Program Partner by the CFA (Chartered Financial Advisor) Institute, the leading international standard for financial analysts.

Ignacio de la Torre, Director of Masters in Finance at IE Business School says that the finance sector needs specialized profiles with an international focus. “This is exactly what our programs provide, and our graduates work in firms like UBS, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Waterland and BCG. Emerging economies also offer enormous potential given the rapid development of their capital markets.”The Master in Finance forms part of IE Business School’s Masters in Finance program portfolio, along with the Master in Advanced Finance, the Executive Master in Financial Management, the Executive Master in Finance Bi-weekly and the new Global Master in Finance, a blended program that includes onsite classes in Madrid and London.

The IE Business School Masters in Finance programs offer 200 subjects in specialized fields, including non-bank funding options, Islamic finance, and microfinance, making the programs unique in the market. The methodology employed by the program is eminently practical, employing learning processes that include investment competitions, portfolio management in real time using Bloomberg’s Zoologic platform to learn how to use financial applications for investment banking, and MatLab for programming fixed income.

The students of IE’s Masters in Finance round off the learning process in New York, where they visit leading US investment banks and hedge funds, meet with senior finance executives and find out the inner workings of the NY stock exchange. Students also work on social projects, such as a recent initiative in Ghana in collaboration with NGO Doctors without Borders, to see how microfinance institutions are helping to eradicate poverty. In the field of research, IE Business School has agreements such as that between IE’s Center for Islamic Finance and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University, while IE experts have their work published in academic journals that include Journal of Finance.

The FT ranking of Masters in Finance is divided into the categories of pre-experience and post-experience programs, and is based on 18 key criteria. Parameters include the level of internationalization of the School, aims achieved by graduates, salaries, the percentage of international professors and students, the percentage of women faculty and students, the number of professors with a doctorate and levels of research.