World's Best Masters In Finance Programs | Financial Times Ranking
Find out which business schools offer the best masters in finance programs in 2020 according to the Financial Times
A Master in Finance (MiF) remains the most popular specialized master’s program at business schools. Given that it’s a pathway for some of the most coveted jobs in finance, and yields some of the highest postgraduate salaries, it’s not surprising that MiFs are so popular.
So where can you find the best masters in finance programs?
France leads the Masters in Finance ranking
HEC Paris is home to the best MiF program, according to the 2020 Masters in Finance Rankings by the Financial Times (FT). The rankings return after a one year hiatus in 2019.
The French school stands out for its impressive graduate salaries—a whopping average of $149,750 within three years of graduation—as well as a 94% salary increase.
HEC Paris has long dominated the MiF rankings since they started in 2011, topping the list every year except for 2017. It also continues an impressive run of form for the school, which topped the FT's European Business School and Executive MBA rankings in 2019, as well as coming second in the Master in Management rankings.
Overall, the 2020 rankings are a resounding success for French schools, who occupy all of the top five places. ESCP Business School, whose main campus is in Paris (with campuses in London, Turin, Madrid, Warsaw, and Berlin), comes in second place. Achievements for ESCP include topping the careers service ranking criteria.
In third place is SKEMA Business School, which has its main campus in Lille, while Essec Business School and EDHEC Business School, who topped the rankings in 2017, sit in fourth and fifth place.
France’s dominance—with seven schools in the top 25—can be explained by the connection between business schools and local chambers of commerce, which set up schools like ESCP and HEC to hone local talent. This has created a close link between schools and the finance industry. Fees also tend to be subsidised, with schools offering MiF programs at a lower cost.