Masters in Finance 2021 rankings: trends that matter


No school has dominated these rankings like HEC Paris. Of the FT’s 10 annual Masters in Finance (MiF) rankings to date, the French school has now won first place nine times.

HEC Paris is again at the top of the 2021 ranking of the 55 best pre-experience diplomas – for those with little or no relevant professional experience. A second ranking lists the four best post-experience programs for professionals who have worked in the sector. Both tables are compiled using data from business schools and former students who obtained their master’s degree in 2018.

Part of HEC Paris’ continued success can be attributed to the fact that its alumni earn the second highest average annual salary, at $ 156,583, an increase of 92% three years after the first salary after obtaining the diploma. The school is also highly rated for career development and international mobility, as measured by changes in the country of employment between graduation and today.

FT Masters in Finance Ranking 2021

Singapore Management University appears in both finance degree rankings

Find out which schools are in our ranking of post-experience and pre-experience postgraduate funding programs. Also find out how the tables were compiled and read the rest of our coverage.

Analysis of data from the last five years shows that the salaries of former HEC students are generally higher than those of other European schools. But an Asian school alumnus is more likely to earn a higher salary three years after graduation, when adjusted for purchasing power parity between countries.

Ranked schools have proven to be effective in equipping graduates with skills in corporate finance and quantitative methods – for roles in finance, banking, consulting and any other industry requiring such expertise. Two-thirds of survey respondents who completed an internship were offered a job based on this internship, mainly in the investment banking sector.

Chart showing alumni in Asia receiving the highest salary on average

Graduates say their main reasons for studying for an MiF are better career opportunities and higher salaries. For women, personal development is the second most important motivator.

And, over the past 10 years, the gender disparity among business school faculty has narrowed. This year, 35 percent of all faculty members were women, up from 24 percent in 2011. School advisory boards are also increasingly less dominated by men.

Gender balance

The UK remains the most popular destination for international students, with around nine out of 10 graduates coming from abroad. But French schools took the first five places in three successive rankings, with ESCP Business School ranked second, Skema the third, Essec fourth and Edhec fifth.

Student satisfaction

For the third consecutive year, ESCP obtains the best marks for its career service and its international course experience, according to the number of students doing internships and exchanges in countries other than that of their school.

Graph showing internships in companies

EMLyon Business School recorded the best progression in the standings, climbing 12 places to 15th. The French school had more international students than last year, improving its diversity.

Graduate study prospects

McGill University: Desautels, in Canada, is this year’s highest newcomer, in 36th place. Alumni praise its faculty and career service.

University of Texas at Austin: McCombs rose five places to rank 43rd and is the best school in the United States. Its alumni earn an average of $ 96,952, the highest salary among U.S. institutions in the ranking. Graduates interviewed praised the school for providing a solid immersion in business and finance.

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MiF graduates are likely to advance rapidly in their careers. Much of the alumni were graduate trainees in their first job after graduation; three years later, their level of seniority was most often that of junior executive or professional.

Only a few schools registered in the ranking of post-experience finance courses. London Business School (LBS) is again number one, ahead of Cambridge University: Judge, Amsterdam Business School and Singapore Management University: Lee Kong Chian.

LBS alumni get an average salary increase of 109 percent before the masters and today. The school’s most recent class of graduates also had the highest percentage of jobs within three months of completing their master’s degree.

Cambridge: judge The highest scores for his service career and his alumni earn the second highest salary at $ 138,368.

Amsterdam Business School returns to the post-experience table in third place, which is a slight improvement from fourth place in 2018, when the school last appeared in this ranking. Amsterdam is also first for value for money and career progression.

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