Executive Master in International Finance (MIF)

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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This uniquely tailored MIF will help you achieve your professional goals through world-class teaching and personalized learning.

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typeregulier, post-initieel, 65 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
From an overseas study trip, to lifelong membership into the MIF alumni network, this Advanced Masters of Science provides all the tools you need to achieve your ambitions. Executive Master of International Finance programme offers you the best skillset needed to excel in an international career as a Finance professional. We equip you with knowledge needed to become a frontrunner in Finance. We research and apply the latest developments in the Finance industry like Fintech/Blockchain and Behavioural Finance. We foster critical thinking to prepare you for the next step in your career. All in keeping with Amsterdam's entrepreneurial spirit and independent thinking.
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Waarom aan de Amsterdam UVA?

Our MIF is internationally renowned, playing to ABS's core strengths in corporate finance, banking and asset management; 90% of our students are hired by top 100 firms before graduation.
The MIF juggles business relevance with academic excellence, inviting guest input from leading finance academics, policy makers and global figures. Our approach is uniquely personal, from small classes and hands-on workshops, to an international study trip, mentor programmes and lifetime membership of the MIF alumni network.

We welcome applicants from all over the world; more than 15 countries are represented in our current intake. Combined with a mix of full-time students and working part-timers, and an international faculty, this makes for an exciting melting pot of cultures, professional backgrounds and academic skills. What will you bring to the table?

Small classes
To help develop your skills as a finance specialist, we keep class sizes deliberately small. Professors can focus keenly on individual students, personally guiding them towards their specific goals, while learners bounce off one another during interactive seminars and lectures. Learning is a dialogue, not a monologue.


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opbouwDuring this programme, you will gain a deep understanding of the world of finance and the statistical and econometric models used in order to quantify financial markets. At the end of the programme, you write a master's thesis on the topic of your liking.
The academic year of the Master in International Finance (MIF) programme starts the last week of August and ends around mid-June. The year is divided into two semesters, and each semester consists of two main blocks. Each of these blocks takes 6 weeks of classes, one study week, and one exam week.
Advanced Corporate Finance and Valuation
4 EC
Investments & Algorithmic Trading
4 EC
Financial Econometrics
4 EC
Financial Derivatives
4 EC
M&A and Restructuring
4 EC
Financial Analysis & Valuation
4 EC
Personal Development Programme: International Study Trip
2 EC
Risk Management & Cybersecurity
4 EC
International Financial Management
4 EC
Financial Modelling
4 EC
Corporate Governance: Dilemmas in the Financial Industry
1 EC
Finance Research Workshops
3 EC
Master's Thesis
15 EC
Personal Development Programme: Leadership Programme
2 EC
4 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet70% zelfstudie
15% theorie
15% praktijk
case study, lecture, self study, seminar, tutorial, research project, working group, group assignment, oral presentation, group discussion, individual assignment

The programme consists of:
  • 9 regular core courses (36 EC, 4 EC per course)
  • 2 MIF electives (8 EC, 4 EC per course)
  • Students can take 2 electives of the Amsterdam MBA programme, MBA Big Data or the Executive Programme in Management Studies (EPMS) only in addition to the required number of 2 MIF electives.
  • Leadership programme
  • International Study Trip (2 EC)
  • Ethics in Finance Workshop (1 EC)
  • Finance Research Workshop (3 EC)
  • Master thesis (15 EC)
  • MIF Pre-Course Training, if required
  • Personal Development Portfolio (applicable to full-timers, no EC granted)

Successful completion of the programme leads to a Master of Science (MSc) in International Finance from the University of Amsterdam.

Most of the teaching within the MIF is conducted by faculty members from University of Amsterdam's world-class Amsterdam Business School and Amsterdam School of Economics. Thanks to the relatively small size of the MIF and our distinctive personal approach, you will have the opportunity to closely interact with faculty on a regular basis.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2020
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1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2021
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Are you confident about your eligibility for the Master in International Finance programme and would like to apply for one of the seats in the programme starting September 2017? We invite you to complete the online application at any moment.
For the complete MIF online application, you'll need to prepare the following documents:
  • Passport
  • One-page CV (resume)
  • One-page motivational letter (max. 500 words)
  • Degree(s) diploma
  • University transcript(s)
  • GMAT or GRE (if applicable)
  • English proficiency, TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable)

The application deadline for the September 2017 intake is Friday, 30 June 2017.
If you encounter any difficulties in submitting your application, please contact us via admissions-MIF@uva.nl or call +31 20 525 4056, or whatsapp +31 611 652 044.


After your written application has been submitted and reviewed, you may be invited to interview. The interview serves as one element among many that are considered as we review your application.
Interviews may be scheduled on campus or via Skype. Interviews are 30-45 minutes and are conducted by a MIF Admissions Committee member who has reviewed your application. During the interview we will discuss your cv, your motivation, your added value to the MIF programme and your career perspective. After the interview your application will be discussed by the Admissions Committee. Within 1-2 weeks you will receive a final decision about your admission.

erkende certificaten
Evidence of analytical and conceptual skills, ambition and desire to strive for excellence, a proven capacity for hard work, and willingness to contribute to a highly diverse (in terms of nationalities and backgrounds) learning environment, drive, passion and confidence.

A minimum GMAT score of 630 (applicants with a GRE score, please check the GMAT equivalent of your GRE score using the GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools). The test institutions should send the score report directly to us.
Candidates can apply while still preparing for the test and send the test results later (we need the test results in before 30 June 2017).

  • Part-time applicants can opt for the Intellectual Capacity Test (SHL). This test is a substitute for the GMAT or GRE test. The admissions office will provide you with further information and arrange the test with you. The test needs to be completed before 30 June 2017.

The Amsterdam Business School institutional codes for test centers: GMAT = 0500 / GRE = 6739


A minimum TOEFL of 100 or IELTS of 7.0 is required
You may be exempt from this requirement (1) if you are a native speaker of English; (2) if you have two years of international (and English spoken) professional work experience; (3) if you have a Bachelor's or Master's degree taught in English [Please note that your degree certificate or transcripts should mention that the language of instruction was English. If the language of instruction is not mentioned on the transcript or degree certificate, you will need to submit a letter from your higher education institute stating that the curriculum was completely taught in English]; (4) if you obtained a Dutch VWO high school diploma. Exemptions can only be confirmed once the MIF Admissions Committee has received and reviewed your full application file.

A degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD) from a recognised research university in a related field (e.g. business administration, economics, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics, corporate law). Candidates with a degree issued by a University of Applied Sciences (HBO), will need to complete the Pre-Master MIF programme (20 weeks) first. Application deadline for candidates with an HBO degree, who are willing to start MIF in September 2017, is 1 December 2016.

A minimum of one-two years of relevant post-graduate full-time work experience (internships in financial field can be also included).

reference letter
Please note that every applicant for the MIF programme is required to have two recommendation letters. Please ask your referee to download the MIF recommendation form (pdf), fill it out and email it to us directly at admissions-MIF@uva.nl.

Stating why you want to apply for the MIF programme, why Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Business School, your career perspectives, what you are good at and what you want to work on during the programme, and your added value to the class. Your letter should not exceed 500 words.

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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Rajiv Bajoria
MIF Fulltime student 2013-2014: Rajiv Bajoria
'The career services at ABS – MIF office has helped me on several occasions. They organized many workshops on interview skills, resume, negotiation, immigration issues etc. Kristina also arranged individual sessions with every student to understand their skills and motivation, so as to identify the strengths, weakness and opportunities. She helped me to prepare for interviews and gave critical feedback to improve on my weak points...
She was instrumental in helping me find an internship I was looking for and I can't wait to start my career in the investment research sector! I would highly recommend every student to take advantage of the career services at ABS'.

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Paulrich Lawrence Tan
afgestudeerd in 2014 werkzaam als Senior Product Manager bij ING Investment Investment ManagementEven at a young age, I have always been fascinated by the dynamism of the financial markets. This innate curiosity led me to pursue a career in investment management back in 2007. I started working in Asia, with my last post in Hong Kong, and my job eventually brought me to the Netherlands. Currently, I am a Senior Product Manager (Luxembourg Funds) at ING Investment Management.

Despite having more than six years of practical experience in the financial industry and also completing the CFA program, I still wanted to further solidify my knowledge in finance...
For instance, some classes have challenging case studies focusing on finance where students have to work in groups to come up with recommendations to solve real-world problems.
Why ABS?

I chose the ABS as it is considered a relatively young business school in Europe, which means that it has the flexibility to adapt to the needs of today. This, combined with the long history of its parent University of Amsterdam – one of the best universities in the EU – truly makes it a unique institution.

I enjoy studying here: Amsterdam is an extremely vibrant city that breathes openness. Being one of the major business hubs in the EU, the city attracts people from all walks of life. It also has a distinct history especially in trade and Finance. Unbeknownst to many, the first stock exchange was actually in Amsterdam! Its unique vibe and history make it an interesting place for learning.

The programme
The courses on offer provide students with a mix of theory and practice, with a good level of depth. General financial theories are taught on courses such as Corporate Finance, Investments and Derivatives. Core concepts from these courses are then applied in Financial Modelling classes, as well as in tools such as Eviews and MATLAB. Having a solid grasp of both theory and practice is important especially in the corporate environment. The Cape Town trip was also extremely enriching as it provided students a glimpse of the challenges and opportunities in modern day South Africa and the African continent as a whole.

While the class size was small, it still attracted a diverse group of fellow students from many different countries. This was important in bringing different perspectives especially in group assignments. Some students also have solid industry experience under their belt which added to the depth of class discussions.

One of the key added-value aspects of the programme is its professors. Apart from permanent professors who have solid experience and knowledge, visiting professors who have taught (or are teaching) in prestigious financial programmes in the world also fly in to Amsterdam. This gives the programme a world-class edge.
Career Perspectives

Armed with the knowledge and skills gained after completing the MIF programme, I am confident that I can face the challenges in the ever-changing landscape of the financial industry. My goal is to continue pursuing a career in asset management with greater responsibilities, and perhaps even shifting to the hedge fund or PE industries when opportunities arise. I would highly recommend this programme to anyone who is looking for a challenge to further hone their financial knowledge

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Lisa Bergé Lu
afgestudeerd in 2013 werkzaam als Strategic Risk portfolio Manager bij ABN AMRO bankSix years ago I moved from Hotel Revenue management to risk management in the banking sector. After a while I realised that I needed to upgrade my knowledge so I started a math programme study at University of Sheffield.

I spent time working in the quantitative risk modelling area and decided there were more interesting areas that I wanted to explore. I got the opportunity to work for ABN-AMRO's country risk department at a time when the economic crisis was emerging in late 2008...
Having done some research and interviews at both institutions, it became clear to me that the ABS was stronger in service and education quality. I based this decision both on my personal experience and feedback from former students.
International environment

I moved to Amsterdam in 2002 and I find it to be a very lively city. As the capital of the Netherlands it is a large city, but living there, and walking through the city centre and the canals one gets a feeling of friendliness, where people are open and everything is close by. The fact that almost everybody was talking English made it very easy for me to move around. In a business sense Amsterdam has a strong tradition of multicultural orientation due to many international organisations located in the city.
MIF Part-time

Doing the part time education in the evening I feel good to be challenged and asked to use my mind in a different way. I need to spend a lot of time on the homework, but it is an investment worth making. The courses are well organised and the lecturers/professors are highly skilled with a good professional attitude. I found them friendly and accessible and most of them have graduated from first-class university's around the world. This makes them highly qualified in their field and at the same time they were open to feedback and always willing to help.

In some semesters there are work groups where students work on an assignment together. You really get to know your fellow students this way. I found most of them very interesting and friendly and the fact that many of them come from different parts of the world makes it even more dynamic when discussing international subjects.

After completing the MIF programme I will look for opportunities to work within the trading and investment area within the bank. This is a place where I can put my recently gained knowledge into real practice.

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Cederik Engel
afgestudeerd in 2013 werkzaam als Sr. Consultant bij Grontmij
Cederik Engel

MIF Ambassador
Cederik is a MIF Ambassador, born and raised in the Netherlands and he lives in Amsterdam. He has 2 children (one aged 8 months and one aged 4 years). He completed his Master in International Finance degree in 2013 and he currently works for the engineering firm Grontmij as a Senior Consultant in Asset Management. He currently applies his skills in (renewable) energy and infrastructure finance with a focus on project finance and financial modelling, asset management and risk management...
The Real Option model is an extension of the Pindyck investment model to the operational phase. The project was done in association with the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Grontmij. I currently apply the methodology on complex investment projects in the energy and utility sector.
I previously completed a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in 2002. My major was in Structural and Building Engineering and my thesis focused on the structural design of a new service building for trams.
I am also interested INOG's because I find it satisfying to use my professional and non-professional skills for non-commercial purposes. After my studies I went to Nicaragua with a companion to work for an INGO called CICAP Estelí as a Volunteer Construction Engineer. Within 4 months we re-designed a library within strict financial limits. To our great satisfaction the project was completed accordingly in 2005. You might find it interesting to read more about the project HERE.
ABN AMRO - Risk Consultant
After my studies I started my career at FM Global Insurance Company as a Risk Consultant, where I stayed for almost 4 years. It then became clear to me that I wanted to develop more within finance and I applied for a job at ABN AMRO Bank as a New Business Developer within the Risk and Insurance department. Some of my tasks at ABN AMRO included training of sales staff for new business development and client retention, targeting major clients (50 million - 500 million), within the sectors Manufacturing and Building & Construction. I also conducted multiple risk assessments at industrial clients including extensive Business Interruption Analyses. In addition I developed marketing, risk management and insurance related products.
Grontmij - Senior Consultant in Asset Management
I currently work at Grontmij as a Senior Consultant in Asset Management. In this job I can optimize my technical and finance background to a maximum degree while aiming at closing the gap between engineering and finance. I am responsible for due diligence, valuations and planning of investments in infrastructure. I am also the main business developer for the energy transmission and distribution sector.
Why did you decide to pursue your Master in International Finance degree at the Amsterdam Business School?
Around the period when the crisis hit ABN AMRO I decided to take some time to learn more about the academic and theoretical background of finance. As already mentioned, I am interested combining engineering with finance because I strongly believe that this can have great benefits for both worlds. While working in the financial sector I noticed that their perception and definition of risk is very different from the engineers' perspective. As we know it is all about risk.
The Amsterdam Business School has a good reputation. Prior to my decision to apply I took some time to meet alumni from the program and I joined 2 sample classes. Furthermore, the international aspect of the MIF program was very attractive and inspiring.
Cederik, you currently hold the role of MIF Ambassador. Can you tell us more about it?
I find it important to give something back to the school. The MIF program at Amsterdam Business School has a very good reputation and I would like to spread the awareness about opportunities that this program offers based on my positive experience. As a MIF Ambassador I am actively involved in promotion of the MIF program, while working together with the program management on program improvements, giving workshops on topics related to project finance, communicating with future students and many other interesting activities.
What was the highlight of your studies?
It was definitely the trip to South Africa. It was interesting to learn more about finance in a developing world from a professional as well as a spiritual and cultural point of view. We visited local companies and talked to investors and startups. The visits to townships and meeting local entrepreneurs made a deep impression.
Who was your favorite professor?
Simon Benninga, a professor from Tel Aviv, teaches Financial Modeling at the ABS and he supervised my thesis project. I enjoyed working with him a lot. But I have to say that other professors were good as well.
Could you tell us more about your current INGO activities?
I am currently involved as a Treasurer in the NGO So-Social. So-Social is a Dutch foundation based in Amsterdam which supports young talents (Bachelor+) to develop themselves personally and professionally. We offer a free, full time talent program of 12 weeks containing a wide range of courses. The program is aimed at enabling unemployed talents with a good academic education to discover and develop their skills in order to improve their career perspective.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Open-minded, curious and driven.
What are your favorite places?
What is your favorite sport?
What is your advice for potential MIF students?
Enjoy the ride!

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Na de studie

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During the one- or two-year MIF programme, you will be guided by the Career Service Manager to define and plan your career path. The Career Service Manager will work with you very closely and will support you in achieving your career goals.
From enrolment to completion of the programme the Career Service Manager will be involved on a regular basis, and will be as well available after you become an alumnus. You will start with an comprehensive intake and then continue with one-on-one coaching sessions throughout the year. The coaching sessions will be based on your needs and the area of improvement. Together with the Career Service Manager you will develop a Personal&Professional Development Plan and work on various careers-related aspects such as your skills, identifying your strengths and weaknesses, CV and/or cover letter writing, Job interviews preparations and many others.

MIF Mentorship
In addition to the Career Service Manager you will be also guided by a mentor, who will be assigned to you based on your personal choice and professional background. The ABS mentors come from our alumni group, based all around the world, who hold different senior positions within the finance sector.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The Dutch government provides international graduates from Dutch institutions the opportunity ro apply for a 'search year permit'. This means that you can spend 12 months after graduation in the Netherlands to focus on a job search. During this period you have unrestricted access to the Dutch labour market. During this periode you are allowed to work in the Netherlands.
For more information regarding immigration policies and regulations, please visit the Nuffic site or our UvA Student Services, which also provides information for international students.
The Career Service Manager will be actively assisting you with the job search by presenting to you different internship and/or job opportunities. Prior to each job interview you will have a chance to practice a Mock Interview with the Career Service Manager and to receive critical feedback.

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