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Finance - Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The Master in Finance at Ulm University is a two-year program that blends finance and mathematics. It is quantitative yet practical. Not just according to rankings, Ulm is an excellent place for studying finance. The program, which is taught in English, includes courses from mathematics, applied mathematics, finance and insurance.

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Master of Science (M.Sc.)

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Studienbeginn
  • nächstes Wintersemester: 01.10.2017
Unterrichtssprache
  • englisch
Zulassungsbeschränkungen
  • keine Zulassungsbeschränkung
ECTS credit points

120

Regelstudienzeit (in Semestern)

4

Worum geht es in diesem Studiengang?

Special attention will be given to foundations from various branches of applied mathematics (stochastics, statistics, applied and numerical analysis), which are necessary for modeling complex financial processes and products. With the help of such knowledge, students will be able to use advanced mathematical methods in order to solve practical problems. Example applications are portfolio optimization, the pricing and risk analysis of credit derivatives, asset-backed securities and insurance products, or bankruptcy prediction. Many of the offered courses focus on such applications. Students will also gain familiarity with the information system Bloomberg, which is available in the faculty’s trading room.

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  • Why Ulm University?

    Excellent ratings

    Ulm is an excellent place for studying finance: Ulm University is ranked 8 worldwide among universities founded less than 50 years ago, according to an analysis by Times Higher Education that is based on research and teaching excellence. In a broader perspective, Ulm University improved by 57 ranks and is now ranked 135 worldwide among all universities regardless of their age, according to another analysis by Times Higher Education.

     

    Ulm - the feel-good city

    Studying and researching is well and good. But Albert Einstein's birthplace also has a lot to offer to keep you entertained in your spare time. Ulm is a great place to 'paint the town red'  and have a good time. There aren't many cities that offer such an abundance of cafés, pubs and restaurants. Events like the Ulmer Zelt (summer concert & comedy series), Nabada (carnival on the river) or the International Donaufest (food, craftworks & music) will get you on your feet and out and about in this medieval city with its quaint alleys and lush green parks.

     

    What else?

    Many more reasons for studying Finance in Ulm are described in this video.

     

     

  • Aims of the Program

    Sophisticated...

    The Master in Finance program provides a unique interdisciplinary education in mathematical finance to students from around the world:

    Graduates are able to use advanced mathematical methods in order to solve problems such as the modeling of complex financial processes and products.

    ...yet practical

    Through the program, students will gain a sound understanding of cutting-edge techniques used by financial institutions, consultants, regulators and many others. Graduates of the program are familiar with topic such as

    • valuation and hedging of derivatives
    • portfolio and risk management
    • regulatory aspects
    • insurance
    • ... and many more

     

     

  • Content and Specializations

    Content

    The program includes courses from mathematics, applied mathematics, finance, financial economics and insurance.

    Special attention will be given to foundations from various branches of applied mathematics (stochastics, statistics, applied and numerical analysis), which are necessary for modeling complex financial processes and products.
    Example applications are portfolio optimization, the pricing and risk analysis of credit derivatives, asset-backed securities and insurance products, or bankruptcy prediction. Many of the offered courses focus on such applications

    Other core courses include Practical Financial Engineering, which is designed to practice the implementation of modern financial techniques, and seminars, in which you will write and present papers and thereby prepare for the master’s thesis.

    Specializations

    After the first term, students can choose one out of three specializations:

    • Financial Mathematics
    • Financial Economics
    • Actuarial Science

     

    Learn more about the study plan.

    Learn more about the curriculum.

     

     

  • Our Homepage

     

    On the  Master in Finance homepage you can find the latest news about the Master in Finance program as well as information for current students such as the curriculum or course descriptions.

Career Perspectives

  • Professional Perspectives

    Sought-after Skills

    Through the program, students will gain a sound understanding of cutting-edge techniques used by financial institutions, consultants, regulators and many other economic institutions. Topics of the program also include valuation and hedging of derivatives, portfolio and risk management, regulatory aspects, and insurance.
    Graduates with a sound training in these areas are sought after on the job market. The program is also an excellent preparation for doctoral studies leading to a PhD.

    Employers from around the World

    Among employers, Ulm University has an excellent reputation for well-trained finance students.
    Most of our graduates work for global players. Employers of former MSc Finance students include:

    • Bank of America
    • Allianz
    • KPMG
    • Deutsche Bank
    • Goldman Sachs
    • Uni Credit
    • Bank of China
    • Ernst & Young
    • Talanx
    • DZ Bank
    • ... and many others

     

     

  • Student Testimonials

    Jovana from Serbia

    What I really like about the Master in Finance program is that it offers courses that cover a wide range of areas in finance and that students are completely free to choose their own study path. Since I come from a country in which the financial sector is not very developed, this helped me a lot to get an overview of many different topics and to choose my area of interest. Furthermore, the environment and the overall atmosphere at the University is very stimulating and besides high-quality theoretical and practical knowledge that students can gain, they have a chance to work together with their colleagues who are coming from all around the world and to learn more about different cultures and team-work in such an international environment.

    In my opinion, the experience I gained during two years I spent in Ulm prepared me in the best possible way for my future career and enabled me to enter a leading-edge company in the area of the investment and risk.

    Jovana, student from Serbia.
    After graduating in 2013, Jovana got a position as an analyst at risklab GmbH, The Investment and Risk Advisory Experts of AllianzGI Global Solutions

    Jun from China

    What I like most are the flexibility of the program and the freedom it gives to the students. At the end of the first year, after tasting everything interesting, we can choose to focus on either mathematical or economical aspect of finance. With plenty of courses offered in both areas, we can design our own curricula respectively. This structure is great for beginning graduate students, because interests and career goals of them vary.

    Another feature of the program is the practical work involved in the courses, seminars and thesis. In the course of preparation, we learn how to review literature, translate problems, come up with new ideas, program and calculate, support your arguments and summarize. In the presentation, we learn how to speak to the audience and make them understand. According to the personal experiences of my fellow students and myself, what we did in the seminars and thesis proves to be very relevant to finding a position later, in both industry and academia.

    Jun, student from China.
    After graduating in 2012, Jun went to Tampere, Finland, where he is studying for a PhD in computational finance.

    Ken from Japan

    I see three strong advantages in studying the MSc Finance program at Ulm. First, I feel the course offers a perfect mixture between theoretical and practical knowledge. My first degree was in mathematics, where knowledge was passed on through a piece of chalk on the blackboard. As much as I enjoyed this experience, in Ulm many courses are real-life oriented, we are able to gain experience applying knowledge and handling data using software such as Bloomberg, DataStream, MATLAB, R, or C++. I personally found this extremely helpful during my internships. Second, the diversity of students in the program is just surprising. Colleagues literally come from around the globe (of course, Germany too!) and it is a great opportunity to be able to network with such a diverse range of colleagues. Third but not least, I find this program very flexible. You have an opportunity to become a teaching assistant in your third semester. You can write your master's thesis in collaboration with a renowned institution. You could perhaps do an exchange semester in the USA or take a semester off doing an internship. I have seen colleagues structure their own unique master's program here.

    Finally, as a student studying finance, taught to make 'rational' decisions, I would like to end by saying that the cost and quality of education in Ulm leads me to believe that I was able to maximize utility doing my master's degree here.

    Ken, student from Japan.
    After graduating in 2013, Ken went to Tokyo, Japan, where he is working as an asset manager.

How to apply

  • Admission requirements

    Bachelor's Degree

    Applicants for this program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent thereof) in mathematics or in another quantitative and mathematically-orientated discipline from a recognized university. Applicants with a degree in physics, engineering or computer science are usually eligible. A degree in economics can be sufficient provided that you have successfully taken a significant number of courses in mathematics and statistics. A degree in business, commerce or accounting is usually not sufficient for admission because typical programs in these fields do not contain the amount of training in mathematics and statistics that is required for the MSc Finance. Please note that mathematics courses outside university (e.g. secondary school) cannot be considered as a surrogate for missing qualifications at the Bachelor's level.
    We expect an above-average performance in the completed degree.

    Interest in Mathematics

    Note that courses in financial mathematics and mathematics, which are an integral part of the MSc Finance, are on the level of mathematics programs. Applicants should therefore have a genuine interest in mathematics.

    Pre-Check

    If you are in doubt whether you meet the requirements, beginning from October 1st each year, you can send us an email with only your transcript of records for a preliminary check. Please try not to send attachments larger than 2 MB.

    English language test

    Furthermore, good knowledge of the English language is required. You can use a TOEFL (score of at least 570 for the paper-based test, 230 for the computer-based test, or 88 for the internet-based test) or an IELTS (score of 6.5 or better). A test is not needed by applicants whose mother tongue is English or who have completed a Bachelor taught in English. 

    No Background in Finance needed

    You do not need prior knowledge in finance. The compulsory courses of the first semester are structured such that they can serve as an introduction to finance. Successful applicants will display the willingness to work in a challenging, multi-cultural environment, a strong mathematical ability and good communication skills.

     

     

  • Application process

    When?

    The next intake is winter semester 2018/2019.

    Applications will start in January 2018. Application deadline is April 30, 2018.

    If you submit your application until the end of February/middle of April/end of April, you can expect to be informed about the admission decision by the middle of April/end of May/middle of June. We recommend you to apply as soon as possible.

    How?

    To submit your application, register at uni-assist and follow these steps. Please make sure that you fulfill the formal requirements.
    Uni-assist charges a processing fee for the application. Please note that if you don't pay the processing fee in time, your application will not be forwarded to University of Ulm.

    Application deadline is April 30, 2018. By this date, all documents need to be at uni-assist. If you haven't submitted the necessary documents online, you can instead send simple paper copies of your documents via mail:

    Ulm University
    c/o uni-assist e.V.
    11507 Berlin
    Germany

    In case your mail service does not accept the address above, you can instead send your documents to:

    Ulm University
    c/o uni-assist e.V.
    Geneststraße 5
    10829 Berlin, Germany

     

  • Important documents that you will need for application

     
    • Certificate of your Bachelor degree (or other degree qualifying you for the Master) including a transcript of records. If you have not yet completed the degree but expect it to complete before the program starts, it is also possible to apply with a preliminary transcript of records. You can get an admission based on the transcript of records, and hand in the final certificate later on.

    • Proof of English language knowledge (Not needed by applicants who have completed a Bachelor taught in English or whose mother tongue is English). As with the degree certificate, you can hand in the test results later.

    • A letter of motivation can be added. If you decide to do so, briefly describe (one page is enough) your motivation for studying for a Master in Finance.

    • Other information (e.g. about work experience, or letters of reference) can be added but they are not required.

     

     

  • For applicants with German citizenship

     

    Exclusively(!) applicants with German citizenship may apply by using this online application form.

    All other applicants have to follow the procedure outlined above.

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  • Fees and Financing

    Fees & Living Expenses

    Students who are not nationals of the European Union or member states of the European Economic Area (Island, Liechtenstein, Norway) and who come from abroad to study in Ulm need to pay a tuition fee of 1500 Euro per semester, i.e. 3000 Euro per year or 6000 for the entire Master program if you complete it within the envisaged two years. There are some exceptions. For example, students who completed schooling in Germany (Abitur) or who already have a permanent residential permit in Germany are not required to pay.  For more information, please have a look here.
    An administrative fee of presently 165.81 Euros (student union fee 79.50 Euro, administrative fee of 70 Euro, fee for constituted student body 16.31 Euro) will be charged per semester.

    Students are responsible for their own living expenses which run, as a guide line, at 600 to 700 Euro per month. For a more detailed overview, please consult this page.

    Financing

    It is possible to work as a teaching or research assistant in your second year while studying in Ulm.

    For information on scholarship programs consult the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Make sure that you tick "postgraduate" in the status field when searching the DAAD database. Several of our students have DAAD scholarships, in particular Study Scholarships for Graduates of All Disciplines. Unfortunately, these scholarships are availabe only for specific countries. The DAAD database will inform you whether you can apply for such a scholarship. For many scholarships awarded by German institutions, application is usually only possible once you study in Germany.  For others, e.g. DAAD sholarships, you need to apply early. A large scholarship database is maintained by  Scholarshipportal. The University of Ulm also awards scholarships. For the Deutschlandstipendium, a national scholarship program, application is possible only once you study in Ulm.  For another, more limited program, candidates cannot apply themselves but are suggested based on their application for the MSc Finance.

     

     

  • Housing

     

    Most international students live in one of the dorms. Information about student housing are available here.

     

     

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