Master in Finance
Welcome to the web pages of the Master in Finance! We offer a two-year program that blends finance and mathematics. It is quantitative but practical. It covers classic concepts and topics but also current ones such as machine learning or climate risk.
Ulm is a great place to live and to study. According to a ranking by Times Higher Education, which is based on research and teaching excellence, Ulm university is ranked 14 worldwide among all universities founded in the Golden Age of Higher Education, an era between 1945 and 1967 that is characterized by rapid university expansion. In a broader perspective, Ulm University is placed in the top ten percent worldwide and is now ranked 146 among all universities regardless of their age, according to another analysis by Times Higher Education.
Start: winter semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Degree: Master of Science
Language of Instruction: English
Application: online application from January, 15 until March, 15
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A brief summary of the program can be found in our Flyer.
Character of the Program
The Master in Finance program provides a unique interdisciplinary education in mathematical finance to students from around the world. The program, which is taught in English, includes courses from mathematics, applied mathematics, financial economics and insurance.
Special attention will be given to foundations from various branches of applied mathematics, which are necessary for modeling complex financial processes and products and for setting up predictive models. Example applications are portfolio optimization, the pricing of derivatives and insurance products, measurement of risk as well as the prediction of stock returns, bankruptcies and other variables that are key to financial decision making. Many of the offered courses focus on such applications, and current issues such as climate risk will be covered. Students will also gain familiarity with the information systems Refinitiv Datastream and Refinitiv Eikon, which are available in the faculty’s trading room.
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Through the program, students will gain a sound understanding of cutting-edge techniques used by financial institutions, consultants, regulators as well as fintechs, i.e., companies that offer new products based on modern technology. Topics of the program include valuation of derivatives, portfolio and risk management, insurance and data analytics. 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.
On July 8, the Institute of Finance invited all Master in Finance students to a get-together. The first part consisted of a visit to the local art gallery "Kunsthalle Weishaupt" and their current exhibition containing works by Chagall, Picasso, Warhol and other famous modern artists. Afterwards the group went to a nearby beer garden where everyone took the opportunity to refresh themselves with cold drinks and to enjoy the time together. In the evening, part of the group visited the International Danube Festival, where they ended the day together.