ESSEC Business School

Master in Finance

Consistently ranked as one of the best Masters in Finance in the world - #5 Financial Times, #6 QS-, the ESSEC Master in Finance is designed for high potential students who want to pursue a career in Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, FinTech, Asset and Portfolio Management, Risk Management; and occupy positions in investment banks and most prestigious financial institutions. It is a CFA partner, and a career-oriented, in-depth technical and internationally focused program, with study trips to major financial centers: London and New York or Hong Kong.
Entry requirements: Master degree, 4-year bachelor or 3-year bachelor’s degree
Duration: 1 or 2 years
Location: Paris region and/or Singapore
Selection: Online application + GMAT/GRE/TAGE-MAGE + TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge/TOEIC (for non-native speakers)
Member of the Conférence des grandes écoles

Replays

2019-11-21

The questions

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Participants:

  • Sridhar Arcot - Academic Director of the program
  • Luisa STOBBE - Student of the program
  • 00:20

    The Pitch

    01:40

    Hi Luisa, where are you from and why did you pick this programme?

    02:29

    Luisa, what type of finance do you want to go into afterwards?

    03:37

    What’s the difference between this and a finance MBA?

  • 04:58

    I did my bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Do you accept students who don’t have finance experience or any background in it?

    06:30

    As a non French person, what are the chances of getting a job in France, in your opinion?

    08:01

    I didn’t get the top grades in my first degree (and I can explain why) but does that really matter for the application?

    09:08

    Hello, I’m currently in my second year of Licence in Economics. How can I maximize my chances of being admitted to the Master in Finance after my Licence?

  • 11:20

    Can the professors give us contacts for internships and jobs?

    12:38

    How big are the classes in this course?

    13:50

    Does the course teach us about different financial markets so we can work globally?

    14:56

    The Clichés

  • 17:50

    Do you think it is better to live in Cergy, near the campus, or in Paris? What are the pros and cons?

    19:38

    I want to work in Big Data. Should I go to Singapore to study that?

    20:19

    How many people go into private equity afterwards?

    21:32

    I am a French student, currently studying math and physics in a double bachelor at Paris sud university. To get the best chances to get in you master in finance, should I pass the Tage-Mage or the GMAT?

  • 22:19

    How many people take each elective? It looks like a small course, will I ever be the only person in a class?

    23:21

    If I don’t already have a masters do I have to do the two-year programme?

    23:46

    What are some examples of the topics covered on the FinTech track?

    24:55

    Is it possible to change your choice of track after sending off your application?

  • 25:47

    Can we take accountancy qualifications while we’re at ESSEC? Can we get extra tutoring for this?

    26:38

    Hi Luisa! Do you make friends easily in ESSEC, are the French people willing to integrate the foreigners?

    28:00

    Do we have classes with students from other masters on the ESSEC campus?

    28:52

    Do most people get jobs through their internship?

  • 30:33

    What are the benefits of doing a dissertation at the end?

    31:35

    Who Am I?

    33:39

    Luisa, What have you liked about ESSEC so far? And what have you not?

    36:26

    Would we be able to pay the deposit in instalments?

  • 37:25

    What funding do you have for international students?

    39:25

    Can I get a part-time job on campus?

    40:27

    What kind of topics do people write their dissertations on?

    42:05

    What are the chances of getting a scholarship?

  • 43:20

    Do we work on real-life projects during the course?

    44:35

    Final Destination

    46:24

    Can you take a gap year between year 1 and year 2?

    47:33

    Do you offer courses on ethics in finance?

  • 49:01

    Is the course mostly French people or international students? What about the professors?

    50:10

    Broadly, what’s the difference between the tracks and will what I choose affect my career afterwards?

    51:03

    How did you choose your campus?

    52:27

    If I get in, can I postpone the start of my programme to the next year or do I have to apply all over again?

  • 53:07

    How long are the study trips and what kind of work do you do during them? Do you have to write a report afterwards?

    54:53

    I did computer science before but want to retrain towards finance. Is this the right programme for me? I have no prior experience…

    55:24

    What is student life like on the Singapore campus? Are there activities for international students?

    56:24

    If I want to go into accounting, is it a good idea to do this course or better just to do specific accounting qualifications?

  • 56:47

    Will Asian employers prefer it if I’ve chosen the Singapore track?

    57:43

    Do you have examples of companies alumni work in?

    58:42

    Extra Time