The Finance major at NHH prepares you for a wide range of outstanding career opportunities within financial services, consulting and auditing.
The course portfolio is designed and taught by NHH’s internationally recognised faculty in finance and related areas. Their academic research and industry knowledge ensure that the courses are relevant and of high quality. Many of the courses are case-based and cutting edge.
The courses combine a rigorous theoretical approach with relevant applications. Students will develop a deep understanding of the theoretical framework and empirical evidence in finance.
You will learn to analyse real-life problems related to financial markets and financial decision-making in firms, and to apply principles at the research frontier.
Upon completion of the programme, you will possess skills for performing investment analysis and valuation, evaluating portfolio management strategies and techniques, and making corporate finance decisions and risk management considerations.
To ensure in-depth knowledge and skills vital for a chosen career path, you can tailor the major to suit your own interests and choose to specialize in areas ranging from corporate finance, capital markets or quantitative finance/Fintech:
- Corporate Finance: prepares students for careers in investment banking, M&A advisory, security analysis, commercial banking, private equity, management consulting, and corporate positions. Students gain an understanding of how corporate financial decisions affect operations and the effect of capital budgeting and business restructuring decisions for the firm’s choice of funding. Topics include corporate valuation, securities issuance, capital structure, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, banking, and private equity.
- Capital Markets: prepares students for careers in portfolio management, risk management, treasury functions, and securities sales and trading. The courses deal with the pricing of financial securities, portfolio management, behavioral finance, and investor psychology. They also cover the interaction between financial markets and macroeconomics, including how financial markets are both a source of information and a tool for financial regulation and economic policies.
- Quantitative Finance and Fintech: prepares students for careers as specialists in quantitative-oriented areas such as asset management, risk management, and financial product development, as well as financial regulation. The rapid technological development has increased the demand for candidates with a deep understanding of financial theory combined with strong quantitative skills. Companies have large amounts of data and need employees who can analyze this data, for example using machine learning, to make strategic decisions. This specialization also offers insights on implications of structural changes and opportunities caused by digitalization and new financial regulation.
Upon successful completion of the major, the candidate shall:
K1: have extensive, updated knowledge of relevant theories within finance, their application and empirical basis – as well as having special expertise in at least two of the three main themes of the financial markets, corporate finance and macroeconomics.
K2: have solid competence in methods of empirical analysis in finance.
K3: have a broad understanding of the issues that characterise today’s national and international financial markets.
S1:be analytically strong with a proven ability to both understand and carry out a broad set of calculations.
S2: be able to update skills on their own throughout their career.
S3: be independent, reflective and mature in their work.
G1: be able to utilise available information and data with necessary critical understanding of sources
G2: have the ability to work in teams and to communicate and present professional analyses and issues to both specialists and a wider audience.
G3: have solid competence on ethical issues and social responsibility in general – and in relation to the financial market in particular.
The finance major consists of 45 ECTS courses and 30 ECTS for a master thesis. Students are recommended to take courses the three first semesters and work on the master thesis in the last semester. The general structure of the coursework is as follows:
- Two core courses:
- FIE400 Investments
- FIE402 Corporate Finance
- One empirical methods course:
- FIE401 Financial Econometrics, or
- ECN402 Econometric Techniques
- Three more elective courses within the finance major
The core courses in the major provide a foundation for the elective courses in finance. You are encouraged to take the core courses and the course in empirical methods during the two first terms to have flexibility in your choice of electives.
- Bachelor’s degree
Admission to master’s degree studies in Norway requires Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor’s degree. Please refer to NOKUT (The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) for information about the minimum educational requirements for your country.90 ECTS must be within economics and business administration. This may include methodological subjects like statistics or mathematics, but not exclusively. 30 ECTS must be within business administration (e.g. finance, accounting, strategy, marketing, statistics, mathematics, etc.). Economics courses such as micro- or macroeconomics may not count toward the business administration requirement. This requirement is absolute and cannot be compensated by work experience, test results or other criteria.Applicants are ranked according to their grade average. Your GPA should correspond approximately to a B on the ECTS grading scale. Admission is highly competitive with only one in eight applicants being offered admission. If you are to complete your degree in the spring semester of the admission year, admission will be assessed on results up to and including the penultimate semester. If offered conditional admission based on ongoing education and final transcripts result in an unacceptable decrease in grade point average, you will be refused unconditional admission.
- GMAT or GRE
Applications not including a GMAT/GRE test by March 15 will under no circumstances be considered, unless you belong to one of the few groups exempted (see Exemptions from the GMAT-/GRE requirement below).Minimum test scores required:
- GMAT: a total score of 600 points (Programme code: 7KZ-ZK-01)
- GRE: 152 points on the quantitative reasoning section (Programme code: 0686)
Test scores must be less than five years old at the time of the application deadline and only test scores issued to NHH directly from the issuing authority are accepted.
Exemptions from the GMAT-/GRE requirements
- English language requirement
Unless you belong to one of the groups exempted (see below), you must document a good command of the English language by passing one of the three tests below:
- TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language (Programme code: 0686) Minimum total score: 90 points on the internet based test, 575 points on the written test or 233 on the computer-based test
- IELTS Academic – International English Language Testing System
Minimum overall band score: 6,5
- PTE Academic – The Pearson’s Test of English. Minimum score: 62
Test scores must be less than two years old at the time of the application deadline and only test scores issued to NHH directly from the issuing authority are accepted.
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