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Master’s Degree (M2) in Finance, Track: Master of Science in Finance

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Prerequisites for enrolment
Bac + 4
Length of studies
1 year
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The programme is taught entirely in English.
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The Master of Science in Finance is the first year of an intensive Ph.D. programme in management science for individuals interested in pursuing a career in research.

The programme combines theory and practical applications creatively and is composed of intensive core courses in general management and specialized courses in Finance, all taught in English. The core courses bridge theory with adequate tools to understand and handle challenging real-world management issues, and unleash students’ potential, confidence and skills to develop groundbreaking ideas.  The specialized courses in Finance allow students to study Finance in depth. By the end of their master, students who have successfully completed the Master of Science may choose to end their formal training or continue with the PhD. Graduates choosing to enter the professional life will get jobs as economists in policy-oriented institutions or private firms.

doctoral programme in finance

The content and teaching on this Master is provided by a team of highly reputed professors, with international teaching experience at such prestigious institutions as Princeton University, University of Warwick, University of Oxford, Georgia State University, HEC Paris, University of California Santa Barbara, New York University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Wharton School. In additional, students will gain a foundation in management research through core courses taken by students all 6 tracks of the Master of Science programme.

To ensure a smooth transition into their future career, students in the Master have access to a dedicated computer room, equipped with some of the leading software used in business practice (@Risk, SAS, SAP, Business Objects, etc.).

Students who do not plan on continuing with a PhD may complete an internship instead of writing a Master’s thesis.


In your opinion, what are the strengths of the master in finance taught at IAE

"Four significant points distinguish the training in the Master in Finance:
  • A constantly evolving curriculum
  • Varied teaching methods
  • World-renowned scientific quality
  • An essential balance between theory and practice"

Christophe BISIÈRE

Professor of Finance
Head of the finance department


Business partnerships

Since 2002, the following organizations have participated in the curriculum and / or provided internships:

Airbus, Alcatel Space, Astrium, Atos, Banexi Ventures Partners, Banque de France, Banque Courtois, BNP Paribas, BPCE, Caisse des dépôts et Consignations, Calyon, Cap Gemini, Crédit Agricole, CIC, Crédit Mutuel, Dassault System, Dexia Asset Management, EADS, EDF, HSBC, LCL, EuroMTS, Euronext, Eurosport International, Finance Conseil, Lipton Informatique Conseil, KPMG, Logica, Morgan Stanley, Motorola, Natixis, Murex, Omnium Finance, Pierre Fabre, Renault, Société Générale, SGAM, Siemens VDO Automotive, Sopra Group, Steria, Talan, Thales Avionique, Valuego…

Research centers partnerships

The Master benefits from the vibrant scientific environment of the University Toulouse Capitole.

Faculty teaching in the programme are renowned researchers from the CRM (Centre de Recherche en Management – UMR CNRS 5303), the IDEI (Institut d’Economie Industrielle), and the TSE (Toulouse School of Economics). The seminars and conferences organized in these research centers are an integral part of the curriculum.

Institution partnerships

This Master is a programme in partnership with the IAE Toulouse School of Management and Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).


Prerequisites for enrolment : Bac + 4

Required former training

The Master welcomes students with management, economics and engineering backgrounds.

Students come mainly from the Master 1 Finance, Master 1 TSE, Master 1 TBS, and INSA engineering school.

Admission conditions

  • Students who have been awarded the 60 credits at the end of the first year of the Master in Finance at IAE Toulouse can continue directly into the second year.
  • Students who have been awarded the 60 credits at the end of the first year of a Master at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) can enroll in the second year of this Master, subject to their application being examined and a possible admissions interview.
  • Students who have been awarded the 60 credits at the end of the first year of the Master in Management at Toulouse Business School can enroll in the second year of this Master, subject to their application being examined and a possible admissions interview.
  • Students who have passed the first year of another Master or graduate with an engineering degree, a degree from a business School or any other degree considered to be equivalent, can enroll in the second year of this Master, following examination of their academic record and an interview.


Click below to apply for 2017-2018 academic year:

Semester 1

UE1 - Organisational theory
UE2 - Econometrics
UE3 - Experimental methods
UE4 - Reading research papers
UE5 - English for presenting and publishing
UE6 - Asset pricing and financial markets
UE7 - Corporate finance and financial intermediation
UE8 - Reading group

3 courses among:
UE9.1 - Psychology for finance
UE9.2 - Derivatives
UE9.3 - Financial econometrics
UE9.4 - Economics for finance

Semester 2

In order to obtain your Master 2, you must write a master thesis or validate a professional experience of at least 6 months that can take the form of an internship or a job contract. In that case you must also write a report to analyze your professional responsibilities and present your contributions.

Year of highschool graduation
Bac + 5

Targeted skill(s)

By the end of the Master in Finance, students will be able to:
  • know basic institutional and regulatory framework of finance in organisations and markets
  • understand the conceptual foundations and analytical methods in finance
  • apply analytical methods in finance to solve practical problem encountered by corporations, financial institutions and markets
  • critically assess the drivers of contemporary financial issues
  • incorporate ethical dimension and implications for sustainability in financial decisions
  • communicate effectively in oral and written form
  • work in team
  • solve complex problems

The goal of this Master of Science in Finance is to provide students with the quantitative, analytical and theoretical tools for a successful academic or industry-oriented career.

Career Opportunities


Researcher or Economist

  • University or business school
  • Policy-oriented institutions
  • Research institutes
  • Employers such as private firms, investment and commercial banks, pension funds, hedge funds, mutual funds, consulting firms… 

Director of studies

"This master creatively combines the best of theory, practice and reality-based education. Students are trained in rigorous research techniques and work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to complete a master thesis that will be assessed by a board of professors. The objective of this second year is to provide students with the quantitative, analytical and theoretical tools for a successful research-oriented career or an industry-oriented career."

Professor of Finance
Programme director

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