Hult International Business School, the world's first global business school, the world's first global business school, announced today that it is offering its incoming September MBA class the opportunity to extend their studies and graduate with a Master of Finance degree at no extra cost.
The accelerated Hult finance program will immediately follow the Hult MBA program, and will give students an indepth understanding of corporate finance, investments, and capital markets. Since the basic financial concepts are covered in the MBA program, students can fulfill the Master of Finance degree requirements in as quickly as six months.
Thus, Hult MBA students will be given the opportunity to graduate with two degrees in only 18 months.
The Master of Finance has been designed in consultation with banking and finance professionals and will provide first-class training for exceptional students wishing to gain more detailed knowledge of finance than can be acquired simply from an MBA. The program will consist of a number of core courses that will lay a solid foundation for a career in finance, a range of electives covering the main areas of applied finance, and an action learning project which brings theory to life. Program topics will include Financial Analysis, Company Valuations, Investment Banking, Portfolio Analysis, Investment Strategy, Financial Instruments and Capital Markets.
The program is designed for experienced professionals who want to fast-track their careers in finance, especially those interested in careers related to:
- Investment, commercial and retail banking
- Investment management, hedge funds, security analysis and brokering
- The finance function of major for profit and not-for-profit organizations
- Capital markets, trade and risk management
- Accountancy firms, regulatory bodies and investor relations
Dr Richard Joseph, Dean of Hult International Business School and former investment banker, designed the program in collaboration with financial professionals and academics. Dr. Joseph worked at Citibank, Lehman Brothers, and Bear Stearns before entering academia. He drew heavily on his experience in corporate finance, securities trading, and mergers & acquisitions to develop a rigorous and highly relevant curriculum. Dr Joseph commented, "Some business schools offer an MBA with a specialization in finance. However, employers largely discount such qualifications because these programs provide insufficient depth for a true specialization. A Master of Finance degree is a stellar credential that suggests a high degree of financial skill and knowledge to potential employers."
President Stephen Hodges, himself a former banker, added, "We are offering our graduates the opportunity to earn two Master's degrees because we believe that this will substantially help them in their job search. It is our way of investing in our students and providing them with the support they need to stand out amongst other MBA graduates in a highly competitive job market."
To celebrate the launch of this exciting program, prospective applicants who submit a successful Hult MBA application before April 30th, 2009 will be given a 25000 USD scholarship. The scholarship will cover the additional tuition fee for the Master of Finance.