The Financial Times Updates Masters in Finance Rankings for 2018

Increasingly, non-EU MiF graduates are having trouble landing jobs in the UK

The Financial Times has published its published the 2018 edition of its Masters in Finance (MiF) rankings. Per usual, the rankings are broken down into two lists: MiF programs aimed at those fresh out of school (pre-experience), and those who have work experience (the post-experience ranking).

Overall, the ranking finds that non-EU graduates who do their MiF degrees in the UK are having increasingly difficulty landing jobs in the country after graduation. "The proportion of masters in finance graduates from outside the European Economic Area who work in the UK three years after graduating has more than halved since 2012," reports the FT.

In 2018, just ten percent of non-EU MiF graduates who studied in the UK were working in the country three years after graduation.

International students who studied their MiF in the US were more likely to stay in the country after graduation: in 2018, 64 percent of international MiF graduates surveyed had been working in the country for three years after completing their degree.

FT Masters in Finance 2018: Pre-experience ranking

In terms of the pre-experience ranking, France's HEC Paris leads the list. ESCP Europe, which was ranked number four last year, takes second place. Last year's leader, EDHEC Business School, has fallen to position number three. Skema Business School, which was ranked sixth in 2017, takes spot number four this year; ESSEC Business School rounds out the top-five.

St. Gallen​​​​​​ comes next, and is followed by MIT - Sloan, whose MiF graduates, according to the ranking, had an average salary of over $140,000 three years after graduating, the highest of all surveyed schools.

MIT is followed by Università Bocconi and Imperial College Business School. Rounding out the top 10 is China's Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance at SJTU, which has risen 18 spots since 2016.

Overall, many UK-based Masters in Finance programs fell in the ranking. Warwick Business School, which offers an MSc in Finance, fell out of the top 10, and is now placed number 13. Likewise, the Finance and Management MSc from Cranfield has fallen seven places since 2016, and is currently ranked 32.

On the other hand, some UK MiF programs have held steady or made minor gains. Durham University Business School, for instance, held steady at position number 51. The Finance Masters program from Nottingham University Business School and Aston Business School, which both fell out of the ranking in 2017, came back this year at spots number 57 and 59, respectively.

Finance Masters from US business schools were a mixed bag. The Master in Finance from University of Maryland's Smith Business School gained eight places this year to land at position number 30. On the other hand, the Master of Science in Finance from Brandeis University International Business School fell 12 positions to rank at number 35 this year. Bentley University's MS in Finance is a new entry this year, taking position number 40.

FT Masters in Finance 2018: Post-experience ranking

For the post experience Finance Masters ranking, six programs were ranked. London Business School and Cambridge - Judge remain in the top two positions this year, once again in that order. Singapore Management University also holds on to position number three. The MiF programs from Amsterdam Business School, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Florida International University finish out that ranking, in that order.


Image: HEC Paris by DXR / CC BY-SA 4.0 (cropped)

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