When the FT’s masters in finance ranking commenced, in 2011, Donald Trump was however presenting The Apprentice and coronaviruses have been a niche curiosity amid microbiologists. Much has improved because then — but the number-1 location in the ranking has not. This yr, as in 2011, HEC Paris tops the desk.

Far more specifically, the French business enterprise university ranks first amid vendors of pre-practical experience masters in finance (MiF) courses — that is, for students with little or no relevant experienced practical experience. The tables set out details on the most effective programmes around the globe in this space, as properly as on the top 3 courses for people today who have presently worked in the finance sector. It is based on surveys of universities and of alumni who accomplished their masters in 2017.

HEC Paris has occur top each individual yr aside from 2017, when Edhec edged it aside, and 2019, when the ranking did not run. Its accomplishment is explained by the monetary uplift that its alumni appreciate: the optimum weighted normal income, at $149,750 this yr, and the optimum income share raise 3 several years after graduation. The university is also the most effective for career development.

ESCP Business School campus in Berlin.
France’s ESCP Enterprise University attributes in the FT Masters in Finance 2020 rankings. © DAN TSANTILIS 2017

Find out which universities are in our ranking of post-practical experience and pre-practical experience postgraduate finance degrees. Find out how the tables have been compiled.

HEC’s income efficiency is not standard of European universities. Analysis of the pre-practical experience programmes exhibits that alumni of Asian universities have increased salaries and raises 3 several years after graduation, when adjusted for purchasing electric power parity involving nations. 

Alumni from US and European universities, having said that, report greater accomplishment in achieving their total aims in studying an MiF. Survey respondents say their major reasons for using an MiF are greater career chances and personal enhancement, adopted by strengthening earnings and attaining specialised capabilities.

 While mainland Europe is a well known position to examine, with alumni from its universities symbolizing much more than fifty for each cent of the cohort surveyed, British isles business enterprise universities have the optimum proportion of overseas graduates: 9 in 10. Whether or not this sort of an international intake persists after the coronavirus pandemic is a subject for upcoming editions of the ranking.

Chart on MiF courses

The proportion of feminine students enrolled at ranked universities has developed more than time but a gender pay back hole remains. Male alumni from pre-practical experience programmes make an normal of $103,403, some thirty for each cent much more than their feminine contemporaries, whose normal income is $79,094. The hole rises to 34 for each cent for post-practical experience courses. The normal income uplift is greater way too: 60 for each cent for gentlemen on pre-practical experience courses, in comparison with 48 for each cent for ladies.

Chart on MiF courses

ESCP Enterprise University is ranked next and Skema rises 1 position to 3rd. With Essec fourth and Edhec fifth, French universities have taken the top five spots in two successive MiF rankings. Likely reasons for this incorporate a long record of working MiF programmes, very good connections with the finance sector and rather very low fees.

Alumni rank ESCP first for its occupations assistance and aims attained. For the next yr in a row, the university is also top for international study course practical experience, a group that displays students’ exposure to internships, courses and exchanges in other nations.

Chinese College of Hong Kong Enterprise University registered the most effective development in the ranking, climbing 19 spots to thirtieth. Amid Chinese universities, CUHK was judged most effective in the career development group, and scores hugely for the proportion of feminine students represented.

W5F05H Interior view of the library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, abbreviated as CUHK-Shenzhen, in Shenzhen city, south China's Guangdong
Upwardly cell: CUHK, now ranked thirtieth, has produced the most development of any business enterprise university because the past MiF survey © Alamy

WHU — Otto Beisheim University of Management, in Germany, is this year’s optimum new entrant, in 22nd position. Alumni praise its exchange programme, career events and networking chances.

MIT: Sloan dropped 1 position to eighth and is the top university in the US. Its alumni make $142,876 on normal, the optimum weighted income amid US institutions in the ranking. Surveyed graduates praised MIT: Sloan for supplying a extensive immersion in the matter.

Only a several universities took portion in the ranking of post-practical experience finance courses. London Enterprise University (LBS) remains top, in advance of the College of Cambridge: Judge and Singapore Management College: Lee Kong Chian.

Dean of the London Business School, Andrew Likierman (glasses) and Donor, South African Billionaire Nathan “Natie” Kirsh.
Encounter needed: London Enterprise university tops the ranking for post-practical experience finance programmes © Monetary Instances

LBS alumni have the optimum share income raise and the university is ranked number 1 for career development and international students.

Cambridge: Judge scores optimum for value for cash, occupations assistance and international mobility. Its alumni have the optimum income, at $136,080.

Lee Kong Chian has the optimum share of feminine students and is first for international study course practical experience.

This yr we questioned graduates to fee their total fulfillment with the MiF study course — the first time we have place this issue, which does not feed into the ranking calculation. All the universities scored over eight out of 10 on normal.

The MiF ranking was suspended in 2019, owing to technical upgrades. This year’s calculations incorporate information from 2018 the place applicable.