Specialists for international financial markets

Master’s Degree Programme in Finance

Do you want a challenging career with a competitive salary? Are you talented and motivated? Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting or economics?

Specialists for international financial markets

Our accounting and finance graduates have excellent international career prospects. Graduates from our Master’s Degree Programme in Finance have been very successful in their careers both in Finland and abroad:

  • 52% of the students in our Master’s Degree Programme find a job before graduation
  • Over 100 companies recruited our graduates
  • EUR 3,500 average salary after graduation
  • 71% of last year’s graduates are already working fulltime.

Some examples of the recruiting companies: PwC, Deloitte, Nordea, Nordic Investment Bank, Bank of Finland, Keva, Nokia, Ernst & Young, OP Financial Group, KONE, Mandatum Life, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and Wärtsilä.

Dean of the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Vaasa, Helinä Saarela

The School of Accounting and Finance is ranked among the top research centres in Europe thanks to our high-quality teaching staff and scientific research. 

Our Master's Degree Programme in Finance is the only EFMD-accredited Finance programme in Finland, the second CFA-affiliated Finance programme in Finland and the fourth CFA-affiliated Finance programme in the Nordic countries.

More information about the accreditations, rankings and audits is available on this page.

EFMD accredited

The EFMD-accredited programme focuses on the theory of finance and financial analysis and their practical applications from an international perspective and provides an overview of corporate finance, investments and option pricing. During the last seasons we have enriched the program by increasing the supply of courses on Corporate social responsibility, Fintech and Data-analytics.

EFMD programme accreditation is the most thorough programme accreditation system for business and/or management degrees and courses, including face-to-face, blended and online provisions. It constitutes a benchmark for what is considered an internationally recognised and peer-reviewed programme. The EFMD programme accreditation covers all facets of programme provision: from its institutional, national and international environment, through its design, delivery, outcomes and impacts, to its quality assurance processes. EFMD Accredited emphasises academic rigour, practical relevance, internationalisation, and ethics and sustainability.

Our Master's Degree Programme in Finance ranked 60 in the category for Corporate Finance, Western Europe, in the Eduniversal Masters Ranking 2019.
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The CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute is a global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the industry gold standard CFA charter. The non-profit organisation is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community.

Teaching outcomes

The programme provides students with all the necessary tools needed for making decisions and solving problems. It also improves their understanding of the increasingly complex and globalised financial markets. In addition, students will learn analytical approaches and methods for financial analysis. Finance students have access to a Bloomberg Lab, which is a real-world trading room simulation that allows students to monitor and analyse real-time financial markets data.

The intensive 2-year programme consists of 120 ECTS and earns you a Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration degree.


The Master's Degree Programme in Finance has developed three double-degree programmes with high-quality universities in Sweden, France and Russia. Students can apply to gain degrees from two countries and benefit from international experience which is valued by future employers.

  • IÉSEG School of Management, France
    IÉSEG School of Management is one of the top business schools in France, ranked 7th in France and 31st overall in the Financial Times Masters in Management 2017 ranking.
  • Higher School of Economics St. Petersburg, Russia
    HSE St. Petersburg is a campus of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow. HSE has become one of the top Russian public universities in the field of social sciences and management and is listed within the top 300 best universities in the world according to the QS Global World Ranking.
  • Umeå University, Sweden
    Umeå School of Business and Economics is known for its high level of education, research, corporate connections as well as a strong focus on internationalisation.

Apply here

You can submit your application to the international master’s degree programmes through the Studyinfo system during the application period.

Student and Alumni Experiences

Michela Porta

Michela Porta wanted to return to Finland after her exchange semester here. She appreciates how the courses are organised and enjoys group works and personal assignments.

Tuomas Lindeman
Tuomas Lindeman

Tuomas Lindeman graduated from the University of Vaasa’s Finance programme in 2019 and is currently working as a Treasury Analyst in Group Finance and Treasury at Nordea. His team’s main task is the short-term management of the whole group’s…

Camilla Järvinen
Camilla Järvinen

“I am currently working as a Mergers & Acquisition professional at KONE Corporation, one of the leading elevator and escalator companies in the world. The Master’s Degree Programme in Finance prepared and enabled me to select this exciting…

Meet the teaching staff

Tuition is based on scientific research. We are in continuous dialogue with enterprises and the surrounding environment so that we can offer the latest knowledge to society in the future as well. Get to know your teachers beforehand by reading more.

Contact Information

For admission information contact:

For further information about the content of the programme contact:

Janne Äijö
Janne Äijö

School of Accounting and Finance, Finance

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  • +358 29 449 8519
  • Tervahovi D341
Nebojsa Dimic
Nebojsa Dimic
Assistant professor, finance

School of Accounting and Finance, Finance

  • +358 29 449 8516
  • Tervahovi D208
Sami Ilomäki
Sami Ilomäki

University Services, Education Services

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  • +358 29 449 8130
  • Tervahovi A332