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Finance (MSc)

Roland Magunia

Study Profile MSc Finance

The part-time Master of Science programme Finance, taught entirely in English language, is designed for ambitious graduates, who are eager to prepare themselves for demanding professional roles in finance. It conveys comprehensive competences which are essential both to financial intermediaries in particular as well as the wider business world in general. In order to equip financial experts with the skills necessary to face tomorrow’s challenges, the MSc in Finance is designed with both methodology and application in mind.

Highlights of the Study Course

  • Trip to a global financial centre

  • Workshops on Design Thinking, Kanban, Agile, Scrum

  • Digital Toolbox @ HSBA

  • Real Life Project

  • JOB & MASTER Programme: JOB & MASTER is a free-of-charge placement service for applicants who wish to combine a challenging academic education at HSBA and valuable professional experience.

  • Mentoring Programme: Students are matched with experienced HSBA Alumni from Hamburg, offering to be ideal sparring partners / role models.

Facts on the Study Course

Students 25 students on average, maximum of 40 students per class
Degree Master of Science with the right to proceed to doctoral studies
Credits 120 ECTS
Language English
Course Duration 30 months, start on 15 August
Course Organisation Part-time, contact hours at extended weekends and in some full-time weeks
Admission Requirements Good bachelor's degree in economics, business or similar; work experience not obligatory but beneficial for JOB&MASTER-placement; B2-level in English
Mentoring Programme HSBA alumni from the Hamburg business community
Financing JOB&MASTER, additional grants
Study Fees 22.500 Euro (=750 Euro per month)*, early-bird discount of 10% if application is received by 31 May. Fee including examination fees, excludings costs for the study trip.
Application Process Written application, telephone interview, admission day. Applications are accepted until the maximum number of students is reached. We recommend to apply early, since grants and JOB&MASTER-places are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Non-EU/EEA students should apply early to allow time for their visa application.
Accreditation FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation).

HSBA alumni and  staff at partner companies, Job&Master candidates as well as applicants that apply before 31 May receive a 10% discount.

Impressions from our Students

"I like HSBA in general and the MSc Finance because of the high practical relevance. We work on a lot of different case studies. One notices immediately that the lecturers have a lot of practical experience. The programme is very well organised and can therefore be well combined with the job."

Sascha Gröne
MSc Finance (Class of 2021)

Study Structure

To successfully complete the programme and be awarded the Master of Science degree, 120 ECTS must be collected. The credits are spread over ten modules in the first study year, and seven modules in the second. The programme concludes with the thesis.

Plan of Studies

Finance Course Content

In the core modules, knowledge needed to succeed in tomorrow’s financial roles is aquired. Quantitative Finance creates an IT language/ finance interface; Financial History teaches how challenges are tackled looking at lessons learnt from the past. Many other core modules delve deep into selected finance-related topics, while thorough methodology is used, including those for hedging strategies. In Project Finance students act as consultants, facing real-life problems.  

The shared modules with students from MSc Business Development make for lively discussions. Concepts such as Kanban, Design Thinking, Scrum or Agile are taught in Project Management; and in Data Analysis & Statistics IT tools like MatLab are used. Negotiation and presentation techniques and research methods are aquired in Scientific Methods & Competences, conveying methodological and analytical skills. Sustainable Innovation & Compliance, Digital Economics and Applied Econometrics highlight the need for embracing and developing digitalisation. Students gain an international perspective in International Markets & Study Trip, a module which takes the cohort abroad (current destination: Shanghai). 

Students from across all postgraduate courses learn together in Digital Toolbox/Elective which is a unique offering on digital tools and strategies.


Application Process

For the MSc Finance the following admission requirements apply:

  • A completed third-level degree in economics or business with 180 ECTS credits, including good knowledge in maths and stats. The degree should have been completed with a minimum German grade “good” (2.5) or equivalent.
  • Ability to study in English language (minimum level: B2 of the European Framework of Reference)
  • Letter of recommendation from a current or recent employer, or an academic reference.
  • Successfully completed HSBA selection process (written application, telephone interview, admission day); see below.

Secure Your Study Place on the MSc Finance in Four Easy Steps:

Step 1: Written Application Please send the following documents in one PDF to Application form, motivation letter in English, CV, academic or professional reference, degree certificate, transcript of records, english language certificate (min. B2)  
Step 2: Telephone Interview You are asked to explain your motivation to study at HSBA and you can ask questions about the programme and the university. The telephone interview lasts about 30 minutes.  
Step 3: Admission Day We meet in person! We get to know you better while you complete different tasks throughout the day. Today you also have the chance to visit our campus, meet professors and ask more questions.  
Step 4: Admission If successful at the Admission Day we welcome you to HSBA officially. If applicable, you will be accepted to the JOB & MASTER programme, too, and you will of course receive your contract and further information relevant to the programme.  


...with the Support of the Employer

If the applicant is already in employment, it may be possible, depending on the company, for the employer to cover most of the tuition fees.

...with the JOB & MASTER Programme

HSBA’s JOB & MASTER programme is a free placement service for applicants (still) looking for employment. If you are eligible to join the placement service, HSBA will assist you finding a job. Please note that not all students may be eligible to take part. 

Other Scholarships and Funding Programmes

As part of the HSBA study funding programme, a maximum funding of 50% of tuition fees is possible. Other funding programmes and scholarships remain unaffected.

More information on the HSBA scholarship here.

The "Deutschlandstipendium" scholarships are awarded based on performance and amount to EUR 300 per month. 50% stem from public funding from the German government and 50% from the university's own private funding.

For further information please take a look at the specific information and regulations regarding the "Deutschlandstipendium". 

For further funding needs, HSBA students may qualify for other scholarships.

A good place to look for the most appropriate scholarship is To find a suitable foundation, please check the platform

To secure funding students of HSBA can also apply to certain foundations which grant scholarships, such as:

The following banks offer student loans on special terms:

Further information on the topic can be found on the websites and the CHE-Studienkredit-Test 2016. Please be aware that these websites are only available in German.

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