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MS Financial Economics

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

111456 USD
111456 USD

Application fee

International 100 USD
National 100 USD
Columbia Business School
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315
GMAT (avg)715

World University Ranking

About this course

The Master of Science in Financial Economics is a two-year master’s degree program offered by the Finance Division of Columbia Business School. The MSFE provides academically distinguished and industry-oriented students the opportunity to obtain a rigorous, graduate level finance and economics training in an intensive two-year program. Students take a carefully constructed curriculum of PhD and MBA courses offered at Columbia Business School. The program has a significant overlap with our PhD program, but is intended for students who prefer a shorter and more industry-oriented experience than the School’s Doctoral Program. 

The goal of the program is to provide students with the quantitative and theoretical tools for a successful career in finance with potential employers such as investment and commercial banks, economic and financial asset management companies, consulting firms, and policy-oriented organizations.

Candidates should have academic preparation equivalent to that of entering PhD students, and should be fully prepared to participate in PhD classes and to complete a substantial research project. Applicants who may also be considering MBA or PhD programs are encouraged to carefully review the academic differentials between the offerings to better understand the preparation for post-MS opportunities.

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Eligibility Criteria

Prior to commencing the program, all admitted students would be required to complete the following courses at an advanced undergraduate level:

  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Microeconomics
  • Two semester of Calculus
  • Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
  • Computer programming

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Course Modules

Required PhD Courses


  • (PhD) B9206 Microeconomic Analysis I (1.5 Credit) (Fall first year)
  • (PhD) B9208 Microeconomic Analysis II (1.5 Credit) (Spring-first year)
  • (PhD) B9209 Microeconomic Analysis III (1.5 Credit) (Fall- second year)
  • (PhD) B9211 Microeconomic Analysis IV (1.5 Credit) (Spring- second year)
  • (PhD) B9302 Finance Theory I (Fall-first year)
  • (PhD) B9323 Introduction to Econometrics and Statistical Inference (Fall first year)
  • (PhD) B9325 Financial Econometrics- Time Series (1.5 Credit) (Spring first year)
  • (PhD) B9325 Financial Econometrics- Panel Data (1.5 Credit) (Spring first year)
  • (PhD) B9319 Asset Pricing Theory (Second year)
  • (PhD) B9331 Empirical Asset Pricing (Second year)
  • (PhD) B9332 Corporate Finance Theory (Second year)
  • (Masters) B9805 Thesis Seminar and MS Thesis (Spring, second year)
  • (PhD) B9122 Computing for Business Research (varies)

Elective (offerings may vary from year to year)

  • (PhD) B9330 Microstructure theory
  • (PhD) B9320 Empirical Asset Pricing II
  • (PhD) B9311 Computational Methods for Bayesian inference
  • (PhD) B9801 Computational Finance
  • (PhD) B9329 Empirical Methods in Corporate Finance
  • (PhD) B9310 Behavioral Finance
  • (PhD) B9304 Models and Methods of Continuous Time Finance
  • (PhD) B8695 MS Machine Learning

Required MBA Level Courses

  • (MBA) B6302 Capital Markets (Fall, first year)*
  • (MBA) B8309 Debt markets (First year)
  • (MBA) B8323 Asset Management (Spring first year or Fall second year)

Elective MBA Courses

  • (MBA) B8835 Quantitative Finance: Models and Computation
  • (MBA) B8309 Derivatives
  • (MBA) B8307 Advanced corporate finance
  • B8835 Quantitative Finance: Models and Computation

Typical first-year course of study

First semester

  • (PhD) B8207 Microeconomic Analysis I
  • (PhD) B9323 Introduction to Econometrics
  • (MBA) B6302 Capital Markets
  • (PhD) B9302 Finance Theory

Second semester

  • (PhD) B8208 Microeconomic Analysis II
  • (PhD) B9325 Financial Econometrics
  • (MBA) Debt Markets
  • (PhD) B9330 Microstructure theory

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How to Apply

Application Requirements 
The following materials must accompany the online application:

  • Transcripts
  • GPA
  • GMAT or GRE
  • International Applicants
  • Essays
  • Recommendations 

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