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No. The MFA is highly applied and designed for students wanting to step straight into the workplace once they graduate.
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Yes. Our student ambassadors provide great insight into both our programmes and our vibrant LBS community. Learn more about your programme experience, discover what life on campus is like and find out how to maximise your time in London.
We host events for prospective students across the world, ranging from information sessions to networking events. Due to Covid-19, we are currently hosting all recruitment and admissions events online. If you'd like to join us, please register to attend an upcoming event.
Core courses in investment fundamentals, asset management, corporate finance, accounting, financial markets, data analytics and world economy form the backbone of the MFA, supported by a wide range of electives in everything from financial engineering to emerging markets.
Explore our programme content page for more details.
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The Masters in Finance (MiF) offers thorough and focused training in finance and is aimed at people who have worked in the sector for a minimum of two and an average of five years who wish to advance their careers. MiF students may take this programme in order to deepen their existing financial knowledge, or to move into a different role in the industry. You have the option to take the MiF on a full- or part-time basis for 10–16 or 22 months respectively.
For further information on the Masters in Finance go to www.london.edu/mif.
The CFA Program Partner initiative is a relationship between the CFA Institute and select colleges and universities around the world that have embedded a significant percentage (70%) of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge into their degree programmes.
The MFA meets these qualifications and anticipates receiving Program Partner status at the beginning of term one.
For more information visit the CFA Institute.
A unique feature of our programme is that it combines in-depth lectures with practical workshops and seminars led by practitioners working in the finance Industry. Those experts not only dig deep into the material and problem-sets created by faculty, but also share modelling methods and best practices from their companies.
You will take an Introduction to Valuation and Modelling workshop during Foundations and Careers Bootcamp Week to prepare for the autumn recruitment season. In addition, there will be modelling opportunities across the core courses and in some electives.
You can take a maximum of three electives during the programme; however, if you choose to undertake the additional fourth term, you will complete an additional three electives.
You must successfully complete an additional three electives if you undertake the additional term. They run in a range of formats, and as with electives during the programme, are taken with students from all programmes.
A year-long project is a programme requirement. There are at least four broad topics to choose from and you have some choice in how to focus your discussion. This piece of work can be brought to interviews, worked on throughout the year and practised to fine-tune your presentation skills.
The Masters in Financial Analysis (MFA) is aimed at recent graduates who have graduated within the last two years, with a maximum of two years of postgraduate work experience. You should be committed to a career in finance and have a strong quantitative skill set - gained through existing work experience or your degree.
We accept strong undergraduate degrees (minimum 2:1) in a numerate discipline such as finance, accounting, economics, engineering, chemistry, physics, math, computer science and business and management or other proof of quantitative ability. You must complete your undergraduate degree prior to the start of the programme in September.
All students who apply for the MFA need at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent.
Yes. You must be fluent in English. If your first language is not English, you will need to prove fluency unless:
If you’ve lived in a non-English speaking country and/or your undergraduate degree wasn’t taught in English, you’re required to prove their English fluency through an English language speaking test. We recommend you take this when applying for the programme. If you apply without a test score, your application may still be reviewed.
Answers over the word limit will not be considered by the Admissions Committee. We look for concise, informative answers within the word limit that demonstrate your potential for success on the programme.
We accept both the GMAT and GRE. You must take one of these tests prior to submitting your application. For more information, please visit the Apply Now page.
Practice the GMAT test with London Business School's GMAT simulator and prepare yourself for the test.
We take your highest score, but we don’t combine scores from different tests.
No, we do not offer a waiver. However, if you have completed CFA Level 1, you don't need to provide GMAT/GRE results.
If you have passed the CFA Level 1, you don’t need to submit a GMAT/GRE score. However, we strongly recommend you do have one of these scores as some recruiters use this as a benchmarking tool.
The School does not have any arrangements for students to transfer between its programmes or to/from a programme at another institution.
The MFA is specially designed for recent graduates - so you can join straight from your undergraduate studies. It’s also suitable for those who have completed an internship or have up to two years in the workplace.
Only work experience gained post-graduation is considered towards the two-year limit requirement. Internships taken during your studies don’t count, even if you’ve done several.
No. You’ll need to select which programme you’re applying to at the beginning of your application. If you are unsure which is best for you, please contact our recruitment team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please view the deadline information on the how to apply page.
We operate a rolling admissions process with staged deadlines. You are welcome to submit your application at any point during the admissions cycle. Recommended deadlines are there to help you focus on a date, but we recommend you apply as early as possible. The later you apply, the more competitive the process becomes.
If you have missed the final deadline, please get in touch with the Recruitment Team. We may still be accepting a few final applications. If so, they will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
We advise submitting one academic and one professional reference. It is crucial that you select referees who know you well and who can provide specific comments on your interactions within either the classroom or the workplace. Title is not as important as relationship. If you don’t have a professional referee, two academic ones will suffice. However, if you have work experience the Admissions Committee may question why a recommendation from a past employer has not been received.
Please note that the referees do not need to write a letter for you. When you have saved the names and details of your two referees, we will email them a form with specific questions to answer. Your referees will be required to complete the online form within the deadline round you aim to apply by.
If your transcript is not in English you will need to provide a certified translation. A soft copy will be required at the application stage. Those applicants who are made an offer will be required to provide a hardcopy of both the English and original transcripts before the programme start date.
Only test score reports (e.g. GRE, TOEFL) and transcripts from applicants will be accepted. All other documents that are sent via post will be discarded.
Tuition fees for the Masters in Financial Analysis 2021 intake are £37,900.
There will be an additional payment of £7,500 for students electing to do the fourth term.
Yes, you can pay in two instalments before the end of Term 1. The first instalment deadline is September, while the second is December. You can also pay in full when you start the programme.
LBS offers many financing options to support your graduate studies, including merit funds and bursaries. Each year around 20% of the Early Careers class receives funding from one of the School’s scholarships, which are supported by the School, alumni and external donors.
In addition to the School’s scholarships portfolio, there are also external loan options which admitted students can apply for, including Prodigy and Future Finance. For more information on financial aid, please visit our fees, financing and scholarships page.
This is a full-time programme and we do not advise students to work during their degree due to the difficulty of juggling study, job applications and School activities with a part-time job.
LBS doesn’t provide student accommodation on campus. However, there are a number of places available exclusively to our students at accommodation halls around London. Details of these halls and how to apply are provided once you have received an offer for the programme.