Masters of Financial Economics MFE

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Masters of Financial Economics MFE

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      16 Months

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    The investment, banking, financial services and many other industries all depend on highly trained economics graduates to make the economic predictions which guide their corporate policies, investment strategies and short-term tactical decision making. A graduate with a Master’s degree specialising in the financial aspects of economics will be in a very competitive position.

    Western University’s MFE (Master of Financial Economics) degree program lasts for 16 months, including an integrated summer internship. It is a highly interdisciplinary program, and is delivered in cooperation with the Faculty of Law, the Ivey Business School, the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences and the Department of Economics.

    As you study you’ll come to understand the economic framework which underlies modern Financial Theory. You’ll also gain a better understanding of Securities Law and Quantitative Finance. Together, all of this prepares you for a career which may include any or all of portfolio management, investor and treasury services, financial modelling or risk management.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 16 months of full time study.

    In total you’ll complete nine core modules and three electives which should be chosen from among those offered by the Department of Economics, Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, Ivey Business School, and Faculty of Law.

    Term 1 and pre-Term 1 Modules include:

    • Elements of Financial Modelling
    • Financial Econometrics
    • Financial Options
    • Microeconomic Theory for Finance
    • One Elective Module
    • Refresher/Background Knowledge Course

    Term 2 Modules include:

    • Corporate Finance
    • Financial Economics
    • Macroeconomic Theory for Finance
    • One Elective Module

     Term 3 Modules include:

    • Summer Internship

    Term 4 Modules include:

    • Empirical Asset Pricing
    • Securities Regulation
    • Two Elective Modules

    Elective Modules Include:

    • Almost any classes offered by the Ivey Business School or the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
    • Applied Financial Econometrics
    • Cash Flow Analysis & Investments
    • Financial Innovation and Crises in Historical Perspective
    • Financial Modelling II
    • Financial Risk Management
    • Portfolio Management

    Learning And Teaching

    Western’s MFE program has many different learning methods. Of course you’ll take formal lecture classes and engage in practical skills sessions. You’ll take part in interactive seminars and even smaller tutorial sessions.   

    You’ll also take part in a mandatory internship program, during either the winter or summer terms. This will be arranged in collaboration with the MFE team who will also present professional development content, individual career counselling and networking events.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree program is designed to give you the academic and practical skills that the financial industry demands. Recent graduates have become Investment Managers, Fund Managers, Market Researchers, Pension Managers, Bank Managers, Certified Financial Planners, Financial Analysts, Data Analysts, Economists, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Business Consultants, Professors of Economics and Professors of Finance at organisations like Charles Rivers Associates, BMO Nesbitt Burns, Wood Gundy, Centre for Global Development, World Bank and Environment Canada.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 16 month MFE degree.

    Applicants must typically have graduated from a Canadian or overseas 4 year degree program which includes Economics, Business, Maths or Engineering content, though there are many other options.

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise indicated, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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