The 15 most popular Masters in Finance for getting a job in Singapore banking

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The Masters in Finance (MIF) qualification is slowly gaining traction in Singapore, a city where mid-career banking professionals have traditionally preferred MBAs. But given the plethora of MIF courses now available locally and globally, where should you study if you want a MIF that will actually help you boost your finance career in Singapore?

To find out, we searched our CV database for finance professionals in the Republic who have a Masters in Finance to their name, and we looked at which business school they attended. We then ranked the 15 most popular of these universities to produce the table below.

Because the MIF has only recently emerged as a mainstream qualification in Singapore, our data set is not yet large enough to examine the business function of graduates or the firm they work for. But the numbers do show which MIF are most popular with people currently working in the Singapore finance sector.

Spending tens of thousands of dollars to live and study abroad is not the only way to get a MIF that will lead to employment back in Singapore. The top-two qualifications in our ranking are from Singapore Management University and the National University of Singapore.

Meanwhile, 63% of Singapore-based MIF grads (who attended one of the top-15 schools), studied locally – either at a domestic college (SMU, NUS, and Nanyang Business School) or at a Singapore campus of an overseas institution (INSEAD, University College Dublin, ESSEC, and Grenoble School of Business).

If you do want to leave Singapore for your Masters in Finance, there is only one clear choice: London. The four most popular overseas-only courses – London Business School, London School of Economics, Imperial College, and Cass – are all based in the British capital.

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