The Masters in Finance (MIF) qualification is slowly gaining traction in Hong Kong, a city where mid-career banking professionals have traditionally preferred taking MBAs.
But where should you study if you want a MIF that will help you boost your finance career in Hong Kong?
We searched our CV database for financial professionals in the city who have a Masters in Finance to their name, and we found out 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 popular qualification in Hong Kong, the data set is not yet large enough to examine the business function of graduates or the type of firm they work for (but you can click here for our global list of top MIF schools for getting front-office jobs at leading investment banks).
However, our numbers do show that spending tens of thousands of dollars to study abroad may not be worth the effort.
Of those who attended one of the top-15 business schools, 52% studied at one of the seven local universities listed on our table. The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s MSc in Finance boasts the most MIF graduates (16%) currently working in the Hong Kong finance sector, according to our resume database.
If you do want to leave Hong Kong for your Masters in Finance (and then return to work in financial services), one country stands out: the UK. Imperial College London comes in second place, while London School of Economics, Warwick Business School, and London Business School are all ranked highly.
US Masters in Finance courses are comparatively thin on the ground, and none feature in our table for Hong Kong-based professionals. Mainland China’s nascent MIF sector is starting to make an impact in Hong Kong – the Guanghua School of Management is in seventh position.
Image credit: piranka, Getty