The Masters in Finance (MIF) qualification is slowly gaining traction in Hong Kong, a city where mid-career banking professionals have traditionally preferred MBAs. But given the plethora of 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 Hong Kong?
To find out, we searched our CV database for finance professionals currently based in Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong, 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 now working in the Hong Kong finance sector.
Spending hundreds 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 Hong Kong. Of those who attended one of the top-15 business schools, 65% studied at one of the seven local universities listed on our table. The University of Hong Kong’s Master of Finance course boasts the most MIF graduates (19%) working in the local finance sector, according to our resume database.
If you do want to leave Hong Kong for MIF (and then return to work in financial services), one country stands out: the UK. Imperial College London comes in fourth place, while Warwick Business School, and London School of Economics are both ranked highly.
Mainland China’s nascent MIF sector is starting to make an impact in Hong Kong – the Peking University (Guanghua School of Management) is in fifth position.
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