Overview of the MS in Finance

CEU MS in Finance Overview

Finance at the Cutting Edge Guided by Industry

The MS in Finance is a professional program designed and taught with industry, continuously updated to deliver cutting-edge skills.

Choose electives from any thematic module – Investments & Banking • Financial Management • Innovation & Fintech • Data Tools & Analytics.

Study and Work at the Same Time

Mandatory and main elective courses run two days a week from 1.30pm. Some courses run with weekend-only classes.

Join full-time as a graduate or career changer – Take a part-time job or internship at any time. Should you be offered a full-time job, you may request a change of status and become a part-time student.

Join part-time as a working professional – Take a second year to take electives or to complete your capstone project. Note that we cannot guarantee course location in the second year (Budapest or Vienna).

Study in Vienna

The MS in Finance is based in Vienna. Some courses and events may be offered on CEU's Budapest campus in Winter and Spring terms.

Earn a U.S. Master of Science degree in Vienna/Austria. The program is accredited in the United States. The Austrian accreditation of the program is in progress.

Full-time non-EU/EEA students hold an Austrian study visa.


PhDs from – Yale • Princeton • SSE • Toronto • Amsterdam • Tillburg • Bonn • VGSF
Worked at – Boston • Georgia Tech • Cambridge • BI Oslo • EDHEC • NUS
Working for – BCG • BI Consulting • Causality • Citi • Morgan Stanley • PwC • Remek! Trading


Meet industry people working at the daily cutting edge of finance. Guests deliver talks, case studies and simulations at CEU or off campus. The series covers a wide range of topical themes, institutions and roles.


The MS in Finance is deeply networked into industry. The Advisory Committee is a working group of senior executives offering professional guidance, contributing to the curriculum, and helping with internships, projects and careers.

Capstone Consulting Project

Deliver a field assignment owned and governed by you. You may choose any client including corporates, financial institutions, startups, advisories, charities, government, or the CEU InnovationsLab incubator.


Pre-session for Finance*
Maximizing Your Future*
Economic Foundations*

Investments & Banking

Banking & Financial Institutions*
Trading & Portfolio Theory*
Asset Pricing*
Fixed Income Analysis
Financial Trading Design & Tech
Financial Regulation

Financial Management

Financial Reporting & Control*
Financial Management*
Corporate Governance
Company Valuation
Corporate Restructuring
Corporate Risk Management
Behavioral Finance

Innovation & Fintech

Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Entrepreneurial Finance
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Banking IT & Fintech
Fintech in Transaction Services
Fintech in Depth

Data Tools & Analytics

Data Analysis 1: Exploration in R & VBA
Data Analysis 2: Finding Patterns
Data Analysis 3: Prediction & ML
Python 1-2
SQL for Business
Data Visualization 1-3: Tableau, R, Python
Data Engineering 1-2

* Mandatory course