Master of Science in Finance

Master of Science in Finance





Program Duration


Credit Hours              

Cost Per Credit Hour

3 Semesters (On Average)

Abu Dhabi


AED 2,667

The Master of Science in Finance program equips participants with in-depth knowledge of the functions of finance.

Specific objectives of the master’s degree program are to:

  • instruct participants how to use the functions of finance to create and maximize value in commercial companies and societies;

  • equip participants with current knowledge and techniques required for undertaking the functions of finance with effectiveness, efficiency, and professional standards; and,

  • develop and promote strategic financial management skills and capabilities for professional success.

Professional Outcomes

Career opportunities immediately following degree completion include the following:

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) (Private and Public Sector Organizations, International and Multinational Organizations)

Financial Manager (Private and Public Sector Organizations)

Financial Advisor (Insurance and Real Estate Companies, Consulting to Individual Clients)

Financial Analyst (Commercial Banking, Insurance Companies, Stockbroking and Consulting Firms, Stock Exchanges, Public Sector Organizations)

Investor (Investment Banking, Asset Management, Hedge Fund and Private Equity Firms, Trading, Corporate and Individual Investment)

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Finance program, graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate and apply advanced skills and recent developments, including modern portfolio theory, with regards to capital allocation decisions and the evaluation of the financial performance of financial and non-financial corporations and investment portfolios;

  • describe the functioning of international financial markets and the role these markets play in the performance of an economy and recognize the major external factors that affect international financial markets (e.g., consumer preferences, economic factors, legislation, etc.) as well as the importance of efficient and transparent markets;

  • use specialized knowledge of the use, pricing, valuation and structuring of financial products, including debt, currency and equity derivatives, and Islamic Finance;

  • identify and resolve complex business problems through the application of financial management and acquired general business knowledge, including applicable recent developments;

  • design, plan and conduct applied research in a chosen area of finance specialization and document and defend the research results;

  • communicate effectively in writing, verbally, and using appropriate information technology to prepare and deliver professional-level presentations for management or clients;

  • functions with full autonomy and/or as a member of team across cultural, functional and/or organizational boundaries;

  • demonstrate leadership and management skills at the individual, team and organizational level, including strategic performance and development;

  • consistently recognize and sensitively manage ethical dilemmas in the workplace, leading to informed, fair and valid decisions; and,

  • describe the basic principles and application of corporate social responsibility


Orientation Seminar

At the beginning of the Master of Science in Finance program, students take an intensive one-day orientation. The orientation offers several workshops to introduce students to the University and its resources, the program and communication and virtual classroom software such as BlackBoard Learn and Collaborate, MS Outlook, Extranet, and Bannerweb.

Required Program Courses (33 Credit Hours Required)

FIN630 Corporate Finance
FIN631 International Finance and Banking
ACC632 Financial Statement Analysis and Business Ethical Standards
FIN633 Statistics and Quantitative Methods for Finance
FIN634 Fundamentals of Asset Valuation
FIN638 Islamic Finance Principles
FIN656 The Financial and Banking System
FIN657 Financial Institutions Management
ECN658 Monetary Policy
FIN659 Financial Markets
FIN690 Applied Research in Finance

Prescribed Elective Courses (3 Credit Hours Required)

ACC610 Accounting
BUS668 International Law and Business Ethics
ECN666 Managerial Economics
HRM640 Human Resource Management
HRM663 Organizational Behaviour and Leadership
INS649 Enterprise Systems Management
MKT680 Marketing Management
MGT620 Capstone Seminar in Global Business Strategy
MGT660 Entrepreneurship
MGT664 Global Business Strategy
MGT669 Cross Cultural Management
OPR667 Operations Management

Program Delivery

Program Duration

The Master of Science in Finance program is delivered in English over 3 semesters at Zayed University located in Abu Dhabi.

Course Delivery Format

The Master of Science in Finance courses are delivered in 8-week terms. Classes are generally scheduled on weeknights – Mondays through Thursdays – starting at 5:00 PM.  Each course meets twice each week. FIN690 Applied Research in Finance is delivered on Fridays.

For more information on the admission deadline, start date and location for delivery of the program, please visit the Key Dates section of the website.


Courses in the Master of Science in Finance program are taught by select professors from the College of Business who are experts in their fields and possess diverse international research experience.

Knowledge gained during classes is further enhanced by sharing real-world experience with other students, guest lecturers, top professionals and leaders in the field of business.

Program Cost

A total of 36 credit hours at AED 2,667 per credit hour (including text books and course materials)

For more information on the program cost, payment procedure and financial support, please visit the Admissions and Fees section of the website.


Students must complete all required courses in the approved program curriculum and achieve a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.


College of Business

Zayed University

Abu Dhabi & Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971-2-599-3605



Program Recognition

  • Ministry of Education

Program Admission Requirements

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