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Master's degree in Financial Economics

General course presentation

The master’s degree in Financial Economics is a two-year master’s degree program offered by the Department of Economics and Finance at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome. The aim of the master’s degree in Financial Economics is to train specialists in the various sectors of economics and finance. It provides in-depth knowledge of economic theories and policies and international financial markets, and examines the role played by public institutions, regulatory agencies and international organizations. It aims at imparting not only knowledge of modern economic theory and empirical methods, but also their daily applications by professionals in the business environment. The program has some overlap with our PhD program, but is specifically intended for students who are interested in obtaining a rigorous training in economics and finance in order to enter the job market with a solid analytical and technical background. The program is designed for students with a three-year bachelor's degree in economics who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree, and students with a master’s degree in other disciplines (for example, mathematics, physics, engineering, etc.) wishing to bolster their knowledge of economics.

The master’s degree in Financial Economics, taught entirely in English, aims to enrich the range of master's degrees offered at LUISS with a top-notch economics program, comparable in value to those offered by the best European universities. Its first year features advanced courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and finance. In the second year students take courses on selected topics either in economics or in finance and they complete their degree with a master's thesis. The program allows a limited number of students to earn a double degree in collaboration with Nova University in Lisbon, Portugal, or to participate in the Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management (QTEM), a new network master where students have the opportunity to spend two semesters studying at leading universities or business schools. Our academic partners at QTEM are the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management (SBS-EM, of the Université Libre de Bruxelles), the University of Amsterdam, the Goethe University of Frankfurt, the Université de Lausanne, the BI Norwegian Business School, National Taiwan University, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Specific educational objectives

The course structure allows graduates to master mathematical and statistical methods and gain the advanced knowledge in the economic and financial field that they need for a successful career in all areas of economics and finance, with special emphasis on the role of international markets, financial intermediaries and public policies. It allows them to develop the methodological approaches and knowledge required to analyze and evaluate the complexities of financial markets, with an eye to their respective innovations and appropriate regulatory and supervisory action. The course provides advanced preparation in both microeconomics and macroeconomics, and develops the technical skills needed to understand the price-formation mechanisms of financial assets, as well as mechanisms for security trading and corporate financial management, mergers, acquisitions and the like.

LUISS Guido Carli is distinguished by the quality of its programs. Courses for the master’s degree in Financial Economics are taught either by recognized faculty who have published in top academic journals, or by top professional economists and managers working in financial institutions, consulting firms and government agencies.

The knowledge and skills that graduates acquire from the master’s degree in Financial Economics allow them to hold positions of high responsibility in the economic and financial system, financial institutions, international organizations and supervisory authorities, the economic and financial offices of central banks, and the financial and executive offices of multinationals, or to work as freelance professionals at the highest levels in consulting firms.  

Employment and professional opportunities for graduates

The goal of the program is to provide students with the quantitative and theoretical tools for a successful career in finance with potential employers such as investment and commercial banks, the asset management industry, pension funds, hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity, consulting firms, and all policy-oriented organizations, such as central banks, treasury departments, international organizations, and regulatory agencies.

Master’s degree in Financial Economics

Study Plan

(for those enrolled in 2013/2014*)

* Major to be chosen at the time of enrollment

Major: Financial Economics (in English)

 

I Year (2013/2014)

 

I semester 

Course code 

Credits            

Mathematical Methods for Economics and Finance  

SECS-S/06 

8

Macroeconomic Analysis  

SECS-P/01 

8

Microeconomic Analysis  

SECS-P/01 

8

II semester 

Course code 

Credits            

Advanced Microeconomics  

SECS-P/01 

8

Advanced Macroeconomics   

SECS-P/01 

6

Theory of Finance

SECS-P/01

6

Annual 

Course code 

Credits            

Econometric Theory  

SECS-P/05 

12 

 

II Year (2014/2015)

 

I semester 

Course code 

Credits            

Financial Market Law and Regulation 

IUS/05 

8

Fixed Income, credit and commodities

SECS-P/11 

8

Asset Management 

SECS-P/11 

8

 

Plus 2 elective courses in English (16 credits) offered in either the first or the second semester. 

 

Other credits 

Final thesis

20

Others (internships, languages, etc.)

4

 

TOTAL no. credits

120