American University of Beirut

Admissions Master's in Finance

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​​Semester​:
​Fall 2024-25
​​Application Deadline​:
March 14, 2024

Program Structure

  • Students can complete the MFIN program in 12 months starting the Fall semester provided they pass all core and elective courses, and maintain a cumulative average of at least 80 in all courses taken for graduate credit. Students coming from non-business backgrounds must also complete all their remedial courses. Failing to maintain a cumulative GPA of 80 upon completion of the courses for the program academic year or obtaining a grade less than 70 in any course will cause a delay in graduation until the program requirements are met. Students can also satisfy all the above requirements if registered part time over two calendar years.
  • The total number of credits required for graduation is 30, of which 18 credits (6 courses) are core, and 12 credits (4 courses) are electives spanning the various areas of corporate financial management, risk analysis and management, investments and portfolio theory, and quantitative finance. The program closely follows the CFA curriculum and covers the material of the three CFA levels and beyond. 
  • A student must complete the program in three semesters in accordance with the recommended timeframe suggested below for students enrolled in the program on a full-time basis.
  • Students enrolled in the program on a part-time basis can complete the requirements in six semesters (two years).
  • No project (thesis) will be required. Students not having an undergraduate degree in business will be required to take, prior to enrolling in the MFIN program, one remedial course of 3 credits:  Financial Accounting/Basics of Finance

    The graduate program consists of 6 core courses and 4 electives spanning the various areas of corporate financial management, risk analysis and management, investments and portfolio theory, and quantitative finance. The program closely follows the CFA curriculum and covers the material of the three CFA levels and beyond. 

Program Delivery ​

The MFIN can be completed in three semesters (one year) in accordance with the recommended period suggested below for students enrolled in the program on a full-time basis. 

Course

Title Normal (Cr.) 

Core/Elective/ RemedialPre-requisite

Summer Semester (Required for Non-BBA Holders)
Preterm Course: Financial Accounting/
Basics of Finance
0remedial



Fall Semester 
MFIN 301: Financial Statement Analysis3core
MFIN 303: Structured Finance3core
MFIN 305: Quantitative Methods of Finance3core
MFIN 306: Portfolio Management3core
Spring Semester 
MFIN 304: Equity Valuation                                            3core

MFIN 305, MFIN 301
MFIN 307: Financial Strategy3  core MFIN 301, MFIN 303, MFIN 305, MFIN 306
Elective I3 elective

Elective II3elective
Summer Semester
Elective III3 elective

Elective IV3  elective
Total Credits 30


Criteria for Admission

To be eligible for admission to the MFIN program, a student must hold a bachelor’s degree and must satisfy the University requirements for admission to graduate study.

The MFIN program is looking to attract and admit candidates with the following requirements:

  • ​The applicant must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited credit system university with an average GPA in the last 60 credits of at least 80 (3.2) or equivalent. For universities that do not follow the credit system, the cumulative average of the applicant will be taken into consideration. 
  • Students coming from a non-quantitative background may be asked to take the GMAT or GRE exam. 
  • Students with a quantitative background, specifically those coming from the fields of Finance, Accounting, Math, Physics, Engineering and Economics are exempted from the GMAT or GRE requirement.
  • Students not having an undergraduate degree in Business will be required to take at least two prerequisite courses prior to enrollment in the program. 
  • Applicants with previous work experience in the field of Finance are at an advantage. 
  • Personal interviews will be conducted with the MFIN applicants whenever deemed necessary by the Graduate Committee.

Application Process 

To apply for admission to the MFIN program, an applicant must upload supporting documents  before the application deadline:

  • An application form
  • Degree certificate(s) or current enrollment certificate
  • All official academic transcripts obtained in a higher education institution (undergraduate, graduate, and exchange programs included) with official GPA
  • Résumé (CV)
  • English language proficiency test score report (TOEFL or EEE or IELTS )
  • Two completed online reference forms (at least one should be filled out by a professor)
  • Scanned copy of ID or Passport 
  • A GMAT or GRE score for students coming from a non-quantitative background
  • Non-refundable application fee of LL 75,000 or $50
  • Refer to the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR) may be required depending on your home institution.



 Class profile (2018-19)

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