Program architecture

The program and pedagogy are driven by recruiters expectations that lead you to master major skills :

  • Strategic analysis skills : beyond models, technical skills, tools, technologies and hardwork you will need to master, you need to understand the big picture and be able to interact with different teams and activities
  • Financial engineering & modelization know how (including disruptions in legaltech and complex environments)
  • Develop added value in valuation and analysis to face complexity and transformations
  • Soft skills to work on project, in teams and globally with multicultural differences in order to avoid silos that are enemy and limitations to organizations efficiency and agility

emlyon business school is proud to include strategic partners in our MSc in Finance :

  • At the strategic committee level, to give the program strategy and help to stick your future employers expectations : Société Générale, Deloitte, ODDO BHF, Apax partners,
  • At the program level, taking part to courses design, conferences, implementation : Mazars, Deloitte, Euronext

Discover the program content for the academic year 2022-2023

Msc in Finance program structure

Academic elements

Master the fundamentals

You will first follow a core syllabus which will allow you to acquire the fundamentals of management, gain the necessary skill set of international business management and apply it to the Industry. Courses include: Fundamentals of Economics, Cost Accounting, Fundamentals of Finance, Consumer Lifestyles, Fundamentals of Marketing and Fundamentals of Legal.

Example of courses :

  • Fundamentals of Economics
  • Cost Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Consumer Lifestyles
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Legal
  • Strategic Management
  • Asian Business Environment

Tools and Platforms Learning 

Based on your application and registration, you will have access to many of the digital resources available to emlyon business school students before the summer :

  • emlyon business school apps and platforms (Learning Hub, Career Centre, etc.)
  • First courses available online
  • Information on your integration process (visa, accommodation, administrative procedures, Lyon city council, etc.)

This access, via your personal ID, will help you to get to grips with the various tools and ensure that your integration is a success, as you will have a busy schedule once the program begins in September.

Fundamentals – Technical Modules

  • Business model and corporate finance
  • Financial maths & statistics
  • Digital items
  • Introduction to data analytics
  • Ethics (rules, practices, controlling, governance and consequences)
  • Languages (to master/improve English level, develop French if you like ; applied to professional environment)
  • Career booster and networking

Fundamentals – Soft Skills Modules

  • Macro economy
  • Options and other derivatives
  • Portfolio management
  • Introduction to CS – CS1 : VBA and Python
  • CSR
  • Languages
  • Optional : AMF & CFA certifications
  • Business story telling & report design
  • Team process and leadership

Corporate Finance & Innovation

Choose between two specializations : Corporate Finance & Innovation (in English or in French) or Market & Quantitative Finance (in English).

Corporate Finance & Innovation

Core Courses

  • Financial structuring
  • Leverage finance
  • Fixed income
  • Corporate valuation
  • M&A
  • Business Negotiation
  • Fundraising and market operations
  • IR and financial communication 


  • Innovation in finance & venture capital
  • Advanced financial products
  • Governance and SRI
  • Advanced accounting

Market & Quantitative Finance

Choose between two specializations: Corporate Finance & Innovation (in English or in French) or Market & Quantitative Finance (in English).

Market & Quantitative Finance

Core Courses

  • Advanced fixed income
  • Advanced statistics
  • Alternative investments
  • Trading and pricing of derivatives
  • Risk Management
  • Portfolio management


  • Programs and machine learning
  • Innovation in finance & venture capital
  • Governance and SRI
  • Financial structuring
  • Leverage finance
  • Fundraising and market operations

Graduate Thesis

The Graduate Thesis is an analytical work on a topic related to the industry and to the professional experience gained during your internship. This is a great opportunity for you to research a subject which is not only of particular interest, but which has the potential to contribute powerfully to your personal and professional development.

International seminars

Writing in progress.

Internship or first job

This is a great opportunity to put your academic knowledge to the test and acquire tangible experience within the industry. It is also the possibility to find your first job immediately upon completing the academic part of the program.

Program contributors

The courses are taught by professors from emlyon business school and from other top higher education establishments as well as by professionals from the world of finance. What all these trainers have in common is their high technical level as demonstrated by their numerous publications in international reviews or their senior positions in the corporate world. The MSc in Finance benefits from research and expertise by:

  • CEFRA - Centre for Financial Risk Analysis, dirigé par Olivier Le Courtois
  • Research Centre for Entrepreneurial Finance (ReCEntFin), dirigé par Alexander Groh
  • Pr. Pierre Devolder, PhD, Full Professor in Statistics, Université Catholique of Louvain
  • Francesco Menoncin, PhD, Associate Professor in Economics, University of Brescia
  • Pr. Krzysztof M. Ostaszewski, PhD Professor of Mathematics, Illinois State University
  • Ph. Bilski - senior consultant at Green Giraffe
  • F. Catelon - Managing Director Global Capital Markets Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking
  • T Feurstein - Managing Director Global Capital Markets Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking – Global Head of Equity linked
  • F Brindeau - Senior investment officer – AFD
  • S Kirschner - Director at Unicredit
  • T. Lafaille - Director at DekaBank

The first class of the program MSc in Finance has not yet graduated.

Assessment methods may include case studies, presentations, mock exercises, tests, etc.