Msc. IB/Sustainable Finance: FAQ

We aim to teach you all important principles of finance and their applications, related to valuation, capital budgeting, corporate governance, capital structure, investment portfolio optimization (in various asset classes), and financial research. On top of that, you will learn how sustainability issues can affect those finance concepts and applications. The relevance of sustainability is thus taught through a finance language and through real-world applications that mainstream finance professionals are familiar with. 

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Will MSc. IB/Sustainable Finance provide finance knowledge and skills from other Finance tracks?

Sustainable Finance involves the creation of long-term economic value and societal value by making sound financial decisions. Making sound financial decisions is achieved by taking sustainability risks and opportunities (or environmental, social and corporate governance factors) into account in financial models, financial product development, and strategic financial decisions, but it also requires that capital markets provide its economic agents with the right incentives to focus on long-term value creation. In practice, it can encompass different activities in different contexts, such as sustainable investing, sustainable banking and lending, impact investing, sustainable financial product development, and shareholder activism.

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What is Sustainable Finance?

Our philosophy is that financial institutions and businesses have a natural economic incentive to address certain sustainability challenges as part of their unique business case. By taking a long-term perspective, finance professionals - and companies in general - can better identify those material sustainability challenges and integrate them in financial analyses and strategic decisions. Being able to do so requires that you not only master all essential finance concepts and applications but also that you can use your finance skills to understand and communicate the economic value of environmental, social and govenance factors. 

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​Does sustainable finance require a tradeoff between societal and financial goals?
What are prerequisites for Msc. IB/Sustainable Finance and how do I enroll?

For enrollment and prerequisites, please visit the official Msc Programmes and admission page of Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics. 


Note that Bachelor graduates who haven't obtained their degree from Maastricht University SBE are in general are asked to complete a GMAT or GRE test as part of the admission test, but a few exceptions apply for certain "Hogescholen" (see SBE FAQ)

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Yes, under the condition that all required courses and study points have been earned. In other words, only when you in principle would be able to graduate based on the completed courses and thesis are you able to do a semester abroad as part of the Master's program. There are some administrative costs involved.



Can I do a semester abroad with Msc. IB/Sustainable Finance?

Through lectures from established experts, innovative reading material, company case work, practical research assignments, and sustainability data analysis, you will be equipped with rigorous academic baggage and know-how of practical applications. For example, we will ask you to use corporate sustainability data to build and evaluate a sustainable equity investment yourself. The track Sustainable Finance also provides unique prepatory e-learning material on important finance concepts. In all courses, Maastricht University's well-known Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is applied. For the enhancement of your communication skills, you will be regularly working in small groups on practical cases and prepare presentations of your solutions to problems.  

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What is the teaching approach?

You can the track coordinator directly by email or by filling out a web-based form. You can also attend our regular webinars for live presentations and interactive Q&A. All options are provided in the contact section of this website. Maastricht university's website provides general information about Msc. programmes and enrollment criteria.

How can I get more information?
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How do electives work?

The elective is a course that you can choose. Among a set of offered elective courses, you are required to choose one to fullfill the total number of required study points. For example, if you wish augment the mandatory courses with a course on corporate finance, you can check through Maastricht university whether such a course is available in the block period that you have reserved to fulfill the elective. If you enroll in September, we would recommend either "Corporate and Venture Finance" or "Entrepreneurial Finance" as elective.

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