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Benefits of joint degree programs

There are tons of benefits of joint degree programs – from flexibility to credibility to unique learning methodologies. We spoke to Raushan Kretzschmar, the Director of the Master in FinTech and Business Analytics at EADA Business School, which is offered jointly with ISDI Digital Business School in Spain. She gave us a breakdown of the program, including the many benefits of joint degree programs.

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Editor’s Note: EADA Business School no longer offers this joint degree with ISDI.

The joint degree Master in Fintech and Business Analytics at EADA Business School

At EADA Business School, the Master in FinTech and Business Analytics is a joint degree program. It is offered in partnership with ISDI Digital Business School, an institution specializing in digital business skills.

“ISDI is a leading executive business School,” Raushan tells us. “The way ISDI teaches is quite unique. They do not have any in-house professors. What they do is bring in industry executives…and this is something pretty amazing for our participants to be able to start building their professional network while they are still studying in a business school.” (05:03)

Upon completion, students get a diploma in Master in FinTech and Business Analytics from EADA Business School. They also get a Certificate in Data Analytics from ISDI.

What do students learn in the MS in Fintech and Business Analytics?

Because the program is jointly offered by EADA Business School and ISDI, students get access to a variety of information, knowledge, and tools that they might not get in a regular master’s program (one of the many benefits of joint degree programs).

In the first trimester, students take foundational courses like “Foundations in Financial Technology,” “Ethics & ESG,” and “Business Analytics.” In the second trimester, students start to specialize in certain topics. Courses in this trimester include “Blockchain Technology in Finance,” “Machine Learning,” and “Cloud Computing.” Finally, in the third trimester, students will start to apply all the knowledge that they have learned. Courses in this trimester incldue “FinTech Effects on Corporate Valuation,” “Project Management in FinTech,” and “Data Integrity & Risk Management.”

The program ends with a final project, where students analyze real-world data to make strategic decisions. “We’re aiming for our participants not to build apps, but to take the data which comes out of those apps and use them in order to drive the business value for the company,” Raushan explains. (11:08)

The program also aims to provide students with a valuable mix of theory and practice. In terms of practice, students are offered internships jointly from ISDI and EADA. Students will also participate in a business analytics boot camp at ISDI’s headquarters in Madrid. 

“This is something really useful for [students] – to be able to say that they have actually done stuff when they graduate from our master’s and they go on to do their job interviews,” Raushan says. “They have not just theoretical knowledge, but practical knowledge of things that they have done and performed during this master’s like the Madrid boot camp, internships, data analysis, and business plans and capital knowledge.” (13:25)

What are the benefits of joint degree programs?

A joint degree program like the Master in FinTech and Business Analytics at EADA is incredibly valuable because it gives students more credibility with a double certification.

It also brings a unique learning experience to students. Raushan tells us, “EADA’s in-house professors [have] 20+ years of experience in investment banking, venture capital, private equity, etc., whereas our invited professors are currently working in family offices. They are highly experienced, hands-on professors. ISDI [brings] in executives from the field.” (07:16)

Because joint degree programs also offer a large amount of knowledge, skills, and practice, they also ensure students are job market-ready. In the MS in FinTech and Business Analytics at EADA, “the tech part of this master makes sure that our participants are prepared for the financial industry of tomorrow,” Raushan says. “Essentially, what we’re doing is we’re making sure that our participants are job market-ready. They study in the evening, the next morning they go to work, and they immediately start applying their knowledge in the operational work environment.” (02:40)

EADA and ISDI showcase the vast benefits of joint degree programs. If you’re looking for a practical, future-proof learning experience that will give you important credentials and market-ready skills, why not consider a joint degree program?

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