7 Questions (and Answers!) about EADA’s Master in Finance

How does EADA give you a competitive advantage? Does EADA provide real-world experience? Find out the answers to these questions and more about the EADA Master in Finance.

In short

1. Why study the Master in Finance at EADA?

EADA Business School combines forward-thinking learning methodologies with a faculty of financial heavyweights to make a unique learning experience. Small class sizes mean each student gets the guidance and contact time they need to thrive. 

Student Andrés Zelaya agrees. “One of the most important takeaways is knowledge. Acquiring expertise through unique methodologies and well-experienced professors that are willing to go beyond the regular and have an impact [on] your understanding,” he shares. (00:59)

All of this innovative education takes place in cosmopolitan Barcelona. Far more than just a tourist hub with never-ending beaches, it has already made its mark as one of Europe’s most dynamic startup hubs

With that as a starting point, we’ll dive into the finer details about why this course is so popular.

2. How does the school prepare you for a career in finance?

The EADA Master in Finance curriculum is the foundation of every student’s learning experience. It includes foundational courses that cover areas such as company value and M&A, financial models, and risk management. 

However, the third semester pushes things to the next level. Students take a deep dive into one of three strategic specializations: FinTech, Corporate Finance, or Investment Banking. With this background, graduates have a 360-degree understanding of career paths and financial theories that they will face post-graduation.

EADA’s career service builds on students’ financial knowledge by working on the job-hunting process. As student Enno says, “During the year at EADA, we had lots of different career fairs where we had the opportunity to find jobs. And apart from that, EADA had a great career service team that supported me whenever I had to send out an application, go over my CV, or connect me to other work-related topics” (00:25)

3. How does EADA give you a competitive advantage?

It’s one thing to offer a Master in Finance that helps you understand how companies operate. However, it’s quite another thing to consistently produce students who walk straight into employment upon graduation. An impressive 98% of students find work just three months after graduation and the master’s has been rated #4 in the world in overall satisfaction.

EADA graduate Jaiwen Liu believes she knows part of the reasons behind this success. “EADA has always been providing the most updated practices in industry along with all the seminars and conferences which give you a competitive advantage in the recruitment process,” she says. (00:10

This diversity of experiences is part of what fuels EADA’s great track record of graduates. Getting the latest academic and industry updates inside and outside the classroom keeps EADA students at the forefront of learning. 

4. Does EADA provide real-world business experience?

In preparation for the working world, EADA doesn’t just stick to theoretical lessons. They believe that without having first-hand experience, it’s much harder to transition smoothly to a professional career. That’s why they promote the learning-by-doing methodology – a powerful, hands-on educational theory where students learn through experience.

Speaking on one example of the learning-by-doing methodology, Edward Jiménez described the benefits: “The CFA [Research] Challenge provided me with valuable financial skills, such as evaluation and company analysis, but also provided me with additional soft skills that will definitely be useful for me after I graduate.” Competitions like the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Research Challenge not only allow students to flex their mental muscles in a competitive environment, but they’re also excellent opportunities to connect with other students and contacts from the world of finance. 

5. Who teaches the EADA Master in Finance?

On an institutional level, EADA’s faculty work part-time. On the surface, this could appear to be a bad sign, but student Adarsh says, “The professors who deliver such building blocks are industry experts who don’t just teach you the technical topics but eventually mold the way you even think and react to such topics in real-life situations.” (01:12)

Faculty on the Master in Finance are active in their fields, bringing relevant industry insights to the classroom. They often work as consultants for emerging businesses, write for respected journals, and serve on the board of industry associations. 

6. How do students build a professional network?

Based in the cultural melting pot of Barcelona, Spain, it’s no surprise that EADA cohorts contain nationalities as diverse as China, Germany, Belarus, Guatemala, India, and Canada (with an average of 97% international students). With a mix of cultural perspectives, as well as influences from each student’s professional background, every interaction is an opportunity for growth. 

Iryna, also from the Master of Finance course, realized the potential of her diverse cohort. “Thanks to the diversity in the class that EADA provided to us, as well as the company visits with numerous professionals from all over the world, I had a great chance to meet future leaders and future professionals in the field,” she reveals. (00:47) As each cohort progresses into professional life, they have a ready-made network built on trust, friendship, and experience in the world of business.

7. What effect does the Master in Finance have on graduating students?

“Soft skills” is often seen as a loose term for abilities that play second fiddle to more tangible achievements such as a certificate in accountancy. However, in recent years, soft skills such as public speaking, communication, and leadership have taken center stage at pioneering business schools. EADA has been at the forefront of this change, and while graduates come out with strong technical knowledge, students consistently point to soft skills and self-understanding as their greatest takeaways.

Adarsh is no exception. He began his Master in Finance aiming to be the best, but he transformed his opinion throughout the program. “Now I want to grow with the rest,” he shares. “This is not just a healthier approach to life, but this also facilitates faster and more exponential growth. So, while you’re developing yourself technically, you’re also developing personally.” (02:45

 

Want to get in touch with EADA students like Jaiwen, Enno, Iryna, Andrés, Ardash, and Edward? Head to the EADA Ambassador’s Page and get all your questions answered!

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