Master of Economics in Finance (MAF)


This program leads to the degree of Master of Economics, majoring in Finance. With its focus on the field of applied finance, the program is designed to prepare students for international careers in finance both in private and public sectors that require solid analytical and quantitative skills. We emphasize the development of strong analytical and quantitative tools useful in a wide variety of environments. Areas of emphasis include economic modeling and forecasting and international business economics. Students in this program generally wish to prepare for careers in the financial sector, such as investment and commercial banking, asset management, financial services or consulting, or in corporate finance positions within international companies at a managerial level. The program provides an excellent preparation for the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) exams, as it is based on the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge.

Program duration: 2 years full-time study
Teaching language: English
Program commencement: Fall semester
Tuition fees: 90,000RMB in total (for two years)
Application fee: 400RMB

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens generally under the age of 45 at the time of applying, be in good health, and possess a valid passport.
  • Applicants should hold a recognized bachelor's degree or above.
  • Applicants should present a TOEFL certificate with a score of 80 or above, or an IELTS certificate with a score of 6.0 or above, or other certificate of English proficiency from an accredited test. Native English speakers are exempt from this requirement. Applicants who have taken courses in English during their bachelor’s degree studies should provide a medium-of-instruction certificate.
  • The ability to demonstrate relevant professional experience will be given individual consideration.

Program Structure

General courses
(4 credits)
Selected Issues on China
Rudiments of Chinese Language
Foundation core courses
(15 credits)
Advanced Econometrics I 
Advanced Macroeconomics I 
Advanced Microeconomics I 
Introductory Mathematical Economics
Advanced Econometrics II
Major core courses
(9 credits,choose three of four)
Corporate Finance
Fixed Income Analysis
Derivatives Analysis
Financial Economics
Elective courses
(6 credits)
Other master level non-discipline core courses from WISE and SOE
Advanced Graduate Economics courses from WISE
Seminar / Internship
(1 credit)
Academic Seminars/ Internship
Thesis Thesis Research
(The master’s thesis must be written in English. An abstract in both English and Chinese must be provided.)

Typical Program Course Schedule

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Selected Issues on China
Rudiments of Chinese Language
Advanced Macroeconomics I 
Advanced Microeconomics I
Advanced Econometrics I 
Introductory Mathematical Economics
Advanced Econometrics II
Corporate Finance*
Fixed Income Analysis*
Derivatives Analysis*
Thesis Research(submit proposal by summer semester)
Internship (optional)

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Financial Economics*
Thesis Research
Thesis Research
(submission deadline: March 15)
*Choose three of four.

How to apply

We invite you to explore our various study programs. By joining us, we are sure you would find your time here intellectually rewarding and challenging.


Contact information

Tel.: +86(0)592-2189805
Address: N106 Economics Building, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, P.R. China 361005

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