SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business Ranks Top in Financial Times Masters in Finance Rankings 2022


SINGAPORE, June 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Singapore Management University (EMS) Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB) ranked 1st in Asia and 3rd globally in the latest Financial Times (FT) program rankings for post-experience programs, with its Master of Science in Wealth Management (MWM) program. Another ranking of the world’s best pre-experience degrees by FT has placed SMU LKCSB’s Master of Science in Applied Finance (MAF) program firmly in the Top 50 to 40e place, and 5e in Asia. Significantly, both programs excelled in the “Employment at 3 Months” and “Percentage of Salary Increase” indicators, demonstrating the University’s commitment to improving the employability of its graduates.

Teacher Bert De ReyckDean of EMS Lee Kong Chian Business School said: “I am proud of my talented colleagues, whose dedication has helped us achieve these results in the FT 2022 Rankings. We will continue our efforts to engage closely with the industry, provide an organized and rewarding learning experience , as well as to position our graduates for career success with the mental dexterity needed to solve complex problems and global challenges in a post-pandemic world.”

This year, the MWM and MAF programs performed well in the FT-assessed criteria of “3-Month Employment”, reflecting the University’s efforts to prepare graduates to excel in their careers. The MWM reached 91% and the MAF reached 77% for the latest cohort of graduates, an increase of 40% and 64% respectively, over the past year. Additionally, MWM graduates have been ranked highest in terms of “career progress” by FT.

Both programs also excelled in the area of ​​“percentage salary increase,” which measures the average alumni salary difference between graduation and today. In the FT pre-experience ranking, graduates of the MAF program recorded a 23% improvement. In FT’s post-experiment ranking, MWM program graduates saw a 17% improvement

These ratings show EMS desire to improve the employability of its graduates. Graduates were assigned coaches who provided tailored career coaching during their studies. Such individualized attention helped graduates better understand their strengths and align with the roles they were aiming for. The MWM and MAF programs have provided graduates with numerous opportunities for internships in the financial sector as well as networking with industry professionals and alumni from previous cohorts.

EMS Performance in the recently released FT World Rankings reflects the University’s efforts to equip participants with in-depth knowledge and capabilities, to effectively meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. As financial companies pay increasing attention to sustainability and ESG, EMS modified the curriculum of its MWM program to incorporate the latest developments in ESG and impact investing. The updated curriculum, delivered in conjunction with lectures and workshops with leading private banks and asset managers on the topic of sustainable investing, offers added value to graduates, many of whom are investment professionals. finance.

Similarly, the MAF program emphasizes ESG and recently introduced a new module on sustainable finance and alternative investments. Graduates benefit EMS collaboration with industry partners, who provide scholarships and internships for participants in the programme’s specialized real estate track, which was introduced in 2021. Elements of ESG and real estate provide a strong knowledge base and provide a head start for MAF program participants, many of whom are aspiring finance professionals or young career changers looking to enter finance.

About the SMU MWM program

The MWM EMS started in 2004 as from Asia first and only full-time master’s program in wealth management, and the first specialized program in the world. It includes a rigorous curriculum designed in consultation with industry professionals and academics collectively. It builds on the strengths of institutions through Asia, Europe and UNITED STATES. It is a recognized postgraduate program associated with the CFA Institute and CAIA. It also incorporates a program accredited to local private banking certification standards.

Participants interact with wealth management professionals on three continents, through extensive learning opportunities including exposure and immersion in global investing. Regularly reviewed to reflect industry developments, the MWM curriculum has a careful balance between theory and practice. Graduates gain an in-depth mastery of wealth management and are fully trained and job-ready. The modular structure allows professionals to pursue the master’s degree while working, and those without experience in wealth management can undertake an internship to boost their employability. Graduates receive the MWM Diploma of EMS and certificates from prominent universities in Swiss and UNITED STATES in just 12 months. The program has nearly 700 graduates to date.

About the SMU MAF program

Launched in 2002 under the name EMS first postgraduate program, the CRG EMS has a IAn industry-tailored program that prepares students to earn the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. To meet the changing needs of busy professionals, EMS offers flexibility by allowing its full-time program to be completed in 12 to 15 months, while the part-time program can be completed in 20 months.

The MAF SMU provides a solid foundation in the principles, practices and operations of international and domestic financial markets, focusing on the application of current and relevant knowledge in real-world situations. The program offers students an exceptionally enriching learning experience on two continents. Nowadays, EMS has graduated more than 1,700 students in total in the various MAF courses.

About the 2022 post-experiment and pre-experiment FT rankings

The FT defines pre-experience programs as those intended for students with little or no work experience, while post-experience programs require participants to have worked in finance. Most full-time programs are for pre-experience students. The rankings are based on information collected in two separate surveys.

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