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Degree
Master of Arts, MA

Language
EN

Application deadline
31st July

Tuition Fee
EUR 17,500

Programme Start
1 September

Duration Part-time
18-24 Months

The programme

Master the Sustainability Transition with a graduate degree from Frankfurt School.

The online programme Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance is designed for current and future leaders who are passionate about the contribution finance can make in the key societal challenges of our time.

The programme is designed to build skills and expertise at the intersection of finance, sustainability and economic development. You will combine a grounding in some core areas of finance and leadership with a range of electives from the portfolio of our e-Campus certification courses. The master thesis is the capstone of the programme, in which you can make valuable contributions to real-world business problems. You will follow either the Green Finance Track, focusing on the low-carbon transition in finance, or the Development Finance Track, engaging in growth agendas and inclusive finance.

Throughout your studies, you will engage with our faculty and thesis supervisors who will provide study advice and support. There will also be group work, an optional on-campus module, and our online sustainability sessions will offer plenty of opportunities for networking and charting the next step in your career.

Highlights
  • 18 - 24 months/ part-time/ self-study
  • Self-paced: Flexibility to study at your convenience
  • Customize your degree with two tracks and a choice of several electives
  • International: Benefit from a highly diverse class and lecturers who are active all around the world
  • Gain insights at the forefront of academic research, market practice and policy
  • Networking: Benefit from many opportunities to interact with your peer students and your lecturers

Target Audience

You are the ideal candidate for this master programme if:
  • You are a finance professional who seeks to take on a new role related to sustainability or development issues in your organization or industry
  • You have prior experience in sustainability or development and seek a more rigorous finance grounding for what you do through academic studies and interaction with policy makers and market participants
  • You bring a different background but are looking for a change in your career path
  • You are ready to take a leadership position in advocating financial services practices that are aligned with the climate transition, financial inclusion and other sustainability goals
  • You wish to follow an excellent, accredited programme alongside a full-time job to achieve your professional goals
  • You want to study from home while enjoying the benefits of an international class and interaction with faculty and experts

Requirements

  • Undergraduate academic degree (bachelor’s or equivalent) from a recognized university (including diploma and transcript of records)
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • At least two years of post-undergraduate, relevant work experience (proven by a recommendation letter from your former or current employer)
  • Passing the admission test and interview

Study Fee

Total tuition fee: EUR 17,500

Combinable Discounts:

  • 10% Alumni Discount
  • Early Bird Discount available for complete registrations before:
28 February EUR 2,500
31 March EUR 1,750
31 May EUR 1,000
  • 10% Group Discount (for 2 or more students)

The fee amount paid for already completed FSDF e-Campus courses will be deducted.

Apply here for the programme.

Customise your Curriculum

Upon completion of your studies, you will be awarded the degree Master of Arts (MA) of Leadership in Sustainable Finance. You can pick one of two concentrations to specialise in

  • “Development Finance”

or

  • “Green Finance” 

Each concentration will draw on some of our portfolio of 14 Electives.

Development Finance Track

Semester 1

Development Finance & Growth

Development Finance & Growth

Development Finance & Growth offers a detailed assessment of the key factors driving (and hindering) financial sector development. Through the lens of different macroeconomeic schools of thought, students assess the relevance of (inclusive) financial sector development for economic prosperity and growth.

Accounting, Leadership & Sustainability

Accounting & Leadership

The module Accounting, Leadership and Sustainability introduces concepts and theories of financial and managerial accounting.  It also deals with the backgrounds and regulation of sustainability reporting and the value relevance of CSR/ESG reporting. It focuses on leadership aspects in accounting. Students will get acquainted with how accounting information is used in decision making and how leadership designs accounting systems and strategically uses the disclosure system to achieve targets. The module covers applied topics of accounting and leadership.

Choose One Elective

Microfinance

Microfinance

This course provides a detailed introduction into the topic of microfinance. It not only presents international trends and best practices with respect to microcredits, microsavings and microinsurance, but also dwells into the challenges and complexity of managing a microfinance institution. Most MFIs operate in an increasingly competitive environment that is quickly changing (e.g. through mobile banking), where both social and financial performance need to be closely monitored to correctly influence management decisions. Participants will thus learn how to cope with the specific challenges that microfinance institutions face today.

Find out more.

Islamic Microfinance

Islamic Microfinance

According to CGAP an overwhelming proportion of people without access to finance are from Muslim-majority countries, as formal financial markets often fail to provide access to credit or savings that are compliant with the Muslim faith. Islamic microfinance has the potential to fill that gap through the provision of Sharia-compliant microfinance products, already reaching millions with an estimated USD 1 billion global industry loan portfolio. Professionals in this field are motivated and at times challenged by the dual nature of the required skillset, combining proven microfinance practice with the principles of Islamic finance.

Find out more.

Agricultural Finance

Agricultural Finance

Agriculture matters a lot for everyone on this planet: it provides affordable and healthy food, jobs and incomes for millions of people; its development is essential for environmental protection, poverty alleviation and in the context of climate change.

Therefore, agriculture finance is a significant part of the finance sector. Farmers and agro-enterprises need loans, insurance, leasing and many other financial services to do well. Financial institutions seek qualified employees who understand the financial needs of farmers and agribusinesses, the dynamics of the agricultural sector and the role of finance in agricultural value chains.

Find out more.

Semester 2

Strategy & Innovation

Strategy & Innovation

Today’s leaders, especially in emerging markets, are faced with many strategic challenges: high competition, fragmented markets and rapid technological change. This module focuses on strategy formulation, implementation and assessment. It offers a hands.-on guideline to senior executives on how to bring a business forward in a globalised, digital world.

Risk Management, Corporate Governance & Compliance

Risk Management, Corporate Governance & Compliance

Risk management is about coping with the challenges of growth, complexity and competition in a sustainable manner. This module provides a comprehensive overview about the risks which financial institutions face (including credit, market, liquidity and operational risk) with a special emphasis on the particular requirements of emerging and developing markets. It provides students with tools to measure risks and devise appropriate risk-taking and mitigation strategies that give financial institutions the competitive edge in delivering inclusive financial services in a rapidly evolving environment.

Choose One Elective

ESG & Impact Investing

ESG & Impact Investing

Environment Social and Governance criteria (ESG) and Impact Investing have gained a lot of traction in recent years and will continue to do so in the (post-) Corona world. Calls for a green and socially equitable re-start are very prominent. The EU’s Green New Deal (“Green Deal”) and the UN`s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are good examples of how ESG criteria and ideas of Impact Investing are being incorporated into policy objectives.

Find out more.

Microinsurance

Microinsurance

The microinsurance sector is an evolving sector, which is impacting how low-income individuals and MSMEs protect themselves against everyday risks. Nevertheless, due to microinsurance’s emerging role in microfinance, research is relatively new and few institutions offer executive training in the field. Insurance, microfinance and bank specialists can benefit greatly from learning about the current trends in the microinsurance market and the unique demands of this sector, including product development, marketing, distribution or customer and sales relationship management.

Find out more.

SME Finance

SME Finance

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are important engines of growth, jobs and social cohesion. However, the creation, survival and growth of SMEs is often hampered by access to finance. Thus, access to SME finance has become a key priority in developing and transition countries. Since the early nineties, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is combining advisory work, training, and policy advice with applied research. Our goal is to support financial institutions in developing and transition countries establish good practices in Micro and SME finance.

Find out more.

Financial Inclusion Policy

Financial Inclusion Policy

This course provides a broad understanding of the designing and implementation of financial regulatory frameworks. It covers in detail the following financial inclusion policy areas – proportionate application of global standards, consumer education and empowerment, national strategies that ensure a coordinate approach to financial inclusion, measuring impact of financial inclusion. It also focuses on three core components that drive financial inclusion – financing of micro, small and medium enterprises, microfinance and microinsurance and taking the digital route to financial inclusion. 

Find out more.

Digital Finance

Digital Finance

Digital finance offers a transformational solution for financial inclusion. Powered by the mobile phone, new data and technological innovations, it has become affordable and convenient for unbanked customers to access and use formal banking services. While new technological developments and financial players bring tremendous opportunities, the emerging landscape is also becoming more complex and is putting increasing pressure on traditional providers to go digital.

Find out more.

Semester 3

Leadership & Change Management (Online or On-campus)

Leadership & Change Management

Top-level executives in emerging markets are faced with a very specific set of leadership challenges. Selecting teams in an environment marked by a lack of highly educated, highly motivated (affordable) team members is often difficult. Motivating those talented individuals to work together as a team and to ensure loyalty and retention in a context of fierce competition is often even trickier to manage. This is especially the case when organisations undergo fundamental change, for instance going commercial. This module provides a set of tools on how to tackle those challenges effectively and engagingly.

One can also choose this programme on-campus.

Choose One Elective

Climate & Renewable Energy Finance

Climate & Renewable Energy Finance

The Paris Agreement marks the beginning of a new era with the  focus shifting from finding a consensus on the common goals to realising jointly agreed goals. “Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development” (Article 2 c of the Paris Agreement) will require a significant increase in funding – with new instruments and approaches required to mobilize a broad range of investors and to achieve scalability in financing climate action. Financing the global energy transition will be one key building block.

Find out more.

Climate Adaptation Finance

Climate Adaptation Finance

Climate change presents a risk to the global economy and consequently the finance sector. However, it also presents an opportunity for innovative financing to increase the economic and social resilience to climate impacts.

As facilitators of the economy, financial institutions have a central role in the transformation to low carbon and climate-resilient development. Their responsibility is twofold: greening their portfolios towards Paris compatible financing and investments, and reflecting and integrating climate-related risks into their risk management processes.

This gradual process involves harmonising short-term business cycles and investment horizons with systemic and long-term thinking by all actors from the financial sector (e.g. banks, asset managers, insurers, pension funds, investment consultants, regulators, rating agencies). This process is supported by public actors who moderate the structural change required for a transition to climate-resilient economies.

Find out more.

Sustainable Finance

Sustainable Finance

Reflecting sustainability criteria, especially climate change, in financial markets is increasingly gaining attention as opportunities and risks arising in this context are changing business practices. The course will prepare participants to understand major drivers and constraints of transforming the financial system to a more sustainable one. Furthermore, it will familiarize participants with the business, regulatory and technical perspective of sustainable finance and will acquaint them to take an active part in the discussion around the topic. The course aims to enable financial professionals to integrate Sustainable Finance related aspects into their work through new knowledge and tools for advising their clients and business partners.

Find out more.

ESG & Impact Investing

ESG & Impact Investing

Environment Social and Governance criteria (ESG) and Impact Investing have gained a lot of traction in recent years and will continue to do so in the (post-) Corona world. Calls for a green and socially equitable re-start are very prominent. The EU’s Green New Deal (“Green Deal”) and the UN`s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are good examples of how ESG criteria and ideas of Impact Investing are being incorporated into policy objectives.

Find out more.

Financial Inclusion Policy

Financial Inclusion Policy

This course provides a broad understanding of the designing and implementation of financial regulatory frameworks. It covers in detail the following financial inclusion policy areas – proportionate application of global standards, consumer education and empowerment, national strategies that ensure a coordinate approach to financial inclusion, measuring impact of financial inclusion. It also focuses on three core components that drive financial inclusion – financing of micro, small and medium enterprises, microfinance and microinsurance and taking the digital route to financial inclusion. 

Find out more.

Microinsurance

Microinsurance

The microinsurance sector is an evolving sector, which is impacting how low-income individuals and MSMEs protect themselves against everyday risks. Nevertheless, due to microinsurance’s emerging role in microfinance, research is relatively new and few institutions offer executive training in the field. Insurance, microfinance and bank specialists can benefit greatly from learning about the current trends in the microinsurance market and the unique demands of this sector, including product development, marketing, distribution or customer and sales relationship management.

Find out more.

SME Finance

SME Finance

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are important engines of growth, jobs and social cohesion. However, the creation, survival and growth of SMEs is often hampered by access to finance. Thus, access to SME finance has become a key priority in developing and transition countries. Since the early nineties, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is combining advisory work, training, and policy advice with applied research. Our goal is to support financial institutions in developing and transition countries establish good practices in Micro and SME finance.

Find out more.

Digital Finance

Digital Finance

Digital finance offers a transformational solution for financial inclusion. Powered by the mobile phone, new data and technological innovations, it has become affordable and convenient for unbanked customers to access and use formal banking services. While new technological developments and financial players bring tremendous opportunities, the emerging landscape is also becoming more complex and is putting increasing pressure on traditional providers to go digital.

Find out more.

NPL Management & Investment

NPL Management & Investment

Following the current recession caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, banks, regulators and investors will need to tackle record amounts of private sector debt, and a fresh wave of non-performing loans (NPLs). Once state support comes to an end, this could present an even more serious challenge for banks than in past crises, as the present recession extends across most sectors and economies.

This course will equip you with all necessary skills to manage private sector debt workouts and loan defaults. You will learn to recognise debt distress among households and enterprises, to design best-practice restructuring solutions that return borrowers to financial viability, and to navigate an insolvency process where this becomes inevitable.

Find out more.

Semester 4

Master Thesis (Project Work)

Master Thesis (Project Work)

The aim of the Project Work is to provide you with the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge gained during the programme. It is the project work that proves that you have mastery in the subject matter. The project work demonstrates that you can perform critical analysis of a given problem and draw conclusions relevant to the firm setting. Further, the project work is proof that you can describe the project related activities and results, in a well-written format.

Core Modules
Electives Semester 2
Electives Semester 1
Electives Semester 3
Green Finance Track
Semester 1

Economics of Climate Change

Economics of Climate Change

The objective of “Economics of Climate Change” is to assess challenges related to overcoming climate change from an economic perspective. The course takes a broader perspective on the thematic compared to traditional approaches within the context of text-book economics by using the economic concepts in order to shape a perspective towards actual challenges and policies in the field

Accounting, Leadership & Sustainability

Accounting & Leadership

The module Accounting, Leadership and Sustainability introduces concepts and theories of financial and managerial accounting.  It also deals with the backgrounds and regulation of sustainability reporting and the value relevance of CSR/ESG reporting. It focuses on leadership aspects in accounting. Students will get acquainted with how accounting information is used in decision making and how leadership designs accounting systems and strategically uses the disclosure system to achieve targets. The module covers applied topics of accounting and leadership.

Choose One Elective

Financing NDCs

Financing NDCs

Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) were key to adopting the 2015 Paris Agreement, which outlines national goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and identifies financial needs for mitigation and adaptation efforts. Most mitigation and adaptation contributions outlined in the NDCs of developing countries are based upon receiving international support. While support from the international community has addressed some capacity gaps, many conditional NDCs of low-income countries have finance, capacity-building, and technological needs. Recipient countries are hindered by the lack of accurate monitoring of climate finance flows, which prevents them from making more informed decisions about planning, prioritization, allocation of climate change resources, and measuring and evaluating progress.

Find out more.

Agricultural Finance

Agricultural Finance

Agriculture matters a lot for everyone on this planet: it provides affordable and healthy food, jobs and incomes for millions of people; its development is essential for environmental protection, poverty alleviation and in the context of climate change.

Therefore, agriculture finance is a significant part of the finance sector. Farmers and agro-enterprises need loans, insurance, leasing and many other financial services to do well. Financial institutions seek qualified employees who understand the financial needs of farmers and agribusinesses, the dynamics of the agricultural sector and the role of finance in agricultural value chains.

Find out more.

Semester 2

Strategy & Innovation

Strategy Innovation

Today’s leaders, especially in emerging markets, are faced with many strategic challenges: high competition, fragmented markets and rapid technological change. This module focuses on strategy formulation, implementation and assessment. It offers a hands.-on guideline to senior executives on how to bring a business forward in a globalised, digital world.

Risk Management, Corporate Governance & Compliance

Risk Management, Corporate Governance & Compliance

Risk management is about coping with the challenges of growth, complexity and competition in a sustainable manner. This module provides a comprehensive overview about the risks which financial institutions face (including credit, market, liquidity and operational risk) with a special emphasis on the particular requirements of emerging and developing markets. It provides students with tools to measure risks and devise appropriate risk-taking and mitigation strategies that give financial institutions the competitive edge in delivering inclusive financial services in a rapidly evolving environment.

Choose One Elective

ESG & Impact Investing

ESG & Impact Investing

Environment Social and Governance criteria (ESG) and Impact Investing have gained a lot of traction in recent years and will continue to do so in the (post-) Corona world. Calls for a green and socially equitable re-start are very prominent. The EU’s Green New Deal (“Green Deal”) and the UN`s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are good examples of how ESG criteria and ideas of Impact Investing are being incorporated into policy objectives.

Find out more.

Sustainable Finance

Sustainable Finance

Reflecting sustainability criteria, especially climate change, in financial markets is increasingly gaining attention as opportunities and risks arising in this context are changing business practices. The course will prepare participants to understand major drivers and constraints of transforming the financial system to a more sustainable one. Furthermore, it will familiarize participants with the business, regulatory and technical perspective of sustainable finance and will acquaint them to take an active part in the discussion around the topic. The course aims to enable financial professionals to integrate Sustainable Finance related aspects into their work through new knowledge and tools for advising their clients and business partners.

Find out more.

Climate Adaptation Finance

Climate Adaptation Finance

Climate change presents a risk to the global economy and consequently the finance sector. However, it also presents an opportunity for innovative financing to increase the economic and social resilience to climate impacts.

As facilitators of the economy, financial institutions have a central role in the transformation to low carbon and climate-resilient development. Their responsibility is twofold: greening their portfolios towards Paris compatible financing and investments, and reflecting and integrating climate-related risks into their risk management processes.

This gradual process involves harmonising short-term business cycles and investment horizons with systemic and long-term thinking by all actors from the financial sector (e.g. banks, asset managers, insurers, pension funds, investment consultants, regulators, rating agencies). This process is supported by public actors who moderate the structural change required for a transition to climate-resilient economies.

Find out more.

Climate & Renewable Energy Finance

Climate and Renewable Energy Finance

The Paris Agreement marks the beginning of a new era with the  focus shifting from finding a consensus on the common goals to realising jointly agreed goals. “Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development” (Article 2 c of the Paris Agreement) will require a significant increase in funding – with new instruments and approaches required to mobilize a broad range of investors and to achieve scalability in financing climate action. Financing the global energy transition will be one key building block.

Find out more.

Semester 3

Leadership & Change Management (Online or On-campus)

Leadership & Change Management

Top-level executives in emerging markets are faced with a very specific set of leadership challenges. Selecting teams in an environment marked by a lack of highly educated, highly motivated (affordable) team members is often difficult. Motivating those talented individuals to work together as a team and to ensure loyalty and retention in a context of fierce competition is often even trickier to manage. This is especially the case when organisations undergo fundamental change, for instance going commercial. This module provides a set of tools on how to tackle those challenges effectively and engagingly.

One can also choose this programme on-campus.

Choose One Elective

Climate & Renewable Energy Finance

Climate & Renewable Energy Finance

The Paris Agreement marks the beginning of a new era with the  focus shifting from finding a consensus on the common goals to realising jointly agreed goals. “Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development” (Article 2 c of the Paris Agreement) will require a significant increase in funding – with new instruments and approaches required to mobilize a broad range of investors and to achieve scalability in financing climate action. Financing the global energy transition will be one key building block.

Find out more.

Climate Adaptation Finance

Climate Adaptation Finance

Climate change presents a risk to the global economy and consequently the finance sector. However, it also presents an opportunity for innovative financing to increase the economic and social resilience to climate impacts.

As facilitators of the economy, financial institutions have a central role in the transformation to low carbon and climate-resilient development. Their responsibility is twofold: greening their portfolios towards Paris compatible financing and investments, and reflecting and integrating climate-related risks into their risk management processes.

This gradual process involves harmonising short-term business cycles and investment horizons with systemic and long-term thinking by all actors from the financial sector (e.g. banks, asset managers, insurers, pension funds, investment consultants, regulators, rating agencies). This process is supported by public actors who moderate the structural change required for a transition to climate-resilient economies.

Find out more.

Sustainable Finance

Sustainable Finance

Reflecting sustainability criteria, especially climate change, in financial markets is increasingly gaining attention as opportunities and risks arising in this context are changing business practices. The course will prepare participants to understand major drivers and constraints of transforming the financial system to a more sustainable one. Furthermore, it will familiarize participants with the business, regulatory and technical perspective of sustainable finance and will acquaint them to take an active part in the discussion around the topic. The course aims to enable financial professionals to integrate Sustainable Finance related aspects into their work through new knowledge and tools for advising their clients and business partners.

Find out more.

ESG & Impact Investing

ESG & Impact Investing

Environment Social and Governance criteria (ESG) and Impact Investing have gained a lot of traction in recent years and will continue to do so in the (post-) Corona world. Calls for a green and socially equitable re-start are very prominent. The EU’s Green New Deal (“Green Deal”) and the UN`s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are good examples of how ESG criteria and ideas of Impact Investing are being incorporated into policy objectives.

Find out more.

Financial Inclusion Policy

Financial Inclusion Policy

This course provides a broad understanding of the designing and implementation of financial regulatory frameworks. It covers in detail the following financial inclusion policy areas – proportionate application of global standards, consumer education and empowerment, national strategies that ensure a coordinate approach to financial inclusion, measuring impact of financial inclusion. It also focuses on three core components that drive financial inclusion – financing of micro, small and medium enterprises, microfinance and microinsurance and taking the digital route to financial inclusion. 

Find out more.

Microinsurance

Microinsurance

The microinsurance sector is an evolving sector, which is impacting how low-income individuals and MSMEs protect themselves against everyday risks. Nevertheless, due to microinsurance’s emerging role in microfinance, research is relatively new and few institutions offer executive training in the field. Insurance, microfinance and bank specialists can benefit greatly from learning about the current trends in the microinsurance market and the unique demands of this sector, including product development, marketing, distribution or customer and sales relationship management.

Find out more.

SME Finance

SME Finance

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are important engines of growth, jobs and social cohesion. However, the creation, survival and growth of SMEs is often hampered by access to finance. Thus, access to SME finance has become a key priority in developing and transition countries. Since the early nineties, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is combining advisory work, training, and policy advice with applied research. Our goal is to support financial institutions in developing and transition countries establish good practices in Micro and SME finance.

Find out more.

Digital Finance

Digital Finance

Digital finance offers a transformational solution for financial inclusion. Powered by the mobile phone, new data and technological innovations, it has become affordable and convenient for unbanked customers to access and use formal banking services. While new technological developments and financial players bring tremendous opportunities, the emerging landscape is also becoming more complex and is putting increasing pressure on traditional providers to go digital.

Find out more.

NPL Management & Investment

NPL Management & Investment

Following the current recession caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, banks, regulators and investors will need to tackle record amounts of private sector debt, and a fresh wave of non-performing loans (NPLs). Once state support comes to an end, this could present an even more serious challenge for banks than in past crises, as the present recession extends across most sectors and economies.

This course will equip you with all necessary skills to manage private sector debt workouts and loan defaults. You will learn to recognise debt distress among households and enterprises, to design best-practice restructuring solutions that return borrowers to financial viability, and to navigate an insolvency process where this becomes inevitable.

Find out more.

Semester 4

Master Thesis (Project Work)

Master Thesis (Project Work)

The aim of the Project Work is to provide you with the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge gained during the programme. It is the project work that proves that you have mastery in the subject matter. The project work demonstrates that you can perform critical analysis of a given problem and draw conclusions relevant to the firm setting. Further, the project work is proof that you can describe the project related activities and results, in a well-written format.

Core Modules
Electives Semester 2
Electives Semester 1
Electives Semester 3

Learning Approach

Self-Study Training Approach

The programme is flexible but structured. The self-study concept allows you to fit studies into your professional & private schedule, comfortably distributing the load within the week or over the weekends. A few deadlines to keep in mind: the live-sessions, submission deadlines, and final exam dates.

Workload

The average workload mostly depends on you: Your pre-experience in the different courses & subjects, as well as your learning style. As a very rough estimation you should expect around 15-20 hours study time per week over the 24 months duration of the programme.  

Training material
  • Video Lectures 
  • Scripts
  • Online Tests
  • Case Studies
  • Further Readings
  • Discussion Forum

Application process

Online applications are accepted between 1 November and 31 July.

Steps:

  1. Online application

The first step in applying for our programme is the completion of the online application, which includes uploading the following required documents in support of your application:
-CV or resume
-Transcript of records and diploma from your undergraduate studies
-Employee Reference Letter

  1. Admission test and interview 
  2. Admission results
  3. Start of the programme

Requirements

  • Undergraduate academic degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) from a university (including diploma and transcript of records)
  • Proven excellent written and spoken English
  • At least two years of post-undergraduate, relevant work experience (proved by a recommendation letter from your former or current employer)
  • Admission test and interview

Required Documents

  • CV or resume
  • Transcript of records and diploma from your undergraduate studies
  • Employee Reference Letter

Apply here for the programme.

FSDF e-Campus Alumni

Recognition of your e-learning courses

If you have already been certified in one of Frankfurt School’s Development Finance e-Campus courses, that course will be recognised in our Master Programme, which means you will not need to repeat it.

Furthermore, the price paid of the course you have already completed will be deducted from your tuition fee. Additionally, you will benefit from a 10% Alumni Discount.

Example

You completed the Microfinance and the SME Finance certification courses:

Should you choose the Development Finance Track, this means that during the first semester you can concentrate on the following units:

  • Development Finance & Growth
  • Accounting & Leadership

During the second semester you can focus on:

  • Risk, Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Strategy & Innovation

The third semester will be, in this case, a regular one.

On the financial side, your tuition fee will be reduced by 10% (Alumni Discount) and then we will deduct max. EUR 2,450 (in case you paid the full tuition fee of EUR 900 CEMF and EUR 1,550 CESF without any discounts) as well.

Financing your Studies

Fee and Example

If you have completed the FSDF e-Campus courses in SME Finance and Microfinance and applied on 1 February, your total tuition fee will be:

Total Fee EUR 17,500
- 1st Early Bird Discount - EUR 2,500
-10% Alumni Discount - EUR 1,750
= EUR 13,250
-Tuition fee paid for completed SME Finance course - EUR 1,550
-Tuition fee paid for completed Microfinance course (early bird) - EUR 700
Total Fee (One-Time Payment) EUR 11,100

Instalments

Payment in instalments is possible. Please contact us for details onlinemaster@fs.de

The Frankfurt School Scholarship Programme

This scholarship programme aims to support highly talented candidates who have the potential to make an impact.

Selection criteria include

  • academic achievements (grade of undergraduate degree)
  • performance during the Frankfurt School selection procedure
  • candidates’ personal achievements (professional and international experience, extracurricular activities, social commitment, and intercultural skills)
  • motivation,
  • financial needs
  • potential impact

Scholarships will cover a max. of 30% of your tuition fees.

Scholarship Application

 You can apply for a Frankfurt School’s scholarship during your online application for the Master of Leadership in Sustainable Finance. Your scholarship application should include the following:

A statement for our scholarship committee showing what makes an outstanding student of you and why you should be granted a scholarship.

Acceptable formats:

  • Short video (max 2 minutes) - preferred
  • PowerPoint presentation (max. 5 slides) or
  • An essay (max. 500 words)

Statement on how you are planning financing the remaining part of the tuition fee (keep in mind that the partial scholarship might be less than 30%)

Please note that funds for this scholarship are limited.

A scholarship committee will review your scholarship application only if and once you are admitted to the master's programme online. The final decision on the scholarship amount lies with the scholarship committee. The scholarship committee’s decision is final and candidates have no legal entitlement to a scholarship. 

Frankfurt School awards scholarships on a “first come first serve” basis. Therefore, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.

Class Profile

Gender

Female 57%
Male 43%

Origin of Students

Europe 33%
Asia 30%
Africa & Middle East 26%
America 9%
Oceania 2%

Educational Background

Business Adm. & Management 28%
Economics 19%
Banking & Finance 8%
Accounting 6%
Other 40%

Employer

Banks/ Regulator 31%
Private Sector/ Consulting 24%
NGO 22%
International Financial Institution 15%
MFI 6%

Master contributes to UN SDGs

This master's programme will enhance your knowledge in the following SDGs. Frankfurt School offers professional and executive courses dedicated to the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Master addresses almost all SDGs, however, the below 8 feature prominently.

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