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MBA vs MSC Finance..Which is better?



Students often get confused between MBA and MSC Finance.But the difference is big enough to be ignored.

MBA has always remained the most favorite masters course for business professionals. But bearing in mind it’s being diluted by the huge number of students enrolling for the same, some professionals have opted for Msc Finance.

First we look at the topics covered by the two masters programmes:


The most common topics covered in MBA are:

Sem I

  • Principles of Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Business Legislations
  • Business Communication & Information Systems
  • Research Methodology & Quantitative Techniques

Sem II

  • Human Resource Management & Organizational Behaviour
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Cost Accounting
  • Economic Environment of Business


  • Strategic Management
  • Summer Internship Project Assessment
  • Project Management OR Environment Management

Sem IV

  • Business Ethics & Corporate Governance
  • Entrepreneurship Development
  • Project Work
  • International Business Management OR Agri-Business Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management
  • Service Sector Management


Foundation Course:

Basic Economics

Basic Quantitative Methods

Basic Accounting

Basic Computing



Semesters Subjects
Sem I


Quantitative Methods Accounting & Financial Reporting Financial Management Practical 1: Quantitative Methods Practical 2: Accounting and Financial Reporting
Sem II


Corporate Governance & Regulatory Environment Corporate Finance Econometrics and Financial Modeling Financial Markets and Institutions Fixed Income Securities Practical 3: Econometrics and Financial Modeling Practical 4: Fixed Income Securities


Technical Analysis Portfolio Analysis and Management Derivatives Practical 5: Technical Analysis Practical 6: Portfolio Analysis and Management Summer Project
Sem IV


Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring Structured Finance Risk Management International Finance Dissertation

After comparing the two, you will clearly notice the difference. One of the major differences is that MBA focuses on more than one major. Majors in MBA include:

  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Procurement & Purchasing
  • Accounting
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Real Estate Management

In MSC Finance, the courses are more technical and only suitable for graduates from statistics, actuarial science, real estate management, finance, mathematics and engineering.

Job market

Who exactly between MBA and MSC Finance graduate is likely to secure employment faster?

Since MBA graduates are more likely to flood the job market, MSC finance graduates have the best chance of getting employment ahead of the former. But there are many factors that contribute to one’s chances of securing employment. For MBA graduates, if one is armed with a professional certificate such as ACCA, chances of getting a job are high. Another factor that heavily contributes to one’s employability is work experience. This goes to people who quit their jobs to further their studies. The more experience one has the higher the chances of securing employment.

For MSC Finance graduates it’s more advantageous if one to pursue CFA alongside the masters program. In the current world employers tend to value professional certification more than a masters program.


In USA the salary of an MBA graduate is $110,000 to $130,000 per annum.MSC graduates, who work for investment banks, actuarial firms and stock brokers earn $ 90,000-$120,000.

Who should study MSC Finance

MSC Finance is suitable for:

  • Actuaries
  • Data Analysts
  • Investment Analysts
  • Business analysts
  • Statisticians
  • Engineers
  • Finance Analysts
  • Real Estate Managers
  • Finance Managers
  • Mathematics

MBA is suitable for any professional as long as you hold an undergraduate degree course.

Which is easier?

MSC Finance is more technical, implying if you are not good in mathematics you are likely to fail.

Since MBA is diverse, even professionals from arts courses are welcome. The course is slightly less irritating in terms of analytic content compared to MSC Finance.