Professional Masters in Banking and Finance

One Year Professional Masters in Banking and Finance

Aims and Objectives

The aims of this program are:

  • To empower professional bankers with knowledge and skills to meet current and emerging challenges with the fast changing business environment in the industry.
  • To develop knowledge of management of business as might be useful to performing the role of a banker
  • To provide a balanced exposure to the theory, case studies and practical skills that will enhance both personal and professional development of the participants.

The specific objectives of this program are to develop abilities in participants:

  • to understand and evaluate broad trends in banking and financial services industry and assess the impact of such trends on their business;
  • to evaluate and apply management tools and techniques in the context of banking and financial services industry;
  • to integrate diverse body of knowledge into applications in their job through a comprehensive research project

Program Structure

The program combines class work and a research project in a curriculum that will be delivered over a period 12 months. The delivery will be in 3 modules. Each module will be approximately of ten weeks’ duration. Participants’ learning in each course will be tested by a combination of exams and assignments. The research project will be evaluated by a committee comprising of a faculty advisor and at least two committee members. Successful completion would require participants to obtain grades in line with AIT’s policies and procedures.

Credit Structure

9 Courses [27 Credits]
1 Research Project [6 Credits]

Module-wise Courses

Module 1

The objective of this course is to provide conceptual and analytical skills for students who are interested in microeconomic and macroeconomic management. For Microeconomic, economic theory and tools of analysis of decision science to examine how an organization can achieve its aims or objectives most efficiently are introduced. Understanding both economic theories – in terms of both demand and supply-side analysis – and economic tools/techniques is essential for a firm/manager to make the best operating and planning decisions. Macroeconomics is the study of the economy that attempts to answer the key following questions: why have some countries experienced rapid growth in income? Why do some countries have high rates of inflation? Why do some countries experience recessions and depression? Which instruments should policymakers use to ensure macroeconomic stability? Understanding macroeconomics is crucial for policymakers since changes in macro policy have a great deal to the overall economy. Misunderstanding macroeconomic linkages and impacts of such a policy could lead the economy into recession.

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This course is intended to expose the participants to Financial Statement Analysis in a strategic context and to enable participants to extend the analysis to forecasting and projecting firm performance, culminating with a valuation of the firm. It also helps students to develop an ability to understand financial statements and to assess the performance of firms.

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The objective of this course is to equip the students with knowledge of the global community’s concern for financial system regulation and measures taken in achieving that objective together with the importance of governance in financial institutions to strengthen the system’s stability.

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Module 2

This course concentrates on the principles of a bank’s assets and liabilities. The course has an applied feel to it as it mainly focuses on the microeconomic problems of financial management of banking firms.

This course examines the role and importance of bank financial management to the modern bank. The course discusses the various trends shaping banking markets, such as institutionalisation, securitisation, globalisation, and concentration.

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Internationalization of financial markets has been the consequence of, among other factors, globalization of trade and evolution of information technology. An increasing number of companies from emerging markets are accessing both investment and financing opportunities globally. Professionals building a career in banking need to understand the risks and rewards of such international financing and investment decisions, either of their clients or of the banks themselves, which can impact their banks.

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Good strategy-making and good strategy-execution are the key ingredients of company success and the most reliable signs of good management. This course is designed to help managers gain an understanding of the theory and practice in the field of strategic management and leadership. The goal is to give you a thorough understanding of the analytical techniques and tools necessary to identify and formulate strategies successfully, and what skills you need as a leader to implement them. Specifically, the course will focus on two main areas: (i) Strategy Management, including industry and competitive analysis; strategy formulation; and strategy implementation; (ii) leadership, including types and styles of leadership; delegation, communication; team building; and conflict resolution.

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Module 3

Banking as a business has evolved from its traditional roots of accepting deposits and making loans to encompass a variety of financial products and services. Professionals seeking to build a career in banking need to understand the business models and synergies underlying the portfolio of products and services that a modern bank typically handles

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Banking operates in the context of an economy and by extension in the context of a global economy. In most emerging economies banks are the key sources of finance to stimulate economic growth and development. Professionals seeking to develop a career in banking need to understand the linkages between banking and economic growth and development.

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An investment institution or a bank will primarily focus on mitigating the risk, as it is too costly. Minimizing the cost of risk to an optimum level means, increasing the value of an entity. However, risk transfer also has a cost and the objective is to minimize this cost while at the same time minimizing the risk. The course will expose the participants to various risk management concepts, tools, and techniques in a global context.

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Research Project

The basic purpose of the research study in the professional master program is to create an opportunity for the participants to identify, analyze, research and find possible solutions to a specific problem that they face in the context of their present job or are likely to face in the future.

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Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the program, a candidate should have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, in a relevant discipline
  • Relevant work experience of at least 5 years in banking and finance at an officer level
  • Proficiency in English – IELTS scores of 6.0 (or higher) or pass AIT English Entry Test.

Candidates will be required to take an admission test and appear for an interview.  Preparatory program may be recommended for potential candidates based on the performance in admission test.


  • The Professional Masters Degree in Banking and Finance will be granted by the Asian Institute of Technology

Enquiries and Applications

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