FT Masters in Finance: Key to weighting of ranking factors

Guide to information in the tables

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Weights for ranking criteria are shown in brackets — (pre-experience) [post-experience] — as a percentage of the overall ranking.

Salary today US$ (20) [20]: average alumnus salary three years after graduation, US$ PPP equivalent.†

Salary increase (n/a) [20]: average difference in alumnus salary between before the masters and today. Half of this figure is calculated according to the absolute salary increase, and half according to the percentage increase relative to pre-masters salary — the figure published in the post-experience table.†

Value for money (5) [3]: calculated according to alumni salaries today, course length, fees and other costs.†

Careers (10) [7]: calculated according to the career status of alumni three years after graduation. Progression is measured according to seniority and size of company today.†

Aims achieved (5) [3]: the extent to which alumni fulfilled their goals for doing a masters. †

Placement success (5) [3]: effectiveness of the careers service in supporting student recruitment, as rated by alumni.†

Employed at three months % (5) [3]: percentage of the most recent graduating class that found employment within three months. The figure in brackets is the percentage of the class for which the school was able to provide data.

Female faculty % (5) [3]: percentage of female faculty. For gender-related criteria, schools with 50:50 (male:female) composition receive the highest possible score.

Female students % (5) [3]: percentage of female students on the masters.

Women on board % (1) [2]: percentage of female members on the school advisory board.

International faculty % (5) [5]: calculated according to faculty diversity by citizenship and the percentage whose citizenship differs from their country of employment — the figure published in the table.

International students % (5) [5]: calculated according to the diversity of current masters students by citizenship and the percentage whose citizenship differs from country of study — the figure published in the table.

International board % (2) [3]: percentage of the board whose citizenship differs from the school’s home country.

Faculty with doctorates % (6) [6]: percentage of full-time faculty with doctoral degrees.

International mobility (10) [7]: calculated according to changes in the country of employment of alumni between graduation and today.†

International course experience (10) [7]: calculated according to four criteria that measure international exposure during the masters programme

Languages (1) [n/a]: number of extra languages required on graduation.

Course length (months): minimum length of the masters programme

† Includes data for current and two preceding years where available

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