Both programmes are part of INSEAD's suite of Executive degrees, designed for professionals with significant work experience and allowing you the flexibility of studying while you work.

The Executive Master in Finance (EMFin) is tailored for experienced finance professionals who aim to accelerate their career in the field of finance, obtain a unique global perspective and make an immediate impact in their organisation. It provides a much greater depth of finance skills than you would acquire in an Executive MBA, enabling you to further deepen and refine your expertise in this domain, while also offering the leadership and management education you would not find in a typical finance degree. 

On the other hand, the Executive MBA (EMBA) is designed for experienced professionals with significant management experience from a broad range of industries. The curriculum covers the fundamental disciplines of business needed to succeed in senior leadership roles, including general finance. It also contains a Leadership Development Programme (LDP), combining a wide range of innovative learning methods to help participants develop and refine their leadership styles.

Below is a comparison table detailing the important differences between EMFin and EMBA:


Executive Master in Finance

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Executive MBA


Candidate Profile Experienced finance professionals who want to accelerate career advancement within their field Experienced managers from a broad range of industries who wish to further refine their leadership skills
Average Work Experience 9 years 13 years
Average Age 33 37
Programme Format Modular: 18 months
(12 weeks on campus)
Modular: 14 - 17 months
(12 weeks on campus)
Campuses Singapore
(1 module in Fontainebleau)
Singapore, Fontainbleau & Abu Dhabi. 
Core Modules

Advanced and specialised finance topics*:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Private Equity
  • Asset Management
  • Capital Budgeting

*(Selection; see EMFIN academics for full list of courses)

    Broad range of management topics*:

    • Macroeconomics
    • Uncertainty & Judgement
    • Leading People
    • Organisational Behaviour
    • (General) Finance

    *(Selection; see GEMBA academics for full list of courses)

      Leadership Development

      Leadership Capstone

      The distinctive leadership capstone module examines issues in leadership, management and communication, and how they impact the formation and performance of teams. It also looks at how leadership and communication play critical roles in the success of finance organisations as client-facing businesses.

      Leadership Development Programme (LDP)

      Delivered by the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre, the LDP runs parallel to the EMBA academics, and combines a wide range of innovative learning methods. 


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