Мастер финансов (Masters in Finance)



Mini-MiF Online Program


The Mini-MiF online program (168 in-class hours) is the first in Russia online program in finance and the first NES fully distance program. It is designed in accordance with the best international standards. High-quality financial education is now available in Russia from any location. 


    • For professionals working in the financial sector, the Mini-MiF program will provide knowledge on the basics of finance, which will become a solid foundation for building a successful career in banks, investment and consulting firms, and other financial sector institutions.
    • For professionals with an education background in math, physics, engineering and IT who do not work in finance, but are thinking about a career pivot and developing in the financial sector, the Mini-MiF program will help over a short time – of just six months – to acquire high-quality applied knowledge in finance. 


To get a NES Mini-MiF diploma, you should complete six courses in six months and pass the final exam. The program curriculum is the core of modern finance:


Fundamentals of Finance

Financial Analysis

Data Science in Python


Corporate Finance




  • Course #1: Fundamentals of Finance (28 hours, ENG)


    This course is the core finance course. It provides an overview over the most common types of financial securities and modern financial markets, covering core topics of corporate finance and investments: the time value of money, opportunity cost, arbitrage pricing, bond valuation, stock valuation,portfolio theory, asset pricing, derivatives, and market efficiency.

    Professor Sergey Kovbasyuk
    Ph.D. in Economics, Toulouse School of Economics, France
    NES Professor
    About: website




  • Course #2: Data Science in Python (28 hours, RUS)


    Data analysis is an integral part of modern finance. This course teaches you how to work with Python, a popular open-source software for analyzing data, presenting results, and making informative decisions based on analytics. You will learn basic techniques and hands-on tools for more advanced, practical applications.

    Mikhail Gustokashin
    HSE University
    About: website



  • Course #3: Financial Analysis (28 hours, RUS)


    This course introduces you to fundamental accounting concepts and principles. It provides the skills necessary to understand the content of financial statements and how they interact with each other. You will also learn to construct and analyze basic financial statements. The goal is not to train you as an accountant but rather to help you become informed user of financial statements.

    Professor Davide Cianciaruso
    Ph.D. in Accounting, Northwestern University, USA
    NES Professor
    About: website



  • Course #4: Investing (28 hours, RUS)


    This course uses a combination of cases, lectures, and class discussion to examine how money is managed by professional money managers. The course involves a mixture of finance and economics, theory and hands-on exercises in Python. It will review classical topics in the field of investments and introduce frontier research on the subject. The course will also touch on a number of public policy issues likely to be important for years to come and provide students with a framework within which these issues can be addresses in a useful manner.

    Professor Anna Obizhaeva
    Ph.D. in Management Science (Finance), MIT Sloan, USA
    NES Professor, Program Director, MIF and MINI-MIF programs 



  • Course #5: Corporate Finance (28 hours, ENG)


    The goal of this course is to familiarize you with the introductory-level topics in corporate finance and to discuss the most important financial decisions of a firm. The core of the course is the analysis of capital budgeting,capital structure decisions and risk management. The capital budgeting topics will cover various techniques of evaluating and comparing projects. The capital structure topics will examine the choice of sources of finance fora firm; in particular, the choice between debt and equity financing and how does this relate to the firm’s investment evaluation.

    Professor Pavle Radicevic
    Ph.D. in Finance, UNSW Business School, Australia
    NES Professor
    About: website



  • Course #6: Derivatives (28 hours, RUS)


    This is an introductory course to the theory and practice of financial engineering and derivatives. It will cover forwards and futures contracts, binomial and Black-Scholes-Merton models for option pricing, hedging and replication of derivatives, implied and historical volatility, volatility surface, structured products, and other topics. The course is especially relevant to students interested in financial markets and securities trading. There will be exercises in Python and in-class derivative game.


    Professor Olga Obizhaeva
    Ph.D. in Finance, LSE, UK
    Professor Stockholm School of Economics
    About: website



The program courses are an integral part of the Masters in Finance (MiF) program. 


Important: Graduates of the Mini-MiF program will have the opportunity to continue their studies at the NES evening program Masters in Finance (without entrance exams). If the six courses of the Mini-MiF program are credited, getting a MiF diploma will require attending the remaining 14 courses of the Masters in Finance program, and the tuition fee will be 30% lower, in proportion to the number of courses.

Evening classes of the program make it possible to conveniently combine studying with work. Online classes are held from September to February, on weekdays from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Moscow time) and on Saturdays.  


Ruben Enikolopov (PhD, Harvard University), NES Academic Director:

"There is a great demand for distance education all over the world. Responding to the spirit of the times and the market demand, we are happy to launch an online program in finance, one of the most popular areas nowadays."


Anna Obizhaeva (PhD, MIT Sloan), NES Masters in Finance Program Director: 

"There is a strong trend to offer various distance courses and online programs now; the choice is wide so it is easy to get confused. As experts and industry professionals know, NES is a unique educational institution in Moscow, where you can get world-class education of very high quality. If you want to get proper up-to-date financial education in a distance format, you should apply for the Mini-MiF program."



Admission to the Mini-MIF program 


Enrollment for the program (September 2023 – February 2024) starts on January 1, 2023. Applicants must submit documents, pass entrance exams in mathematics and English, as well as pass an interview. The results of the entrance exams will be announced in mid-August. The cost of training for applicants to the Mini-MiF program in 2023 is 210 thousand rubles. Read more about Mini-MIF here


We will be glad to answer your questions about the Mini-MIF online program.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +7-991-339-19-50



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