The program is structured into three semesters, with 30 ECTS per semester.
The first two semesters include three courses each, which are required for the completion of the program, whereas the third semester includes courses that students should choose among a wide list of elective courses. There is a thesis option (20 ECTS) and a project option (20 ECTS), for students wishing to substitute elective courses during the third semester.
The overall allocation of ECTS in required and elective courses is as follows:
|Required Courses (1st semester)||30|
|Required Courses (2nd semester)||30|
|Elective Courses (3rd semester)||30|
Program Profile and Requirements for Completion
The complete program pathway for 2017 is as follows:
|Required Courses||Start Date||End Date||Exam Date||Semester|
|DFIN-511 Introduction to Digital Currencies||4 Sep||24 Nov||1 Dec||1|
|FIN-512 Money and Banking||4 Sep||13 Oct||20 Oct||1|
|DFIN-513 Open Financial Systems||30 Oct||8 Dec||15 Dec||1|
|FIN-521 International Currency Markets||8 May||16 Jun||23 Jun||2|
|DFIN-522 Regulation and Digital Currencies||3 Jul||11 Aug||18 Aug||2|
|MGT-523 Principles of Disruptive Innovation||8 May
|Electives Requiring Programming Background||Start Date||End Date||Exam Date||Semester|
|COMP-530 Cryptographic Systems Security||30 Oct||8 Dec||15 Dec||3|
|COMP-541 Digital Currency Programming||30 Oct||8 Dec||15 Dec||3|
|COMP-532 Distributed Systems||TBA||TBA||TBA||3|
|COMP-533 Digital Currencies in Motion||TBA||TBA||TBA||3|
|Electives Not Requiring Programming Background||Start Date||End Date||Exam Date||Semester|
|DFIN-524 Blockchain Technology and Applications||4 Sep||13 Oct||20 Oct||3|
|DFIN-535 Digital Currencies in the Developing World||3 Jul
|FIN-534 Financial Markets and Alternative Investments||30 Oct||8 Dec||15 Dec||3|
|MIS-536 Digital Currency Information Systems and Resources||4 Sep||13 Oct||20 Oct||3|
|DFIN-591 Thesis option||5 Sep||25 Nov||n/a||3|
|DFIN-592 Project option||5 Sep||25 Nov||n/a||3|
To successfully complete the program, students must complete 90 ECTS and all program requirements.
- The required electives are 30 ECTS: either three elective courses or one course plus the Project or Thesis.
- The courses COMP-530, COMP-541, COMP-532, and COMP-533 are technical and are recommended for students with a background or expertise in Computer Science.