MS in Finance
An MS in finance gives you the technical skills for that next step in your career. The program prepares you for the CFA, CAIA, CFP, and FRM exams, which will open up leadership positions and other professional opportunities. Plus, this targeted expertise will help you better position yourself in today's job market.
Take the next step in your career with our experience-based curriculum. Manage more than $1M in assets with the Student Managed Investment Fund.
Earn your degree on your own terms. Attend the program part-time or full-time, depending on your work and life demands. The average completion time is three semesters.
Gain real-world experience in securities analysis and portfolio management through our Student Managed Investment Fund.
An Islamic finance certificate is a valuable complement to your MS in finance degree. As Islamic finance becomes more mainstream in major financial markets, graduates with an understanding of the field will be valuable consultants and employees.
The MS in finance consists of 33 credit hours. Our flexible curriculum means you can take specialized courses to succeed in specific careers like governance, risk management, corporate finance, and more.
Students take Introduction to Finance the week before the term begins. This gives them a solid understanding of basic financial concepts they will revisit in later courses. The rest of the curriculum is divided into 12 credit hours in core courses and 21 credit hours in electives. We offer a wide variety of electives ranging from investment banking, financial analysis, risk management, and more so you can customize your plan of studies.
One of our most sought-after electives is the Student Managed Investment Fund course, a collaborative class that provides valuable, real-time experiential learning in securities analysis and portfolio management. This is your chance to oversee more than $1M in assets.
You'll Walk Away With
- Institutional Framework—understanding of the purpose and characteristics of evolving financial markets, and the role that institutions play in capital formation and allocation; ability to identify and explain the function of the major financial instruments.
Data Analysis Skills—ability to explain and use appropriately sophisticated analytical and econometric techniques to analyze financial data.
Valuation Skills—ability to describe and apply financial valuation techniques in areas, such as corporate valuation, individual equities, and/or fixed-income securities.
Teamwork and Communication—participate in working teams and construct effective, clear, and well-written financial analyses.
MS in finance students will be particularly well-positioned in the highly competitive real estate industry with our graduate certificate in real estate. The professionally managed global real estate investment market is worth trillions of dollars, and with the in-depth operational and financial knowledge you’ll learn in Kogod's finance program, you’ll be primed to make your mark in the field.
Student Managed Investment Fund
Gain real-world experience in securities analysis and portfolio management through our Student Managed Investment Fund. Students mimic the structure of an asset management team and oversee $1M+ worth of assets throughout the semester.
Financial Services and IT Lab
Learn about and apply the cutting-edge technology that finance professionals work with every day in our Financial Services and IT Lab. In addition to training and workshops, you can also use it as your virtual trading room.
Graduate Certificate in Islamic Finance
With an additional 6-12 credits you can obtain a graduate certificate in Islamic finance and learn how to raise capital in accordance with Sharia, or Islamic law.
Graduate Certificate in Real Estate
Complement your studies with a graduate certificate in real estate, designed for new and current real estate managers seeking to advance in the field. Complete the certificate with an additional 6-12 credits.
Our faculty are renowned experts in their field and continue to lead national firms. As mentors, they are invested in the professional and academic success of our students.
CFA and CAIA Affiliation
Our partnership with CFA and CAIA grants you access to career resources, networking events, scholarship opportunities for reduced exam fees, and more.
During a recent alumni event, Kogod professors Robin Lumsdaine and Jeff Harris discussed the popular trading app Robinhood and the implications of its decision to halt GameStop trades for a day back in February. Find out more about their analysis of the situation and what they think it says about the market for the future.
*Black = Black or African American; Hispanic = Hispanic/American or Latino; AIAN = American Indian or Alaska Native; NHPI = Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.
Our graduates have found professional success in a wide variety of sectors in the financial industry. Six months after graduation, 94 percent of our students report they are either fully employed, in graduate school, or both.
Our alumni pursue jobs in:
- Asset management
- Real estate finance
- Commercial banking
- Corporate finance
- Financial regulation
- Investment banking
- Development banking
Recent employers include:
- Capital One
- Freddie Mac
- Sun Trust Bank
- The World Bank
- Cambridge Associates
- Merril Lynch
- Bloomberg LP
- The Carlyle Group
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The MS Finance program at the Kogod School of Business is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of jobs in the finance industry. Join Prof. Catalin Stefanescu and Kogod Admissions as they take you through the curriculum and answer any questions you have about applying. All webinar attendees receive a $100 application fee waiver. Register Now