Master of Science in Finance

 

In the competitive world of corporate finance and banking, you need to set yourself apart from the pack. Today’s employers demand expertise and skills that only an MS in Finance can provide.

The College’s Master of Science in Finance Program is for individuals interested in a variety of careers in the world finance. These include corporate finance, financial analysis, financial management, acquisitions and corporate restructuring, private equity and investment banking. The program will help you to elevate your knowledge and master difficult concepts in order to pursue new and expanded career opportunities.

“Everything – literally, every single topic we’ve covered – is something I’ve needed to know more about. I’ve constantly said to my 3 person staff (2 CFPs), ‘Man, this is something I need to know.’ “

The MS in Finance program will provide you with a diverse education that covers everything from financial analysis and global finance to economics and derivatives. Develop real-world critical thinking skills via case studies that you can immediately apply to your profession. No more rote memorization and multiple-choice quizzes. Our entire program is application based and geared around simulation of the decisions you will need to make in your day-to-day role.

All coursework is based on an instructor-led distance education model, making the pursuit of this specialized degree ideal for working professionals.

For more information download our Student Handbook.

Why choose the College’s MS in Finance?

  • All course content is based upon real-world scenarios
  • Program graduates report a 65% average increase in earnings after completing the program.
  • Competitive pricing. You can earn a graduate degree for less than $15,000
  • The College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • Study on your own time from anywhere in the world
  • Learn from industry expert professors using text, video, and interactive forums
  • Military Friendly

Required Courses:

ACCT510: Financial Statement Analysis

Accounting tools applied in fundamental investment analysis are covered in this course. Students are introduced to financial statement analysis covering cash flows, financial ratios, earnings per share, asset and liability analysis, credit analysis, and accounting disclosure. This is a case-based course in which students will select a publicly-traded company to analyze throughout the term.


FINC520: Managerial Finance

This course incorporates the principles of risk/return, valuation, ratio analysis, capital structure, cost of capital, and capital budgeting techniques to corporate finance; also covering options and behavioral finance. Net present value, the weighted average cost of capital, equity and debt valuation, behavioral finance, and alternative financing and leasing are explored.


ECON530: Managerial Economics

Managerial economics uses advanced economic theory to solve resource allocation problems, and provide insight into strategic and tactical decisions that are made by analysts, managers, and consultants in the private, public, and not–for–profit sectors of the economy. This course develops critical thinking skills and provides students with a logical way of analyzing business decisions.


FINC540: Investment Management

This course is designed to familiarize students with specific investment alternatives, security valuation, portfolio management, and the regulatory environment surrounding investing for individuals and organizations.


Students receive a Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis
upon completion of ACCT510 – FINC540

FINC550: Quantitative Analysis in Finance

This course covers fundamental statistics and time value concepts related to investment analysis. Topics include compounding/discounting, investment returns, cost of capital, capital budgeting techniques, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, basic probability concepts, linear regression, correlation, and hypothesis testing.


FINC560: Global Finance

This course uses advanced economic theory to explain the workings of the global economy including global monetary system, financial markets, and institutions. To be eligible for this course, you need to have completed ECON530: Managerial Economics.


FINC570: Advanced Corporate Finance

Through topics such as corporate governance, capital budgeting, cost of capital, cash management, financial statement analysis, and mergers and acquisitions, this course covers the principles of corporate finance. To be eligible for this course, you need to have completed FINC520: Managerial Finance.

FINC580: Derivatives

Imparting knowledge of derivative markets, derivative pricing, and derivative trading and hedging strategies, this course covers derivative contracts such as forward and swaps, options, futures, and collateralized mortgage obligations. This course teaches students derivative pricing using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, the binary option pricing model, and cost-of-carry futures pricing; and derivative strategies such as covered calls, protective put, option spreads, and portfolio insurance. To be eligible for this course, you need to have completed FINC540: Investment Management.

FINC590: Current Issues in Finance

This course examines current, unique, and/or and advanced topics in finance, economics, investments, risk management, venture capital, private equity, and other topical areas. The specific topics in this course may vary by term and instructor. To be eligible for this course, you need to have completed ACCT510-FINC540.


Final Case Study:

FINC600: Case Study in Financial Decision

This course analyzes one company’s portfolio. Students learn and submit comprehensive assignments concerning advanced investment issues, products, and strategies of concern at the portfolio management level of that company. Topics covered include economic forecasting, psychological influences on security prices, use of options and futures to alter the risk/return profile of a portfolio, portfolio diversification using foreign stocks and alternative investments, and global performance evaluation tools and techniques. To be eligible for this course, you need to have completed all other program requirements.

Program Delivery and Structure

The Master of Science program is delivered via a state-of-the-art asynchronous learning platform. This means that you can pursue your degree from anywhere in the world and study when it’s convenient for you. Your studies will revolve around real-world scenarios and cases with a focus on research and critical thinking skills.

Classes are held five times per year with sessions beginning every January, March, May, August, and October. Each course is eight weeks with a two-week break between classes.

Pricing

Each 3 Credit Hour Course

$1300

Student Loans are available

The curriculum is based on a client-centered, problem-solving method using case studies to give you a hands-on approach to the material. The College’s highly qualified faculty is available via telephone or e-mail to support you in your studies.

Masters Program Start Dates

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    Master of Science Degree Program Dates

    College for Financial Planning

    Our entire line-up of Master of Science Courses will be in session during these dates

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    College for Financial Planning

    Our entire line-up of Master of Science Courses will be in session during these dates

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    06
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    Master of Science Degree Program Dates

    College for Financial Planning

    Our entire line-up of Master of Science Courses will be in session during these dates

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    2016

    Master of Science Degree Program Dates

    College for Financial Planning

    Our entire line-up of Master of Science Courses will be in session during these dates

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    2016

    Master of Science Degree Program Dates

    College for Financial Planning

    Our entire line-up of Master of Science Courses will be in session during these dates

For a complete list of Masters Program Start Dates click here.