Master of Science in Finance

A specialized, technical program providing in-depth exposure to the principles and practices of corporate finance and investment management.


The master of science in finance is a specialized, technical program providing in-depth exposure to the principles and practices of corporate finance and investment management. The main objective of the program is to provide the specialized knowledge needed to add immediate value to your organization as a financial manager or investment adviser.

You can choose to earn this degree entirely online or through a combination of online and in-class courses. Online courses are taught by the same professors and present the same material as traditional courses, with the added ability to ask questions, make comments, and confer with your classmates 24-hours a day.

This degree is intended for students who have made a professional commitment to this key business discipline and who are interested in equipping themselves with a comprehensive array of analytical tools and techniques. The curriculum does not provide the broad overview of business that is typical of an MBA; instead, it focuses on areas most relevant to financial managers, security analysts, corporate bankers and portfolio managers.

The 15-unit core of the master of science in finance degree emphasizes critical areas of knowledge which are required of all financial professionals. Three courses in corporate finance, investments and capital markets represent the conceptual foundations of the discipline -- the "three legs of the stool." Two courses in financial analysis and financial modeling build and strengthen skills in accounting and computer applications, equipping you with the tools you'll need to pursue more advanced and specialized studies in your chosen concentration.

You may select a concentration in corporate finance or in investment management, or you may decide instead to choose the general concentration in order to maximize the flexibility of your program.


The MS Finance program is structured to provide graduates with knowledge and skills to:
  • Explain the role markets and institutions play in security valuation
  • Identify, evaluate, and explain the financial decisions of corporations
  • Engage in research and evaluate if investment and financial policies maximize firm value
  • Evaluate risk and devise risk management strategies
  • Understand the trade-off between risk and return
  • Model financial problems to facilitate decisions making
  • Become proficient at analyzing financial statements
  • Apply appropriate principles of valuation to major financial assets and securities


Ageno School of Business Courses: $2,700 per 3-unit course

Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.


This program is offered at the following locations: San Francisco, Online.