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 degree in finance is a specialized, technical program that provides in-depth exposure to the principles and practices of corporate finance and investment management. It is a primary objective of this program to ensure that, by the time you graduate, you will have acquired the specialized skills and knowledge that you will need to add immediate value to your organization in your role as financial manager or investment adviser.

It is possible to complete the requirements for the MS degrees in finance without ever setting foot in class (although you can also mix and match online and in-class courses in combinations that are most convenient for you). Online courses present the same material, taught by the same professors, that you would experience in the classroom but with the added convenience of being able to ask questions, make comments, and confer with your classmates 24-hours a day, from your home or office.

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 the most comprehensive array of analytical tools and techniques. The MS finance does not attempt to provide the broad overview of business that is typical of an MBA; instead, it focuses with great intensity on the specific areas of compelling interest to financial managers, security analysts, corporate bankers and portfolio managers.

The 15-unit core of the MS finance degree emphasizes five critical areas, fields 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 on and strengthen your background in accounting and computer applications, equipping you with the tools you'll need to pursue the more advanced and specialized studies in your 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. All concentrations are 18 units.


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.