Master of Science in Finance
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 reasearch 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 majoy financial assets and securities
The MS finance requires completion of 12 units in the foundation program and 33 units of advanced program coursework, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better in courses taken at Golden Gate University. Courses carry three semester units of credit unless otherwise noted. Individual foundation program courses may be waived if the student has previously completed comparable courses at a regionally accredited college or university. Students may be admitted to advanced program courses before completion of the entire foundation program, but must complete the foundation program by the time that twelve (12) units have been earned in the advanced program.
Applicants are expected to demonstrate a working familiarity and skill with computers and software applications appropriate for graduate studies. This includes knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet analysis, visual presentation software and network access capabilities. Faculty may require additional preparation for those students who have not achieved the needed proficiency.
Math Proficiency Requirement
Students admitted to this program are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to College Algebra (MATH 30) or Mathematics for Management (MATH 200).
Ageno School of Business Courses: $2,520 per 3-unit course
Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.
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FOUNDATION PROGRAM — 12 units
ADVANCED PROGRAM — 15 units
Concentration — 18 units
Students choose one of the following concentrations for 18 units:
General Finance Concentration
Corporate Finance Concentration
Investment Management Concentration
The general concentration permits students to choose from among the full array of finance and economics course offerings. Students whose career objectives inspire them to a broad sampling of the various specializations of the field, as well as those who are not yet ready to declare a specific career focus, will find the flexibility of this concentration attractive.
Take any six courses of 300- or 400-level FI-ECON prefix courses.
A focused degree concentration designed to prepare finance students for a career in corporate finance.
In the 12-units of required courses for the corporate finance concentration, you develop the skills essential for careers in financial management, from financial analyst to CFO. These courses examine the tools and techniques of managing short-term assets and liabilities, fixed assets and capital investments, and long-term financing. In addition, courses in international finance and in financial strategy provide a high-level management perspective on the relationship between financial decisions, both domestic and global, and value creation.
Required Courses — 12 units
Electives — 6 units
Take two courses (6 units) of 300- or 400-level FI/ECON prefix courses.
Recommended elective courses:
A focused degree concentration designed to train graduate finance students for a career in investment management.
The nine units of required coursework for the investment management concentration are appropriate for students who are planning careers as security analysts, portfolio managers and investment advisors. Building on the principles acquired in the core investments course, work in portfolio management and derivatives exposes them to the most advanced technologies of the field. Students can also choose between technical market analysis and fundamental analysis as you begin to refine your approach to security valuation.
Required Courses — 9 units
One of the following:
Electives — 9 units
Take three courses (9 units) of 300- or 400-level FI/ECON prefix courses.
Recommended elective courses:
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