Master of Science in Finance
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: $2,805 per 3-unit course.
Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.
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 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:
TOTAL UNITS -- 45
FOUNDATION PROGRAM -- 12 units
- ACCTG 201
- Accounting for Managers
- ECON 202
- Economics for Managers
- FI 203
- Financial Analysis for Managers
- MATH 240
- Data Analysis for Managers
ADVANCED PROGRAM -- 15 units
- ECON 380
- Financial Markets and Institutions
- FI 300
- Corporate Finance
- FI 305
- Financial Statement Analysis
- FI 307
- Financial Modeling
- FI 340
Concentration -- 18 units
Choose one of the following concentrations for 18 units:
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
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
- FI 312
- Capital Budgeting and Long-Term Financing
- FI 314
- Working Capital Management
- FI 320
- Financial Strategy
- FI 343
- International Corporate Finance
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:
- ECON 340
- International Trade and Finance
- FI 344
- Fundamental Analysis of Securities
- FI 347
- Financial Engineering and Risk Management
- FI 352
- Technical Analysis of Securities
- FI 354
- Wyckoff Method I
- FI 355
- Wyckoff Method II
- FI 358
- Technical Market Analysis Strategies
- FI 360
- Behavioral Finance
- FI 463
- Real Estate Finance and Investment
FINANCE AND ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT
- Maneeza Aminy, Adjunct Professor
- Nicholas Bergan, Adjunct Professor
- Roman Bogomazov, Adjunct Professor
- Martin Brook, Adjunct Professor
- Scott Buchanan, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Elissa Buie, Adjunct Professor
- Gregg Clarke, Adjunct Professor
- Saundra Davis, Adjunct Professor
- Marty Dirks, Adjunct Professor
- Peter C. Freeman, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Philip Friedman, Professor
- Fernando Garcia, Adjunct Professor
- Lewis Gridley, Adjunct Professor
- Steve Hawkey, Professor
- William Hermann, Senior Adjunct Faculty
- Honorable Christopher R. Inama, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Todd Jensen, Adjunct Professor
- Elizabeth Jetton, Adjunct Professor
- Giancarl Johnson, Adjunct Professor
- Robert Kagan, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Rick Kahler, Adjunct Professor
- Richard Lehman, Adjunct Professor
- Richard Leonhardt, Adjunct Professor
- Peter Lou, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Thomas McAlone, Adjunct Professor
- Martin Medeiros, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Randy Merk, Adjunct Professor
- Brian Pon, Adjunct Professor
- Harry Portolos, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Martin Pring, Adjunct Professor
- Henry Pruden, Professor
- Ross Richardson, Adjunct Professor
- William C. Sarsfield, Senior Adjunct Faculty
- Larry Schimka, Adjunct Professor
- Shahbaz Shahbazi, Adjunct Professor
- Raj Sharma, Adjunct Professor
- Hamid Shomali, Professor
- Lawrence A. Souza, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Brett Villaume, Adjunct Professor
- Mark Walsh, Adjunct Professor
- Douglas Weinstein, Adjunct Professor
- Dr. David Yeske, Director of Financial Planning
- Iana Zemniakova, Adjunct Professor
- John Zott, Adjunct Professor
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