With an emphasis on financial innovation and technology, the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program prepares you for a career in cutting-edge fields such as financial technology (FinTech), financial innovation, financial analysis, investment analysis, and investment management.

Unlike other master’s of finance programs, our MSF program underscores the Drucker ethos of innovation and social ecology, equipping you to “see the future as it happens” in financial services. Designed for those interested in finance without a substantial background in mathematics, the MSF provides you with specialized training in financial analysis combined with broad exposure to topics in innovation and technology. As a student in the MSF program, you will also benefit from a curriculum imbued with the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge. The CFA designation is the premier certification globally for professionals in investments and financial analysis and is viewed as a way to ‘fast-track’ your career in financial analysis.

Program Highlights
  • Learn the future of finance with our degree’s unique focus on FinTech innovations.
  • Our CFA-aligned curriculum means you will simultaneously be preparing for the CFA Levels I, II, and III exams while pursuing your master’s degree.
  • The Asset Management Practicum gives you an opportunity to synthesize your academic knowledge in a hands-on, real-world project.
  • Our MSF program is STEM designated, allowing international graduates of the program to remain in the U.S. for 36 months after graduation and receive work-based training.
  • Our MS in Finance program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard for business education.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
32 units

COMPLETION TIME
1 year

COURSES BEGIN
Fall

DEGREE AWARDED
MS in Finance

Featured Courses

MGT 335
Corporate Finance

Develops understanding of financial decision making—including investment decisions, financing decisions, and their interaction—and examines the underlying framework of corporate finance, including valuation, market efficiency, portfolio theory, agency costs, and information costs.

MGT 410
Entrepreneurial Finance

Focuses on the application and adaptation of existing financial tools and methodologies to the entrepreneurial venture.

MGT 402
Asset Management Practicum

Studies theories of asset management via textbook and other readings, lectures, case studies and student and guest speaker presentations.

MGT 332
FinTech

Introduces the important intersection of financial services and technological innovation known as “FinTech”.

MGT 339
Financial Derivatives

Provides a platform for students to gain expertise on financial derivative instruments and develop the mathematical tools necessary for derivatives analysis, design, and pricing in a managerial context.

MGT 380
Drucker Philosophy

Focuses on the key principles of Peter F. Drucker, from leading self, organizations, and businesses to the broader functioning of society itself.

Curriculum

Prerequisite Course
  • Financial Accounting (4 units)
Required Courses
  • Corporate Finance (4 units)
  • Fixed Income (4 units)
  • Financial Derivatives (4 units)
  • FinTech (2 units)
  • Macroeconomics (2 units)
  • Entrepreneurial Finance (2 units)
  • Drucker Philosophy (2 units)
  • Asset Management Practicum (4 units)
Elective Courses

8 units of elective courses

Faculty & Research

  • Michael Imerman profile image

    Michael Imerman

    Assistant Professor of Finance
    Co-Director, Financial Engineering Program

    Research Interests

    Credit Risk Modeling, Banking, Financial Regulation, Risk Management, Securitization, FinTech Innovation

  • Ayca Altintig profile image

    Ayca Altintig

    Assistant Professor of Finance

    Research Interests

    Agency Theory, Corporate Governance and Compensation, International Finance

  • Jay Prag profile image

    Jay Prag

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Research Interests

    Corporate finance, Investments, Economics of strategy, Macroeconomics, Nonprofits, Corporate culture

  • Bernie Jaworski profile image

    Bernie Jaworski

    Peter F. Drucker Chair in Management and the Liberal Arts

    Research Interests

    Client Management, Leadership, Management, Marketing, Strategy

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Sean Gomez

Assistant Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-7583 (Direct)
T: 909-607-7811 (Central Admissions)
E: sean.gomez@cgu.edu