As a student in the Drucker School of Management’s Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program, you will benefit from a rigorous, practice-based 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 finance.

The program is designed for students looking to gain a foundational knowledge in finance combined with broad exposure to other key management principles. The Drucker School’s reputable and accessible faculty teach courses that emphasize innovation and technology, preparing you to take on the current challenges and opportunities of the finance industry.

Our focus on Peter Drucker’s ethos of humanistic management and social responsibility sets us apart from other master’s in finance programs. As a student, you will learn to take a responsible and holistic approach to finance and its impact on society.


Program Highlights
  • Our designation as a CFA Affiliated University signals to employers that your academic training is closely tied to the practice of investment management and helps prepare you for the CFA Program exams.
  • Small class sizes offer you individualized attention and an enhanced learning experience with more opportunities to participate and meaningful feedback from your instructors.
  • The MSF can be completed in as little as one year (two semesters), allowing you to expedite your professional goals in finance.
  • Asset Management Practicum takes experiential learning to another level by giving you an opportunity to synthesize your academic knowledge in a hands-on, real-world project.
  • Learn the future of finance with our degree’s unique focus on FinTech innovations.
  • This program is STEM designated, allowing international students who hold F-1 visas to apply for OPT work authorizations for a total of 36 months (an initial 1-year period and a 24-month OPT STEM extension) of paid work experience in the U.S. after graduation.
  • MSF students are required to complete an online ethics course that is aligned with the CFA’s ethical decision-making framework.
  • Our MSF program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard for business education.

Program at a Glance

32 units

1 year

*This estimate assumes full-time registration and pursuit of the degree. Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring

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

We will study how asset management firms establish and review investment policy, conduct investment research, determine strategies to be implemented, select securities, enter and track orders, measure and report performance, and manage client relations.

MGT 332

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.


Prerequisite Course
  • Financial Accounting (2 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

  • Jay Prag profile image

    Jay Prag

    Clinical Full Professor
    Academic Director
    Faculty Coordinator, Center for Business & Management of the Arts

    Research Interests

    Corporate Finance, Investments, Economics of Strategy, Macroeconomics

  • Michael Imerman profile image

    Michael Imerman

    Associate Professor of Finance

    Research Interests

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

  • 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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