Your Gateway to a Career in Business -- If you want to launch a career in finance, but lack the academic or work experience to make the change, Pepperdine offers a master's degree designed for you. The 12-month M.S. in Applied Finance offers recent college graduates the credentials and skills to compete in the business marketplace and pursue a career in finance.
Choosing Pepperdine Offers the Best of Both Worlds
It's possible to have it all while earning your master's degree full time. Pepperdine students benefit from these unique advantages:
- Study in Malibu — Network in Los Angeles
At our world-class campus in Malibu, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a beautiful natural environment in the Santa Monica Mountains. Yet just minutes away is the thriving metropolis of Los Angeles, an international city embracing diverse cultures and industries that afford a wealth of new business opportunities.
- Small Class Size — Large Alumni Network
With an average class size of just 25 students, Pepperdine ensures you receive the personal attention you deserve. Nevertheless, when you graduate you become part of the largest business school alumni network in California—offering unmatched opportunities for career networking and connecting with influential leaders.
- Rigorous Curriculum — Collaborative Environment
Pepperdine provides challenging coursework based on real-world business challenges so students develop the practical skills sought by employers. However, Pepperdine also encourages a collaborative learning environment based on teamwork and the sharing of ideas.
Unlike other degree programs in finance that concentrate on theoretical and quantitative areas such as risk management, the Graziadio School's M.S. in Applied Finance takes a more holistic approach to prepare our students for a variety of financial careers. The 12-month program features a curriculum that focuses on the application of theory to real-world business needs.
The M.S. in Applied Finance is designed for recent college graduates who do not have an undergraduate degree in business. The program will give students a solid foundation with the core skills and knowledge needed to launch a career in finance.
Students may customize their degree by choosing to concentrate on one of three elective areas, depending on career interests:
- Financial Accounting
- Financial Management