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 primary objective of the program is to ensure that graduating students acquire the specialized skills and knowledge that they will need to add immediate value to their organizations in their roles as financial managers or investment advisers.
The MS in Finance does not attempt to provide a broad overview of business that is typical of an MBA. Instead, it focuses on the specific areas of compelling interest to financial managers, security analysts, corporate bankers, and portfolio managers. 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 MS in Finance program has been certified by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute as a University Affiliation Program. This membership signals to employers that the MSF curriculum is closely tied to the practice of financial management, and helps to prepare students for the CFA exams.
Graduates of the MS in Finance program will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Evaluate and explain financial decisions regarding the firm’s investment and long- and short-term financing strategies by applying financial theory, quantitative decision-making tools, and analytical methods.
- Apply economic analysis to the firm’s decision-making, taking into account the impact of markets, institutions, and international trends on these decisions. Understand whether or to what extent a financial market satisfies the conditions of an efficient market.
- Define and measure business and financial risk. Describe the relationship between risk and return, and distinguish between expected and required returns. Explain how risk affects the valuation of real and financial assets, and describe techniques for managing risk.
- Evaluate the corporate governance structures of firms and examine the interactions, from a governance perspective, among firm management, financial markets, and stakeholders.
- Describe and evaluate the ethical implications of financial decision-making and financial practices, assess alternative recommendations for solutions to ethical financial problems, and offer appropriate resolutions to those problems.
The MS in Finance requires completion of 12 units in the foundation program and in 33 units of advanced program, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better in courses taken at Golden Gate University. Each Course carries three units of credit unless otherwise noted. All course prerequisites must be satisfied prior to enrollment in a given course.
Graduate degree programs require proficiency in writing to ensure that students are successful in their course of study.
Students will need to have an understanding of United States business practices to be successful in our graduate programs.
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.
Students admitted to this program are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to:
- MATH 200 Mathematics for Management
Foundation courses - 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 Investments
Concentration course - 18 units
Choose one of the following concentrations of 18 units:
- General Finance Concentration
- Corporate Finance Concentration
- Investment Management Concentration
International student welcome scholarship
Golden Gate University welcomes international students from all over the world. We are excited to introduce a one-time scholarship for all international students who enroll in our Graduate Degree Program and meet the requirements. You may receive a scholarship in the amount of up to USD $2,000 off tuition.
Cost & Fees
$3,045 per 3-unit course