Master of Science in Finance


Program Description

The MS in Finance program at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University! Our innovative STEM-certified program, which ranks 15th globally and 6th among public universities in the TFE Times’ list of 2019 Best Master of Finance Programs, features outstanding teaching, hands-on training, and signature experiences to enhance your human capital and make you a highly attractive and marketable job candidate to employers in the industry.

Program Highlights

Highlights of our program include:

  • Cutting-edge curriculum. Our STEM-certified program features curriculum developed with a forward-looking focus on the technological innovation and quantitative skills demanded by the ever-evolving finance industry. In addition to an excellent foundation in financial economics, our students are trained in programming and the use of state-of-the art software for data analysis. Students will have hands-on experience on the development of data analytics applications to analyze real-world financial problems.
  • Flexible program of study. We offer a highly flexible program of study, allowing students to choose from a range of electives to fit their career goals. We offer specializations in financial analytics, Fintech, corporate finance and investment banking, asset and wealth management and investments, and private equity and venture capitalism.
  • Unique access to the business world. A large, diverse, and cosmopolitan city that is headquarters to many Fortune 500 companies, Atlanta has an active entrepreneurship ecosystem and is rapidly becoming a FinTech capital. Our students are trained in financial leadership by a two-time Fortune 500 CFO and also have direct access to finance industry leaders through our mentoring program, leadership symposia, CFO council, case competitions, internships and other signature experiences.
  • Access to leading financial data providers and technology. Students in our program have access to exclusive data providers such as Wharton Research Data Services and Bloomberg, as well as our new state-of-the-art Fintech lab, offering an experiential environment in which students, faculty and corporate partners can experiment with the technological innovations such as machine learning and blockchain that are transforming the financial services industry.
  • Unparalleled resources. Housed in one of the largest business schools in the country, our students have access to a wealth of resources to enrich their student experience, including our outstanding and diverse faculty, world-class facilities, expert graduate school administrative personnel and an alumni network of over 70,000.

Learn to be a leader

Leadership development is a critical component of the program. We not only offer courses in financial leadership but also provide students various opportunities to meet executives from leading firms through networking events and our guest speaker series.

Choose Your Career Path

  • Focus in corporate finance, investment banking, and financial advisory services comprises on derivative markets, investment banking and fintech.
  • Focus in asset management, wealth management, and investments includes global portfolio management, hedge funds, and their trading strategies, and fintech.
  • Focus in private equity, venture capital, and alternative investments includes corporate financial strategy, derivative markets, and fintech.
  • Focus in financial analytics covers data programming for analytics, machine learning for analytics and statistical foundations for analytics.

Build a Well-Rounded Skillset

  • State-of-the-art fintech lab and financial data analytics
  • Financial modeling in Excel and R
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Asset, wealth and hedge fund management
  • Financial strategy and valuation
  • Credit analysis
  • Financial leadership skills

Learn from the Best

  • Faculty comprises global thought leaders in corporate finance, asset and wealth management, and financial services.
  • Industry executives provide mentoring and leadership development.
  • Vast alumni network and corporate connections offer access to Atlanta’s burgeoning fintech sector.
  • Finance practitioners hire students for internships and full-time jobs. / Pexels


Fall Semester

all students, 9 credit hours

  • MBA 8135 – Corporate Finance
  • FI 8000 – Valuation of Financial Assets
  • FI 8450 – Financial Analysis

Spring/Summer/Second Fall Semesters

required courses for all students (9 credit hours)

  • FI 8090 – Financial Data Analytics, spring semester
  • FI 8070 – Financial Leadership, second fall semester

Experiential Practicum: FI 8387 (Financial Data Analytics Experience), or FI 8388 (FinTech Experience), or FI 8389 (Directed Readings in Finance), or FI 8391 (Internship/CPT), summer or second fall semester.


Students should choose four of the following electives for a total of 12 credit hours.

  • FI 8020 – Financial Analysis and Loan Structuring
  • FI 8040 – Survey of International Finance
  • FI 8200 – Derivative Markets
  • FI 8240 – Global Portfolio Management
  • FI 8260 – Hedge Funds and Their Trading Strategies
  • FI 8310 – Investment Banking
  • FI 8320 – Corporate Financial Strategy
  • FI 8360 – Special Topics in Finance
  • FI 8460 – Introduction to FinTech
  • FI 8462 – Blockchain Business Disruption
  • FI 8464 – Financing Innovation

Two of the electives should be taken in the spring semester, one elective should be taken in the second fall semester, and the fourth elective can be taken either in the summer or second fall semester.

Students may also take courses from related areas, for instance, accounting, subject to approval by the program director.

Choose from These Recommended Electives for Selected Career Paths

Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, and Financial Advisory Services

  • FI 8200 – Derivative Markets
  • FI 8310 – Investment Banking
  • FI 8320 – Corporate Financial Strategy

Asset Management, Wealth Management, and Investments

  • FI 8200 – Derivative Markets
  • FI 8240 – Global Portfolio Management
  • FI 8260 – Hedge Funds and Their Trading Strategies
  • FI 8310 – Investment Banking

Private Equity, Venture Capital and Alternative Investments

  • FI 8200 – Derivative Markets
  • FI 8240 – Global Portfolio Management
  • FI 8260 – Hedge Funds and Their Trading Strategies
  • FI 8310 – Investment Banking
  • FI 8320 – Corporate Financial Strategy

Financial Analytics*

  • FI 8240 – Global Portfolio Management (or approved finance elective)
  • MSA 8010 – Data Programming for Analytics
  • MSA 8150 – Machine Learning for Analytics
  • MAS 8190 – Statistical Foundations for Analytics
  • MSA 8040 – Database Management Systems

*Students who wish to specialize in financial analytics will take 18 hours of finance courses and 12 hours of analytics courses. Students will not take FI 8090. The program of study must be approved by the master of science in finance program director. Students who wish to pursue this sequence of study must be approved by the admissions committees for both the M.S. in finance and M.S. in analytics programs. / Pexels

Application Process

Online Application

Complete the online application along with the $50 application fee.

Video Interview

As part of your online application, be prepared to complete a mandatory video interview. The video interview is your opportunity to show the admissions committee your personality and articulate why you are a good fit for Robinson. You will have the opportunity to test your system for compatibility prior to proceeding to the final video prompt, but will only receive one opportunity to record your answers. If a second in-person or Skype interview is needed, someone from the admissions committee will notify you.

Test Scores

The GMAT is preferred, but applicants may submit GRE scores.

Test Preparation

Several GMAT and/or GRE preparation options are available, such as test prep guides at local bookstores as well as the review courses and software applications at and

In addition, Robinson’s Office of Executive Education offers GRE, GMAT and LSAT preparation courses via the Test Prep Academy.

College Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be submitted at the time of application.

One official copy of the transcript of all college work is required from each previously attended institution if you are subsequently offered admission.

Each transcript must be closed with the institution’s official seal across the flap. If an institution’s policies do not permit sending official transcripts to applicants for use with self-managed applications, the transcripts may be sent directly to the Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs at the below address.


The personal statement provides an opportunity for applicants to present themselves to the Master’s Admissions Committee and to highlight qualities relevant to success in a graduate business program that may not be evident in test scores and past academic performance.

Required Essay

In a single essay, no more than 750 words in length, please explain why the Robinson College of Business, and the particular program to which you are applying, is best for helping you achieve your short-term and long-term career goals. You should also address the reasons why you believe you would be a good fit for the Robinson College of Business and the program to which you are applying.

Optional Essay

If you have additional information or feel there are extenuating circumstances which you would like to share with the Admissions Committee (i.e. academic performance issues or areas of weakness in the application). Please limit your response to 250 words.


All applicants must submit an updated résumé. While work experience is not required, it is preferred.

Letters of Recommendation

Although it is not required, you are welcome to submit a letter of recommendation. Recommendation letters may be submitted through the online application process or in sealed envelopes from the recommender; recommenders must sign their names across the sealed portion of the back of the envelope.


Applicants who are strong candidates for the Master of Science in Finance will be invited to interview prior to their acceptance.

Recent Employers

Master of Science in Finance graduates are regularly recruited by top firms and companies.


Last updated Jun 2019

About the School

Georgia State is an urban public research university and national model for student success in Atlanta, the cultural and economic center of the Southeast. The largest university in the state and one o ... Read More

Georgia State is an urban public research university and national model for student success in Atlanta, the cultural and economic center of the Southeast. The largest university in the state and one of the largest in the nation, Georgia State provides its faculty and more than 51,000 students with unsurpassed access to opportunities in one of America's great global cities. Over a period of 10 years, the university raised graduation rates 22 percentage points and eliminated students achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity or income. Read less