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MS in Finance Curriculum

Degree Information

  • 33 credit hours
  • Can be completed on a full- or part-time* basis
    * Part-time students must be able to take some classes during the day
  • MSF program prepares graduates for the CFA exam

The Masters in Finance degree program (MSF) at the Kogod School of Business provides students with a rigorous and intellectually sophisticated framework for analysis and decision-making in finance.

With Washington, D.C. as their backdrop, MS Finance students at Kogod are at the crux of financial market regulation and policy. The MSF program's experienced faculty, seasoned executives-in-residence, and active professionals are closely attuned to day-to-day movements and big picture evolution in the finance world.

Hands-on Experience: Student Managed Investment Fund

MSF graduates have the opportunity to take specialized courses in Investment Banking, Financial Intermediation in Emerging Markets, Investment Analysis, and more.


Master's in Finance Degree Program Length

The program may be completed full time within one calendar year or part-time within two years.



Prior to enrollment in the Master's in Finance Degree program, the student must have satisfied prerequisite knowledge through coursework at an undergraduate and/or graduate level.

  • Economics - 6 credits undergraduate course work or 3 credits graduate course work
  • Statistics - 3 credit hours
  • Accounting - 6 credits undergraduate course work or 3 credits graduate course work

Intensive Finance Introduction/Review

In addition to prerequisite coursework, students may be required to complete an intensive, one-week zero-credit introduction to finance course during the week prior to the start of classes. This course provides an in depth introduction to and review of the concepts needed for the first semester courses. Students who are waived from this requirement are encouraged to attend in order to review key concepts and get to know their classmates before the semester begins.



The graduate finance degree program requires completion of 33 credit hours. MSF students consult with the program director to design an approved program of study that meets both overall program goals and individual academic and professional objectives.

The MSF degree requires completion of 12 credit hours of core courses and 21 credit hours of electives.

MSF Core Courses

  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance I

Elective Courses

  • CFA Level I Intensive Review
  • Corporate Valuation and Financial Strategy
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Financial Institutions Management
  • Financial Intermediation in Emerging Markets
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Fixed Income Analysis
  • International Finance
  • Investment Banking
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance II
  • Student Managed Investment Fund

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Career Outcomes

The Kogod Center for Career Development provides MSF students with opportunities to network, attend career fairs and on-campus recruiting to facilitate a positive career outcome.

Learn More: MS Finance Outcomes