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Master of Science in Finance

Master of Science inFinance

La Verne’s Master of Science in Finance prepares students for successful careers in finance with a broad understanding of financial economics and the ability to solve complex problems and develop strategies to guide the financial health of a company or organization.

Students in the MS Finance program graduate with valuable skills and knowledge they can immediately apply to real-world problems and career opportunities, including how to:

  • analyze and develop complex financial models;
  • manage short-term working capital;
  • develop and manage capital expenditure budgets for large projects or the purchase or improvement of fixed assets;
  • comprehend SEC regulations and U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP);
  • understand international financial management practices;
  • make ethical decisions and demonstrate responsible behavior in financial markets;
  • solve problems in a dynamic environment with complex financial issues; and
  • collaborate and communicate effectively to work within departments and across an organization.

Entry into the MS Finance program requires the applicant holds a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Learn more about graduate admission requirements.

Finance Curriculum

The MS in Finance requires completion of eight core courses and two electives for a total of 10 courses (30 units). Some students may be required to complete up to six  foundation courses—the program director will review each applicant’s undergraduate coursework and professional experience to determine if foundation courses are necessary.

The program takes just two years—or five 8-week sessions—to complete and can be taken on a full-time or part-time schedule. Classes are taught year-round and there are five start terms per year. Evening courses are available.

Students who are enrolled in the University of La Verne’s MBA program with a concentration in Finance easily can earn a double degree with a Master of Science in Finance.

Visit the curriculum page for detailed information on required courses.

Careers in Finance

The financial department of any organization is central to its profitability and success. It also can offer a dynamic and lucrative career path, with chief financial officers, chief investment officers, and portfolio managers being among the highest paid jobs, in the mid-six up to seven figures.

Graduates with an MS in Finance from the University of La Verne can work for any number of organizations across every industry – from large, multinational companies to smaller, family-owned organizations, nonprofits, or government agencies.

Careers in finance are challenging, well-paying, and necessary for the financial well-being of the community at large. Graduates in finance find work in a variety of spaces:

  • commercial banking;
  • corporate finance;
  • financial planning;
  • insurance;
  • money management; and
  • real estate.

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