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Services provided by financial managers, such as planning, directing, and coordinating investments, are expected to remain in demand as the economy grows.* Gaining advanced technical knowledge and skills in a range of financial areas could be a wise career move.† Our Master of Science in Finance curriculum offers two areas of specialization designed to help you develop professional expertise: financial analysis and financial planning. In both areas, you will have the opportunity to develop and implement your critical-thinking skills to solve complex financial problems. If you already have a bachelor's degree and wish to advance your existing career or begin an exciting, new profession, this program could prepare you with the knowledge and skills to help you succeed.†
This comprehensive online master's degree program is designed to provide you with rigorous training—including assignments, reports, presentations, and group projects—to help you develop the savvy and proficiencies to find solutions to real-life financial situations.
Highlights of the online master's in finance program include:
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Earning your online master's degree in finance at Kaplan University may help you develop valuable skills that could be applied to a broad range of financial positions in virtually any field of endeavor. Pursue positions such as personal financial advisor, financial manager, financial analyst, and investment analyst.†
In the Kaplan University Master of Science in Finance, areas of specialization are built into the program requirements to help you develop proficiencies that could apply to a future career.†
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Business Communications focuses on effective
communication strategies for various stakeholders using oral and
written formats for different purposes, including one-on-one
communication and engagement with larger
Total Program Credits: 56
This course focuses on the workings of the U.S. and world financial markets and institutions. It spans interest rate determination, federal policy, and management and policies of commercial banks.
This course focuses on the financial instruments used for financial risk management, including forwards, futures, options, and swaps. An emphasis is placed on the identification of financial risks and designing an optimal risk management program.
This course is designed to provide a framework for understanding and analyzing the asset, liability, and capital structure of corporations. Students will examine valuation and capital budgeting techniques and risk evaluation, and build a strong understanding of how and why corporations make specific financial decisions.
In this course, students will analyze and utilize financial statements and valuation models to assess the value of a firm. The identification of reliable estimates of fundamental corporate earning power and earning risks and valuation is a focus of the course.
In this course, you will examine the principles, theories, and methods of investing. Topics include common stocks, options, mutual funds, fixed convertibles, and warrants.
This course explores retirement planning and employee benefits. Students will evaluate the provisions and rules associated with various plans and governmental regulations pertaining to benefits. Topics include retirement needs analysis, compensation plans, and other employee benefits.
This course explores the structure, uses, and strategies associated with financial futures markets. Valuation, hedging, speculative activity, and other futures-related risk management issues are covered. The varieties of fixed-income securities and their default risk are also examined, in addition to the valuation of fixed-income securities and their use in investment and risk management.
This course blends portfolio theory with practical issues that students will encounter in their careers as financial professionals. Topics include identifying investor objectives and constraints, recognizing risk and return characteristics of investment vehicles, developing strategic asset allocations among equity, fixed-income, and risk-free assets, and utilizing derivative securities to manage portfolio risk and maximize portfolio returns. Also covered is the evaluation of portfolio and manager performance relative to investment objectives and appropriate benchmarks.
This capstone course builds on the concepts of all the courses taken within the Master of Science in Finance and provides students with an opportunity to integrate their previous coursework in a meaningful review of their learning and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program.
Last term or permission from the Dean
Total Program Credits: 56
This course covers micro- and macroeconomic
principles with an emphasis on decision making and strategic
applications. Microeconomic topics include scarcity, supply and
demand, elasticity, utility, profit maximization, cost
structures, economic systems, labor markets, and
entrepreneurship. Macroeconomic topics include international
trade, national income accounting, exchange rates, money and
banking, economic growth, and fiscal policy.
Financial Analysis Specialization
Total Program Credits: 56
Specialization courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.
This course introduces the ethical standards and practices applicable to the finance industry. Students will investigate ethical problems encountered in financial environments and evaluate the effects various decisions have on stakeholders.
Completion of all core courses
This course focuses on the financial strategies used in a global environment. The relationship between international accounting and global business and investment strategies are discussed. Topics include recent developments in financial strategy, international trade, and economic decision making.
This course covers the theory and application of statistics for decision making when solving financial business problems. Topics include regression analysis and optimization modeling. Students will perform statistical analyses to offer solutions to financial-related problems and issues.
This course provides an in-depth overview of personal financial planning. Students will learn how to prepare personal financial statements. Topics include time value of money, cash flow and debt management, education planning, risk management, retirement planning, financial planning ethics, and an overview of practice management concepts.
Financial Planning Specialization
Total Program Credits: 56
This course introduces students to risk management and insurance decisions in personal financial planning. Topics include insurance for life, health, disability, property, and liability risks, as well as annuities, group insurance, and long-term care.
This course covers income tax planning and strategies used to formulate financial decisions. You will explore the impact of taxes on family financial decisions. Topics include tax strategies and economic and management principles.
This course focuses on estate planning and the efficient conservation and transfer of wealth, consistent with the client’s goals. Students will examine the legal, tax, financial, and nonfinan¬cial aspects of estate planning. Topics include trusts, wills, probate, advanced directives, charitable giving, wealth transfers, and related taxes.
Must be taken in final term or have approval of the Dean
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* Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Financial Managers, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Financial-managers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
‡ Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams.
§ Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.