Master of Science Degree in Finance

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 concentrations 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.

Master of Science in Finance Program Highlights

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:

  • Decision Analysis: Use financial and other information to make and justify business decisions.
  • Risk Management and Investment Analysis: Identify financial risk and create a plan to minimize exposure.
  • Leadership: Apply financial theory to facilitate overall guidance of an organization and improve day-to-day processes including the interpretation of financial data.
  • Ethical Practices: Comply with laws, regulations, and financial principles while developing and living by a personal code of ethics. 
  • Communication: Compose and report clear and accurate financial information to stakeholders.

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Finance with the Financial Planning Concentration is a CFP Board-Registered Program.

Master of Science in Finance Concentrations

In the Kaplan University Master of Science in Finance, concentrations are built into the program requirements to help you develop proficiencies that could apply to a future career.

  • Financial Analysis: Develop the skills relevant to portfolio management and investment analysis. Study how to assess decision-making approaches and techniques and apply them to financial situations. Prepare for the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) certification exam.
  • Financial Planning: Develop financial plans, evaluating the appropriate principles, concepts, and frameworks for financial decision making. The Master of Science in Finance with a concentration in financial planning is a CFP Board-Registered Program in financial planning education and meets the specific criteria for educating individuals who wish to fulfill the education component for obtaining CFP® certification. Individuals who meet CFP Board's education requirement are eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. Successful completion of the education and examination components completes two of the core prerequisites to obtain CFP® certification.‡§ 

    Master of Science in Finance Graduates Interested in the CFP® Certification Examination
    After successfully completing the Master of Science in Finance program you must register for and complete FP 107: Financial Plan Development, provided by Kaplan University’s School of Professional and Continuing Education, if you wish to meet all education requirements necessary to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination.

    During FP 107, you will receive instruction on and review sample financial plans based on various case facts. You will then be required to complete a written financial plan, which you will present orally via a video recording.

    For detailed information related to obtaining CFP® certification, you may access the CFP Board website located at: http://www.cfp.net
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

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.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 40

    Total Program Credits: 56

    • GB 512: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS Change

      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 audiences.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • GF 500: FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND MARKETS Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • GF 510: RISK ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      GF 500

    • GF 520: CORPORATE FINANCE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      GF 510

    • GF 530: FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      GF 520

    • GF 540: INVESTMENT AND SECURITIES ANALYSIS Change

      In this course, you will examine the principles, theories, and methods of investing. Topics include common stocks, options, mutual funds, fixed convertibles, and warrants.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      GF 530

    • GF 550: RETIREMENT PLANNING Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      GF 540

    • GF 560: FIXED-INCOME AND FUTURES INVESTING Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      GF 540

    • GF 570: PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      GF 540

    • GF 599: GRADUATE CAPSTONE IN FINANCE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term or permission from the Dean

  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 16

    Total Program Credits: 56

Curriculum: Concentration

Concentration
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  • Financial Analysis Concentration
  • Financial Planning Concentration
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  • Financial Analysis Concentration

    Total Financial Analysis Concentration Credits: 16

    Total Program Credits: 56

    • GB 540: ECONOMICS FOR GLOBAL DECISION MAKERS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • GF 580: ETHICS FOR FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS Change

      Using the CFA Institute Code and Standards and Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) as a guide, this course introduces ethical standards and practices applicable to financial professionals. You will investigate past financial scandals as well as ethical problems encountered in today’s financial and corporate worlds.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • GF 581: FINANCIAL STRATEGIES FOR A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • GF 582: STATISTICAL METHODS FOR DECISION MAKING Change

      This course covers the theory and application of statistics for decision making when solving problems in logistics, accounting, marketing, management and financial business problems. Topics include regression analysis and optimization modeling. You will perform statistical analyses to offer solutions to financial-related problems and issues.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

  • Financial Planning Concentration

    Total Financial Planning Concentration Credits: 16

    Total Program Credits: 56

    • GF 590: PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • GF 591: INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE PLANNING Change

      This course introduces you 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.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • GF 592: INCOME TAX PLANNING AND STRATEGIES Change

      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.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

    • GF 593: ESTATE PLANNING Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Must be taken in final term or have approval of the Dean

      Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.

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*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 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. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.

§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.