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 can help you pursue a variety career opportunities. Our Master of Science in Finance curriculum offers two concentrations designed to help you develop professional expertise: Financial Analysis and Financial Planning. In both, 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 master’s degree in finance program could prepare you with the tools to help you succeed.

Degree Program Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this program, you must possess a bachelor's degree in finance from an accredited institution or a minimum of 30 semester/45 quarter credit hours in undergraduate coursework across the ACBSP's Common Professional Components (CPC). The CPC include areas such as marketing, management, finance, economics, law, ethics, accounting, globalization, policy, IT, and statistics. For additional information, speak to an Admissions Advisor or refer to the University Catalog.

Master of Science in Finance Program Highlights

Kaplan University’s comprehensive online master's degree in finance program is designed to provide you with rigorous training—including assignments, reports, presentations, and group projects—to help you develop the 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 such as 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.
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Master of Science in Finance Concentrations

In our online master’s degree in finance, concentrations are built into the program requirements to help students develop proficiencies that they can apply to future professions.

  • 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 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

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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.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

Earning your online master's degree in finance at Kaplan University can help you develop valuable skills that could be applied to a broad range of financial positions in a variety of fields, such as the following:

  • Personal financial advisor
  • Financial manager
  • Financial analyst
  • 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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October 11, 2017



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What Courses Will I Take?

The Master of Science in Finance curriculum focuses on areas such as the following:

  • Financial planning
  • Corporate finance
  • Banking
  • Financial markets
  • Investment management

As a student you'll choose from two areas of concentration:

  • Financial analysis
  • Financial planning
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits40
  • Elective Credits16
  • Total Credits56

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*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Financial Managers, on the Internet at 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 be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Kaplan University program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible 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.