Meet growing demand for skilled financial experts with an online Master of Science in Finance. This program focuses on the expertise needed to become a competent financial professional who is both knowledgeable and astute in the various areas of financial practice. You’ll prepare to provide guidance on financial decisions made by households and businesses alike.
- What is a Master’s in Finance?
- What Can I Do with a Master of Science in Finance?
- Is an MS in Finance Worth It?
- Curriculum and Degree Requirements
- Admission Requirements
The master’s program in finance at University of the Cumberlands is designed to equip students with the analytic skills and theoretical tools required for a wide range of careers in the world of finance. The program’s rigorous, flexible, and cutting-edge curriculum and expert faculty provide students with the foundational knowledge and research methodology needed to master practical issues in finance and a path to earning some of the most popular financial certifications such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
So, what do financial analysts and planners do? At a basic level, they help businesses and individuals better understand their finances and reach their long-term financial goals. This can include things like:
- Consulting with clients to determine their goals, risk tolerance, and what life or corporate stage they are at—and then help them make appropriate risk management and investment decisions
- Advising clients on building a portfolio by distributing savings into a diversified collection of investments in order to grow or provide income
- Retirement, estate, and tax planning
- Help determine a working budget and best options for insurance coverage
- Evaluate current and historic financial data as well as economic and business trends
- Assess a company's value by evaluating financial statements and prepare written reports on the findings
In a master’s in finance program, you’ll learn the concepts, theories, and applications needed to achieve all of the above. Through courses in areas from business accounting and analysis, regulations and ethics of financial services, and financial planning and wealth management, you'll be prepared to serve all your clients' financial needs.
There are a wide range of career options available to you once you complete your MSF, including:
- Personal Finance Advisor. Work with individuals to help them manage their finances and plan for their financial futures.
- Financial Risk Analyst. Manage unpredictability and evaluate possible threats to investment decisions to limit potential losses. Make investment decisions such as selecting stocks, bonds, and mutual funds for a portfolio.
- Fund Manager. Work exclusively with hedge funds or mutual funds. Make buy and sell decisions in reaction to ever-changing market conditions.
- Investment Analyst. Evaluate investment programs and financial data of institutions and respond to client questions regarding asset allocation and alternative investment banking topics like hedge funds, property investment, and venture capital.
- Portfolio Manager. Build and manage a company's investment portfolio with a mix of products, industries, and regions and explain your decision to stakeholders.
- Ratings Analyst. Evaluate the ability of companies or governments to pay their debts and, based upon the findings, rate the risk of a company or government not repaying its bonds.
- Securities Analyst. Identify high-yield assets for clients and companies by evaluating market and economic forecasts, securities markets and trends, bond performance reports, daily stock quotes, and other financial statements and publications.
For many students, earning a master’s in finance is a valuable professional investment. Here’s why many find it worthwhile to pursue a graduate degree in finance:
- Career Advancement. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, candidates for specialized financial analyst roles will have the best job prospects if they earn an advanced degree along with an appropriate certification. Similarly, financial advisors that are graduates of a master's program should be the most competitive for job opportunities.
- Higher Earnings. Earning a master’s in finance can help you prepare for high-paying roles. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the highest 10 percent of financial analysts earned more than $159,560 annually as of 2020.
- More Opportunities. Demand for financial analysists is projected to grow by 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, higher than the average for all professions. Despite this projected growth, there are still more people interested in entering the field than there are positions available. Having a graduate degree and certification can greatly increase your chance of employment.
The online master’s degree in finance at University of the Cumberlands is intended for working professionals seeking the advanced credentials and expertise required to achieve long-term success. Designed for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in business or a relevant field, the program will build on your past experience and business acumen to help you prepare for new challenges.
The program coursework is designed with illustrative case studies, participatory simulations, and computerized finance models that provide a thorough understanding of present-day financial theories and practices that are vital to the financial industry. Through this coursework, the Master of Science in Finance program has identified the following learning goals and intended learning outcomes:
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of present-day financial theories and practices.
- Perform sophisticated financial analyses using the appropriate financial tools, techniques, and technologies pertinent to a range of financial issues.
- Conduct rigorous research and apply research-based strategies that integrate theory and practical applications across business functional areas in the context of overall business operations.
- Apply the standards of ethical reasoning skills and behavior to ethical issues in the financial profession and practice.
- Work in a team environment and effectively communicate recommendations of financial analyses guided by high professional standards.
The master’s in finance is comprised of 31 required credit hours with financial planning and analysis courses delivered in two eight-week sessions and 16-week sessions during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, or 16-week semester courses. Full-time degree candidates normally take one or two classes per bi-term, a total of 9-12 hours per semester. Each course is three semester credit-hours and aligned with the program’s goals. An outline of the Program of Studies for the Master of Science in Finance at University of the Cumberlands is provided below:
- BACC681 Financial Accounting & Analysis (3 hours)
- BADM682 Quantitative Methods for Finance (3 hours)
- BADM683 Financial Services, Regulation, & Ethics (3 hours)
- BADM684 Financial Modeling & Valuation (3 hours)
- BADM685 Economics Analysis for Decision Making (3 hours)
- BADM686 Corporate Finance (3 hours)
- BADM687 Financial Planning & Wealth Management (3 hours)
- BADM688 Big Data & Financial Analytics (3 hours)
- BADM689 Global Capital Markets & International Finance (3 hours)
- BADM691 Capstone - Strategic Financial Management (3 hours)
- INTR599 Applied Learning Practicum
Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees.
Admission to our University is very competitive as well as selective and we review each application by the same standards.
- Application and Application fee
- A completed Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Official Transcripts must be received for all undergraduate and graduate coursework from accredited colleges or universities directly from the issuing college or university
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale
- Any international course work complete must have official transcript evaluations completed and submitted to the University by the evaluation firm. Evaluations MUST include GPA for admission. Approved Evaluation Firms are:
- Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the 8 International English Language Testing System (IELTS). This requirement is waived for students who have completed bachelor’s or master’s level coursework in the U.S. at an accredited institution. The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are:
- Paper-based TOEFL (PBT) - 550
- Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) - 79
- IELTS - 6
All admissions materials should be submitted to Graduate Admissions:
University of the Cumberlands
Graduate & Online Admissions
649 S. 10th Street Suite C
Williamsburg, KY 40769
Toll Free 800.343.1609
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In addition to the overall institutional accreditation statement above, the Hutton School of Business at University of the Cumberlands has received specialized accreditations for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. For a list of accredited programs please refer to our IACBE member status page. Please review our Public Disclosure of Student Achievement.
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