MS in Finance

Do you have a desire to play a leadership role in the financial operations of large or small corporations? Kaplan University's Online Master of Science in Finance program is designed to help you develop the management skills and an understanding of financial processes and concepts to help you achieve your goal. Read on for more information about this online master's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Once enrolled in Kaplan University's Online Master of Science in Finance program, you will take courses that help to develop analytical, critical thinking, and decision making skills you can apply to leadership positions in various financial areas. You must choose from two areas of specialization to help you acquire professional expertise: financial analysis or financial planning. Topics addressed in the core curriculum include risk management strategies, corporate financial structures and financing methods, investment vehicles such as stocks and mutual funds, compensation and benefits management, and financial statement assessment techniques. You will also learn about oral and written business communication processes, banking policies, and global financial markets. The program ends with a practical course in portfolio management, allowing you to apply theories and concepts in addressing possible situations you may face in a financial management career.

What Are the Prerequisites?

An undergraduate degree in finance, accounting, or business management could helpful prior to enrolling in the Online Master of Science in Finance program. Current experience in a corporate finance department or similar environment is also helpful. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Successful completion of the Online Master of Science in Finance program requires a total of 52 credits. This requirement consists of 36 credits in the core courses and 16 credits in electives.

Master of Finance Requirements

  • Business Communications
  • Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Investment and Securities Analysis
  • Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits
  • Fixed-Income and Futures Investing
  • Portfolio Management

Financial Analysis Requirements

  • Economics for Global Decision Makers
  • Ethics for Financial Professionals
  • Financial Strategies for a Global Environment
  • Statistical Methods for Decision Making

Financial Planning Requirements

  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Individual Insurance Planning
  • Income Tax Planning and Strategies
  • Estate Planning

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of Kaplan University's Online Master of Science in Finance program, you could seek positions at the executive or upper management level in the finance or human resources departments of nearly any type of industry. In addition to corporate finance settings, you could apply the skills you might have developed to positions in banking institutions, investment firms, or financial consulting firms. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Chief financial officer
  • Employee benefits manager
  • Corporate financial analyst
  • Corporate financial consultant