2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
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2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MS in Finance

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The MS in Finance program is designed to prepare students to advance their careers as effective finance professionals with the relevant knowledge and specialized skills to meet the needs of employers and industry today. Emphasizing a practical approach, the program is taught by industry experts and combines case studies, group discussion, and project-based learning. Graduates will be positioned for careers in corporate finance, investment banking, financial management, financial markets, securities firms, government, and other settings. The program offers three specializations that align with careers in the field: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), and Finance for the Professional (Self-Designed). Through a capstone course, the CFA and CFA specializations feature simulation experiences designed to prepare students to sit for the internationally recognized CFA or CFP exams. 

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS in Finance program will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate the analytical skills essential for the financial professional.
  2. Employ communication strategies that display an acute awareness of the needs of the intended audiences.
  3. Evaluate financial problems to provide reliable recommendations for decision making.
  4. Evaluate risk and return strategies in the context of an organization’s mission and objectives.
  5. Apply appropriate principles of valuation to major financial assets and securities.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to develop recommendations for investment and financial policies to maximize firm value.
  7. Employ financial knowledge to promote sustainable, socially aware organizations and ethical decision making.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
  • Core courses (12 sem. cr.)
  • Specialization courses (18 sem. cr.) 

Course Sequence





FNCE 6000 - Decision-Making Tools for Today’s Financial Professional♦   

3 sem. cr.

FNCE 6010 - Analysis and Communication for the Financial Professional♦  

3 sem. cr.


FNCE 6020 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Accounting and Finance♦  

3 sem. cr.

FNCE 6030 - Managerial Finance♦  

3 sem. cr.


Specialization Course 1 

3 sem. cr.

Specialization Course 2 

3 sem. cr.


Specialization Course 3 

3 sem. cr.

Specialization Course 4 

3 sem. cr.


Specialization Course 5 

3 sem. cr.

Specialization Course 6 

3 sem. cr.

Note on Accreditation

At the master’s level, Walden University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) and MS in Accounting are the only programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MS in Finance program is not accredited by the ACBSP. Please visit our Accreditation  page to see the list of Walden accreditations.

Program Data

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the MS in Finance program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

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