2020–2021 Walden University Catalog (September 2020) 
    Aug 11, 2022  
2020–2021 Walden University Catalog (September 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MS in Finance

Return to: College of Management and Technology  

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

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
1    0 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
2    3 sem. cr.
   3 sem. cr.
3 Specialization Course 1 3 sem. cr.
Specialization Course 2 3 sem. cr.
4 Specialization Course 3 3 sem. cr.
Specialization Course 4 3 sem. cr.
5 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.