MS Finance Get a feel for Wall Street. Gain hands-on experience with a real-world projects.

Our Master's of Science in Finance (MSF) program offers an innovative and intellectually sophisticated curriculum that prepares graduates for leadership positions in the financial sector.

Whether you're advancing your career, prepping for the CFA exam, or expanding your suite of finance skills, craft your own degree with courses in investment banking, financial intermediation in emerging markets, investment analysis, and more.

Our focused curriculum will prepare you for professional certifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), among others.

Innovative Learning, Hands-On Training

Kogod FSIT Lab

Small class sizes and experiential learning blend finance theory with applied practical skills and prepare students for big opportunities in a competitive market.

Manage $500K in assets through our Student Managed Investment Fund program, which provides real-world know-how in securities analysis and portfolio management. Or get virtual trading floor experience in our cutting-edge Financial Services and IT lab.

Currently, students oversee about $520,000 in the Students Managed Investment Fund, including assets from a variety of positions, including analysts, fund managers, and portfolio managers. The program mimics the structure of an asset management team, similar to those at Fidelity or Vanguard. Student analysts pitch an investment idea each week, which is then submitted to an advisory board for final approval.

The FSIT Lab demonstrates the Kogod School of Business' commitment to prepare students for careers in global finance and technology-related areas as well as to assist in advancing research and establishing stronger ties with the corporate community.

We Know Success

% of Graduates are now Working, Grad School, or Both

I consider myself a success if every student I teach gets the job they want.

Randy Nordby, Kogod's new program director for the MS Finance and MS Real Estate programs, is all about making a contribution. He's an innovator-one who improves whatever he's working on, wherever he's working. He wants to pay his experience forward to his students. He hopes his knowledge will help them win their dream jobs-Nordby's ultimate goal.

Read Randy's Full Interview »

Capital Networking and Career Opportunities

AU's Washington, DC campus give students direct access to the Fifteenth Street Financial Historic District.

In a city with high demand for employees with top-notch finance skills, you'll progress quickly with our MSF degree.

AU's prime Washington, D.C., location and public transit options offer access to invaluable networking and internship opportunities across the corporate, not-for-profit, and government sectors of the financial business community.

Both full-time students and working professionals learn and network with alumni and faculty who operate at the nexus of financial market regulation and policy.

With a high success rate for full-time employment, the program positions you for the career you want. Whether you want to climb the corporate ladder, turn your leadership skills into a marketable asset, or prepare for key exams, you'll be set up with all of the tools you need to compete — and succeed.

Student Profile: MS Finance Graduate

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"They really care what happens to you when you graduate."

Frequently Asked Questions

Employers of our MSF graduates include, but are not limited to:

  • The World Bank
  • Cambridge Associates
  • Freddie Mac
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Navigant Consulting/Navigant Capital Advisors
  • Stacklimited
  • BlackRock
  • Bloomberg LP
  • Standard & Poor's
  • 3M
  • Deloitte Financial Advisory Services
  • The Carlyle Group

See an overview of our career outcomes.

MSF graduates have the opportunity to take specialized courses in Investment Banking, Financial Intermediation in Emerging Markets, Investment Analysis, and more.

By selecting focused courses, students can cultivate the financial expertiese necessary to succeed in specific careers, such as governance, risk management, corporate finance and many more.

Access to the Kogod Center for Career Development provides MSF students with opportunities to network, attend career fairs, and get involved in on-campus recruiting. 

The unique location of the program at the nexus of financial market regulation and policy in Washington, DC, provides many opportunities for internships and full-time employment among graduates.

Still have questions?

Send us an email: kogodgrad@american.edu