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Master ofFinance

Program summary

In this online master’s program, you can gain skills to advance your career in financial or investment management while preparing for professional certifications, including the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designations.

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Complete your Penn State course work at your own pace and 100% online.

Application deadline

This deadline has been extended .Apply by August 1 to start August 26

Credits and costs

33 Credits$1,056 per credit

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Gain Finance Skills to Address the Evolving Market Environment

  • Promote global diversification of financial portfolios to maximize return on investment.

  • Manage the risk exposure to fluctuations of interest and exchange rates.

  • Address current financial challenges and future trends using financial data.

  • Identify and evaluate solutions to portfolio management problems facing your organization using financial analysis.

  • Evaluate the ethical and societal implications of financial decision-making.

Online Finance Courses

The courses in the 33-credit online Master of Finance program are designed to provide you with a body of knowledge on financial accounting theory, quantitative methods, corporate financial modeling, financial and speculative markets, and multinational finance.

As a student in the finance degree program, you can learn about:

  • financial modeling, including capital budgeting, basic statistics, and forecasting
  • financial accounting and its underlying principles for decision-making
  • advanced topics involving strategic financial decision-making, including capital structure and cost of capital, valuation, and corporate control
  • multinational financial management and different tax regulations in foreign countries
  • financial derivative securities covering options, forwards, futures, and OTC derivatives

As you progress through your course work, you can develop additional expertise in corporate finance and investments. A 3-credit capstone course provides a culminating experience for you to develop your analytical abilities to identify strategies that enhance value creation by building on knowledge you have acquired from the core courses.

Your cohort will follow a predetermined schedule of courses. If you have questions about the cohort course schedule, please reach out to [email protected].

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Measurement and reporting of financial information for external purposes, with particular attention to current problems in asset and income measurement.

  • 3
    credits

    This course provides a foundation in finance from the perspective of the firm. The objective is to show students that basic financial principles can be useful no matter the type of job.

  • 3
    credits

    The course is designed to expand the student's knowledge of the broad field of financial and investment analysis.

  • 3
    credits

    Study of quantitative methods used in financial and investment analysis and modeling.

  • 3
    credits

    Finance topics involving strategic financial decisions, including capital structure and cost of capital, financial forecasting, valuation, and corporate control.

  • 3
    credits

    This course focuses on the various income securities including bonds, mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, interest rate derivatives, and credit derivatives.

  • 3
    credits

    Survey of drivers of success in M&A and develop knowledge and skills in the design and evaluation of M&A transactions.

  • 3
    credits

    Analysis of the international aspects of managerial finance. Emphasis on the environmental and institutional factors influencing capital acquisition and allocation.

  • 3
    credits

    Analysis of factors affecting price determination in financial markets.

  • 3
    credits

    Analysis of derivative securities covering options, forwards, futures, OTC derivatives; topics include valuation, trading, hedging. Involves computer analysis.

Culminating Experience (3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Focuses on the analysis and valuation of a firm's equity securities in the financial market using a fundamental analysis. The course integrates topics discussed in various finance courses to help students to develop their analytical ability to identify strategies that enhance value creation.

Course Availability

If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.

Start or Advance Your Finance Career

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You can use the knowledge gained from this advanced degree program and the support of Penn State career resources to pursue your career goals in a variety of fields.


Job Titles Related to This Degree

The following roles are often held by people with this type of degree:

  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Corporate Controller
  • Credit Administration Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Center Manager

Employment Outlook for Occupational Fields Related to This Degree

Estimates of employment growth and total employment are provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and are subject to change. While these occupations are often pursued by graduates with this degree, individual outcomes may vary depending on a variety of factors. Penn State World Campus cannot guarantee employment in a given occupation.

Financial Managers

16%
employment growth (10 years)
740,780
total employment

Financial and Investment Analysts

7.6%
employment growth (10 years)
291,370
total employment

Chief Executives

-8.2%
employment growth (10 years)
199,240
total employment

Career Services to Set You Up for Success

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From the day you're accepted as a student, you can access resources and tools provided by Penn State World Campus Career Services to further your career. These resources are beneficial whether you're searching for a job or advancing in an established career.

  • Opportunities to connect with employers
  • Career counselor/coach support
  • Occupation and salary information
  • Internships
  • Graduate school resources 

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Costs and Financial Aid

Learn about this program's tuition, fees, scholarship opportunities, grants, payment options, and military benefits.

Graduate Tuition

Graduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.

2023–24 Academic Year Rates

Tuition rates for the fall 2023, spring 2024, and summer 2024 semesters.

How many credits do you plan to take per semester?Cost
11 or fewer$1,056 per credit
12 or more$12,678 per semester

2024–25 Academic Year Rates

Tuition rates for the fall 2024, spring 2025, and summer 2025 semesters.

How many credits do you plan to take per semester?Cost
11 or fewer$1,067 per credit
12 or more$12,805 per semester

Financial Aid and Military Benefits

Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.

To view the detailed list of cost of attendance elements, select “World Campus” as the location on the tuition site.

Who Should Apply?

This program is designed for individuals who are interested in careers as financial professionals in financial institutions or investment management and who have completed some course work in business statistics, financial management/corporate finance, and microeconomics.

AACSB Accredited

This program is AACSB Accredited

This well-respected graduate degree program is offered by AACSB–accredited Penn State Great Valley. The course work can help to prepare you for various professional certifications, such as the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) certification.

Benefits of a Cohort Model

Penn State's online master's degree program in finance uses a cohort model in which all students in the cohort begin the program at the same time and progress through the courses together.

The cohort model facilitates collaborative teamwork so that you can build relationships and network with other high-caliber individuals in the program, even while learning at a distance. It also allows the program course content to be integrated across courses so that you can learn to address the same financial scenarios from multiple perspectives.

How Quickly Can I Earn this Degree?

Along with your cohort, you will take two consecutive courses in the fall and spring semesters, one course in the first-year summer semester, and two courses in the second-year summer semester to complete your degree in two years.

Convenient Online Format

This program's convenient online format gives you the flexibility you need to study around your busy schedule. You can skip the lengthy commute without sacrificing the quality of your education and prepare yourself for more rewarding career opportunities without leaving your home.

A Trusted Leader in Online Education

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Penn State has a history of more than 100 years of distance education, and World Campus has been a leader in online learning for more than two decades. Our online learning environment offers the same quality education that our students experience on campus.

How to Apply to Penn State

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Apply by August 1 to start August 26

Application Instructions

Deadlines and Important Dates

Complete your application and submit all required materials by the appropriate deadline. Your deadline will depend on the semester you plan to start your courses.

  • Fall Deadline

    Apply by August 1 to start August 26
  • Spring Deadline

    Apply by November 15 to start January 13

Steps to Apply

  1. For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

    GPA — An undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the final two years of undergraduate studies is required. Postsecondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA is required.

  2. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:

    Official transcripts from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.

    Test Scores — An undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the final two years of undergraduate studies is required. Postsecondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA is required.

    Official GMAT or GRE scores from within the past five years are required. Preferred applicants will have a GMAT score (or GRE equivalent) of 500 or better.

    Submit your GMAT or GRE scores directly from the testing center to Penn State as follows:

    GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test): Pennsylvania State University – Great Valley – School of Graduate Professional Studies – Master of Finance CTG-CV-59.

    -or-

    GRE (Graduate Record Examination): Code 2660 for Penn State.

    Applicants may request a waiver if they meet one of the following criteria:

    • an undergraduate junior/senior GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at a regionally accredited university with AACSB–, EQUIS–, or AMBA–accredited business programs or an undergraduate junior/senior GPA of at least a 3.3 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited university without AACSB–, EQUIS–, or AMBA–accredited business programs AND demonstrated effective communication and quantitative skills based on course work
    • an advanced degree (e.g., master’s or higher) from a regionally accredited university with AACSB–, EQUIS–, or AMBA–accredited programs
    • membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society recognized by AACSB
    • one or more professional certifications — including a CFA, CPA, FRM, and/or CMA — or doctoral degree (e.g. Ph.D., M.D., or J.D.)

    Please note: If your degree is from outside the U.S. and you are requesting the test waiver, you must provide a course-by-course evaluation indicating the U.S. equivalent of your academic credentials by ECE®.

    English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.

    Reference (1) — You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering the name, email address, and mailing address of one reference. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to your reference requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment for success in an online program. Please inform your recommender they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.

    Program-Specific Questions/Materials

    Résumé — Upload your résumé (one to two pages) to the online application.

    Statement of Purpose — In one page, describe your short- and long-term professional goals and how enrolling in the Penn State Master of Finance program would help you achieve them. It should also include your expectations of the Master of Finance program and the skills and strengths you would bring to the cohort. Upload your one-page statement to the online application.

  3. To begin the online application, you will need a Penn State account.

    Create a New Penn State Account

    If you have any problems during this process, contact an admissions counselor at [email protected].

    Please note: Former Penn State students may not need to complete the admissions application or create a new Penn State account. Please visit our Returning Students page for instructions.

  4. You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.

    • Choose Enrollment Type: "Degree Admission"
    • Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus

    Checking Your Status 
    You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form. 

    Technical Requirements  
    Review the technical requirements for this degree program. 

  5. 5. Complete the application.

Admissions Help

If you have questions about the admissions process, contact an admissions counselor at [email protected].

Contact Us

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Have questions or want more information? We're happy to talk.

To learn more about the Master of Finance, follow the guidelines below.

For questions regarding how to apply, contact:

World Campus Admissions Counselors
Phone: 814-863-5386
[email protected]

For general questions about the program, contact:

Dr. Amanda Neill
[email protected]

Learn from the Best

The Master of Finance is offered in partnership with the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies and is taught by the same esteemed faculty who teach residential courses.

Faculty

  • Thomas Harvey

    • Degree
      MBA, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
    • Degree
      B.S., Economics, University of Michigan

    Thomas Harvey is an instructor of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. His experience includes 14 years in investment banking, responsible for the origination, design, and execution of capital markets solution for middle-market companies, including corporate sales, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, and recapitalizations. His expertise includes corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and financial risk management.

  • Daniel C. Indro

    Degree
    Ph.D., Finance, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University in Bloomington

    Dr. Daniel C. Indro teaches financial modeling, valuation, real options, and quantitative methods courses. He was the 2004 recipient of Penn State Great Valley's Teaching Excellence Award. He was selected as a 2013–14 Fulbright Senior Scholar in Taiwan, where he served as a U.S. cultural ambassador and taught at Soochow University in Taipei. He has published his research in such publications as Journal of Banking & FinanceJournal of Behavioral FinanceFinancial ManagementFinancial Analysts JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research, and Journal of Management.

  • Pornsit Jiraporn

    • Degree
      Ph.D., Finance, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    • Degree
      MBA, The University of Texas at Arlington
    • Degree
      B.S., Industrial Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

    Dr. Pornsit Jiraporn is a professor of finance. He is an active scholar whose research studies have been cited nearly 10,000 times, according to Google Scholar. He is recognized as one of the top 2% of researchers, according to a study by Stanford University. His research has appeared in numerous well-known journals, such as Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Banking and Finance. In addition, Dr. Jiraporn serves as an associate editor of finance research letters. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Review of Financial Economics.

  • Sang Mook Lee

    • Degree
      Ph.D., Finance, Temple University
    • Degree
      MBA, Ohio State University
    • Degree
      B.B.A., Sung Kyun Kwan University

    Dr. Sang Mook Lee received his Ph.D. from Temple University (2014) and his MBA from the Ohio State University (2007). Prior to joining Penn State University, he gained professional experience as a senior manager at the Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation and as a fixed income trader at the Asian Banking Corporation. He has been successful in publishing papers in many prestigious journals, including Financial Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of World Business, Long Range Planning, Business & Society, Human Resource Management, and International Business Review. He teaches multinational managerial finance, financial markets and institutions, financial derivatives, and fixed income securities. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

  • Bo Ouyang

    • Degree
      Ph.D., Accounting, University of Texas at Arlington
    • Degree
      MPA, University of Texas at Arlington
    • Degree
      B.A., English Education, Hunan Normal University, China

    Dr. Bo Ouyang is an educator and researcher in financial accounting and auditing. He has published his research in such publications as The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, and Organization Science. He has studied accounting information disclosure, corporate governance, auditor independence, audit fees, and ethics in accounting. Dr. Ouyang is an associate professor of accounting at Penn State Great Valley School of Professional Studies.

  • Qiang (Patrick) Qiang

    • Degree
      Ph.D., Management Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • Degree
      M.S., Systems, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Degree
      B.E., Automation, Shanghai Jiaotong University

    Dr. Qiang (Patrick) Qiang's research interests include network vulnerability study. He is also interested in sustainable supply chains. He developed network performance/efficiency measures that have been applied to supply chains, transportation networks, the internet, and finance. Dr. Qiang's research has appeared in such journals as OMEGAJournal of Global OptimizationOptimization LettersInternational Transactions in Operational Research; and EPL. He also co-authored the book Fragile Networks: Identifying Vulnerabilities and Synergies in an Uncertain World, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., in 2009.

  • Judy Qiu

    Degree
    Ph.D., University of Queensland

    Dr. Judy Qiu has more than 10 years of teaching experience, including positions at Ithaca College, the University of Western Australia, and the University of Queensland. She has also held visiting professor positions at NYU and Konstanz University in Germany. Dr. Qiu teaches courses in corporate finance, investment analysis, and risk management. Her research focuses on mutual fund and hedge fund performance, asset pricing, and applied financial econometrics. She has published in international refereed journals such as Entropy, PLOS One, and Australian Journal of Management.

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