Specialized business master’s degrees in the fields of finance and accounting have been on the rise in recent years and there’s no evidence for slowing down demand in the near future. If you’re looking to advance your position in your current financial sector job or plan to transition into a finance career, a Master of Science in Finance will provide the necessary skills and in-depth knowledge of applied finance you will need.
Courses in the Online Master of Science in Finance emphasize quantitative financial analysis, investments and portfolio management, derivatives, corporate finance, capital budgeting, business valuation, financial markets, multinational finance, security valuation, investment banking, and alternative investments.
If you do not have prior education or experience in finance, additional foundation courses can prepare you to succeed in the MS in Finance program.
The CFA® Institute is internationally recognized as promoting the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence, and our MS in Finance has been recognized as a CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. This distinction signals that the program meets specific curriculum standards that are grounded in professional practice. Completing the degree program also helps position students to sit for CFA exams and ultimately obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.
Ideal for working professionals
The MS in Finance program, which has been designed to be completed in about two years, requires 30 credits of comprehensive coursework and completion of an exam.
The Master of Science in Finance curriculum has been designed to prepare you for success as a student in the program and your subsequent career.
To earn the UW-Whitewater Online MS in Finance, you must:
To ensure a high-quality graduate student group, all Master of Science in Finance students must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution and meet one of the admission criteria provided below. Many applicants will qualify for admission without GMAT/GRE scores.
Our interactive evaluation form can also help you review the admission requirements and the documentation needed for official admission review.
If you do not meet the admission requirements, please email or call us at (262) 472-1945 to see if you could be admitted on a conditional basis.
International students must meet additional criteria and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for information and assistance.
MS in Finance admission criteria
Applicants must satisfy any one of the following criteria:
Qualified veteran or currently active military personnel
*GRE scores are converted to comparable GMAT scores
Online business graduate programs at UW-Whitewater are a superior value at USD $637.43 per credit, whether you are a Wisconsin resident, an out-of-state student, or international student.
If you compare our graduate tuition to other AACSB-accredited business schools who offer online classes, you will find that this per-credit price is quite reasonable.
What creates this value?
Graduate students can purchase textbooks and other instructional materials through the University Bookstore or elsewhere online. Students should verify what materials are needed with their instructor.
UW-Whitewater students may apply for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, or employment. All of these make up a “Financial Aid Package” and may be offered singly or in various combinations. Since funds are limited, priority for aid is based on financial need and how promptly applications are filed.
A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for financial analysts, personal financial advisers, loan officers and other positions; however, there is a graduate degree wage premium.
In one research study, financial professionals with master's degrees reported earning 38% ($28,000) more than those with just bachelor's degrees.1
Furthermore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics2 shows that positions in the financial industry have both strong wage rates and occupational outlooks. Financial analysts earned a 2018 median pay of $85,660 per year and expected faster than average occupational growth rate (2016-2026), while financial managers earned a 2018 median pay of $127,990 per year and expected a much faster than average occupational growth rate (2016-2026).
1Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce Analysis of U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 - 2013
2Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook