Position yourself for greater success by earning a master's in finance from Southern New Hampshire University in as few as 15 months. You’ll gain the financial analysis and quantitative skills you need to become a leader in the field. Coursework in investments, corporate finance, advanced economic theory and financial markets will help you secure professional and management positions.
The MS in Finance program, available on campus and online, blends the best of both worlds by bringing together the convenience of online with the advantages of a physical campus. Coupled with a test-prep course, this unique program prepares you to take the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 exam. You can also choose to focus your studies with concentrations in corporate finance and investments and securities.
Southern New Hampshire University has a long history of providing highly respected finance-related undergraduate and graduate degrees, having been founded as an accounting school in 1932. Our MS in Finance degree program continues this fine tradition. As a SNHU student, you'll have access to internship and networking opportunities through well-connected alumni who have earned their graduate finance degrees.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master’s in finance online at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Candidates must also submit a professional resume.
When you earn a master’s in finance, you'll acquire financial knowledge and analytical skills with widespread appeal to employers in a variety of industries, including corporate finance, commercial banking, securities analysis, investment banking, financial planning, risk management and insurance.
Career opportunities for MS in Finance degree holders are varied, and the number of jobs continues to grow. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, personal financial advising jobs are projected to grow 27 percent through 2022. Employment of financial analysts is expected to rise by 16 percent and financial managers by 9 percent. Positions in finance will continue to grow for those with a master's degree, both inside and outside of the finance industry.
Coursework for the master's in finance program provides a solid understanding of quantitative tools and analysis relative to financial markets, financial institutions, government and corporate applications. Experienced faculty bring a high level of real-world experience, integrating theory and practice.
Students in this course study the accumulation of accounting information. The internal use of accounting for management planning, control and decision-making is emphasized. Background preparation: 6 credit hours of accounting or equivalent. Note: ACC 500 cannot be taken for credit or as an elective if ACC 510 has been completed.
Managerial economics involves applying economic theory and using the tools of decision science to examine how an organization can achieve its objectives most efficiently in the face of constraints. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in mathematics and 3 credit hours in microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics or equivalent.
Students in this course examine the performance of the national economy and its impact on a firm. Students analyze the formulation and impact of monetary and fiscal policies and their relationships with money and capital markets. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in economics.
This course is a study of financial decision- making in a firm, including its relationship to financial markets and institutions. Background preparation: 6 credit hours in economics.
The course covers traditional working capital topics, including liquidity analysis and management, inventory, and receivables and payables management. Additional emphasis is given to core cash management, payment systems and banking relationships. Other topics include cash forecasting, short-term borrowing and risk management.
This course analyzes processes within the U.S. financial system. Students study the nature of its major participants and their objectives and procedures for assessing opportunities and pricing risk. Students also analyze the role of the financial system in the allocation of credit to different sectors, its responsiveness to economic activity and its continuous adaptation to changing needs. Emphasis is placed on the role and functions of the Federal Reserve System.
This course first addresses advanced topics in capital investment, including determination of cash flows, capital budgeting under risk, replacement decisions, and inflation and capital decisions. The second half of the course focuses on capital financing and structure and includes topics in financial leverage, financing sources, dividend policy, cost of capital and valuation.
Students study the techniques used to assess the value of securities and the methods used in the management of investment portfolios. Stocks and bonds are discussed in terms of valuation, risk- return measurement, diversification and other aspects of portfolio theory.
Modern option valuation and analysis is applied to equity options and fixed-income derivatives in this course. Applications and related topics include the term structure of interest rates, forward contracts, future contracts, interest rate caps, floors and swaps and convertible bonds.
This course focuses upon the fundamental statistical tools used in contemporary financial analysis both in academia and in the real world of finance itself. The course will involve both a theoretical development of the techniques as well as empirical applications. The applications will involve computer printouts with an emphasis on the SPSS statistical package and the EViews statistical package. The course will begin with a review and extension for the classical linear regression model, including its development in matrix form. The remainder of the course will then explore modern time-series econometrics, which is especially relevant for finance.
This capstone course integrates previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on authentic demonstration of competencies outlined by the program. Rather than introducing new concepts, students will synthesize and integrate prior learning to design or develop a capstone project as a culmination of their studies. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credits in the program.
This is a survey of the mathematical, probabilistic and statistical tools available for assisting in the operation and management of industrial organizations.
For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:
This is an applied course, which will provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills that underlie many courses offered in the school of business. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and methods of linear algebra, mathematical functions, differential calculus and statistics and their applications to business. They will also sharpen their quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills that are so important for success in the world of business today.
This course is intended to provide the student with a concisely focused yet rigorous introduction to both micro- and macroeconomic theory needed at the foundational level of a graduate degree program. Some of the topics to be addressed include: market behavior; demand theory and related elasticity concepts; production and cost theory; managerial decision-making in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets; GDP determination; unemployment and inflation; and fiscal and monetary policy.
This course emphasizes the creation and interpretation of financial statements critical to an understanding of today's economy. Various financial topics related to financial statements are covered. Income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements are explored in-depth giving students an appreciation of how these statements are prepared and the standard accounting rules that apply to their creation.
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This course is a study of the problems of financing and reporting international operations. The evaluation of risk and funding strategies in international monetary relationships are emphasized.
ECO/FIN - Students may select an Economics or Finance elective*
*Elective may be satisfied by a thesis or internship.
Tuition rates for Southern New Hampshire University's graduate degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
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