Skip to main content
A woman working on her laptop

Online Master's in Finance

Clock Icon
Register By: July 27 Classes Start: July 29

Earn an online MS in Finance

  • $637/credit (36 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • Financial manager occupations projected to grow 16% by 20321
  • Based on CFA® Institute's Candidate Body of Knowledge 
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores
  • 24/7 online accessibility – attend class when and where it's convenient

Master’s in Finance Program Overview

Position yourself for greater success by earning a Master of Science (MS) in Finance online from Southern New Hampshire University. Prepare to become a leader in the field with real-world financial analysis, decision-making and quantitative skills gained through coursework in investments, corporate finance, advanced economic theory and financial markets.

SNHU 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 online degree program continues this tradition.

As an SNHU student, you'll have access to networking opportunities through well-connected alumni who have earned their graduate finance degrees.

The courses in the MS in Finance program are based on Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Institute's Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which supports students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed investment decisions.

What You'll Learn

  • Corporate investment opportunity analysis
  • Finance theory implementation
  • Hypothesis formulation & statistical testing methods
  • Evaluation tactics for economic events & market conditions
  • Risk management tool utilization

How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

MS in Finance Concentration Options

The online master's in finance at SNHU allows you to choose from two concentrations that can give you an edge in the job market, as well as the option to take the general track and choose electives that best suit your career goals.

Career Outlook

The skills you gain from a master's degree in finance may just be the forward momentum you need to attain the senior finance, corporate or personal advisor title you seek.

Kristin Regis with text Kristin Regis

An advanced degree can help you discover new avenues and job opportunities to pursue in this fast-paced industry. Whether you choose a career that directly involves finance or prefer to focus on a more administrative role managing a financial organization, earning your MS in Finance can help prepare you for success.

“A graduate degree in finance lets you learn more about some of the more specific or challenging finance topics, such as options, futures and other derivatives, which can then help you advance in those areas,” said Kristin Regis, senior associate dean at SNHU.

And, should you decide to pursue a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation or enter into other financial analyst roles without it, you'll be able to help clients make investment decisions and provide services to enhance financial markets. The scope of these services can include trading, asset management and regulation of these systems. 

Where Could You Work?

Wealth Management

Manage client investment portfolios, contribute to new business and maintain client relationships.

Financial Analysis

Evaluate investment opportunities in banks, pension funds, mutual funds, securities firms, insurance companies and beyond.

Financial Management

Manage the financial health of an organization through producing financial reports, directing investment activities and more. 

Personal Financial Advisement

Provide advice on things like investments, insurance, mortgages and estate planning to help people manage their finances.

Consulting

Assess and monitor clients' financial situations, develop financial strategies and prepare financial status analyses/reports.

Investment & Portfolio Management

Collect and interpret data, study economic trends and meet with investors to assess portfolio recommendations.

Career opportunities for MS in Finance degree holders are varied, but the number of jobs continues to grow. This increase can be attributed to industry growth, in addition to replacement needs.1

Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for personal financial advisors is projected to grow 13% through 2032.1

Salary

The median annual salary was $95,390 for business and financial occupations in 2022.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Finance Degree

What SNHU Students Are Saying

Fredericka ThompsonFredericka Thompson '21

"I was challenged by new information, and I was provided great support when I was not certain of the answers."

Courses & Curriculum

Coursework for the online master's in finance provides hands-on experience through case studies that resemble real-world finance reports. You’ll gain a solid understanding of quantitative tools and analysis relative to financial markets, financial institutions, government and corporate applications.

SNHU instructors are finance professionals with past and current experience in the industry, so they can teach you the best methods for analyzing, reporting and presenting financial data for any senior financial job function.

"During our discussions, the responses (from instructors) were well thought out and showed the knowledge that the professor had," said Fredericka Thompson '21. "This happened in all of my courses, so SNHU has some very talented and knowledgeable educators on their staff."

Zuzana Buzzell with text Dr. Zuzana BuzzellIn addition to working alongside instructors with a wealth of knowledge, you can take advantage of learning from your classmates. "This program is a good networking opportunity for our students, since many are already working in the industry," said Dr. Zuzana Buzzell, associate dean of business at SNHU.

Our online master's in finance curriculum is based on the CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst) Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). This credential – administered through the CFA Institute – helps you earn an industry-leading designation that can help you expand your knowledge on corporate finance, economics, ethics, financial reporting and analysis, portfolio management, quantitative methods and security analysis.

"It's one of the most coveted financial designations in the world," Buzzell said. "Only about 5% of professionals get it."

Another benefit of the MS in Finance is that it is one of only about 150 accredited programs around the world that counts toward eligibility for the AFA Accredited Financial Analyst® by Global Academy of Finance and Management. Upon completion of your master's, you can apply for the designation.

The coursework throughout the program was worth it, according to Thompson.

"It did meet my expectations – and more!" she said.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

This program and its concentrations are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on the ACBSP accreditation page.

New England Commission of Higher Education Logo
ACBSP Accredited Program Logo

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,911 $637 $9,555 
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
Course Materials ($ varies by course). Foundational courses may be required based on your undergraduate course history, which may result in additional cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

Related Articles

A woman with her master's in accounting working with clients in her office.

Is a Master’s Degree in Accounting Worth It?

Now more than ever, it’s a great time to get a master’s in accounting and enter or advance in this surprisingly diverse profession. Today’s accountants do much more than count money and balance the books. They solve crimes, play a role in healthcare reform, run small businesses and more.
Two professionals in HR roles at an office table, reviewing information on a tablet.

The Changing Role of HR in Today's Workforce

Today's workforce is evolving due to technology developments and pandemic-driven changes. HR professionals have had to learn to rise to these challenges to support employees and retain talent. The role of HR is more important than ever. An HR degree can help you gain the skills needed in the field.
A man and a woman using a whiteboard and sticky notes to map a project.

What is Systems Thinking?

Systems thinking is a holistic way to investigate factors and interactions that could contribute to a possible outcome. Systems thinking provides an understanding of how individuals can work together in different types of teams and create the best possible processes to accomplish their goals.

References

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.