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Online Master's in Finance MS in Finance / MS in Accounting Finance

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Register By: April 15 Classes Start: April 17

Earn an online MS in Finance

  • $627/credit (36 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • Business/finance occupations projected to grow 7% by 20311
  • Prepare for the CFA exam
  • Accredited by ACBSP
  • 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 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 internship and networking opportunities through well-connected alumni who have earned their graduate finance degrees. 

The courses in the MS in Finance program are based on board standards to ensure you gain the knowledge base required for various licenses and certifications.

2 Full Programs, and 2 Concentrations, to Choose From

At Southern New Hampshire University, you can choose from one of two master's programs. Plus the MS in Finance program offers 2 concentrations that can give you an added edge in the job market.

Master of Science in Accounting Finance

Master of Science in Finance

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.

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.

Kristin Regis with text Kristin Regis“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, finance faculty lead at Southern New Hampshire University.

An advanced financial degree can prepare you for work in both the private and public financial sector with opportunities to pursue careers in asset management, financial management, corporate and private banking, consulting, investment research and more.

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, roles in the finance industry should see an increased change in employment through 2031:

  • Financial analyst: 9% job growth.1 Work in banks, pension funds, mutual funds, securities firms, insurance companies and other businesses to evaluate investment opportunities.
  • Financial manager: 17% job growth.1 Responsible for the financial health of an organization, you could produce financial reports, direct investment activities and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals.
  • Personal financial advisor: 15% job growth.1 Provide advice on investments, insurance, mortgages, college savings, estate planning, taxes and retirement to help people manage their finances.

Once you've earned your master's in finance, you may be looking for a title that's more in line with your educational accomplishments. Some graduate degree holders look for positions like:

  • Director of finance: Supervise annual operating and capital expenditures budgets, prepare reports and provide leadership to business staff.
  • Financial consultant: Assess and monitor clients' financial situations, develop financial strategies and prepare financial status analyses and reports.
  • Investment analyst: Collect and interpret data, study economic trends and meet with investors.
  • Portfolio manager: Manage client investment portfolios, contribute to the development of new business and maintain client relationships.
  • Senior finance analyst: Develop reports for forecasting and results analysis, manage relationships with department managers and lead preparation of annual budget and long-range plans.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Finance Degree

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 current and past experience working in the industry, so you’ll learn real-life financial applications from people with high levels of financial experience who can teach you the ins, outs and best methods for analyzing, reporting and presenting financial data for any senior financial job function.

Headshot of Fredericka Thompson with text "Fredericka Thompson""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). The program – 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. "I was challenged by new information, and I was provided great support when I was not certain of the answers."

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 $1,881 $627 $9,405 
(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:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 College Navigator.

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